1986 Opel Manta 18s Berlinetta 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Punchy performance. A shame to see it getting old
Head gasket found to have been blowing for 6 months, until it finally totally blew.
Thermostat got stuck.
Exhaust center section cracked.
Speedometer needle bounces up and down.
Front calipers seized.
Wheel cylinders seized.
Drivers window lets wind and rain through when doing high speeds.
Stalls a lot when cold, and has a slight miss for a few minutes until warm.
Driver's seat squeaks, no matter how much WD40 you put onto it.
Fuel pump constantly leaks oil.
Rocker cover gasket always needs changing.
4x4s keep reversing into it in car parks.
It's got a great look, and the drive is like nothing else I've driven before.
Spongy as anything front suspension, yet rock solid on the rear. Corners surprisingly tight in the dry; the back comes round when easing off the throttle.
It's got a good kick when you engage that clutch sharply, sounds great when you open the second choke up, but performance on single choke is really all you should ever need.
The ride is a bit bumpy at times. Great on the motorway; accelerates up all hills in 5th, and never flags, even with a full load.
It seems to need a bit more up the top end, but hey, it has loads of torque.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th November, 2002