1996 Vauxhall Calibra Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1996 Vauxhall Calibra 16v Ecotec 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Bargain basement performer

Faults:

1) Camshaft sensor

2) Water pump

3) Engine cut out after it warmed up and stopped at junctions - but fixed its self

4) £60 for a heated wing mirror glass when someone broke it. OUCH.

General Comments:

Excellent car very comfortable if your in the front not to sure about the back seats due to head room.

Reasonably quick on the road, I find the handling very good for a car of this size.

Fuel economy is great from the ecotec engine for a car if its size.

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

Review Date: 20th July, 2003

1996 Vauxhall Calibra ECOTEC 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance81500 miles
Previous carHonda Concerto

Summary:

A powerful and eye-catching car

Faults:

Cam belt was due for a change, a process which cost nearly three hundred quid once they had changed the jockey wheels it runs on.

General Comments:

It is a very comfortable car as well as deceptively spacious.

It is very impressive at high speeds - 100mph at 4,000 rpm, accelerating to 120mph in seconds from that speed.

It could do with being less combursome at slower speeds - the clutch is a nightmare to engage on cold mornings from a standing start.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2003

1996 Vauxhall Calibra V6 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Calibra

Summary:

A surprising stylish car that goes well from Vauxhall

Faults:

Cam shaft sensor went and it cost £170.

General Comments:

Nice smooth toque curve and the kickdown is great. Go for the cream leather seats as they are a lot better.

Avoid the Turbo as it has lots of problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2002

1996 Vauxhall Calibra V6 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Fairly good performance, let down by unreliability

Faults:

Practically everything that is mega expensive :-

Both front lower arm bushes £145.00 each.

Traction control actuator @ £600.00.

Alternator £250.

Air conditioning compressor £1000.

New alloy wheel???!?! £140.

Air con water leak £350.

Exhaust £300.

Oil Cooler £300.

Expansion tank £35.

Hand brake welding failed £200.

The list goes on and on...

General Comments:

Despite this car having relatively good handling, performance and fuel economy, the same cannot be said for reliability.

It seems such a pity that a car with such great looks should be condemned to a reputation of persistent faults and dealers who simply just don't understand the simple mechanics of these vehicles. For example in the case of the air conditioning compressor this is a problem which doesn't appear to affect the Calibra. A colleague of mine has an X reg Vectra which has developed the self same "rattle of death". Needless to say he won't be paying the £1000 bill. To sum up, if you must insist on a Calibra, consider purchasing a third-party warranty!

This will definitely be my last Vauxhall car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

28th Apr 2004, 08:49

£145 for lower arm bushes???!!! You can buy new arms with all new bushes & bottom ball joint in for about £40 a side.

28th Nov 2004, 10:54

I am sure that he placed the cost of 140.00 per side including the labour from a main dealer and not just the parts on their own!

If you look at the entire list they must be including labour!!!

27th Jun 2005, 16:25

Looks like you got hold of a bad example, I have a 1994 v6 manual and have had almost no bother with it at all, a few minor niggles that were easily sorted, but then again I have had the car from its Fourth year and the previous owner took the same care of it as I do, when you service a car regularly you will avoid big surprises. I have a Remus full stainless system, OZ 17" wheels, and a Pi lowering kit fitted.

26th Jan 2006, 08:35

Yep that £140 for the bushes seem steep even including labour. The front wishbone complete is £23 from a motor factor and takes about 15 minutes a side to fit. Someone ripped you off mate.

1996 Vauxhall Calibra 16V 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Montego GTi

Summary:

Fast, comfortable and looks the part

Faults:

Crankshaft sensor failed twice.

Rear boot catch need tightening (noisy).

General Comments:

1) I'll miss it greatly.

2) I guess I'm a bad driver because I don't complain about the handling - I have never thrown another car so hard into corners so safely - it eats it up - must be a moan from rear wheel drive fans?

3) Great comfort on the motorway all day.

4) 8 seconds to 60 puts most new cars behind it.

5) Why are they making an Astra version?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2000

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews