1994 Vauxhall Senator CDI 3.0 24v from UK and Ireland


A wolf in sheep's clothing, no wonder the traffic police used them


The exhaust system started to blow at the joint seals and the whole system (which I believe was the original) started to corrode.

I managed to save the catalytic converters (there are two) and replace the rest of the exhaust system at a cost of £330.

Both front tyres have needed replacing at a cost of £80 the pair, which was reasonable.

I believe they wear due to the weight of the front of the vehicle and power steering use while stationary.

General Comments:

This vehicle offers 204 BHP and a top speed of 150 MPH. 0-60 in 6.9 seconds.

It is a very powerful quick vehicle for £1200.

As an ex-police vehicle, it lacks air conditioning and other creature comforts, but most are gimmicks which could go wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2002

1994 Vauxhall Senator CD 24v 3.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Alternator, High miles at 182k hence required power steering box (quoted £900 recon/exchange or £2000 new + £300 labour from main dealer). Breaker charged £250.

Manual gearbox is still original and okay.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, lots of performance at motorway speeds. Averages 30mpg with mix of 30/70 motorway/urban.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 1998

25th Aug 2001, 18:01

Superb car, but timing chains are a problem on the 24v, only they break. Some as early as 60000, some have over 200000 and are still OK. Costs around £250 if done yourself, main timing chain and guides only. With a few gaskets if the sprockets etc bad. you are looking at £600. If Vauxhall do it, they take the engine and gearbox out and remove the cylinder head, this is not needed and they charge up to £3000. Do it yourself and save a bomb, remove the cam cover, water pump and timing cover, drop the sump and it's easy. Also remove the radiator. Hope this is helpful as this is well worth doing.