1986 Opel Manta GTE 2.0 i from UK and Ireland
A cheap, classic 80's German sports car
I brought car with an undetermined brake problem, (so despite it having only the one previous owner from new, being serviced every 12 months on the dot, garaged every night, never taken above 85 MPH, spotless inside and out and cared for like a child!) for a bargain price of only £200!
The brake problem was tracked down to the master cylinder being worn and a large amount of air and blockage in the pipes due to this. The part was not easy to find - something I hadn't considered when I brought the car.
At 83k miles the speedo cable snapped, but was easily replaced. All in all there are no mechanical faults, rusting, no rubber spilt on the car.
Generally fault free so far.
I had always wanted this car since I moved into the house next door 12 years ago, when it came up for sale I was the first there and struck a deal.
Compared to my previous XR3i, this car was God! Faster, far better handling, far more comfortable seats.
Dash is a little dated, but a change of colour works well.
Handles better than I thought for a rear wheel drive - unless you really push it in the wet!
Seat bottoms nice and long, good and comfortable over long journeys and helped by a nice driving position.
Interior gets a bit warm due to the shaft running through it, but large air ducts help keep things cool.
Running costs better than I thought even with the 2 litre engine.
Great motorway performer sustaining easily sustaining 115mph with little trouble.
Definatley a nice looking car, with classic "muscle car" looks and performance.
A performance exhaust and air filter make it sound more like a modern sports car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2002