1991 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews - Page 2 of 8

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier GSi 2000 2.0 litre 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Cavalier GSi 2000, better than college girls gone wild

Faults:

Oil leak caused the timing belt pully to slip a tooth and damage the engine, bending 10 of the 16 valves and requiring repair work.

General Comments:

Being a big Cavalier fan, I decided to buy a brand new C20XE engine from Vauxhall in Luton and since then the car has only done 2480 miles.

A seriously quick car, turbo cars would have the initial boost, but when you hit 70 in a GSI it just becomes a rocket. A car that constantly wants to go go go. Stylish to the last, much better looking than other Cavalier model, but that's because it was designed to be the daddy of them all.

Without the Cavalier you wouldn't have the Vectra. The C20XE engine is a testiment to Vauxhall's ability to build superb and high performance motors.

If you come across a Cavalier GSI 2000, snap it up, because they are very rare and probably one of the best cars you will drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

8th Feb 2006, 17:32

A 1991 cav is not rare, but I agree that the GSI 2000 (esp 4X4) is becoming a bit of a rare motor.

You do not know what you are talking about, take a trip from say London to Birmingham and count how many you see on your way... then tell us they are not rare!!

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier GL 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

All in all a very good all rounder!

Faults:

Water pump burst not long after I purchased the car.

Cam belt was very noisy even after the car was serviced. However after replacement purred like a kitten.

Front brake pads failed an was a major factor in the very recent (25/06/04) accident I had in it.

Electric mirrors never worked.

Electric window motors are weak and required wd40 to function properly.

Serious shake through the steering wheel under braking (probably due to pad failing).

Smell of fuel protruding into the cabin when filled up.

Temperature gauge was inaccurate.

Heaters were intermittent.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a stopgap between my rover 200 which died and my next (hopefully better) purchase.

Not the quickest accelerating car ever made, but was by no means sluggish.

It handles well, like a vauxhall should not too badly, but not too well either, quite dull in fact.

Interior was nice and comfortable, as seen in most vauxhalls apart from the most recent models.

Seat and steering wheel height adjustment a welcome addition.

Electric windows were also useful when they worked.

I'd love to mention the electric mirrors, but they didn't work, at all.

Manual sunroof a pain, but at least it had a sunroof.

Metallic paint looked very good (where there was no rust!)

No power steering, (unfortunately) made this car very heavy at low speeds, and quite difficult to park at times.

It was a car I quite liked, comfortable, refined, relatively quick, and it started every single morning without fail.

However the brakes failed just recently which caused me to run into the back of another car at 50mph! Strangely though aside from some (expensive) cosmetic damage very little damage was done to my car (the other one is a different story however!) These things are built like tanks and they definitely don't make them like that any more!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2004

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier GL 1.7 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.7 diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired283000 miles
Most recent distance312000 miles

Summary:

A comfortable, reliable workhorse

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong with the car since I bought it even though it had been used as a taxi for most of its life.

The cam belt snapped 6 weeks after being replaced when I was on the motorway. I was towed home by my father and put a new belt on the next day and surprisingly it started first time and ticked over as if nothing had happened. the garage put it down to a faulty belt, but I begged to differ.

General Comments:

The interior is in surprisingly good condition and all of the dash lights work which seems to be pretty rare.

If serviced regularly these engines will last forever and it still uses very little oil and returns approx 40-45 mpg.

However as other owners have mentioned it does under steer really badly in the wet. At first it nearly caught me out a few times, but when you expect it it's not a problem.

Other than that it is the most reliable car I know of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 35 reviews