1994 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Rear shocks went in 6 months - replaced under warranty. Outside temp sensor under front wing knackered in 2 years - replacement £20+. Assortment of blown bulbs (a Vauxhall trait). Engine & fuel system very robust. Brakes need attention every 6k or so - make sure your mechanic doesn't overtighten rear drums! GLS better sound insulated and less booms and rattles than cheaper versions.
Lacks image and street-clad, sure, but reliable and fairly cheap to maintain and economical (44mpg over 30k). Going soon in part ex for a Vectra TDi. Worth putting in Miller's semi-synthetic oil and dieselclean, esp before MOT. Fast blast down motorway now again cleans up exhaust and gunge. In short, a sensible car for a family motorist. Sorry to see it go.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 1998