1995 Vauxhall Calibra Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1995 Vauxhall Calibra SE 2.0i 16v Ecotech from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0i 16v Ecotech Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance131000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Sexy looking coupe!

Faults:

I got the car cheaper than market value as I knew it needed a lot of work.

So far...

Reconditioned Cylinder Head, Head Gasket, 2 x Cam Shafts, Cam belt, alternator belt, cam belt rollers and tensioner, Valve Seals, New Cat, Back box, Air-Con switch, Radiator, Water Pump, Plugs, Leads, Coolant temp sender unit.

But I still love it.

General Comments:

I haven't had the car very long only a few months, but it's running a lot better than when I first got it.

Still a bit of work to do - the engine management warning light is on every now and then. It's going into Vauxhall to be tested on TECH.

The car is really quick. Handling could be better, but hey, the car turns heads.

Chicks love the leather. + heated seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2002

1995 Vauxhall Calibra 8v 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

An unreliable disappointment.

Faults:

Exhaust parts required at 96,000.

Needed oxygen and temperature sensors recently (expensive).

Air conditioning compressor has failed, £1000 to replace.

Windscreen wiper motor now VERY noisy, £100 to replace.

Drivers side leather seat is showing its age now.

Rust developing on the rear arches and battery tray.

Both lower suspension arms require replacement (

General Comments:

The Calibra handles well, but in 2.0 litre 8 valve form the performance will probably disappoint. The fuel consumption is also rather poor, though this may be due to yet another fault!

It seems that you repair one thing, and something else fails.

I don't think I will be buying another Vauxhall car in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

12th Feb 2002, 05:49

You must have been unlucky, my 8V Calibra is a lovely car to drive. I get about 30mpg which is not too bad. It looks nice and drives well.

24th Feb 2008, 04:24

I agree, the car is cursed. I fix one thing and another breaks. And I'm pretty sure the car can catch other things from cars. If another car has a problem and I park next to it, I guarantee that the next day my stupid Calibra has the same problem.

1995 Vauxhall Calibra 16V 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Fantastic drive and supermodel looks

Faults:

Waterpump.

General Comments:

This is a fantastic car...

It looks very modern, even though the design is 10+ years old. The interior is well equipped and comfortable. It feels like a solid car, and drives like one too. The performance is good, and the economy isn't bad either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2001

1995 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10

Faults:

Alternator, passenger door, air conditioning, brakes, window, dashboard lights.

General Comments:

Nowhere near as reliable as I expected. A big disappointment. Performance is lame, driving position too high.

I bought this car because I decided to compromise handling for reliability and practicality, a big mistake.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th October, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Calibra Coupe 2.0 16v Ecotec petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Ecotec petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Misfire: Needed new HT leads and coil, £220.

Petrol Vapour smell in cabin: Needed 7 visits to dealer to fix this, which turned out to be dodgy petrol cap, £250+.

Engine management light on: Needed new crankshaft RPM sensor, £120.

Downpipe Heatshield: Downpipe perfect all but for corroded heatshield, required entire new downpipe as heatshield is integral, £150.

The list really does go on.....

General Comments:

Don't be mistaken, I love the shape of this car and the way it drives. However, it has proved to be a reliability nightmare with no less than 10 visits in less than a year to Vauxhall main agent. The worrying thing is that this car is a 'minter' and driven like a pussycat. I'd hate to own one that's had a hard life.......

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th June, 1999

23rd Dec 2004, 21:00

Excellent Survey. The Vauxhall Calibra will always be known as a boy racers car. I do feel that having to visit the Main Dealer Ten times in one year is an expensive hobby as the owner of a nine year old vehicle. I do not feel you can blame the manufacturer for this either. It is more likely that the previous owners raced and under serviced this car.

1995 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10

Faults:

Electric windows do not close (apparently a common fault they cannot fix).

Frequent bulb failures.

Excessive tyre wear.

3 lots of brake pads in 2.5 years.

General Comments:

The car is very noisy and very uncomfortable to drive on long journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10

Faults:

Timing Belt @ 25,000 miles: Needed 8 new valves & valve guides: £1300

Front Down Pipe Heat Shield corroded: £120

Camshaft sensor failed @ 28,000 miles: £180

General Comments:

Looks great - but returns to type and behaves like a Cavalier when pushed.

General attitude and helpfulness of dealer staff leaves a lot to be desired.

Reliability problems and dealer service mean that I'm not likely to have another Vauxhall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

1995 Vauxhall Calibra 16v 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Water pump, timing belt (both around 40k) and someone hit the boot lid (repair costs £200-

General Comments:

Stylish looking car (especially black). Very quick, beware of tyre wear esecially on front wheels.

If you want to pull - GET ONE!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 1998

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews