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Community Level 2drummingbu...

drummingbunny

A Great Piece of Retro

AdvantagesHewn from solid, extremely reliable, cheap to run

DisadvantagesDrunken rhino cornering attitude

"...year old car, you see. Vauxhall Cavalier 1.7TD LS 1994 L reg. Okay? I've owned this car for about eighteen months and before that my dad owned it since it was a year old, so I've known it for almost all of its life. When my dad bought it I was rather disappointed; it seemed slow (although the turbo boost is fun), the gearbox was like stirring yoghurt and the steering wheel seemed to have a tenuous connection to the front wheels. However, familiarity ..." Read review
13.07.2001

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Community Level 2Wile-E

Wile-E

Vauxhall afair

AdvantagesPlain, simple motoring. Easily and economically maintained.

DisadvantagesVauxhall's dreaded rust problems didnt by-pass this car :(

"...was and still is, what vauxhall should have continued to build. The car is simple to work on and nothing more than a nice drive. It's not a sports car so it doesnt drive like one, it's a family car pure and simple. The economical maintenance, reasonable mpg and average insurance group make it a good choice for any family. ..." Read review
08.08.2001

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Community Level 4jamez

jamez

Truly, it was my workhorse.

AdvantagesThey're like tanks - they'll run and run. Can get a cheap bargain

DisadvantagesSecurity, Maneuverability - wallowy, street cred - none.

"...the trade in on my Vauxhall Belmont. I traded it in last September ('01) for £500, but it did have a blue door and I knew that it was starting to need some mechanical work which might veer towards an overhaul. Service costs at Vauxhall dealerships are reasonable - 95 for minor service and 115 or so for major services - not including extra parts and labour required. It has a larger engine which bumps up the Insurance group a little but I think it ..." Read review
05.02.2002

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1.7TD LS Cavalier

AdvantagesCheap, cheap motoring. Fuel Economy, Reliable

DisadvantagesPeople won't think you're going up in the world.......

"The Vauxhall Cavalier has been a mainstay of the budget used market for a few years now, up until recently they where it was seen an nearly a social faux-pas to not have one for sale on your street corner. Admittedly most of the ones had dubious remarks such as, "Good workhorse," and "price reflects bodywork," written in permanent marker, taped with brown tape to a side window, above £250 ono. I'm sure some of them has more previous owners than miles, ..." Read review
17.12.2006

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Community Level 1lathwood

lathwood

Cavalier GSi 2000

AdvantagesFour doors, performance, reliability and the number of extras as standard

DisadvantagesLack of boot space

"After owning my gsi for nearly 3 years, it still isn't time to sell up :) The car is a 2ltr 16v (non-ecotec!) model, it comes as standard with full central locking with dead locks, electric windows front and back, electric sun roof, ABS, Power steering, electric heated mirrors, unbadged recaro seats, 6 speaker stereo system, independant rear suspension, front and rear fog lights + more! In the time that I have had the car it has been very reliable ..." Read review
13.04.2004

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Community Level 1vectra17

vectra17

Love at 2nd sight

Advantagesreliable, economical, performance

Disadvantageshandling at low speeds, rust

"Hi there! I've got a similar Cavalier version, only with 1,7 diesel (57hp) Bought the car at 182.000 KM, and spent 40.000 K since! what can I say, the car is worth every cent given! The car is model 1992, and it still has the original exhaust pipe! One wheel bearing has just started to noise, but after 220k SPUTNIK would brake at his way to the moon :-) the engine, normally aspirated diesel, is one of the most economical diesel engines ever ..." Read review
01.09.2005

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Community Level 2biogenetics

biogenetics

2 of these over 6 years

AdvantagesGood solid car, fantastic at time

DisadvantagesNot good with high mileage, now looks outdated

"Over 6 years my dad had two of these cars. I have therefore split this review into two sections, one for the 1.6 L petrol model J reg, and one for the 1.7 Turbo Diesel M Reg model. My dad had both these as company cars, starting in about 1991 - 1997, so if I'm a little vague in a few places thats why. My dad chose these cars because he was given the option of a Cavalier and a Mondeo (Theres not really much of a choice, it's the cavalier and you know ..." Read review
01.09.2003

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Good value and reliable

AdvantagesCapable of high mileages

Disadvantagesso called "street cred": underpowered

"...am currently running a 1992 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 litre GLS Hatchback, which I bought as a temporary runabout almost 3 years ago, following a rear end shunt which wrote off my previous car I bought this Cavalier at British Car Auctions for the princley sum of £750, and it has proved to be absolutely wonderfull value for money. So much so, that I have hung onto it far beyond the time I intended. The basic body condition is still above average, ..." Read review
26.11.2002

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Community Level 1simonhunt

simonhunt

V6 CDX Cavalier... Quietly Pleasing.

