1987 Opel Manta Reviews from UK and Ireland

1987 Opel Manta 400 replica 2.0 GTE

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 GTE Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Brilliant, affordable classic. Getting scarce

Faults:

After modifying the car, fitted the 400 kit and painted it white with red decals.

Fitted an original 14000 mile engine, which is bulletproof. My plan is to change it out for an XE sometime.

Rear disc brake upgrade and Volvo 4 pots fitted to the front.

No gearbox or axle faults.

General Comments:

Great car for the summer. I like to spectate at rally events, and the car always gets some nice feedback.

Getting ready for MoT at the end of this week. Plan to have her on the road for May.

This car was being built when I posted about the dolphin grey car above. Currently building a V8 Mantzel Manta since 2005...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2012

1987 Opel Manta Exclusive 2.0

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156

Summary:

Classy modern day sports on a budget

Faults:

Fog Lamp switch failed due to earthing problem.

Headlamp wiring faulty causing one lamp to be out on dipped beam.

Sticking Brake caliper at the front although not surprising as it has stood for 4 years.

General Comments:

Fantastic looking motor that still turns heads and looks great.

Basic, but well put together including excellent rear wheel drive.

Engine has lots pf Torque with great acceleration and smooth power delivery.

Roofs tend to rot if they have the optional sunroof. Also they rust under the battery compartment with water ingress.

Interior Recaro seats give good support.

Not much room for a modern radio as the depth behind the dash is 6 inches - whereas my Kenwood single slot is 6.5 inches.

Exclusives last of the line give fabulous Classic motoring on a budget - great UK owners club.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

1987 Opel Manta GTE 2.0

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 216

Summary:

Fun

Faults:

Things only go wrong after I try to make the car better!

Battery failed completely.

Front brake calipers found seized when changing discs and pads.

Car fills with condensation frequently.

Bad earth caused poor starting.

General Comments:

Damn cheap to buy - £375. After some work now worth £600!

Getting parts is easy as there are many cars still being broken for spares.

Club support is useful.

Handles nicely, decent performance but no firecracker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2001

1st Nov 2001, 13:38

A very good comment on the best car around! I'm only 15, but I've just done up a Ford Orion and am going to sell it it to buy a Manta GT/E. I love them, my dad's previously had a couple. Keep them living!

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews