1985 Opel Manta Reviews

1985 Opel Manta GSi 2.0 from Sweden

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres

Summary:

A very good, but rust prone car

Faults:

It needed new exhaust when I bought it.

Low oil pressure warning light did not work, but was a cheap fix.

After 2 years ownership, rust started showing at the yearly vehicle inspection, but I fixed it.

After 3 years ownership, the ignition coil went bad and was replaced, together with new springs and shock absorbers.

Last year of ownership, the whole "floor" behind rear axle was totally rusted out, and the bushings in the rear axle were getting pretty worn, so the handling was getting bad.

General Comments:

This was my first car.

Wonderful, and much fun in the winter with rear wheel drive and its LSD.

Never got stuck, even if the snow was deep (20cm).

Pretty good acceleration, but not much happening below 3000 RPM.

Stock Recaro seats were good, and the gearbox was firm.

When driven hard with much fun in the winter, it took around 0,95 litres/10km.

When driven normally, around 0,85 litres/10km.

The sunroof was wonderful during the summer.

Big boot and room for much luggage, but tight for more than 2 grown people inside the cabin (what would you expect, it is a sports car).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2012

1985 Opel Manta GSi 2.0L EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L EFI Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

Fantastic sports car for the 80's and today

Faults:

The bonnet rusted severely (fixed)

The area around the sunroof rusted (almost fixed)

A teeny bit of chassis has some rust on it.

The speedo gear drive on the tail-shaft of the gearbox has failed.

General Comments:

This car is amazing! Factory Recaro interior, factory mags which are approaching stylish, a factory sunroof, wicked handling especially in the wet, this car is a gem!

As a fellow Opel owner quoted: "Looks good, goes good, rusts great!"

The girls love it, and for only 130hp, it feels and drives quickly and responsively.

Unfortunately, in my country way far away from Germany, parts are very very hard to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2003

1985 Opel Manta 2.0 GSi 4 cylinder 2.0 EFi 8v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder 2.0 EFi 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired93450 kilometres
Most recent distance98245 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Mira

Summary:

A rough diamond

Faults:

Rust developed around the sunroof.

Clock light turns off when headlights turn on.

Cigarette lighter D.O.A.

Rust around passengers door.

Sunroof squeaks and scrapes.

General Comments:

This Manta is probably the only one in the whole country with a sunroof.

It turns heads, no one knows what it is!

It has a brand new set of factory GSi badged Recaro seats front & rear, brand new carpet and mats too.

The sunroof is excellent for illuminating the cabin, and there is positively STACKS of room!

The controls are laid out so perfectly, its like it was made for me, and me alone.

This car is an ultimate head-turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

12th Mar 2004, 10:32

I own a manta and I put an engine from Rekord 1800 S. I own it for 10 years. It has a sunroof and it has no rust at all. Everybody says a story about the rust, but this thing here in Greece does not exist in these cars.

After all these years and 450000 km the only repairs I have done in the car is to fix the starter and the alternator, to put a used Rekord engine. The other 1300cc was not bad, but powerless for me. In the second engine I have done 250000 km and the only repair I did is to clean the head and the valves.

Manolis.

Greece.

28th Jun 2009, 19:19

It's probably one of the last real Opels!! I've never had in the past serious problems except some minor!!! It belongs to everybody who has the basic knowledge to understand the differences between the past and what we live!!!

1985 Opel Manta GT/E 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carCitroen Visa

Summary:

A real chick magnet.

Faults:

Rust appeared under the wheel arches at 50,000 miles, which I suppose took quite a while for an un galvanized body.

Fuel gauge stopped working at 70,000 miles (after that had to use the milometer to guess when the car needed re fueling).

General Comments:

What an absolute beauty!

Bought the car new from Belgium in 1985.

This car was way ahead of its time in terms of appearance. I never had a minutes trouble with this car, and apart from the minor problems mentioned above, the car ran trouble free and never broke down.

The Calibra had a lot to live up to as the Manta's replacement and I still don't think it was any where near as good!

The wheels looked fantastic and the car was a real joy to drive (even without power steering) and it always got heads turning.

I think Opel should give the Manta a small face lift to make it a bit more modern then re - release it because I truly miss this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

1985 Opel Manta GT/E 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Terrific for a long-term relationship

Faults:

Alternator failed at 114,000.

Intermittent fuel pump cut-out, which mysteriously fixes itself after several hours, several times over the last few years.

Recently started letting in water during very heavy rain, on passenger side.

Passenger door has always required considerable force to close.

Window handle knobs became detached.

General Comments:

This car has provided excellent service for over 10 years. It has been exceptionally reliable, with the exception of recent fuel-pump cutouts.

It is easy and inexpensive to service, and the performance and handling have never disappointed me. It compares well in speed and handling with modern cars.

Possibly the eye of the beholder and all that, but it still seems a very attractive car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews