1995 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews from UK and Ireland

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 2.0 16v

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156

Summary:

Great car; a wolf in sheep's clothing!

Faults:

Lambda sensor at 150000 miles.

New brake disc's and pads on the front. 149000 miles.

General Comments:

Personally I think the Cavalier is an excellent car. It was the perfect rep mobile and now it seems more and more boy racers are getting their mitts on them because of the mod's available and the performance.

My car, which is the ecotec model, has covered 150000 miles and it still feels tight as a drum and pulls well. It's a 1 previous owner car and is immaculate; it's totally standard and could possibly do with updating. The previous owner said that the only problem he had was a head gasket failure at 89000 miles, and apart from regular servicing and maintenance, never had to do anything to it!! Since I've had it I've covered roughly 13.500 miles in about a year and have only replaced the lambda sensor.

I'm told that these will go up to about 125mph, but I don't thrash mine as it serves me well and has been reliable!

The handling is not as good as an Alfa Romeo, but the overall value for money is better by miles. Alfa Romeos are my love affair, but for every day motoring, which is not mundane and boring (sorry Mondeo driver's) this is the car. Definitely a future classic; get one while you can!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2008

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier LS 1.7 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance127115 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Great for a cheap to run car, but built with no passion whatsoever

Faults:

Seats are becoming worn.

Starter motor worn.

General Comments:

For a diesel, great, quick above 2600RPM and fuel efficient.

However, wear and tear are setting in very quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2007

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS 1.7 turbo diesel

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A great car

Faults:

Nothing other than normal service items.

But I have an intermittent electrical problem. Earlier this year I had an alternator problem, in that the airbag light flickered when pulling away; sure enough alternator was faulty (thanks for the tip who ever left the message on this board).

After replacing it with 3 Vauxhall ones (fault still persisted) it was repaired, then it packed up altogether. Fitted a new alternator, but since then, when you start up from cold, the battery light does not come on and the rev counter does not work unless you blip the throttle, then it works. When car is hot and restarted everything works. Fitted a new battery in October, but still problems persists. Rev counter works off the alternator/turbo? Am I correct? Could it be another alternator?

I realise the car is 12 years old, but there is so much life in her I do not want to sell her. Any ideas where to look?

General Comments:

This car is a dream to drive, economical on diesel, NEVER lets me down, and is worth every penny I bought her for and spent on her since.

It will be a sad day if & when I have to part with here. Why did Vauxhall stop making this car?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2007

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier GLSi 2.0 16v

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Faults:

Cam/Crank sensors replaced 2 times

Lamda Sensor

Idle Control speed valve sticking

Faulty Key (microchip)

Water Pump leaking

Engine often used to cut out for no reason.

General Comments:

What a complete joke in comparison to my 1990 2.0 8v cavaier that I once owned with 160k on the clock and still going well when I made the mistake of getting ride of it!!

A lovely looking car if that's all you wanted to do with it. This Cavalier cost me a fortune and 9 out of 10 times it ended up being taken to a Vauxhall Dealer for repair.

I'm not sure if I had a bad one or what, but in my mind Vauxhall seemed to have lost the plot in the mid 1990's when they introduced the "ECO TEC" engines.

When the thing used to work, it was fast, comfortable drive and good on petrol... but as I say When it used to work. In the end I traded it into a garage with the engine management light!!!

A really nice car completely let down by poor engine management design.

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

Review Date: 17th March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 50 reviews