This is an excellent car on the road is very responsive. The LPG conversion makes driving much cheaper. It's very basic inside could do with a better layout.
I have only just got this car (1.7DTi Estate), but I bought it with high mileage, at four years old and 90,000 on the clock. I am pleased with what I have got, although I have had some problems.
One problem was with the heater lights not working - although the garage I bought it from repaired it. Another problem I still have is with the alternator causing the lights to go "high and low". The garage I bought it from said that this is not an issue although Vauxhall say that it should be replaced. I am currently pursuing this to be replaced but, does anyone else have an issue with their alternator, or had a problem?
A final problem is with the rear seats. When I put the rears seats down to use the Estate, upon returning them to their normal position, I was unable to restore the double seat as the middle seat belt had locked in place. This is about to be sorted out by the garage this week - I hope.
Apart from these niggly points, I am pleased with the drive and handling - I certainly don't feel that it is sluggish. I read this a number of times in review magazines but when I test drove one myself I was pleasantly surprised.
A previous review mentioned that the wipers could be improved by having more than three speeds, and I second that.
This diesel is pretty quiet. All in all, I would have no problems recommending this car.
Going from a Focus to this Astra was the worst move ever. The 1.7 is just so under powered. You realise just how poor the acceleration is when you try to overtake a lorry on an A road. Yes, it's cheap to run but a boring ride.
The Astra is a fun drive. It's very fast and handles well.
It's very comfortable to sit in although legroom in the back is limited unless you fiddle with the seats.
The brakes could be improved upon. For the first year and a half when I got the car they squeaked. The Vauxhall dealers kept insisting that was normal for new brakes (yeah, right!).
I wore out mine at 20,000 miles and my front tyres shortly thereafter. After the brakes were fixed, they then kept making a grinding sound that was very disconcerting. In the third year of driving, they've finally stopped making noise.
I had an MPV before this and in the beginning it took a little while getting used to the poor visibility compared with the MPV (Scenic). The scrapes from non-moving objects around my bumper can atest to this (whaddya want, I'm a girl!)
The interior is grim--grey, ugly cheap looking seats, steering wheel feels good, wipers could be improved upon.. only 3 settings, side view mirrors needed constant wiping as they are constantly fogged.
Despite the interior and the lack of stuff that girls like, I'm still surprisingly fond of this car because it goes FAST.
I'm trading it for a new car soon, probably another MPV but I will be sad to see the Astra go.
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