Better than you think, absolute classic!
One central locking motor failed. Easy fix, new motor from scrap yard.
No other faults, just usual wear and tear items for UK M.O.T test - Tyres, suspension parts, bulbs.
Just a great car, comfortable, fast, reliable.
Electric windows, mirrors, sunroof, height adjustable steering/seats, unmarked velour interior, all add to great comfort. There are a few other extras, but its only the GL model, I'd prefer the Carlton CDX or Diplomat, they were the top spec.
2.0i 4 cylinder engine, and about 122 Brake Horse Power. 0-60MPH takes about 9 seconds. Top speed? The 'official' figures say 124MPH...but I got 130MPH out of it (on a track day at Knockhill Racing Circuit of course;)...engine maybe 'loosened up'?!
Very reliable. It's never let me down, fair enough I've only had it one year, and done only 25,000 miles, but the average driver does only 12,000 miles a year (in the UK), and people I know that do that mileage have plenty of problems with thier 'newer better cars'.
It returns anything from 31 to 36 on average, or 37 at best miles per gallon, doesn't seem to matter what way you drive it, it'll do what it wants with the fuel consumption! The Carlton is just a great car that goes on to over 200,000 miles providing its been serviced regularly.
Buy one now - they are getting rare, because unfortunately there only real problem seems to be rust, which for some reason is because they were not fully 'galvanized(rust protection)' like most cars built in Germany (although it's a UK Vauxhall badge the Carlton's/Senator's were built in Germany, where the Carlton is the Opel Omega).
A lot of people say they're boring cars - rubbish. It's a Classic, don't care what people say about them! They maybe had a Nova or something and they won't ever like Vauxhall's again!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2003