1981 Opel Kadett Reviews

1981 Opel Kadett 1.2S Luxus 1.2 petrol from Netherlands

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres

Summary:

Not much can go wrong, except for rust

Faults:

The only real trouble I had was a broken accelerator cable, for which I had to call in the road assistance, because I forgot to take my toolbox with me.

A cooling hose started to leak because of age. Took me more time to get to the parts store by bicycle than the replacement itself.

The light bulbs in the dashboard went out, also because of age.

I replaced the front shock absorbers, which relieved the feeling of sea-sickness when driving on bumpy roads.

What finally killed the car, was rust. I had already done welding on the front suspension mounts and the bottom sills, but the wheel arches rusted tremendously and when the bottom started to rust as well (the passenger floor got wet when it was raining), it was time to say goodbye.

General Comments:

It was my first car, I bought it when I was a student.

There is virtually nothing what can go wrong on this car and should anything go wrong, you can fix it yourself with simple tools. It is amazing how accessible all mechanics are. If you look under the hood, there's so much space, you can almost mount a second engine!

The car was designated "Luxus", this meant there was a clock and a windshield wiper with interval setting. However, I could not find anything else what could be called luxury, as the car is extremely basic. On the other hand, there isn't really much what can break down.

There is a lot of space, due to the boxy, square design of the car. Fold away the rear seats and you'll be surprised how much you can carry.

The 1.2 liter OHV engine is not very powerful (54 bhp) and definitely not fuel-economic (drinks 9 liters of leaded 98 RON every 100 km), but unbelievably reliable. It never let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st September, 2004

3rd Sep 2009, 07:22

My first car. Lasted 15 years. One of the most reliable cars I've ever seen. Eternal love!

1981 Opel Kadett 1.2 from Greece

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres

Summary:

Good running cost and extremely reliable

Faults:

The transmission is the only main problem with this car. Nothing else at all.

General Comments:

After 21 owning this car, it has not lost anything from its starting power and performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews