1985 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews

1985 Vauxhall Cavalier L 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Ambassador

Summary:

A great family car

Faults:

Gearbox started leaking oil at 121,000 miles.

Clutch plate broke at 128,000 miles.

Tyres needed replacing at 132,000 miles.

Engine overheated and badly damaged at 140,000 miles.

Tailgate catch jammed at 148,000 miles.

General Comments:

Withstood its great age and mileage very well.

Chassis gave excellent handling and engine gave excellent performance and reliability.

The car was also very well built inside and out.

Space and comfort were both impressive.

The Cavalier failed its MOT after 152,000 miles and 15 years and headed for the scrapyard.

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

Review Date: 25th May, 2006

1985 Vauxhall Cavalier Comander 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Don't consider anything else for a cheap stealth car

Faults:

Replaced starter motor at 90000.

Imobilizer stopped working at about 123000.

New exhaust needed at 100000.

Parcel shelf caved in (my fault).

Boot Rusted.

General Comments:

Shame to have sold it as it was damn reliable.

Started everyday, but not always first time.

Was driven hard, but cared for.

No rust on rest of car apart from boot.

Shifted like an SRI and crused at 70mph, got it up to 125mph once!

High insurance due to rare model.

Looked cool in silver with alloys with 3" exhaust.

Comfortable and solid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

1985 Vauxhall Cavalier Commander 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired56893 miles
Most recent distance78344 miles
Previous carHillman minx

Summary:

Superb

Faults:

The fan belt snapped whilst driving.

General Comments:

This is an excellent car, with good 100mph+ performance and a comfortable ride. The handling is made easy with the power steering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2001

31st Oct 2001, 08:53

'Superb', the word that sums up Cavaliers in one.

1985 Vauxhall Cavalier L 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Carbon rod broken on distributor cap.

Broken brake light and front indicator (that was my fault!)

Reversing lights don't work.

Rust on boot lid and petrol filler.

Dodgy petrol gauge.

Oil leak.

Dodgy wiring in steering column.

General Comments:

Brilliant car. Only owned it since November 99, but it really rocks. Plenty of space both for yourself and for my music kit in the boot. Huge parcel shelf guarantees loads of space for a pair of 16" speakers too!

Oh and keep putting petrol in it, otherwise you'll run out (like I did).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2000

1985 Vauxhall Cavalier LX 1.6 weber twin choke from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.6 weber twin choke
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

The door handles broke, the drivers seat easily ripped.

General Comments:

The cars are fast if you take out the 1.6, put a 1.8 with a 1.6 gearbox into it, remove the air box and get a Sportex performance back box on it. The thing will shift like a whippit on steroids.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 1999

1985 Vauxhall Cavalier L 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10

Faults:

Front and rear wheel bearing.

Petrol pumps (3).

Water pump.

Radiator.

Brake pipes.

General Comments:

I've had this car since new and it has now covered 204,000 miles, all on the original clutch and camshaft. The paintwork is a real mess but little welding has been needed for the MOT. It's a great shame Vauxhall didn't make the body more rust proof, if they did I'm sure it would go on for another 200,000 miles as it still doesn't burn any oil. This has been changed every 5,000 miles and may be why the engine is lasting so well and hasn't let me down yet.

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

Review Date: 13th December, 1998

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 6 reviews