Car News:  Oversteer

Autotrader Find: 1989 Mitsubishi Precis for $2,475

RELATED READING
See all Mitsubishi Precis articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Karma cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs MAZDA cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Chris O'Neill January 2020

Here's something extremely rare. It's a 1989 Mitsubishi Precis. The Precis was a rebadged Hyundai Excel, which itself was the vehicle Hyundai used to launch its brand in the United States back in 1986. While the Excel was out of production by 1989, the Precis was sold from 1987 all the way through to 1994.

From a value perspective, the Excel and Precis were pretty good given that they started at just $4,995, or a little under $12,000 in 2020 dollars. But when it came to reliability, these two were pretty atrocious, which was the primary reason for Hyundai's pitiful brand image during its early years here in the U.S., and the reason you basically never see them on the road today. Thin body panels, trouble starting and cheap plastics were all traits of the Excel/Precis twins.

Available body styles consisted of a 4-door sedan, a 5-door hatchback and a 3-door hatchback, although Mitsubishi-badged examples seem to have only been offered as hatchbacks. The Precis and Excel made use of a 1.5-liter Mitsubishi inline 4-cylinder putting out a meager 68 horsepower. Transmission options were a 3-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual.

The 1989 Mitsubishi Precis listed here is located in Batavia, Illinois. It's a 3-door hatch and it comes in silver with a blue interior. While there are no photos of the interior, the ad states that the transmission is a 5-speed manual. While there's hardly a practical application for a vehicle like this here in 2020, for just $2,475, this well-preserved Precis would make a pretty great conversation piece, and would certainly turn some heads at a Radwood event or any other 90s-themed car show.

Here's a commercial I found online for the Precis, where I learned that it's pronounced 'Pree-sis' -- not 'Prexis' like I had assumed the entire time I was writing this. Find a Mitsubishi Precis for sale

MORE FROM OVERSTEER
Remember When Car Seats Were Plush Couches?
5 Great Old Police Cars for Sale on Autotrader
Autotrader Find: Very Shiny 2016 McLaren 675LT in F1 Chrome

We use cookies and browser activity to improve your experience, personalize content and ads, and analyze how our sites are used. For more information on how we collect and use this information, please review our Privacy Policy. California consumers may exercise their CCPA rights here.
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Autotrader Find: 1989 Mitsubishi Precis for $2,475 - Autotrader
×