1993 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews - Page 10 of 13

1993 Vauxhall Cavalier GSi 2 ltr 16v injected 4x4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2 ltr 16v injected 4x4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

The best, fastest car I have owned

Faults:

My gearbox (an f20) leaked oil, I am not sure if that is why it was sold to me.

The knock sensor was wired up wrong (a break in the shielding), it was awkward to fix.

General Comments:

Once the knock sensor was fixed the car allowed itself to be driven at it's true potential... unbelievably fast.

Unfortunately for me the gearbox was losing oil and I did not know it. On a run to London I damaged the same.

The four wheel drive is excellent and lets you go round corners like they are not there!

Where I live there is a lot of country lanes, so this car is in its element with fast, safe, overtaking in the shortest possible time. Lovely pick up speed in all gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2002

1993 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS V6 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

High performance Q-car for modest money

Faults:

Second-hand engine had to be sourced when cambelt snapped at 96,000m. Otherwise just the usual faults that come with age on most cars - battery, suspension and steering components, ABS sensors etc. Traction control has not worked properly and occasionally stops the engine revving above 2000rpm when started from cold. Switching off and re-starting after a few miles seems to cure the problem.

General Comments:

A great car and fantastic second-hand value provided you don't mind the out-dated suspension. Smooth, quick performance from the automatic V6 and Q-car looks can still surprise BMW drivers. A good-looking car too, especially in saloon form with a smart set of wheels. Just watch for rust around the rear wheel arches and the nose, otherwise mostly rust-resistant.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2002

1993 Vauxhall Cavalier LS 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 400

Summary:

Good performance for a diesel

Faults:

Gear stick leather split.

Remote central locking packed up.

Radio/cassette packed up.

General Comments:

The Cavalier that I own is an LS specification which should have front electric windows, which it doesn't!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2001

1993 Vauxhall Cavalier CDI 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100501 miles
Most recent distance101862 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

A high performance class bargain!

Faults:

Brake disc pads cracked.

Engine thermometer.

Water disappearing from the header tank! I'm yet to find out where it is going because it doesn't leak!

General Comments:

I have to say the car really handles smoothly and can cane the hell out of a lot of cars. It gets a little shaky on the motorway after 95mph.

I find the car pleasant to drive but one thing that does bug me, although being tall doesn't help, is that my legs are too close to the steering wheel which means I can't always manoeuvre my hands round the wheel properly which can be a problem when racing!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2001

15th Jul 2004, 04:15

Have a K Reg Vauxhall Cavaliar CDi and it's the best car we have owned by far. No major problems with it despite it doing more than it's fair share of miles. Still runs really smoothly and can kick butt of many car on the road today. Acceleration even in low gear is fantastic. Very, very nice smooth comfortable car to drive. Very spacious inside for a family and boot size is good to. Quite good on fuel depending on how you drive it of course.

1993 Vauxhall Cavalier TD LS 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Good, economical motorway cruiser

Faults:

Very little other than scheduled maintenance. I did shock the neighbours one afternoon when the battery exploded as I turned the ignition key! It blew a hole through the sound insulation under the bonnet to the bare metal!

General Comments:

The 1.7TD engine is sluggish round town - but excellent on the motorway and is very economical - even when provoked it manages to return ~38mpg. Feels like it is good for at least another 110,000 miles. I can see why taxi drivers love 'em. Bodywork is beginning to bear battle scars however.

Paintwork (white) is very dull - I heard rumours of a dodgy batch in the 1992/3 period.

Overall - excellent value for money - servicing costs on the Isuzu supplied diesel engine can be surprisingly high though.

Only other complaint is the Vauxhall front seats which lack suppoprt for the lower back and are not comfortable on long journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2001

22nd Jun 2001, 07:14

My '94 TD LS has now done 230,000 and the engine is still fine - it doesn't use any oil between changes and holds its water better than I can these days!

It will still cruise comfortably at 85-90. I can't understand your 38mpg quote though - mine still does 48-52 regardless of how hard it is driven.

It's had one clutch & new front discs, but everything else is original including the driveshafts, alternator etc.

Only failure has been a core-plug and temporary starting problems due to a loss of compression caused by the hydraulic tappets tightening up.

I've had a quite a few diesels, but nothing as good as this - I'm convinced it's going to go to 300k+.

Only downside is that the car's body isn't of the same quality - there's very serious rust on the doors.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 50 reviews