1985 Opel Ascona GL 1.3
Not much, as when I bought it, I was aware that I needed to change a wheel bearing and U-joint, head gasket, T-belt, alternator belt, and rear brake cylinder. All these parts were changed and the cost was only 100 euros.
The vehicle was originally with diesel engine, which probably died and then a benzine engine was put in.
The car is excellent, even it is too old. I was lucky to find one with no rust; the body was perfect.
After changing the mentioned parts, I installed a gas installation so I drove the vehicle most of the time using natural gas, which is twice as cheap as benzine.
In 2 years I had no single problem, and the poor vehicle was used every day on rough & bumpy roads. Nothing was broken in that 2 year period; only oil and filters have been changed regularly.
The vehicle mileage is not possible to discover, because if I am correct, I was the fourth owner, but according to my opinion, it should be about 300.000-350.000 km.
Handling is perfect, especially if you drive long distances; you will be satisfied. Before I had a Golf model 1995, which wasn't that comfortable. Now I feel sorry because few days ago I sold my lovely and reliable Ascona. Now I will see how my Renault will be.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2008