Vauxhall Chevette Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1979 Vauxhall Chevette 1.3

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Previous carNone None


Best car I ever had


The head gasket blew.

Fuel pump died.

Water pump died.

Starter motor died.

The clutch gave up.

General Comments:

This car from its faults, should in theory be my most hated car... In fact I loved it.

It was my first car and I still love the look of them (so much so I have just purchased a project chevette).

They stick to the road and handle well.

Also they are something just a little bit different on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2005

10th Feb 2005, 20:22

I picked one of these up for a dealer in Manchester. I drove the car from Sussex, it had 14 miles on the clock, I made it to redhill in surrey when it lost power. I waited 2 days for it to be repaired. it needed new push rods.

I loved the little chevettes, simple good handling and cheap.

Miss those days.

John in New Zealand.

1980 Vauxhall Chevette GL sedan 1.3 OHV

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 OHV Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance119000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Samurai


Cheap, economical and won't let you down!


Original engine broke a ring after 100000km.

Big end bearings were also shot.

Replaced with whole new motor.

Replaced thermostat because it was running a bit over mid gauge, now runs between 1/4 and 1/2 gauge no matter what the temperature!

General Comments:

Very reliable, one of the tidiest orginal ones in New Zealand, only 100000km since new with 1 family owner, only thing wrong when I got it was the engine so I replaced the whole lot except gearbox.

All electrics work even the heated rear window!

Gearbox is very nice with a short throw.

Advice to others: Take care of the exterior! A lot of reviews complain of rust, keep it in a garage and wash and polish it regularly, rust occurs because people don't wash the debris of the paintwork.

I have not one problem with rust, and it shines like the day it rolled out of Vauxhall motors!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2004

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews