1980 Vauxhall Cavalier Review

1980 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS Sport Hatch Coupe 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carMorris Marina


A sporty, stylish and practical coupe


Oil leaks started within weeks of me buying the car.

Clock and radio both stopped working shortly before I traded it in.

Seats were comfortable, but were already falling apart when I bought it.

General Comments:

The Cavalier Sport Hatch Coupe was very comfortable and practical for a coupe, as well as being entertaining to drive and fairly cheap to run. For its age it was a very reliable and solid car which was a bargain at £1,000 when I bought it.

Unfortunately, the Cavalier was stolen two years later and was found a few days later, burnt out in a country lane.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2006

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review