1992 Vauxhall Carlton Diplomat 2.0i from UK and Ireland


An excellent, capable car with plenty of toys and great build quality


Very slight underside rust was no problem for the MOT and I am told will be fine now treated.

The timing belt protective casing rattles slightly. My local Vauxhall dealer admitted that this is not uncommon in GM 2.0L SOHC engines, but that is immaterial to the running of the engine. In fact, he said "change the oil & filters regularly and top up anything with a yellow cap and it should be good for a quarter of a million miles"

General Comments:

I bought this high mileage Carlton when I changed jobs and had to hand back my company car, a BMW 525. Although the BWM was a great car, the Carlton is every bit as capable on the motorway and now that I am paying the bills I am exceptionally happy with the Carltons cost of ownership.

Handling is as good as you can expect for a car of this size, weight and age.

Specification levels on the Diplomat are second to none and the ride and refinement remain good and I do not believe I could have found a more refined car for less than £2000. The 2.0l is smooth enough and really will pull hard if you make it, but for most situations has more than enough power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2004

1992 Vauxhall Carlton CDXI 2.6i from UK and Ireland


The right vehicle for enjoyable motoring


3. Rear exhaust boxes.

2. Sets of centre exhaust boxes.

1. Set of catalytic converters.

General Comments:

At the risk of upsetting all Carlton owners, I have to admit that this wonderful car last had a service and oil change 6 years ago, I just top up the oil when needed.

Once this old girl is wound up she will still leave a lot of the boy racers behind.

This is my third Carlton and probably the best, the only complaint I have is that they don't make them anymore.

Vauxhall certainly got it wrong with this car, they are extremely reliable, comfortable, well built, quick, economical (if driven properly), spacious, secure and quiet, with a more than adequate sound system, and a cavernous boot. A real luxury car in it's day.

Just as a matter of interest, I previously had 2 Carlton estate cars, and when measuring them internally to compare to a friends Volvo estate, the Carlton was much bigger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

22nd Apr 2004, 09:03

6 and a half years since it's service and oil change!!!

Words truly fail me! Suffice to say that it would be a whole lot better for a good service!!

Yes those Vauxhall engines are superb, but they have limitations...

Semi synth oil & filter, £25, plus about 1 litre of petrol as an engine flush an hour beforehand. Not too much I feel, for such a faithful servant.

1992 Vauxhall Carlton Diplomat 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


The best Vauxhall ever made so buy one!


A few months ago, the ignition coil blew, but this did more damage to the RAC's reputation than it did to the Carlton.

The cruise control doesn't work and requires fixing.

The heater fan only works on one speed.

The car pulls to the left (the tracking is suspected).

Some of the interior lightbulbs need changing.

General Comments:

The Diplomat looks a little worn now and we all have concerns on how far that little four cylinder engine will go, but from what I've heard, they go on to astronomical mileages with no bother.

The handling is quite composed.

It will move when it has to, and then some!

The Vauxhall Carlton Diplomat is just great. It was a great match for the competition in it's day and is as good as any today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2003

2nd Aug 2003, 04:58

I totally agree, I had one a few years back, sold it with 190,000 miles on it and it never used any oil, great car.

2nd Dec 2003, 04:12

Bought a Diplomat second hand about 8 months ago, parts are expensive so shop around - don't always buy from a main dealer. Heavy on petrol around town (mines an automatic 2 litre) but at 70 I get around 30 - 32 to the gallon which is pretty good for such a heavy car. Superb drive, recently did a round trip to Plymouth (440 miles), got out and felt as though I had only driven half that distance. 10 years old, but still turns heads, beautiful looking car that drives superbly.

7th Jul 2004, 07:29

Great car, I have had 6 months pleasure out of my diplomat 2.0. No problems so far, 128 000 clocked and a joy to own.