Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Astra hatchback?
The Astra is the kind of car that often attracts high-mileage users, so it’s always advisable to check any service history carefully, as well as examining closely the general condition of the interior and the tyres, and checking for any unwelcome or unusual noises.
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What are the most common problems with a used Vauxhall Astra hatchback?
Front seat side and front passenger airbags
The side airbags in the front might not deploy correctly in a collision on Astras made between 25 August 2016 and 1 December 2016 and will require a new module to be fitted. The recall for the front passenger airbag will also need a new module to be fitted and relates to examples made from 19 June 2016 to 9 November 2016.
Manual gearbox on diesel equipped models
According to the Vauxhall website, 1.6-litre diesel Astras with a manual gearbox and that were constructed between 2016 and 2018 could suffer from a problem with extended brake pedal travel under gentle deceleration. This recall is a two-step process, the first including a check of the braking system and a brake fluid change that should take three hours. Step two requires more intensive work to replace all affected parts and will require the car to be at the dealership for two days. Speak to your local Vauxhall dealer for further information.
Is a used Vauxhall Astra hatchback reliable?
It depends upon whether you go for a diesel or a petrol powered Astra. According to our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, petrol models finished in 22nd place, while diesel versions took the wooden spoon by ending up in last place in a class of 31 family cars. Vauxhall as a brand fared worse than rivals such as Seat, Skoda and Ford, ranking in 27th out of 31 in the same survey.
If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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