Quicker than a 2004 Vectra 1.8!
Temperature gauge never worked.
Quite bad brake judder.
Rust on rear wheel arches.
Oil pump failed.
My relationship with my 3rd car didn't start too well when the oil pump failed whilst showing it off to my little brother on the first day I picked it up!
It went back to where I got it from and he duly offered to fit a new one (having a Dad in the police probably helped!).
After this it was a good, reliable bit of kit, and being only 19 when I owned it, was a lot better than most of my mates cars.
Compared to my old BX diesel it felt like a rocket ship, and actually wrongfooted quite a few new rep mobiles at the time, until you came to a corner, when it didn't anymore, but at 0-60 in 9.2 seconds it would annihalate a 2004 Vectra 1.8.
Also the brakes were crap, it drank fuel like the QE2,and the interior always smelled a bit damp, but I'll always have a soft spot for the MK2 Cavalier.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th September, 2004