1994 Vauxhall Cavalier Club 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Old school cool
CV joints, driveshafts, exhaust, brakes and suspension etc replaced as needed.
Cam-belt change, regular oil changes.
Coolant leak, replaced pipe.
Locking mechanism's were terrible, easy to break into and central locking failed soon after I bought the car.
New battery and alternator.
There was more, but never anything major or expensive. Cosmetically there was a lot of paint fade in its final years, but never any rust problems, I kept it clean and looked after.
One of my first cars. The Cavalier was a very common sight on UK roads in the 1990's and beyond. Very rare sight today however.
This 1.8 club model is very basic. Roll up windows, no fancy electrical features here. Get the CDX models if you want more. That said, the interior was laid out nice and logically (something more modern cars could learn from), with no stupid distracting features, and the seats were very comfortable. Mine was white with wheel trims, very dull but alloy wheels would look much better. Friend of mine had a 2.0 SRi at the time in bright red and it looked great.
The 1.8 gave good enough power, while doing 35 miles per gallon on average, a little more on longer summer drives. Gear change was good, handling was average.
I had it a long time and was sad to see it go, though I think with nearly 170,000 miles on it and over 20 years old, I got my time out of it. Moved onto an Insignia now, a nice car. The Vectra's in between the Insignia and Cavalier however were not as reliable I have heard. Still, Vauxhall can make good cars when they try.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2021
12th Feb 2021, 14:06
Some later "Club" models had electrics and alloy wheels. They were generally a poorly equipped car unless you get the very highest specs though. Still, reliable if a bit dull is how I would sum up the Cavalier. Later Vectra's were not as bad as the motoring press made them out to be - I had two, a 1997 2.0 GLS, and a 1999 V6 model, both were reliable enough with nothing other than wear and tear expected of any car. The V6's are best left to specialist garages however; same with the faster Cavalier's.
22nd Feb 2021, 14:07
I had a "club" Cavalier back in the day. Definitely had electric windows in the front, wind up in the rear, maybe he was referring to the rear wind up windows in the review. Definitely sure it came with alloy wheels as well, mind you a lot of people got newer alloy wheels or just put old steel wheels on when the old alloy corroded, usually too expensive to refurbish.
Anyways mostly agree with review and above comment, the Cavalier was a good car, the Vectra that replaced it was not quite as reliable to be honest. Later Insignia's are holding up much better though apart from the common modern car faults such as DPF filters clogging up if it is a diesel. Never had those problems in older cars at-least, simplicity was their appeal.