Holden Vauxhall / Opel Calibra 1990 – 1998 Haynes Owners Service & Repair Manual covers Holden Calibra (Vauxhall/Opel) models with 2.0 litre (1998CC) 8 & 16-valve 4 cylinder engines, including special/limited editions. Does NOT cover 4×4 models. Does NOT cover 2.5 litre V6 engine.
The Calibra covered by this manual was first introduced to the UK market in June 1990. The engine and other mechanical components are based on the Cavalier, but the bodywork has been redesigned for improved aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of only 0.26, lower than any other production four-seater in the world when it was introduced. This manual covers models with non-turbo petrol engines and front-wheel-drive. Turbo and four-wheel drive is available on certain other models.
The engines covered in this manual are:
- The 2.0 litre C20NE single overhead camshaft (SOHC) engine with Motronic M1.5 injection ignition.
- The 2.0 litre C20XE double overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine with Motronic 2.5 or 2.8 injectton/ignition. This was produced until 1995 and then discontinued.
- The 2.0 litre X20XEV (DOHC) engine, introduced in 1994 as a replacement for the C20XE. This engine is the ‘ECOTEC’ type. designed to meet strict EEC exhaust gas limits for 1996 and has Simtec injectton/ignition.
All the engines are of well-proven design and. provided regular maintenance is carried out, are unlikely to give trouble.
The body styles are all Coupe, and the DTM model introduced in 1995 is fitted with a rear spoiler and a lowered sports suspension.
Five-speed manual transmission is available on all models, and four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on C20NE and X20XEV models.
A wide range of standard and optional equipment is available within the Calibra range to suit most tastes. Safety features include a full-size driver’s airbag from 1993, and a passenger airbag from 1994. Anti-lock braking is fitted as standard to all models.
For the home mechanic, the Calibra is a straightforward vehicle to maintain, and most of the items requiring frequent attention are easily accessible.
Your Vauxhall Calibra Manual
The aim of this manual is to help you get the best value from your vehicle. It can do so in several ways. It can help you decide what work must be done (even should you choose to get it done by a garage). It will also provide information on routine maintenance and servicing, and give a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur. However, it is hoped that you will use the manual by tackling the work yourself. On simpler jobs it may even be quicker than booking the car into a garage and going there twice, to leave and collect it. Perhaps most important, a lot of money can be saved by avoiding the costs a garage must charge to cover its labour and overheads.
The manual has drawings and descriptions to show the function of the various components so that their layout can be understood. Tasks are described and photographed in a clear step-by-step sequence.
References to the ‘left’ or ‘right’ of the vehicle are in the sense of a person in the driver’ seat facing forwards.
- Living with Your Holden Calibra
- Roadside Repairs
- Weekly Checks
- Lubricants & Fluids
- Tyre Pressures
- Routine Maintenance & Service
- SOHC Engine In-Car Repair Procedures
- DOHC Engine In-Car Repair Procedures
- Cooling, Heating & Ventilation Systems
- Fuel & Exhaust Systems – Fuel Injection
- Fuel & Exhaust Systems – Exhaust & Emission
- Engine Electrical Systems
- Manual Transmission
- Automatic Transmission
- Braking System
- Suspension & Steering
- Bodywork & Fittings
- Body Electrical Systems
- Wiring Diagrams
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