1993 Opel Rekord CD 3.8i V6 from Namibia
Powerful and fun to drive
There is another review on this site for the Rekord 3.8 GSI manual. I have to agree that the first things that went on this car was the pick up sensor behind the crankshaft pulley.
Shortly afterwards the crank pulley itself packed up at about 170 000km. Apparently this is the normal distance you travel before it packs up.
I have already replaced my tensioner pulley and a water pump at approx 180 000km.
The most expensive replace was the ECC which got wet during the raining reason in 2004. The water leaked through the bottom part of the windscreen ran down the wiring loom into the ECU. I had that leak sorted out before I replaced the ECU of course. Except for fuel and tyres that is all I have replaced on the car so far.
Part are generally very expensive and hard to find.
Many of the body parts have already been discontinued.
The torque this beast has is great. It was voted SA tow car of the year 1992 and I can agree.
The automatic version has an unbelievable acceleration too. Car test shows that it was faster to 100 than the manual version.
Being quite heavy it handles nicely on the road especially after I fitted 17" wheels on it.
Seats are still in good order.
Air con blower very weak as I never feel any cold air.
Very spacious inside.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2007
Why didn't Opel bring this engine to European models, all we had available here was a lumpy 2.5 litre six in line only doing 136 hp (injected!), or as a Senator model with 3.0 ltr fuel injection and 180 hp, heavy engine, bad gas economy and not much real power.. even at Holden they put a V8 in it..
I like the Holden for its V8, but the 380 GSI is the better looking one by far! Great car!
I'm the author of the 1986 Rekord 2.0s review and lately bought myself a 1985 Rekord 2.0 injection 110 hp (CIH, not OHC!) with an 3spd automatic - quite fast (does 180 km/h easy) but thirsty when driven fast.
I have a few more of these cars, so I'm planning on some reviews..
Good luck with your car, again it's great!