Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Astra estate?
As with the Astra hatchback, some of the Sports Tourer’s sales will have gone to lease and rental car firms, so it's worth checking your potential purchase for marks to the bumpers, kerbed alloy wheels and any marks on the seats.
Check the service history on cars that have done a high mileage, because the cambelt needs changing every 100,000 miles. Vauxhall has this job listed as part of its fixed-price servicing scheme. If you can't find any record of the work having been carried out, check out Vauxhall’s website and budget accordingly.
Others mentioned the aerodynamic skirt under the front bumper. This is there to decrease fuel consumption, but it can be caught on kerbs, especially if you prefer to drive forwards into a bay when parking.
Diesel Astra Sports Tourers have a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and will therefore need to be taken on frequent motorway journeys to ensure that the DPF can regenerate, because this process is only triggered at higher speeds. If this is not done, it will result in a hefty repair bill.
Other DPF problems come if the car has been shut off part-way through a regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, leading to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked over.