1992 Vauxhall Calibra Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1992 Vauxhall Calibra 8v 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Just like the name, a very cool car

Faults:

Car stalls when starting the car straight after a journey, but I have rev the engine and seems to fix it. Apart from that no major problems have occurred since ownership.

General Comments:

Sexy looking car, why Vauxhall stop making this model only god knows.

This car is so reliable even with high mileage.

A stunner to admire, look and own.

Very cheap to buy for a expensive sporty look.

I am going to buy another newer Calibra.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2002

1992 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93786 miles
Most recent distance102641 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A high performance, good looking, generally reliable car

Faults:

My head blew at 102,000 miles.

The tappets started to knock at 98,000 miles.

Apart from that, the car is in good nick.

General Comments:

The Calibra is one of the sweetest sexiest motors you can buy for the money. It's quick, generally reliable and comfortable.

It is a real head turner if you get the right modifications done to it, although the Cavalier-like handling and dashboard are the only things that I don't like. Apart from that, it is a real sexy sports car and very affordable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2001

1992 Vauxhall Calibra 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A good looking coupe

Faults:

No problems so far.

General Comments:

A big jump up from a 1.6 Cavalier, I have had lots of fun with it. My plan now is to add a sports exhaust, big wheels and a body kit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2001

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

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0i 8v petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta XR2i

Summary:

Attractive, stylish and different, but the 8v is all bark and no bite

Faults:

Exhaust.

Head gasket.

Suspension.

Excessive tire wear.

Cambelt.

General Comments:

Still an attractive car even by today's standards, but the 8 valve is definitely not recommended. Sluggish off the mark and very poor when it comes to cornering. Mainly suitable for motorway or "A" road cruising at speed.

Recently the price of Calibra's has fallen through the floor making them accessible to boy racers which is why the insurance is very high.

Ignore what some say, this is not a Cavalier SRi. They are half the price and much faster, but if you want something different that still turns peoples heads get yourself a Calibra 16v. I intend to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2000

22nd Mar 2001, 07:04

I own a 8V Calibra. They are certainly not sluggish and the suspension is the same as the 16V therefore the handling is the same!! The car does 0 - 60 in around 8.5 seconds and a top end of in excess of 130mph. This is more respectable than most "Hot hatches" like the GTI's, XR2i's and Celica's etc. The 8V even has more torque than the 16V. With a few choice mods the Calibra 8V is great value and fun and the insurance is reasonable.

1992 Vauxhall Calibra 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

Don't judge a book by its cover

Faults:

Smell of petrol vapour in cabin.

Misfire.

Temperature gauge not working, needs further investigation.

Cuts out at junctions.

Steering column worn.

Steering bushes needing constant atention.

Engine mounts, clutch, starter motor and rust on front edge of bonnet and rear arches.

General Comments:

I thought a full main dealer service history meant something...., not when it's from Vauxhall.

It looks fantastic and people say why did I sell it, but now I drive a Golf GTi and people don't believe me when I say it's a better car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th August, 2000

1992 Vauxhall Calibra 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

After 70,000 mile service it was found that there was a damaged head and it had to be renewed at a cost of £400. The suspention bushings were broken.

General Comments:

All round good quality car but when something big goes wrong it is dear to get fixed, especially by a Vauxhall dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2000

1992 Vauxhall Calibra 4x4 2.0 16v turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Intermittent 4x4 warning light comes on then you have no 4x4 until you switch off ignition and restart car. Seems worse in summer.

General Comments:

Great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 1999

20th Oct 2007, 20:04

WOW great review, I got everything I need to know about this car, thanks.

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

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 2.0i 8v petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Suspension bushes were worn at last road test, the exhaust is about to go, and there are some rust spots on and around the bottom of the doors. Small leaks in the sump gasket and the rocker cover gasket; only cost 20 quid to get fixed.

General Comments:

Performance is ok; car is quite noisy approaching the red line; but hey, it does have an 8v engine. The original exhaust has now lasted 65,000 miles, which is good, but it's now starting to sound a bit rough. No major problems with car, and it looks fantastic! (especially in white!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 1998

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 16 reviews