Opel Kadett Review from Lithuania

1987 Opel Kadett 1.3

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Cheap, and unreliable for rookies

Faults:

1. Front shock absorbers are to be changed every one and half years, because the weight of the car is not distributed equally and is concentrated on the front of it.

2. Right front brakes were totally damaged two times in 4 years, though the front left is OK.

3. Car does not start at low temperatures (-10C) if it has been not run for a few days.

General Comments:

The car is very cheap to run - spare parts are not expensive, but if you have a construction defect, is impossible to detect it.

Brakes do not function at an appropriate level.

In winter, exploitation becomes expensive.

The car is very noisy inside because of poor comfort conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th July, 2001

9th Dec 2003, 18:43

Well, I don't agree you about the shock absorbers. I don't think the weight is not well distributed. My father has a 1990 1.4 with around 120.000KM and the shock absorbers still the original. Never replaced, and the car passes in the tests. And no, the roads here are not very friendly. I guess it's just good parts, as many others, of a great engineered car.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review