1995 Vauxhall Cavalier Reviews - Page 9 of 9

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier CDX V6 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance88500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier 2.0

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

This is my fourth mk3 Cavalier and my second with the V6 engine. I wanted to replace my 2.0 Cav with a newer model and I saw this one at a dealer with a full Vsh and air-con etc at a reasonable price.

I have had the car for six weeks and have not had to spend a single penny on it other than for petrol. Usually with my cars something breaks in the first week ie exhaust etc.

Have so far driven it from Kent to South Devon and also to Cardiff and back in a day with no hints of any problems. Hope it stays that way.

Excellent car though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2000

14th Aug 2001, 14:05

A year on from buying the car, still nothing at all has gone wrong, even with it now on the wrong side of 95,000 miles.

The air con is very effective, and indispensible at this time of year.

The car has also just this week passed its MOT with no recommended comments at all (that's a first for one of my cars).

11th Jan 2002, 17:12

HOW do you find the MPG on the V6 compared with the 2.0 ecotec???

19th Jan 2002, 06:45

I average 30 mpg out of this one. If you really hammer it with the aircon on it can drop as low as 23, but normally 28-31.

My old 2.0 8v averages 32, and my brothers 2.0 16v ecotec does 33- 34. Not a huge difference really.

29th Jan 2003, 15:53

I have just brought a cavalier v6 to replace my ageing 1.6 gl cavalier I had a test drive today talk about earth shattering performance cool!

22nd Aug 2007, 15:05

I have just bought a V6 CDX Cavalier, and will be dropping the lump in Astra Van. What do you think, will it work?

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS 2.0 16V from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16V Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Just brill

Faults:

Back box replaced 2 times.

General Comments:

This Cavalier is fitted with the 136bhp Ecotec engine which is fine once you sort out the breathing and fit a good rear box.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier LS 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance91400 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Nice car for a family person wanting a bit better performance

Faults:

Sensor on camshaft replaced.

Crankshaft sensor replaced two times in two weeks - faulty part first time around.

All in the space of two months of owning the car.

General Comments:

Nice car apart from the two faults it's had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier GLSi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance91200 miles
Previous carSeat Cordoba

Summary:

Good performance, cheap mile-eater

Faults:

Nothing as yet, left wing indicator bulb faulty, but it was like that when I got her. On the first day the engine management fault light lit up, but that has not re-occured since.

General Comments:

Lovely car to drive, comfortable and has a nice big leather covered steering wheel. The auto box is very smooth and the sport mode makes overtaking a doddle. The fan blade alloys are pretty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier LSi 1.8i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8i Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 214i

Summary:

Practical and useful, although not too exciting

Faults:

Loads of minor faults.

Temp sensor worked intermittantly (easily fixed).

Central locking frequently stuck leaving all doors other than drivers open.

Brake switch at the pedal worked its way loose on several occasions (worth checking).

Bonnet cable snapped.

Numerous bulb changes.

Ignition key wore out quite quickly.

Consumption gets bad without regular servicing.

General Comments:

Nothing too serious, but a lot of annoying faults due to build quality. Considering this was the end of the line for the Cavalier, you'd think they would have ironed out most of their manufacturing problems. A good all round car, comfortable with plenty of space. Needs checked regularly.

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

Review Date: 10th July, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier CDX 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A beast in sheeps clothing

Faults:

Missing problem - faulty plug re-occurring problem.

Air con needed recharging twice due to fault.

General Comments:

Last of the great Cavs - a must for any true Cav fan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier CDX V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission V6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 213

Summary:

High performance and luxury at an affordable price

Faults:

Bulbs.

Sensors.

Imobiliser kept cutting the engine off.

Consumables, tyres, exhaust, brakes etc.

General Comments:

An excellent performance car (if a bit wallowy) with family sized capabilities.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier GLSi 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Bonnet cable snapped, leaving me unable to check oil level, but cheap to fix. Slight oil leak from sump plug.

General Comments:

This my second Cav, plush inside makes long motorway miles very easy. Air con would be nice. This has done 120k but still pulls well, oil changes are a must, standard alloy wheels and fog lamps make it stand out from the rest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 16V EcoTec 2.0 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 16V petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Only had the car a week. Had trouble getting the Grundig stereo to work. Brake pad warning light keeps coming on.

Sounds like a diesel when you start up in the morning.

General Comments:

I am quite disappointed with the performance. Insurance is expensive at group 15.

I really wanted a 16V Calibra but couldn't afford a decent one.

It's a nice colour though and a bit of a head turner.

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

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

13th Feb 2001, 14:13

Try using Wynne's engine flush, then replace the oil with Mobil 1 every 6,000 miles, the low viscocity of this oil means it gets into the valve lifters quicker, and replacing the oil more often means it does not thicken enough for the problem to manifest itself. Apart from this, ALL Vauxhall 16 valvers sound like this when a bit worn. At least it's better than some Ford's I've heard, whose loose tappets sound like a gang of steam hammers going down the road!!

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier GLS 2.0 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 16V petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Heater Panel lights (several times) and outside Temp gauge, both common faults.

General Comments:

Car bought at 7 months old from NQ, excellent car, and has enough power. I get 31 mpg no matter how I drive it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 1998

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier LSi Auto 1.8 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.8 8v petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Very little, exceptionally reliable. Just remember to get the cam belt changed every 40-50,000 miles.

General Comments:

Auto 1.8 is better to drive than the manual. It's a very smooth unit and in sport mode gives better 50-70 acceleration than you get in the manual. Ride however lets the car down in a big way, it's very choppy over anything but the best of road surfaces. Interior trim is very high quality and late model LS spec and above have v.good equipment levels (alloy wheels, ABS etc) considering the money you can pick these cars up for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 1998

1995 Vauxhall Cavalier GSi Turbo 4x4 3.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Fuel pump.

General Comments:

Good sporty car but beware lots of fuel consumed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 1997

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 50 reviews