1992 Vauxhall Calibra Turbo 4x4 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Faster than an Evo and Scooby


Needed new tyres and rear axle bush.

General Comments:

Unbelievably quick, truth be told there are so many little boys out there who own Evos and Scoobys and think that they have the fastest car in the world. You're wrong.

Every Calibra Turbo I have had HAS smoked on more than one occasion several Evos and countless Scoobys. Now mine has been tuned slightly, but the fact is there are a lot of idiots who have never owned one and never will, purely because you have to be smart. Evo and Scooby drivers read out of Max Power or quote Fast and Furious and think they are the bomb. My Calibra was running 280bhp, 0-60 in 4.9 seconds and topping out at 178mph. I know; I had to use sat nav as the car was off the clock. I have owned a Scooby Turbo AND an Evo. They are not as quick. They handle better, but in a straight line it's bye bye Japanese!

The Calibra Turbo if looked after is reliable, fun and incredibly fast. It will smoke most cars you see such as the pathetic "rival" the VW Corrado, Evos and Scoobys who are only owned by grandads, Golfs, Audi, Beemers the list is endless!

Quite simply to all the haters of the Calibra Turbo: get over your jealousy. Enjoy paying your high insurance premiums and replacing your turbos every few thousand, enjoy the price of petrol and the awful styling as well as the lack of comfort.

Next time you're overtaken, just watch for the Calibra Turbo, and when you top out at 150, get on ebay and source a Cally Turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2009

5th Jul 2009, 06:39

LOL Vauxhall fanboy!

Just face facts, you're bashing on Scoobys and Evo's coz you're jealous that they can go round corners and yours can't. Might just as well drive a V8 milk float.

2nd Nov 2009, 06:50

The 4wd systems on these things can't cope with the standard 204 bhp. A mate bought one new, and it had two transfer boxes in its first year. The system is also specifically excluded from most aftermarket warranties because its so unreliable.

Love to see how many standing starts you can do in a 280 bhp one before the 'box shits itself all over the road.

Nothing based on a Cavalier is ever going to go around corners properly either.

1992 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0L from UK and Ireland


Fantastic car, great value for money


Only minor problems; fuel filter, relay for the fuel pump, radiator hose and only just replaced the coil.

Nothing major, but it is well serviced and the major mechanical problems that a Calibra can suffer from have been avoided.

General Comments:

Comfortable, quick, handles brilliantly.

Will keep it until it is into the classic league and beyond.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2008

1992 Vauxhall Calibra SE 2.0 8v petrol from UK and Ireland


Reliable runabout, looks different, cheap to keep


Nothing really has gone wrong. I had a fuel line that was corroded with age start to weep, but I replaced with no hassle.

I have done a lot of preventative maintenance to be honest, cheaper in the long run, new cam belt fan belt water pump and anti freeze, full service, gear box oil etc...

Did a set of front pads and discs, rear pads, discs, and handbrake shoes too.

All filters replaced and put new front pipe, cat and oxygen sensor on too while I was at it, as the flange coupling was looking a bit worse for wear.

Because I get all parts at trade prices, only cost me 220 quid for all the parts and oil etc..

All the above are wear parts, so I thought I'd replace it all and basically start with a fresh running car.

General Comments:

Car does not go like a rocket, but then you don't buy an 8 valve antique engine like this for performance.

The engine and running gear are sweet. The car had full service history when I picked it up, and the way it drives shows it has been looked after.

The beauty with the 8 valve engine is it's pretty much bomb proof, they have used it for many many years, and with hardly any sensors to cock it up, there is very little to go wrong with them to be honest.

The oils have been changed on time every time, so no horrible tappet noises, gearbox remains slick and has no slack at all.

Everything on this particular cars still works, (windows mirrors etc...)

The main plus point is when it comes to parts, with many being sourced from the Cavalier. That coupled with the fact it only has the 8 valve engine makes everything pretty much cheap to fix or replace.

The interior has worn very well considering, all is still in place with no annoying rattles. The only thing I can say on my car is that the drivers seat bolster has worn slightly, with a hole about half an inch in diameter, right on the point where you rub seat getting in and out of car.

The fuel consumption is pretty good for a car of this size with a small engine. I get mid 30's round town, and up to high 40's on a run.

Because this car has been looked after, there hasn't really been any bodywork issues with it either; wheel arches are all good, car hasn't had any paint, and after going round every panel I can find only on tiny scab just starting to form on the very bottom of the drivers door.

I have heard a few bad reviews on this car, but if you buy them right, they are quite a sturdy reliable motor.

Some of the original journalists reviews are correct in saying the rear visibility isn't perfect, but then it's just something you get used to as you drive the car.

They also complained about the understeer you get from them, but if you drive your car normally, then you don't get any. It's only noticeable when you push the car.

One main important thing to look out for when buying one of these, it must be stressed, is to pull the sound proofing away from the bulkhead where the steering rack is held; have a really good inspection, as they are known for cracking, and it's a right pain in the butt to repair. Trust me, you don't really want to get stuck with that job.

When looking for the one I have now, I saw about 3 out of 15 cars I looked at all with cracked bulkheads.

Although this should be an MOT failure as far as I can tell... one of these had slipped through and passed, and was up for sale with a brand new 12 months certificate!

Overall, it's a Cavalier in a different body, a car they made for many years, and is mechanically basic.

If you want a reliable run around that looks different from the norm, have a good hunt round, look PROPERLY at each car, and buy one.

Mine is in Caribbean Blue I think they call it, and stands out everywhere I go; looks good on the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2008

20th Apr 2008, 07:45

To add to the post, I noticed off side front ball joint was worn, so I replaced both wishbones on the front.

Bush kits was about a tenner, but a new wishbone was only 14 quid with bushes already in, so for less than 30 quid saved a lot of aggravation, only 2 bolts and 2 nuts per side, straight off straight back on with new parts, easy peasy!

Has stiffened the front end up a bit too!

20th May 2011, 13:44

Hi I agree with some of your comments, but I own an M reg Calibra 2.0 8v. It was OK and fun to drive with cold air induction kit fitted. Even turned over a couple of Scoobys!!! Yes, I was surprised too. But now I've put a decat pipe on, COME ON EVOs!!! Massive improvement, goes like s*i* off a shovel, honest. Hard to chip, but it's the best way forward. And went from Devon to Birmingham on 20 quid. BARGAIN, BEST BUY EVER!!!

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