1989 Opel Kadett Reviews

1989 Opel Kadett Estate GL 1.6i 75HP from Serbia

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6i 75HP Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance332000 kilometres
Previous carYugo Zastava 128

Summary:

Performance for small amount of money

Faults:

Replaced fuel pump and air flow meter (MAF), because poor performance and economy.

On 290000 km- general repair of engine, it was very cheap not abov 350e...

Also needed new paint job and some new body work part, not so cheap 400e...

General Comments:

In general it is very thanks-full car, low cost of repairs and maintains, very good performance, mostly because it weight only 920 kg...

Because I like sport driving, I swapped my engine for 2.0 8v GSi engine, lowered springs for 55mm in front and 30mm behind (APEX Street Race Kit),place new anti-roll bar in front (EIBACH),and replaced front brakes from GSI model.

Then I modified engine with fully prohrom exhaust, with 0-approbation muffler, also I fitted K&N 75i kit, and finally replaced the mass air flow meter with one from BMW 325i 91' model.

Combination of all that producted engine power of 147 HP at 7200 rpm, all measured on Dyno Test.

Chassis didn't need much modification because the new engine is only 50 kg heavier then originally engine, and one MOMO strut-brace in front was enough.

402m street race (also called 1/4 mile) time is underneath 15 seconds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2005

1989 Opel Kadett LS 1,6i petrol from Ukraine

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1,6i petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired166000 kilometres
Most recent distance178000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap and terrific for my first car

Faults:

I had to replace some rubbers on the running parts and one light bulb.

This car gets very rusty in extreme weather conditions.

General Comments:

The car is very good and reliable.

However it is not comfortable for big people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

1989 Opel Kadett 1.6i Power from Norway

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6i Power Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A decent bargain if no rust

Faults:

All the below happened at 160,000km.

Flexible petrol line, underneath car, degraded. Cheap to replace.

Shock absorbers failed. All needed replacing.

Timing belt failed.

Weakened brake lines due to rust. All needed replacing.

General Comments:

It's a pretty decent car. It starts well in all temperatures and runs well. It has good acceleration and is pretty roomy inside. Parts for replacement are relatively cheap. Fuel economy is also good.

Its down points are that it rusts badly around the wheel arches. This happens when the car becomes old, and can cost a lot to repair (especially in Norway), thus the car becomes fodder for the scrap heap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

1989 Opel Kadett LS 1.4i from Finland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

An excellent everyday car

Faults:

I've had only minor problems with the car.

Brakes have needed the most of my attention. They stick occassionally.

Sometimes the warning light for electricity is lit but there has never been a problem with electricity - in fact they work fine in any weather.

The doors and locks freeze when the temperature drops several centigrades to freezing (below zero) after rain. Greasing the mechanisms help.

General Comments:

Nice to drive.

Economic (normally 5,5 l/100 km on highway which beats even most more modern engines).

Extremely reliable all-around car. Starts always, even in -30 C temperature.

Roomy, especially the trunk.

Well designed cabin - plenty of places for small things, like mobile phone, parking disk, pens, etc.

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

Review Date: 16th July, 2002

1989 Opel Kadett California 1.4S from Portugal

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4S Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired250 kilometres
Most recent distance116500 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A very reliable and economic car, with a powerful engine

Faults:

The suspension is not very good, and it could have some better brakes.

General Comments:

A very nice car, a "combat" engine. If you treat it with care, it can run for over 300 000 km without any problems.

Steady car, good performance (max. speed of 195km/h), astonishing...

A must have, with all the extras...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2001

13th May 2004, 08:53

I agree, my kadett 160GSE is standing on 396 000km and still running good, she doesn't even smoke.

1989 Opel Kadett LS 1.8i from Finland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Ritmo

Summary:

Nice car for summertime

Faults:

Rear brakes totally replaced at 230000 km.

Exhaust system replaced at 243000 km.

General Comments:

Reliable car in summertime.

Very economical car and cheap parts.

Nice performance, for a car of this type.

Very large trunk.

Soft, but still uncomfortable suspension.

Not a very good car at winter time. It starts usually well, but sometimes it is nearly impossible to get inside, because the doors and door locks freeze. I had to break a window once to get inside.

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

Review Date: 30th September, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 6 reviews