1992 Opel Rekord GSI 3.8 from South Africa
Really great and fun to drive
Pick up on crank pulley packed up at 150000km.
Started jumping out of reverse and clutch went at 160000km. Could not find reverse idler from agents, thus not repaired, car is worth approx. R15000.00 and new clutch kit from agents cost over R7000.00. Had Clutch and pressure plate rebuilt, but now it shudders.
Very little rust under rear windscreen, had repaired in 2005.
Seats have worn badly, headrests started falling apart. Had all repaired as well.
Speedometer has never worked properly, first jumping up and down all the time, now the needle stops at 40km when not going and never goes higher than 110 km.
Air conditioning is really weak and the car never really cools down inside on a hot summer day.
This car goes extremely well. She does approx. 140 km/h at 2400 rpm. I tow a boat and sometimes a caravan and never have I driven a car with so much torque.
She is fun to drive and handles really well.
I think this car was only built with these specs in South Africa with a Holden 3.8L V6 from Australia and a Borg Warner T5 V8 Gearbox.
Spare parts are a problem because you only get them from the agents and most parts are no longer available. Second hand parts are also a problem because very few of these cars end up in scrap yards.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th April, 2006