1991 Opel Calibra C20XE 16v from Cyprus


Despite its problems, I'll love it forever!


The first thing to break on my Calibra was the radiator, which caused the car to overheat.

The engine then started to stutter, switching completely off regardless of temperature, and this took 4 years of a variety of mechanics working on the car to solve. We replaced head gasket, airflow meter, idle valve, spark plugs and air hoses, and the problem turned out to be a faulty fuel sensor.

The steering wheel column lost all steering fluid one day, which required the steering column to be replaced.

The thermostat was the next to go, and had to be replaced in order to allow the engine to warm up.

The gearbox is also showing early signs of wear, but this is to be expected, as the previous owner did not take very good care of it.

General Comments:

Despite all the problems, I would not consider selling my Calibra. Given that this car had been parked in a field for five years before I bought it, I think the expenses I put in it are justified.

She's a runner, gives torque in a broad spectrum of RPM, and accelerates very quickly without you ever realizing it!

The cornering wasn't all that great, until I added a strut bar and changed suspension to Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs with 45R17 tyres - now it's a dream. My only concern is that the low profile tyres absorb no shocks on the road, so I might switch to 16 inch and 50 profile, to preserve the car better.

On the road, it's very quiet and sleek, and definitely a head turner! I think it's one of the most beautiful coupes ever to go into production.

The back seats are surprisingly comfortable, even for some of my taller friends, and the boot is absolutely massive - given that this is essentially a streamlined coupe!

The steering is not great, but it's more responsive than other Opels and generally has a "sporty" feel about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2008

1991 Opel Calibra 16v 2.0 16v from Portugal


Stunning good looking car! Although it might look cheap for under 4000€, it's not a cheap car!


- Alternator was working, but badly

- Rotten spark leads

- ABS modulator was damaged

- Rattling doors

- Broken suspension

- Broken suspension toppings

- Water leaks

- Sunroof non working

- More than 20 small problems.

All of these problems above except the doors were solved, and as of now the 1991 car with 15 years on the clock is shining and brand new.

General Comments:

A good looking car and cheap for its class, the Calibra is a serious car, a proper man's car.

It's basically a Vectra, and that's not even half bad, The Calibra is very reliable for its age, 15 years and lots of problems, but to be honest with you, it never let me wrong even one time.

I got back from Spain one day, EML (Engine Management Light) on, the car didn't stop, fixed the problem for less than 20€, Overall, I was able to restore my car to near perfect for only 4000€, and that includes new tyres, new suspension, new paint and almost new leather interior.

All in all the title says it all, it might be a cheap car to buy from someone, but to have it be completely perfect without any problems, I would say it's a rather good reliable car! Although the 16v version on this one is the RedTop C20XE engine, I heard that the X20XEV Ecotec engine is very Weakotec as they use to say, so stay away from Ecotec.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2006

29th Mar 2007, 04:30

I don't think the guy from portugal would have any idea what you're talking about lol.

21st Jun 2007, 17:35

I do know what he is talking about I love my calibra I'm about to get my turbo and still stickying with my 16v, but I had a lotus esprit v8 gt 354bhp I know what a car is :)