1994 Vauxhall Senator Reviews

1994 Vauxhall Senator CDI 3.0 24v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Belmont


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

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10


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.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews