Written on: 17/11/2009
Well..I was in love with this car for almost a decade and my quest for a mint conditioned stock Calibra Turbo 4x4 has ended last February.I see at this car as one of the best ever made in the world..a true DTM legend with looks and performance beyond it`s time, yet reliable & practical and an incredible value for money today.
CONDITION & REPAIRS:
The bodywork is still in excellent condition after almost 15 years..no corrosion, no rust, and it hasn`t been repainted.
I changed all... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2009 by smithsonjames
Vauxhall Calibra Turbo 4x4 is poor on fuel. makes Exremely good car seem average, Best buy i have made. SuUCCINT TO THE POINT , AS ANY OWNER WIILL Know,,, (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2009 by callyturbo (1 review written)
Absolutely savage performance, my Vauxhall Calibra Turbo was doing 0-60 in less than five seconds without costing the earth to tune. Beat Supra TT, skyline and a few evo's.
Great looks, cheap to tax, insure and generally run. This is a serious bit of kit that will do well over 160mph (chip it and you will get just shy of 180mph, trust me). How many cars for any amount of money can do that? Very underrated makes them very desirable to people in the know!! Nothing better than when you... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2008
dont let the bad points put you off buying a calibra
i know i havent been put off..i have had 4 calibras now and i LOVE them, they are full of spirit -good looks- and very cheap to buy. i know some people that have had as many as 10 calibras and they still love them
there are times in calibra ownership that you will think "i cant be bothered with the hastle anymore" due to engine problems but as the problem passes and the car is fixed you some how seem to admire it even more
this is the way... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008
Change transfer box oil every 6 months an it won't fail. I've had 4 of these cars covering over 500000 mile an no probs, the tyre equal wear is a myth. Trust me. (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2008
Love these cars bought one a few years ago and still have mine. Its a turbo and very little has went wrong with it over the years which is good comparing to the last car I had that always went wrong. (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2007
The car keeps pulling in every gear, and it has great power increase potential. You don't need to do a lot to the car to make them look nice. I was very pleased at the way the car pulls you into your seat when you put your foot down. Its the best car for power i have driven. A truly awesome car (read more)
Written on: 11/12/2007
Despite not being a v8 beater standard wise, there's ample potential to revert it into a v8 beater with simple and cheap mods, making it one of the best bang for buck cars in the planet. (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2007 by dave916 (1 review written)
I have owned my Calibra for over a year now and I love it. Being a member of ClubCalibra.com I have learnt a lot about maintaining it and getting the most out of my Calibra. Top Car! (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2006 by callydan
First few months I had the Vauxhall Calibra it gave me engine problems due to lack of maintenance from the previous owner, but I've now got it to my own standards and the car is great. Packs a real punch when the boost is set properly but must be run on 98 ron fuel like Shell Optimax etc, not that standard stuff. I don't think the transfer box is working but I'll get round to that some day because I can't put it off the road on purpose due to the thrill of thrashing every scooby the tries to... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2005 by LE number 17 (1 review written)
I have one of the last 51 Vauxhall Calibra Turbos ever built (LE no.17)I can only say I love the car . The previous owner had invested in some expensive engine mods taking the power to over 300bhp, while it's not a rocket ship off the line (it's about 2 tonne) it will beat almost anything top end and I have experienced the top speed of over 160mph (on a track officer, honest) The car is really well put together, mine now has over 120k on the clock, yet the car is still in good cond and... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2005 by willwjl (1 review written)
These Vauxhall Calibra Turbo 4x4 sports cars tend to come in for a lot of criticism so I hope my example will redress the balance a little. My car is high mileage (165000) miles but has only had one owner besides myself from new. It was a company owned vehicle before I had it, so it was high mileage, but it had been serviced by the book and was completely standard when I bought it.
It has had no problems to date, probably because it hasn't been modified. Big bore exhausts reduce low speed... (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2003 by Veej (1 review written)
First of all - could everybody submitting reviews please write in language which can be understood - think punctuation, grammar, and spelling!!!
Vauxhall Calibra's are notoriously fussy cars, requiring perhaps more than necessary attention. But then it really depends on the type of car you're after. A simple run-around it is most definitely not. A fine sportscar it is, but with this comes responsibility. Treat it with respect and it will reward you with a lot of fun for not much money. The... (read more)
Written on: 27/07/2003 by Phil.
Overall for insurance purposes the calibra is an excellent choice. Out of the cars I looked at it was the cheapest to buy, cheapest to insure and the bits are by far the cheapest out of all the 2l 4x4 turbo cars out there. I have a baby seat in the back which makes it difficult sometimes but i have got used to it. Oh and i find it very difficult to fill up with fuel properly coz the neck is all over the place. (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2002 by Steve.
The turbo packed up.... oh hell I thought... this is gonna be expensive to repair.... Well I live not far from the place that makes the turbo's ( Huddersfield )... They don't sell the bits individually you have to buy the whole unit.... The problem with mine was the bronze ring that holds the impellors in place had worn... So I had a new one made... cost... £2.00 sterling .... Before you part with your cash it pays to have a look at it first... (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2002 by Steven Li.
I have owned my Vauxhall Calibra Turbo 4x4 since 1996. It was a used 2 year old car. The only major problems I have experienced was the transfer box (replaced under warranty thank goodness!) water pump and new clutch. The car has now covered 110,000 miles and the engine still revs eagerly and performance is as strong as ever. I change the oil & filter every 4500 miles which is probably why it's not even tappety at start up (yet). Make sure you change oil regularly and only ever replace both... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2002 by Ron.
This 4x4 turbo is my second Vauxhall Calibra, the first being an auto non turbo. I found it second hand on the internet with 17000km on the clock. It has been reliable as clockwork with now 99000km on the clock. I have had the back end modified with eccentric bushes to allow adjustment of wheel alignment. This has worked wonders with all tyres now showing even wear across the tread. The car is regularly serviced by the local Holden dealer (in Australia, Calibras are marketed as Holdens even... (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2002 by Scott.
I bought my Vauxhall Calibra turbo 4x4 in November of last year. I only had it exactly one week before the problems started!!! The first problem was the wiring. Basically it melted the ignition wire all the way through the car!! Cost £600. Then the engine blew up because a spark plug snapped and fell inside the engine, causing major damage. Cost £1200 to rebuild! Can anyone help me with the 4x4 setup?? How does it actually work? I still get loads of wheelspin pulling away and i don't feel... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2002 by Andy.
I have just bought my third Vauxhall Calibra, another 4x4 Turbo 1994. My first Calibra was a 1992 YE (non- Turbo), no problems at all except for dramas with the fiited alarm system. But the car itself was great. Then purchased a 1996 Calibra Turbo 4x4, and loved it. Until a Ford Falcon decided to go through a red light and take me out. It spent three months in the panel shop. It was not the same car after the accident so i sold it. But up till then again never had any problems. So due to not... (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2002 by adam.
I've owned my Vauxhall Calibra turbo 4x4 car for just over 2 years and have had nothing but problems. These are renowned as being problem cars. I have had to call out the rac to it over 6 times in the past year alone and no joke-something goes wrong with it every week. The tyres need to be changed in sets of 4 otherwise the 4x4 transfer box oil starts cooking and that will set you back £2500 for a new one or £1000 for a re-con one plus another few hundred for fitting. Oil change is... (read more)
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