Opel Ascona Review from Norway

1978 Opel Ascona S 1.2

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 kilometres
Most recent distance154000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 120Y


A reliable worker


The heater worked occasionally.

Rust in the doors and bottom.

Door handle broke in the cold.

Otherwise the was running without any problems.

General Comments:

The car was really reliable and had good fuel economy.

It was easy and safe to drive, and did not have any surprises.

But the 1.2 liter engine was way to slow for a car this big.

The acceleration was similar to somewhat between a Beetle and a 2CV, and it became very noisy at high speed.

Over 80 km/h that is.

The space in the backseat and trunk isn't too big.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2005

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review