1979 Vauxhall Chevette Reviews

1979 Vauxhall Chevette HSR 2.3 twin cam from UK and Ireland

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 twin cam Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Chevette

Summary:

Awesome

Faults:

Almost everything, but it's an HSR, so that's what to expect.

General Comments:

Even with all the problems, I wouldn't sell it for anything. I've owned several quicker cars, but they don't have the character of the HSR.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2008

1979 Vauxhall Chevette 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Previous carNone None

Summary:

Best car I ever had

Faults:

The head gasket blew.

Fuel pump died.

Water pump died.

Starter motor died.

The clutch gave up.

General Comments:

This car from its faults, should in theory be my most hated car... In fact I loved it.

It was my first car and I still love the look of them (so much so I have just purchased a project chevette).

They stick to the road and handle well.

Also they are something just a little bit different on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2005

10th Feb 2005, 20:22

I picked one of these up for a dealer in Manchester. I drove the car from Sussex, it had 14 miles on the clock, I made it to redhill in surrey when it lost power. I waited 2 days for it to be repaired. it needed new push rods.

I loved the little chevettes, simple good handling and cheap.

Miss those days.

John in New Zealand.

1979 Vauxhall Chevette GL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles

Summary:

I will never forget..

Faults:

Wings rusted. Cheap to replace.

Starter motor kept jamming until it went bang during a regular push start.

Alternator gave up after a year running with a dim battery warning light.

Carburetor would not adjust, resulting in a rich mixture that often left me stranded when the engine was half warmed up.

A valve spring broke while I was racing (and beating) a 1.3 Capri on the way home from Clacton.

General Comments:

My first car! I loved it even though it could only do 90, it leaked when it rained, it would not start when cold. I wonder where it is now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2002

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews