1990 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews - Page 2 of 10

1990 Vauxhall Cavalier L 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6i Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carLada Riva

Summary:

Cheap, quick transport

Faults:

Camshaft at 138k.

Suspension arm (due to a large hole in the road).

General Comments:

The Cavalier is so taken the Michael out of, yet we have just the L trim, and we have a sunroof, central locking, auto box which is quick and packets of legroom.

The car is not the fastest, but 110mph for a car of 13 years can't be bad can it?? It only cost £100 and still we have people saying it was a bargain - when it goes I will be getting a 2.0/2.5 CD model I reckon...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2004

1990 Vauxhall Cavalier GSi 2000 2.0ltr 16v DOHC (20xe) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0ltr 16v DOHC (20xe) Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Very quick car that will make you smile!

Faults:

Sump gasket replaced.

Radiator leak.

Someone tried to steal it : (

General Comments:

A car I have been after for a long time and was well worth the wait.

Very comfortable car on long journeys.

High performance and great handling.

Economical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2004

1990 Vauxhall Cavalier L 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Haven't had a moment's trouble

Faults:

Brake shoe (rear left) needed replacing at 120 000 miles.

Smoke appeared in the cabin once. This was unsettling, but never occurred again.

General servicing has found faults, nothing unexpected for a family saloon.

General Comments:

This was my dad's car, and my grandparents kindly stumped up the money for me to be insured on it for a year.

I haven't had a moment's trouble out of it. It's always started when the key turns, and that's something that none of my mates can say. I've taken it around the UK on various road trips and have never had to worry about breaking down or other misadventure.

Driving is relaxing and yet invigorating at the same time, as only a good car can be. Power is there when you need it, as long as you have the right gear (try to stay out of 5th if you can.)

The turning circle is too wide to be practical on Britain's narrow streets.

The oddly heightened rear end has created visibility problems when reverse parking. I have to go by dead reckoning sometimes.

Fuel economy is reasonable, at a steady 35 mpg on the road, and probably 25-30 in town. Fuel economy is important in Britain, as we pay ridiculously high duty on petrol.

The car has no resale value now (who would buy a J-reg Cavalier with 130,000 miles on the clock?) but our family will love it forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2004

10th Sep 2005, 19:04

I agree with everything you said in your review. I had the smoke in the cabin on mine too, a common problem with all vauxhall's of this age not just the cavalier, as I had the same problem with an astra. The smoke was the ignition switch shorting out. It smoked a few intermittent times before I decided to replace it, which is very easy quick and cheap to do after which I had no more trouble even to this day.

1990 Vauxhall Cavalier GSi 2.0i 16v DOHC from United Arab Emirates

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0i 16v DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A high performance bargain

Faults:

Nothing its been well looked after thank god.

General Comments:

My cav gsi seriously quick and I want to rolling road it. because I've dun a few mods to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2004

1990 Vauxhall Cavalier GL 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97122 miles
Most recent distance112242 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A quick high performance bargain

Faults:

I'm 22 and had the car for 3 years now. I got the car when it was 11 years old and had 97,000 mile on the clock. Since then I have covered up to 113,000 mile, which is not much.

Only usual wear and tear stuff has gone since I got it, back in September 2000. The battery needed replacing at 99,898 miles because it would not start one morning and that's the only time it has let me down.

General Comments:

I have just bought some new parts the other day and plan fitting these. I have bought new brake pads, brake disc's, oil filter, air filter, new spark plugs. All the basic stuff that goes wrong. I also plan to change the timing belt before Christmas.

The car handles and drives fantastic.

The performance is great as it is capable of 125mph without any problems, but then becomes a little thirsty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2003

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 49 reviews