1977 Vauxhall Chevette Review

1977 Vauxhall Chevette L 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1983
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle


Cheap and reliable


Tailgate catch broke at 40,000 miles.

Brake pads needed replacing at 43,000 miles.

Head gasket blew at 48,000 miles.

Spark plugs needed replacing at 51,000 miles.

Driver's side window crank broke at 52,000 miles.

General Comments:

Blown head gasket was the only mechanical fault which occurred in the space of two years and 16,000 miles.

Interior trim and fittings felt very flimsy and were breakable.

Engine performance was nothing special and neither was handling.

Quite spacious and comfortable for a small hatchback.

A good buy at £1,100 for a four year old small hatchback.

Depreciated at an alarming rate and just two years later was worth £600.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2006

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review