1983 Opel Kadett D 1.0S
Has only failed us once in these years, due to a broken exhaust. This event happened when we hit a rock on the road, and only realised the fault after we had driven it for 40 km and had to climb a steep hill...
Extremely reliable, taking in account the abuse it received from 4 different drivers in the family over the course of 30 years.
Engine block still original, did not change pistons, valves, camshafts etc. Even a 1.0S could clock 140kmh; quite good, given it has only 45hp.
Big greenhouse type windows make the journey enjoyable, and remove any claustrophobic fear like in many modern coupes.
Due to a lack of spares, I had to modify the top mounts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2012