1993 Vauxhall Senator Reviews

1993 Vauxhall Senator CD 3.0 24v from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired191000 miles
Most recent distance198500 miles
Previous carOpel Manta

Summary:

Comfortable, unassuming driver's car

Faults:

Internal plastic plunger on cap for expansion tank has since crumbled - also common fault with Carlton meaning radiator level warning light stays on.

Bizzare fault where door courtesy lights come on all at once or just down either side seemingly at random irrespective of whether or not doors are open.

Central locking can be quirky.

Key/lock worn meaning sometimes undignified wrestles to get key back out of lock..!

Above are minor niggles which will be sorted once I have the time, ie never...

General Comments:

This is an x police wagon.

Excellent visibility for such a large car, rear spoiler shows where the boot finishes for easier parking.

Huge boot and fold down rear seats make this a good load lugger.

Not too good in town - wide boy car not too good for nipping thru tight spaces!

Manual gearbox bit of a drag in stop start traffic, but brilliant on open road.

Need to spend time getting used to powerbands to make most of awesome performance. After 4k rpm, 2nd ram comes into play then things really start happening.

Very capable, comfortable cruiser - quiet and soaks up bumps well.

Handling good for such a heavy car - speed sensitive power steering is weighted well, but feedback from steering not always to my liking - but then again, I'm used to the Manta!

Bought as a donor car for my Opel Manta (engine transplant), but having had it for 3 month & realising it's too good to break have bought a rotten Sennie for the engine and gearbox and other spares to keep this Senator on the road.

Watch for rot on bottom of rear doors and spot welded area above rear arches - road crud accumulates here and inner arches at back high impact areas.

Seems to get fair amount of respect on the road, but not so blatant the spuddy boys give you hassle or the police are always eyeballing you.

Average consumption I get is 27mpg - mixture of city commuting and open road, mostly trolling along with spririted moments. If you're worried about fuel costs why are you reading this???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2005

1993 Vauxhall Senator c.d 3.0 24 valve from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 24 valve Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired179000 miles
Most recent distance188000 miles

Summary:

Millennium Falcon on wheel's

Faults:

Front oil seal leaking at 186000 miles!

Distributor arm exploded possibly given wrong one by dealer!

General Comments:

Ex Police 3.0 24V manual totally rebuilt in 1999 by a very nice person!

Devastating performance as witnessed by numerous boy racers including one disgruntled Imprezza driver!

Just keeps accelerating when other cars are out of steam 160mph indicated speed no problem!

Bullet proof design!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2005

1993 Vauxhall Senator 2.6 Dual Ram Air from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.6 Dual Ram Air Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carRenault 25

Summary:

The best sounding and looking car on the road still...

Faults:

Had the tracking done, stopped the wheel shake.

General Comments:

The best car I ever owned. It looked like the kind of car your grandad would have, the kind of car that from factory should have a tartan blanket and a couple straw hats on the rear parcel shelf. Once you've driven one though it's a differnt story.

I had the 2.6, not the 3 litre version, although mine only had cloth trim and no air-con, I didn't mind leather gets hot in the summer and the air-con rarely works on the old senators nowadays, it was still a pleasure to drive.

I bought the car for my wife, but after a year It was handed down to me. The car never used a drop of oil or water, turn the key it was on the button. The odd thing about the car (probably why I liked it so much was it's almost split personality, as in you could drive this large comfortable car around at 50 or 60 all day long, or hit the sports mode on the gear selector and turn that boy-racer that's been following to close into a blip in your rear-view mirror.

In the time I had the Senator I serviced it every 6000 miles, kept it polished and the only time the hazard lights came on where for it's MOT.

I sold the car thinking I'd get better fuel mileage from a 2 litre cavalier, but there's no difference at all. I now have an Omega Elite 3 litre. It's nice, but not as good as the older Vauxhalls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

16th Sep 2005, 14:49

I have just bought a 93 senator 2.6 (high miler) but FULLY loaded on an 'L' Reg (I think it must be one of the last, and thought the review I just read was very helpful... I know I'll grow to like this car very much!... will do a review on it as soon as I have some miles under my belt! Thanks.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 8 reviews