1990 Vauxhall Cavalier L 1.8
A good reliable competent car
Whining speedo. I understand the speedo broke on the next owner. It was intermittent and not too loud.
Auto-choke carburettor had a severe mixture problem. I decided to change it for £200 for an aftermarket Weber direct replacement, manual choke, which worked really well.
Top coolant hose went about 1 month after I bought it. The petrol pipe to the carburettor was sweating petrol, dripping onto the coolant hose, which perished the rubber and burst at 70 m.p.h. Petrol pipe was replaced with a proper fuel injection rubber pipe.
CV boots replaced. Some aftermarket ones only lasted 2 years. Used the proper Vauxhall ones - thicker rubber, after the first repeat failure.
Cylinder head tightened due to oil leak from head gasket, leak down front of engine. Same thing happened on next Cavalier 1994 model bought 2002.
Water pump leaked and was replaced.
Only got rid of the car because I hit an exhaust section lying in the road (early morning, dark) and damaged the drivers door.
Very comfortable, economical, 35 m.p.g average. 1.8 litre engine.
A little excessive body roll, but could take 5th gear at 30 m.p.h.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th October, 2009