1990 Vauxhall Belmont Reviews

1990 Vauxhall Belmont L 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired22500 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A bargain

Faults:

My engine management light comes on and off, the garage told me it's a design fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th October, 2003

6th Nov 2009, 10:23

Garage speak for "we don't know how to fix it." Find another garage.

1990 Vauxhall Belmont CDi 1.8 petrol Injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89500 miles
Most recent distance89900 miles
Previous carFord Capri

Summary:

A comfortable quick car

Faults:

Engine cutting out and difficult to restart. Replaced fuel pump relay.

Slight wheel wobble at motorway speeds. (Need balancing).

Very low tick-over speed (500 when purchased - would not run properly when cold). I have adjusted this myself to approx 800rpm.

Revs tend to wander at tick-over.

General Comments:

For about 9 years now I have wanted a Vauxhall Astra Belmont. After originally looking for one in 1993, I settled on a 1986 (D) reg 1.6 GL Vauxhall Cavalier Hatchback that had high mileage but was in great condition. I paid £1,495 which wasn't bad back then. The car was superb.

Last month though, I finally managed to get my Belmont. It is a 1991 (H) reg, 1.8 CDi in red. It is immaculate and obviously very well looked after, though the bonnet, roof and boot lid needed a good t-cutting to bring them up to the rest of the car's standard. The interior is unmarked and the bodywork is rust free, save for a tiny bit around the lip of the rear arches. It was for sale at £800. On test drive it was fine, though the clutch was heavy, so I offered £700, which included a fresh MOT.

The car has a remote alarm and immobiliser fitted from new, which must have been an option I guess. It drives very smoothly when on the move, but needs a good service though, some of which I have done myself. (Plugs, leads, air filter, cam cover gasket). The seats are extremely comfortable and even have lumbar adjustment, which I was surprised at.

When the car drives at motorway speeds (70mph) it is revving at only 2,500 rpm, so it should be great for long distance cruising. The boot is vast for a car of it's class.

My main bugbear so far has been the dreaded fuel pump relay problem. After purchase, the car would drive fine, then just cut out for no reason. I would struggle to start it sometimes, other times it restarted after only a few seconds of cranking. I read other similar reviews on this website and tried replacing the fuel pump relay, which is located on the passenger side front suspension turret. I ended up paying £25 for a replacement relay from Vauxhall, which I was able to fit in seconds. Since then, the car has been trouble free.

It still idles a little lumpily and is a bit thirstier than I anticipated, though I hope a full service from a proper mechanic will resolve this.

In summary, well worth the wait, as long as I can be sure these teething problems can be sorted out. I can't wait to see how it goes!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

15th Aug 2011, 15:13

I posted the original review.

Just an update - I needed to replace the thermostat as well, which ended up nearly doubling the economy - as the engine never used to warm up! I was the quite concerned that the temperature gauge would sit exactly half way up the dial. Saying that - it NEVER overheated, and never really moved after that...

Eventually, I moved to Cornwall and had to trade it in for a smaller more economical car - a Fiat Cinquecento Sporting. The chap I traded it in to was an old school friend of mine - he ran the Belmont for a while, and commented frequently on how well it drove and how comfortable it was!

1990 Vauxhall Belmont L 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

A cheap reliable bargain

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This is a cheap fantastic car.

Its performance is great for an 11 year old car.

There are plenty of used Belmonts around, a lot cheaper to buy than the Astra, but just as much fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2001

1st Aug 2003, 13:36

How do you fix ar set time on a 1993 saturn 1.9 motor?

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews