Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Astra hatchback?
The most important thing to check is that the cambelt change (due every 40,000 miles) has been carried out. Failures can lead to big bills.
Otherwise, the Astra is a tough little car, and figures from Warranty Direct put the Astra in the top 20 most reliable cars in our 2005 Reliability Survey. Electrical items are the biggest area of complaint, responsible for almost one in three of all claims.