1991 Vauxhall Cavalier GSi 4x4 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A very fast pile of utter pants!

Faults:

Completely faultless although transfer box was playing up when I traded it in (someone else's problem now!)

General Comments:

I bought this car because it had a gorgeous engine and went like stink. Within a couple of weeks, I realised it had a tenth of the all round ability of my previous Peugeot 405 Mi16, and I regretted buying it.

Although it is quite quick, this is a sports car in badge only. The steering has less feel than an arcade game, and although the grip is okay, it ploughs straight on in corners like a 1.4 L model if you push it too hard. Body control over crests and dips is a joke, and where the 405 would let you balance it on the throttle mid-bend, the Cavalier just wants to plough on everywhere.

If you can afford the insurance, I recommend this car to all 17 year olds. You can toast RS Turbos and the like off the lights, and it looks pretty cool as well. Anyone who wants more from a car than straight-line speed though, and anyone who remotely cares about real handling (and not just grip - there is a difference!) should avoid it like the plague.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2001

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Damn good workhorse of a car

Faults:

Water pump packed up at 93,000 miles.

Screen wash motor packed up.

Distributor cap & rotor arm had failed, when tested by breakdown recovery people.

Driver's seat is starting to show signs of wear & tear, but for the age of the car I can't complain really.

General Comments:

Apart from having to replace parts from general wear & tear, this car is very reliable, and lasts forever if looked after. And is still surprisingly quick for its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2001

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

Summary:

A solid performer with huge potential!

Faults:

Possibly needs a new set of lifters.

Previous owner had a rusted arch problem and a head gasket problem. These were cured when the whole car received a rebuilt engine, clutch, gearbox and re-spray. The car is currently on 16k miles with this engine.

General Comments:

It's by far the best car I have ever owned. In standard trim it is fast, capable and very reliable.

The engine responds well to modifications and stays strong. I estimate my current mods to give about 185bhp+. This sort of power on this engine is enough to worry 90% of the cars you'll encounter on the roads.

With mint GSi's going for under £2000 you won't find a better saloon.

Let's face it, show me a car in standard trim that looks better than the Cavalier GSi. No? Didn't think so.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2001

21st Sep 2001, 10:08

No standard car could look better than the cavalier, I totally agree with you there. They are great value, very reliable and so damn fine.

3rd Aug 2006, 16:33

I've recently bought a Gsi 4x4 J reg, and in my opinion, it's the best car ever! The reputation of the 4x4 system is not good, but in saying that, if you properly maintain the car, and the car's had a good history, you shouldn't have any problems.

So far mine has been OK! But again it's how you look after the car.

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier CDi 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

My baby, the best car ever

Faults:

The oil leaks from time to time, nothing to worry about though.

That's it!!!

General Comments:

All in all, a fantastic car, my dear old Cav was 10, I had her for 3 years and she didn't cost me a bean. I didn't sell the beauty, I wrote her off last week, well a Mercedes wrote her off. I am gutted and I really miss her, she never complained about the way I ragged her around on the motorway. Thankfully I've found another, it's not the same but I am glad I found another Cav.

The car was luxury, leather seats, full electrics, 10 speaker CD player, you name it she had it.

Such a reliable car, fun, easy and very comfortable to drive.

Very safe car.

Cav's have a bad name, they shouldn't have because they run forever if they are looked after properly.

If you own a Cav, give it love and lots of TLC!

Let's hope my new Cav, gives me as much fun as my old one did.

Rest in peace Cavvy. Thank you for three great years. xxxx.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2001