i have owned my 1.8 bertone convertible for 3 years now ride and comfort is not brilliant but satisfactory, seats on a long journey can give your back a bit of jip, ride is a bit harsh over a bumpy road surface .performance for a 1.8 is pretty poor but once you get out on a long country rd at about 60mph it can be great fun it does hold the road well .This car is tuneable though, and i have improved mine immensely dont bother with performance air filters or exhausts they made no difference to mine infact made it worse keep everything factory fitted .and have the car re mapped by a proffesional i have and the car is smoother faster and more economical and is now a pleasure to drive
2.2 litre soft top! What a stunning looking car! Gorgeous! A master piece from Bertone!
It sounds faster than it is though and the ride quality is only marginally worse than a go kart. That said, it sticks to the road like one too. The seats are hewn from granite and as for the visibility, wearing a pair of welding goggles is better!
If you ever need to park it, instead of just abandoning it were you stop, get Yoda to park it for you; it's a nightmare!
Right; now I've grizzled about the old girl, the fun really starts with the roof down. Rip up the motorway as a passenger in the back, it's pure funfair!
If you're young, physically fit, are strong with 'The Force' and have a spine constructed from high tensile steel or are happy to visit your osteopath once a week. This is the car for you!
I love it...for the first hour, then I don't, at all, and wonder why we bought it. Brilliant!!!
We recently purchased a 1.8 Astra cabrio on an 02-plate from a local independent dealer. It had done nearly 70,000 miles, and the dirty, scratched hood gave a glimpse of its troubled past.
However, once you are in and driving, none of this can be felt whatsoever. The optional black leather has been fitted (more practical than cream) and the interior is spacious, luxurious and solidly built.
On the road, although car guys like me can notice traces of scuttle shake, it's not bad at all, and the car seems to have a more comfortable ride than the Astra we last had. It is taut and responsive around bends, bar the vague steering.
The car also looks really nice in silver. It isn't brash, just well proportioned and slick. I love every moment I can grab with it.
I have had the Astra for the last three years as my company car and during this time it has never let me down in 50K. I find the handling is excellent and the brakes are strong. For a soft top the noise level on Motorways is not bad, although from time to time you get the odd rattle from roof in the back. I have found the car very comfortable on long journeys and am glad I opted for the optional arm rest. Although I don't have to pay for the service (as it's the companies), it has been very cheap to run and the only complaint I have are the dealers never valet the car. The boot holds quite a lot and if you are clever you can fit another case where the roof normaly folds. All in all it's been a good car but don't think I will have the new tin top version as I have had enough open air fun.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!