1979 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews

1979 Vauxhall Cavalier 2000GL 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance42500 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

A sensible low cost classic

Faults:

Well nothing really has gone wrong with the car - when I bought it, it needed some fiddling. There was an immobiliser fitted which prevented the car from starting and someone had put the plug leads on the wrong way. Once these were sorted the car has been purring happily and starts without the needs for the choke.

The car is in very good condition for it's age with very little rust.

General Comments:

A very under-rated car. Coil sprung rear axle means it is very comfortable and handles really well. It is quite prone to be tail happy, which is good if you like that sort of thing, but not so good if you aren't used to it!

Seats are quite comfortable and the interior in general is very welcoming.

If you get a good one, buy it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2002

5th Dec 2004, 09:25

I had a white 1600 Sports Hatch back in 1988/1990. Best car I ever had spax adjustables all round and other bits and bobs can't remember the reg, but I think it started with LNK...V. Would love to trace it if it were still on the go. I sold it to a guy in Moray.

1979 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS Sports Hatch 2.0 OHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 OHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carSunbeam Tiger Mk1

Summary:

Much understated, underrated car. None left now. Shame

Faults:

Starter motor and flywheel.

Radiator.

Shockers.

General Comments:

Hadn't seen one until one of my mates got one. Most people slated them but this is easily one of the best cars I have ever driven with a fair amount of performance and absolutely superb ride and handling. My mate left behind many a pretender in cars which were much quicker.

Currently in bits on my drive, it is currently waiting for a dose of TLC and some money. Considering a Rover V8 conversion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2000

2nd Feb 2001, 18:59

At last! Another person who still has one of the old Mk 1 Cavaliers from the Seventies. I've got a '78 GL saloon in green with a 2.0 litre engine, and it'll waste mostly anything off the lights, as well as having masses of room inside and a boot big enough to live in. Come on people, let's start preserving these '70s and 80's Vauxhalls - they're great cars, but they're dying out.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews