1982 Vauxhall Chevette Reviews

1982 Vauxhall Chevette L 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Engine of a tank, bodywork of a box of tissues. Loved it!

Faults:

Anti-roll bar linkage (on a trip through the Welsh mountains. Fun on the way back!)

Carb gasket (30p for the part; £30 to have it towed to a garage).

Bottom fell out of the driver's door and the window went with it. Replaced with door from a scrap yard for a tenner.

Wings turned to confetti eventually - scrap yard again (£7 each AND I met TV's Pat Roach!)

General Comments:

Bought as a replacement for an absolutely awful 1977 Golf (two engines exploded). My first car was a Viva so the Chevette was like meeting up with an old friend (sad) except it handled better. Brilliant handling, in fact, even if it was rather slow, although I did manage to get 103mph out of it once.

The engine was absolutely unbreakable (probably because it was cast from the earth's core, or something). The bodywork? Well, I'd made more substantial papier mache face masks at junior school! But I can't grumble. Went all over Britain in it and it was my car at university, so fond memories.

Cheap as chips and utterly reliable. A definite classic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2001

1982 Vauxhall Chevette L 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59656 miles
Most recent distance72665 miles

Summary:

Cheap to run and fun to drive

Faults:

Thermostat and both anti-roll bar linkages - not bad since they were about 15 years old when they went!

General Comments:

Excellent handling and *very* easy to fix when it went wrong - which was rarely.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2000

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews