The Truth About Cars » Hyundai Excel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Hyundai Excel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1987 Hyundai Excel with Not-Rare-Enough Zero-Options Package http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel-not-rare-enough-zero-options-package/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel-not-rare-enough-zero-options-package/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:21:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279530 I can’t think of any vehicle manufacturer whose products improved as much and as quickly as Hyundai’s did between the ghastly first-gen Excel and the very nice Hyundais of, say, the current century. The only new US-market car that was cheaper than the first Excel was the Yugo GV (which was, arguably, the better car), […]

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I can’t think of any vehicle manufacturer whose products improved as much and as quickly as Hyundai’s did between the ghastly first-gen Excel and the very nice Hyundais of, say, the current century. The only new US-market car that was cheaper than the first Excel was the Yugo GV (which was, arguably, the better car), […]

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Question: Notoriously Unreliable Cars That Were Bulletproof For You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-notoriously-unreliable-cars-that-were-bulletproof-for-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-notoriously-unreliable-cars-that-were-bulletproof-for-you/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:45:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470175 For every Junkyard Find of, say, a Malaise Era bomb that fired several torpedoes into the already leaky hull of a once-great car company, there will be at least one reader who writes a comment that goes something like “I bought one of these cars new, and it went 300,000 trouble-free miles on logging roads […]

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For every Junkyard Find of, say, a Malaise Era bomb that fired several torpedoes into the already leaky hull of a once-great car company, there will be at least one reader who writes a comment that goes something like “I bought one of these cars new, and it went 300,000 trouble-free miles on logging roads […]

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Junkyard Find: 1993 Hyundai Excel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1993-hyundai-excel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1993-hyundai-excel/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465401 The first-gen Hyundai Excel was sold in the United States for the 1986 through 1989 model years, and it was a supremely bad automobile. So bad, in fact, that most of them were used up and crushed by the middle of the 1990s. Because of their rarity today, I always photograph early Excels when I […]

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The first-gen Hyundai Excel was sold in the United States for the 1986 through 1989 model years, and it was a supremely bad automobile. So bad, in fact, that most of them were used up and crushed by the middle of the 1990s. Because of their rarity today, I always photograph early Excels when I […]

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Junkyard Find: 1988 Hyundai Excel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1988-hyundai-excel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1988-hyundai-excel/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464912 I stand firm in my belief that the first-gen Hyundai Excel was the worst automobile available in America during the last quarter of the 20th century, and that includes the wretched Yugo GV (if the Austin Rover Group had imported the Metro to these shores, however, the Excel might have been knocked from its dubious […]

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I stand firm in my belief that the first-gen Hyundai Excel was the worst automobile available in America during the last quarter of the 20th century, and that includes the wretched Yugo GV (if the Austin Rover Group had imported the Metro to these shores, however, the Excel might have been knocked from its dubious […]

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Hyundai Excel GL http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1986-hyundai-excel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1986-hyundai-excel/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459949 I find more Porsche 928s, Alfa Romeo Alfettas, Buick Reattas, and Datsun 810s than I do first-gen Hyundai Excels during my travels in high-turnover self-service wrecking yards, in spite of the 1985-89 Excel selling in tremendous quantities in the United States. You saw these things everywhere on the street until about 1992, at which point […]

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I find more Porsche 928s, Alfa Romeo Alfettas, Buick Reattas, and Datsun 810s than I do first-gen Hyundai Excels during my travels in high-turnover self-service wrecking yards, in spite of the 1985-89 Excel selling in tremendous quantities in the United States. You saw these things everywhere on the street until about 1992, at which point […]

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Vellum Venom: 1986 Hyundai Excel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/vellum-venom-1986-hyundai-excel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/vellum-venom-1986-hyundai-excel/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:56:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454228 Sometimes designers become super stars in the car biz: just ask that dude who made the Ford GT, or the other dude responsible for the Chrysler 300. I am sure both made other vehicles which they truly hated.  Perhaps the 300’s designer shares some amount of blame for the last Chrysler Sebring?  I am sure […]

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Sometimes designers become super stars in the car biz: just ask that dude who made the Ford GT, or the other dude responsible for the Chrysler 300. I am sure both made other vehicles which they truly hated.  Perhaps the 300’s designer shares some amount of blame for the last Chrysler Sebring?  I am sure […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Hyundai Excel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2012 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=430174 Would you believe that the first-generation Hyundai Excel is now one of the rarest of Junkyard Finds? It’s true! The 1985-1989 Excel was so incredibly terrible— in my opinion, even worse than the Yugo— that just about every example in North America was dead and crushed by about 1995. In fact, in recent years I’ve […]

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Would you believe that the first-generation Hyundai Excel is now one of the rarest of Junkyard Finds? It’s true! The 1985-1989 Excel was so incredibly terrible— in my opinion, even worse than the Yugo— that just about every example in North America was dead and crushed by about 1995. In fact, in recent years I’ve […]

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Curbside Classic: 1989 Ford Festiva – Korea Week Shitbox Shoot-out Loser http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1989-ford-festiva-korea-week-shitbox-shoot-out-loser/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1989-ford-festiva-korea-week-shitbox-shoot-out-loser/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:12:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373693 The Korean invasion began in the late eighties with three shitboxes: the Hyundai Excel, the Pontiac LeMans, and the Ford Festiva. Korea Week CC pits them against each other to determine the outcome: the Festiva loses the contest by a large margin. Why? It was way too good of a car. So losing is winning […]

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The Korean invasion began in the late eighties with three shitboxes: the Hyundai Excel, the Pontiac LeMans, and the Ford Festiva. Korea Week CC pits them against each other to determine the outcome: the Festiva loses the contest by a large margin. Why? It was way too good of a car. So losing is winning […]

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Curbside Classic: 1988 Hyundai Excel – The Damn Near Deadly Sin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1988-hyundai-excel-the-damn-near-deadly-sin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1988-hyundai-excel-the-damn-near-deadly-sin/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 16:58:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372753 Americans are a forgiving sort, and redemption from sin is just the right gesture away. Well, that applies more to politicians and celebrities than to car companies. It can be a little more challenging to overcome the damage from a poor quality car, especially if you’re the brand new kid on the block. Just ask […]

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Americans are a forgiving sort, and redemption from sin is just the right gesture away. Well, that applies more to politicians and celebrities than to car companies. It can be a little more challenging to overcome the damage from a poor quality car, especially if you’re the brand new kid on the block. Just ask […]

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Curbside Classics: Two Oddballs From 1987: Jeep Wagoneer And Mitsubishi Precis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/curbside-classics-two-oddballs-from-1987-jeep-wagoneer-and-mitsubishi-precis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/curbside-classics-two-oddballs-from-1987-jeep-wagoneer-and-mitsubishi-precis/#comments Sun, 17 Jan 2010 02:46:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342044 The visit to the yard of the Saab 99 owner was…stimulating, and…out of the ordinary. And a brief tour of his house furthered that impression; and the pirate ship in the front yard cemented it. So when I found my way to the curb, and saw two pretty ordinary looking cars sitting there (his tenants’, […]

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The visit to the yard of the Saab 99 owner was…stimulating, and…out of the ordinary. And a brief tour of his house furthered that impression; and the pirate ship in the front yard cemented it. So when I found my way to the curb, and saw two pretty ordinary looking cars sitting there (his tenants’, […]

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