1991 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 8 valve 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
One front wheel bearing failed, starter motor failed (at 200,000 plus), radiator replaced - leak from cracked mount, driver's seat mounts collapsed, head removed at 200,000 because of rough tickover (no problems found, cleaned & valves re-seated), head gasket failed at about 255,000 (pattern gasket used at 200,000, replaced with GM part), one ABS wheel sensor failed, dodgy central locking operated when hatch slammed (never bothered to fix it).
Breakdown recovery required for a broken alternator earth wire, the starter motor, and the head gasket.
Water pump failure at about 90,000.
Other than the above; serviced every 9,000 miles (non-franchised garage), discs/pads replaced at about 50,000 mile intervals, rear shocks replaced twice, windscreen cracked twice by stones, entire exhaust system replaced once (piece by piece) - except back box which was replaced twice, cambelt replaced every 36,000 miles, drive shaft gaiters replaced once.
About 36 mpg average - motorway commuting 150 miles a day, not driven gently :-)
Original clutch, gearbox, front shock absorbers, engine.
The car is still in use, I sold it when I bought a cheap Astra diesel (33,000 miles) - good economy (50+ mpg), but horrible in every other respect. If I could find a low-mileage, FSH SRi 8V, I'd buy it. (The mechanic who serviced the car HAS bought an SRi, so has his son!)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2000
6th Feb 2001, 09:46
Have any owners experienced a starting problem on the SRi? My 1992 model is having starting problems after the engine has been driven some distance. No problems from cold, but a warm/hot engine is proving hard to start. Local garages have not been able to solve the problem.
15th May 2001, 05:56
RE hot starting problems did anyone find an answer if so mail me I'm desperate. firstname.lastname@example.org.