1990 Vauxhall Calibra Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1990 Vauxhall Calibra Coupe 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Most stunning car on the road

Faults:

New gator offside front.

General Comments:

Wanted a 16v, couldn't resist this 8v at £2000. Absolutely stunning in silver with TSW alloys. Immaculate on an H-plate. A bargain.

What a stunning car the Calibra is. Just added a Pico twin back-box, not too much growl, but really looks the biz. Had a Cavalier SRi before, loved that car too, probably on a par for performance. Will keep this a while, then it will be a turbo or V6, must have another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2001

1990 Vauxhall Calibra 8v 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired83200 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A stunning looking reliable motor

Faults:

Idle control valve went at 91,000.

General Comments:

Totally reliable and fantastic car, cheap to pick up and fantastic amount of car for the money. Buy a cheap one now, I paid £2300 for one of the first on a G plate and it's 100% reliable.

Without any squeaks and rattles the interior is as good as the day it was made, well worth the money. I've done hardly anything other that a damn good service every 5000 miles. You can't go wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2001

1990 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0 16v DOHC petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v DOHC petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta Si

Summary:

A fantastic sports car for the money

Faults:

Carbon build up on the intake manifold.

Passenger door central locking failed.

General Comments:

When I bought the car it had a fully rebuilt engine, gearbox and clutch, the body work was perfect and performance was spot on. I have since spent thousands modifying it and the engine has responded well to all its modifications.

I won't be selling it for a long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2000

1990 Vauxhall Calibra 2.0 8V from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 8V Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFord Escort Ghia

Summary:

Don't buy one

Faults:

ABS.

Front suspension.

Rust.

Steering rack.

Alarm (repeatedly).

Assorted electrics (I had a Lancia with better electrics!)

General Comments:

Look good, but don't be deceived, they really are hopeless.

I also tried the turbo one for a while, it was faster but just as bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th September, 2000

1990 Vauxhall Calibra 16V 2.0 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 16V petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra 3.0 Turbo

Faults:

CV joints.

Bearings.

Sticky tappets for many months.

Magnetec oil & Slick 50 resolved this.

New lights ( till not very good good on rainy dark nights, design flaw??)

General Comments:

My car was lowered by 40mm, quiet de-restricted exhaust, Superchipped, full black leather.

Lovely car. Comfortable in the front and OK in the back. Good visibility.

Front Lights are always poor though.

Handled well with good power delivery, but the lowering and chipping made a vast amount of difference and is well worth the £300 or so to do.

Better car than Supra 3.0 Turbo, Sierra Cosworth 3dr, Rover 620 Ti and others I have owned. Not as quick but a safe and well balanced power range and drive.

I will be getting another one very soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2000

1990 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Steering rack had to replaced at 85,000 costing £400. Apart from that it has been very reliable.

General Comments:

Being one of the few pre Ecotec (Cosworth designed) engined Calibras, it was quite quick and could easily leave newer 16V Calibras behind. The downside was that it felt a little unstable at high speeds especially through corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 1999

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 10 reviews