1971 Vauxhall Viva Review

1971 Vauxhall Viva HC Saloon 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1983
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles


Good for its age


Bodywork was already developing rust when I bought it.

Seats were badly worn and not very comfortable.

Front passenger seat became immovable after cable broke.

Driver's side window crank broke.

Broke down three times in the space of a year.

General Comments:

For its age, the Viva was a very reliable car, although the quality of its mechanicals did not run through to its bodywork. It wasn't at all exciting though, with a sluggish 1300cc engine. But fuel bills were low.

A bargain at £250 which headed for the scrapyard a year later because of spreading rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2006

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review