1988 Opel Kadett 1.6 injection from Poland


A quite comfortable 5-door hatchback that can be even used as some kind of a sports car


I had some problem with electronics, believe due to improper connections, central unit was replaced.

Entire exhaust system had to be replaced at about 330000 km.

Electric fuel pump was replaced at about 350000 km.

Engine began to use enormous quantities of oil above 350000km. I bought a second-hand engine.

I had some rust problems, especially rear arches and underbody.

General Comments:

I love driving this car! It is very comfortable (as for the class and age), has quite stiff and safe suspension.

Very good performance (0-100km/h in below 11 sec.)

Fuel consumption below 8.5 l/100km in the city and below 6.5 l/100km on the highway, even when using full power of the engine, however it raises 1.5-2 l/100km in the wintertime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2002

1988 Opel Kadett LS 3 door 1.3 carb from Netherlands


An underestimated quality product


The car is very reliable, but one time the engine was full of petrol due to a small error in the carburettor which was solved in no time.

Also the bottom of the car had some bad spots before I started to drive it.

General Comments:

This car is not a really quick car, but it isn't slow either; it's quicker than other 1300cc cars in its class. In spite of the fact that this engine only develops 60 HP, a well fitting gear-box delivers a lot of driving pleasure.

The handling of the car is really nice; it has a quite good traction, but above all it is very predictable. Due to this the car is all so really easy to correct.

But probably the strongest aspect of this German "legend" is the reliability; except the one time the engine was filled with petrol, the car has never let me down, not even in extreme cold or foggy weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2001

15th Apr 2004, 05:07

I like your comments. I think that it is right.

I have also a Kadett, built in 1986. The engine is 1300 cc, but has 75 hp. I'd like to know something about the fuel consume of other similar cars. If you have such a car please send me information about it. The ask is for everybody who read it.


Thank you.

1st Aug 2004, 03:28


I've just bought this car myself, Kadett 1.3 LS, 1988. I am looking for some on-line repair manuals that would be free for download as I cannot pay on-line from where I am...

Anybody knows some good links?

Thank you very much,