My brother has a 55 reg 1.8i Life Auto has a coutesy car at the moment. I had a drive of it the engine and gearbox id give it 10/10 but everyhthing else is not a scratch on my Citroen C3 and my brothers C3. The Dashboard is just so plain. I don't like the controls layout and the seats are too low. Consideing this model costs just over £2,000 more than the Citroen C3 1.6i 16v Exclusive Sensodrive it has alot more spec than the Astra Life. Give me the Citroen any day.
Overall id give this car a 3/10
I have owned one for the last two years and it is a great fun car to drive - it's very nippy around town and keeps up with motorway traffic with no effort at all.
It's very reliable and I could not be more happy with it.
I have owned this car now since almost new. The 2.0 DTi engine is good and reliable, if a bit slow, but after getting a performance chip fitted and a new air filter, it quite happily gives some of the warm hatches a run for their money!
It costs peanuts to run each year, and is cheap to insure. Apart from one warrenty job when I first got it, it has never failed me yet with 80,000 miles on the clock.
Even with the performance changes I have made, I can still get over 40mpg on my drive to work, and on the motorway over 50mpg is not unheard of.
The Elegance trim is supposed to be the top-of-the-range model of its time, but lacks climate control, front foglights and so on, which is a bit disappointing. They were all options and not standard as some of the specification sheets seem to suggest.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the car, and have no intentions of getting rid of it until it starts to fall apart or cost me money in repair bills!
I have a 1.6 Astra Club 5dr 2001 reg.8v z16se. Bought last year only 36k on clock (genuine). Within 3 month warranty range I had to have a new EGR valve, and a new steering rack. Now 12 months later and only another 10k on the clock an electric management fault has developed whereby car stalls, intermittantly, at all the worst places, and I have to restart the motor hoping it will restart. The car symbol with a spanner across it has lit up, but not every time. Local garage has diagnosed it but found no fault. A fuel additive has made no difference. So next stop is main dealers to see what they find. I would not recommend this model Astra, too complex in the sensors and electonics area, too many things to go wrong. Will be trading it in quite soon.
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