Motoring On A Shoestring
Drivers Seat Became Ripped On The Corner Facing The Door.
The Usual Valve Cover Gasket Leak.
The Valve Stem Seals Needed Replacing, although this was not worth the effort on such an old and cheaply purchased vehicle.
I got round this by Just replacing the oil soaked Spark Plugs every 3000 miles.
The Fuel Gauge never worked so I just used the Trip Meter and Refueled each 150 odd miles.
There was severe rust inside the boot, all saloons share this problem.
I believe the Welds were not up to scratch at the time of manufacture. The boot area was permanently flooded along the seams.
I installed a K And N Filter which did help performance slightly.
The Piston Rings were well shot when I purchased the car, confirmed by lots and lots of Blue Smoke upon acceleration.
In the end there was a severe Electrical problem, the Battery would run flat each 2 days and it was not the Alternator.
I decided to trade It in, as I felt I had had my moneys worth and was now pushing my luck.
The Clutch Cable snapped, this was the only time I was left Stranded in 25,000 Miles of ownership.
Not the best Image, but faster than it looks.
Excellent Vauxhall Reliability.
I really have no complaints here.
I paid 250 U. K Pounds and traded her in for the same amount.
It sailed through one M.O.T.
So for 25,000 Miles of Service, All she cost me was general wear items such as Tyres, complete Exhaust System, Oil Changes and lots of Spark Plugs.
Way to go Vauxhall.
They sure do not build them this cheaply to run no more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th February, 2004