1994 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS 1.7 turbo diesel
Get a good one and there's nothing better! Would you rather have a Mondeo?
Alternator required replacement (causing rev counter to fail and warning lights on dash to light up) £75 + VAT.
Dashboard bulbs needed replacing (less than an hour to do myself) £2 + VAT.
Accident damage rust (i.e. bumps and scrapes left untreated by previous owners)
Odd problem with central locking activating when passenger door electric window activated (possible dodgy earth or frayed wiring - but then it is 15 years old...)
Fuel tank has a small leak due to being stood for so long (71k in 15 years - 3500 miles a year, on average!)
There's not many left and was lucky to get this one for £550 with 71k on the clock. No history, but the condition of car bears this out.
Comfortable, economical (45mpg+) and so easy to maintain. Yes, OK, it's boring, but for commuting backwards and forwards to work it's ideal, can't beat it!
Don't ignore the oil changes at every 4,500 miles (easily done yourself though) and treat it with normal mechanical respect - I'm looking at 600k out of this one!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2010
Yes I would rather have a Mondeo!
I worked in the car trade for 10 years, mainly selling Vauxhalls for a living and know how these two drive very well, I've driven every Cav from a 1.4 base model to a Turbo 4x4.
The Mondeo was launched in 1993 and was ahead of the Cavalier in nearly every respect, that is -- handling, engines (all at least 16v except the diesel), refinement, safety (the safety cell was more rigid and it was widely recognised as the safest car in it's class when launched).
The motoring press loved it, it won the 1993 car of the year award, and it was better except in the minds of weirdly loyal Vauxhall fans who deluded themselves into thinking a Cav handled, rode and performed better, I obviously told them it did when selling them!
Anyway, I'll stick to my 2008 car with a 4 star euroncap rating thanks, not a 15 yr old one that'll implode with any kind of collision.
Oh, and you've only had it for 1000 miles, maybe run it a bit longer before saying how great it is?