1990 Vauxhall Belmont CDI 1.8 petrol


A good sensible car with no hi-tech electrical items, which is easy to repair


Clutch replaced due to cush drive on center plate being broken.

2 replacement batteries failed due to age.

Centre section of the exhaust was replaced, and two or three rear boxes were fitted.

Air mass control unit failed, due to water being sucked up in flood water. Replaced with a used one.

Fuel pump relay replaced.

No other major problems.

General Comments:

I have owned this car since 1996. It is still running good, passed its MoT with one advice note, slight wear on rear wheel bearings.

The engine runs fine, and is still very responsive, especially in 3rd gear.

The engine was replaced before I bought it, due to going through a flood at about 60000. The air intake is just above the lower bottom edge of the bumper, so that can be a problem.

I'm still in love with this car, but now it's showing its age, as some welding has been done to the body work, rear sills and rear wheel arches.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2014

1990 Vauxhall Belmont L 1.6


A bargain


My engine management light comes on and off, the garage told me it's a design fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th October, 2003

6th Nov 2009, 10:23

Garage speak for "we don't know how to fix it." Find another garage.

1990 Vauxhall Belmont CDi 1.8 petrol Injection


A comfortable quick car


Engine cutting out and difficult to restart. Replaced fuel pump relay.

Slight wheel wobble at motorway speeds. (Need balancing).

Very low tick-over speed (500 when purchased - would not run properly when cold). I have adjusted this myself to approx 800rpm.

Revs tend to wander at tick-over.

General Comments:

For about 9 years now I have wanted a Vauxhall Astra Belmont. After originally looking for one in 1993, I settled on a 1986 (D) reg 1.6 GL Vauxhall Cavalier Hatchback that had high mileage but was in great condition. I paid £1,495 which wasn't bad back then. The car was superb.

Last month though, I finally managed to get my Belmont. It is a 1991 (H) reg, 1.8 CDi in red. It is immaculate and obviously very well looked after, though the bonnet, roof and boot lid needed a good t-cutting to bring them up to the rest of the car's standard. The interior is unmarked and the bodywork is rust free, save for a tiny bit around the lip of the rear arches. It was for sale at £800. On test drive it was fine, though the clutch was heavy, so I offered £700, which included a fresh MOT.

The car has a remote alarm and immobiliser fitted from new, which must have been an option I guess. It drives very smoothly when on the move, but needs a good service though, some of which I have done myself. (Plugs, leads, air filter, cam cover gasket). The seats are extremely comfortable and even have lumbar adjustment, which I was surprised at.

When the car drives at motorway speeds (70mph) it is revving at only 2,500 rpm, so it should be great for long distance cruising. The boot is vast for a car of it's class.

My main bugbear so far has been the dreaded fuel pump relay problem. After purchase, the car would drive fine, then just cut out for no reason. I would struggle to start it sometimes, other times it restarted after only a few seconds of cranking. I read other similar reviews on this website and tried replacing the fuel pump relay, which is located on the passenger side front suspension turret. I ended up paying £25 for a replacement relay from Vauxhall, which I was able to fit in seconds. Since then, the car has been trouble free.

It still idles a little lumpily and is a bit thirstier than I anticipated, though I hope a full service from a proper mechanic will resolve this.

In summary, well worth the wait, as long as I can be sure these teething problems can be sorted out. I can't wait to see how it goes!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

15th Aug 2011, 15:13

I posted the original review.

Just an update - I needed to replace the thermostat as well, which ended up nearly doubling the economy - as the engine never used to warm up! I was the quite concerned that the temperature gauge would sit exactly half way up the dial. Saying that - it NEVER overheated, and never really moved after that...

Eventually, I moved to Cornwall and had to trade it in for a smaller more economical car - a Fiat Cinquecento Sporting. The chap I traded it in to was an old school friend of mine - he ran the Belmont for a while, and commented frequently on how well it drove and how comfortable it was!