1990 Opel Kadett GL 1.6i


Not (too) bad a car, even after 18 years


Commutator at 138000.

The fuel injector at 145000.

General Comments:

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad car, it's just too old. It was probably great 18 years ago.

I'm not sure if it's time to renew the suspensions, or the car is just simply uncomfortable. It feels every bump on the road, which can be very annoying on longer trips.

Of course it is incredibly rust prone. Every few weeks I detect a new rust area.

I had a few situations when I could not start it in the winter time.

Despite all the annoying things, it has never ever let me down on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2008

1987 Opel Kadett E 1.3i


Nice, cheap and reliable car, would by another anytime.


Camshaft broke in half (but valves were not damaged)

Valve-lifter broke and burnt oil damaged piston rings

Most components of the breaking system replaced (main cylinder, rear cylinders, disks, drums, etc.)

Some rubber pipes replaced

Body work

Most of the faults were age related

General Comments:

Extensive body rust.

Reliably starts and -20 degrees Celsius.

Low fuel consumption (6l/100km on open road)

Engine has only 60 hp, but very elastic.

Engine very reliable and durable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2006

1989 Opel Kadett Estate GL 1.6i 75HP


Performance for small amount of money


Replaced fuel pump and air flow meter (MAF), because poor performance and economy.

On 290000 km- general repair of engine, it was very cheap not abov 350e...

Also needed new paint job and some new body work part, not so cheap 400e...

General Comments:

In general it is very thanks-full car, low cost of repairs and maintains, very good performance, mostly because it weight only 920 kg...

Because I like sport driving, I swapped my engine for 2.0 8v GSi engine, lowered springs for 55mm in front and 30mm behind (APEX Street Race Kit),place new anti-roll bar in front (EIBACH),and replaced front brakes from GSI model.

Then I modified engine with fully prohrom exhaust, with 0-approbation muffler, also I fitted K&N 75i kit, and finally replaced the mass air flow meter with one from BMW 325i 91' model.

Combination of all that producted engine power of 147 HP at 7200 rpm, all measured on Dyno Test.

Chassis didn't need much modification because the new engine is only 50 kg heavier then originally engine, and one MOMO strut-brace in front was enough.

402m street race (also called 1/4 mile) time is underneath 15 seconds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2005