1991 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews - Page 8 of 8

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier CDI 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Gearbox began to whine @ about 65k (common I am told, and nothing to worry about), wheel bearing @ 70k (previous owner hit kerb!), window wiper linkage @ 67k, also handbrake cable snapped twice.

General Comments:

Fabulous car, will definitely have another, fast, refined and very frugal. Bring on RS2000's, RS Turbos and all GTI's all day long. The gearing is fantastic and long, the reliability is first class, I can't recommend them high enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 1999

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 2.0 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

The ignition switch went overnight while away from home at a rally, an engine mounting was replaced when I bought the car, the passenger side doorlock sticks so the central locking unlocks all but that door. The wiper arm bearing went and was replaced as was the electric aerial, other than those minor problems it's been very reliable.

General Comments:

Great looking car and good performance but not as good as my expectations. Economy is good when I leave my leadfoot at home (not very often). Good road holding and the ABS and front and rear disc's make for great cross country blasts! Would like to try a GSI or turbo next but would highly recommend buying one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 1999

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier GSi 2000 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Faults:

O/S wish bone snapped in half, wiper arm linkage failed, antiroll bar links snapped, cylinder head replaced.

General Comments:

Absolutely bloody great car. I wouldn't have anything else it's just such a rewarding car to drive. Go buy one now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 1999

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

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

The transfer box blew when I got it and Vauxhall wanted £2050 for a new box so I converted it to two wheel drive.

General Comments:

Very good cars, very fast, easy to tune.

Still fast even though it has done 180,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier L 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Clutch at 75,000 (when purchased).

Heater step motor, rear wheel bearing replaced. Rear door failed to open (loose central locking connection).

Leak on choke housing (replaced from scrap yard £2).

Timimg belt snapped at 130,000 miles at 80 mph (My fault, should have changed it).

AA fitted a new one from Halfords at the road side, no damage. New discs at 140,000 miles. New handbrake cable (old one a bit stiff). Replaced plug lead also.

General Comments:

Car has now done 159,000 miles, returns 40ish MPG and has only let me down once which was my fault.

Always change the oil at least every 3 months . Probably one of the last uncomplicated cars that you can work on without an electronics degree.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

10th Sep 2001, 10:24

My Cav has only let me down once, and it was my fault too. I had no petrol and dragged all the crap from the bottom of the tank through the engine until there was nothing left! Oops! I won't do that again. It just proves that Cav's are reliable.

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier GL 1.8 carb pre-cat petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.8 carb pre-cat petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Water Pump - 58,500 miles.

HT Leads - burning - 58,500 miles.

Driveshaft Gators - 62,000 miles.

Brake Disks warping on front.

Dash - heater lights keep blowing.

General Comments:

Nice car, better than a lot I have driven.

I am sure cars have come a long way since.

Suspension is a tad spongy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier L 2.0i 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0i 8v petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Fuel injection electrics at 1 year - fixed under warranty.

Front brake discs every 18,000 miles at £250 a time (main dealer).

Drive joint boots at 50,000 miles.

Alternator at 60,000 miles.

Head gasket at 65,000 miles.

Drivers electric window intermitent fault - £200 to repair so didn't bother!

Central locking intermittent fault.

General Comments:

Generally reliable over 72,000 miles from new. Head gasket problem was unexpected and expensive (£300). Ventilated front discs wear much too easily and expensive to replace.

Two out of three main dealers I've tried find things wrong which are perfectly okay. Current one (Bakers Redhill) seems quite honest if expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th August, 1998

15th Aug 2001, 15:36

Were you rallying the car or something to need to change brake discs every 18,000 miles? My dad had one for 4 years and never had to change brake discs.

15th Jul 2005, 19:08

Yeah I agree my mates had his sri 8v for 14 years now! bought it when she had done 18.00 miles and its now done 167.000!!! only had the discs changed once! about 2months ago.

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Faults:

Inlet manifold gasket failed @ 80000 miles.

...and the wheeltrim retaining system is hopeless.

General Comments:

Easy to drive.

Fuel consumption ok (33 mpg) heavy driving!

...and the wheeltrim retaining system is hopeless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 1997

1991 Vauxhall Cavalier L 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing, it was boringly reliable.

General Comments:

The lowest of the low Cavaliers. Best thing about it was that it could cruise at 80mph and yet still get from London to Perth on a tank of fuel (485 miles) with loads left in reserve.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 1997

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