1980 Opel Manta Reviews

1980 Opel Manta GT/J 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

A classic sports coupe

Faults:

Rear seats "sunk"

Rusted inner wings.

General Comments:

My first car, a Manta 2.0 GT/J coupe in bright yellow (All original color and spec). A classic car which was a real head turner, had the original purple honeycomb interior, decals, stripes, twin carburettors, etc. Very good to drive, but not impressed with the dash board or air vents. V good on performance, but fuel economy could have been better (but expected from such an old car). The design of the rear seat cushion could have been better. The filling totally collapsed and it was very uncomfortable. Not to forget, not bad for a 4 speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

3rd May 2006, 08:15

Very simialr to my experiences, Great car, Excellent handling (for its time!). Dash was a bit dated, but it was definately a head turner...

1980 Opel Manta GT/E 2.0 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Calibra

Summary:

An everlasting eye-catcher

Faults:

Replaced the radiator preventively, it was beginning to leak cooling fluid.

Replaced the interior carpet, because the color it didn't match the color of the seats, which are red and black.

I found carpet in the same colour of the seats, looks great!!

The Opel dealers and mechanics do not have much knowledge anymore about the Manta.

General Comments:

My car is now 23 years old, and it still looks great. It gets looks from everyone who sees it. It's still a real eye-catcher! This is my third Manta, and it still got the looks!!!

The Manta handles a bit heavier than my other car (a Calibra), but it's driving characteristics are much more down to earth than the Calibra. It's much more fun.

The Manta is a real driver's car, the car is not everyone's friend in driving.

Especially in winter you have to watch out.

The Recaro's are really super seats, and mine are still completely intact.

If you treat the car with respect, it will treat you the same way.

It has a simple and reliable technique and parts are still good to come by, at fairly low prices, but mostly not at the Opel dealers.

If you take good care of the body (rust), the car will serve you almost everlasting.

In Holland there is a very active Opel Manta Club, and the members support Manta owners in every way possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2003

1980 Opel Manta GTE 2.0 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres

Summary:

This one was almost dead

Faults:

Rust, rust, rust....

Clutch replaced twice within five months (huh?...)

Gearbox replaced.

Water came in from everywhere (roof, windows, floor).

No oil pressure (less than 1.5 bar).

Brakes had some unexplained problems.

More rust.

General Comments:

Still big fun! Relatively cheap except for extra maintenance costs. 110ps was good enough for nice speeding.

This Manta GT/E had extra spoilers and skirts and looked like it came from a very bad part of town. Underneath these skirts rust grew like hell.

A nice sin. Great in winter, and a real eye-catcher!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2000

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews