1990 Vauxhall Cavalier GL 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Cheap, cheerful and has never let me down
Small leak in the radiator.
Some rust on the bodywork, but this is expected in a ten year old car.
Discs and pads replaced due to rather un-nerving whirr at high speeds and lack of braking performance.
Electric mirrors do not move.
Centre console bulb blown (surprise, surprise).
Electric choke occasionally fails on cold days.
Got this car last year as a general run-around. I'm over 6'6" tall so for the money I had I was faced with either a Cavalier or a Mondeo. Took the right decision when I went for the Cavalier.
The 1.6 engine pulls well in low gears, however in higher gears it does not perform but this is a heavy car so can be expected.
Not sure about the economy - looks to be around 25-30mpg but town traffic is always heavy on the fuel. Also, this car tends to feel very laden when the tank is full.
It's a very comfortable car given my height - it has always started first time and once warm runs smoothly.
I've put a small install into it, and it sounds okay - loads of sound-killing soft furnishings make it slightly flat though.
Over all a very forgiving car to drive - cheap(ish) to insure and very reliable.
Not sure it's one for performance or looks, but for reliability it's an excellent choice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th March, 2001