AdvantagesSimply excellent car for £2000.

DisadvantagesFuel economy can be a little alarming on short trips.

"I have recently purchased an M-Reg (1995) Cavalier CDX 2.5 V6 (112000 miles) for £1995 and thought I'd share a few views for anyone thinking about getting one. Firstly it really does go as quick as you'd think, it has 170 bhp and does 0-60 in 7.8 sec. Yes, it can be a bit noisy; and no, it does not cost an arm and a leg to run... well, so far(!). This is an excellent alternative to an SRi Cavalier, no fancy graphics, or large badges... looks ..." Read review
28.02.2002

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Community Level 3s32bauer

s32bauer

Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i 16v GLS (1994)

AdvantagesLooks, Handling

DisadvantagesHas so far proven unreliable.

"I bought my Cavalier in quite a rush, as a car was essential for me to get to and from work. Unfortunately, I haven't had the best experience so far! When I first purchased the car, the brakes needed replacing - they grew worse quite quickly, to the point that I had to have the brake pads and discs changed quite urgently. A week after this, the brake master cylinder went, which cost a fair bit, as the garage also had to bleed the brakes again. A ..." Read review
18.08.2008

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Community Level 1brisbane999

brisbane999

Cavalier Mk3

AdvantagesHas a certain Kudos, you look at it and go...yeah thats ok!

DisadvantagesNot the fastest motor you can buy in its class

"...Christ only knows what Vauxhall treated the paint work with in order to prevent corrosion. Must have been toxic waste from some nuclear reactor somewhere. What ever they done it worked. The engine is a 1.8 injection. The only problem with this is a lack of power, the 8v engine produces about 90bhp which is not much for a large car. Excellant fuel economy however. Escpecially with the price of petrol the way it is. Poor handling means you really ..." Read review
13.07.2005

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Community Level 1Chris_V

Chris_V

Cavalier - A Bargain !

AdvantagesGood value for money

DisadvantagesPoor resale value

"Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 There are many second hand Cavaliers' on the market, 'K' - 'M' registrations can be picked up in around the £3K bracket. I am currently on my second Cavalier ( M-Reg ) and have the following opinions. These cars are cheap to service, have good fuel economy, and I have found my current 'M' reg to be good on the "theft proofing" side. As standard it comes with immobiliser, on 2 occassions thieves have failed to get away with ..." Read review
04.08.2000

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Community Level 1mk4rhys

mk4rhys

CAVALIER 2.0i16V GLS, 95 HATCHBACK

Advantagesvery reliable and cheap to maintain and fast and comfortable

Disadvantagesorigional alloy wheels corrode and have problems with tyres sealing properly

"...no intensions on buying a vauxhall but it was the 1st car I walked past when i went for a walk, it was cheap and looked great, no rust what so ever and just needed 2 new tyres on the back, so I handed over 350£ and came out with this cavalier with 5 months mot and tax, with only 74k, the same day i had the tyres fitted then drove 280 miles to north wales for a few days then drove back again no problem, since ive owned the car ive fitted new front ..." Read review
02.09.2008

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Community Level 1winstonep

winstonep

Cheap and reliable motoring

AdvantagesEconomy, easily available parts, fairly cheap insurance

DisadvantagesNo traction control, security

"I have had this Vauxhall now for less than 3 weeks. It has been my first Vauxhall purchase though I have driven many Astras (tested 2 today), Vectra and Cavalier before. When my old Ford began to break down more and more, I wanted a car that would be reliable so after getting the clutch replaced, I noticed this neat looking Cavalier. At £1395 for an 8 year old 2.0 16v GLS I thought it was very cheap and its condition was excellent. Its not perfect ..." Read review
03.11.2003

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Community Level 1Nicsel

Nicsel

Most reliable car ever!

AdvantagesReliable, economical, spacious, etc

DisadvantagesNone in comparison.

"I bought my 1995, M reg, 1.6 cavalier in 1999 and I have to admit its the best car I've ever known! Strange as this may sound for a car now at the ripe old age of 8 I have had almost no problems in the 4 years I've owned her. She has broken down on me only once, due to a dodgy temperature sensor affecting the petrol flow to the engine and even then she struggled and spluttered trying to get me home, but I stopped her misery and called the AA! I ..." Read review
23.09.2003

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