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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 2.2i 16V SRi 3d (AC) (2004/53)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 2.2i 16V SRi 3d (AC) (2004/53) - Owner Review

Excellent roadholding, brakes, steering and pedals spoiled only by typical clunky Vauxhall gearbox
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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Value

3 out of 5

Bought 6 months old and saved thousands, but similar cars still hundreds less even after a couple of months (blame new model)

Costs

4 out of 5

Insurance very reasonable and good for 40mpg at on long run with gentle right foot around town drops to mid 20s mpg

Driving

4 out of 5

Excellent roadholding, brakes, steering and pedals spoiled only by typical clunky Vauxhall gearbox

Performance

5 out of 5

Excellent with plenty of torque low down and not all top end thrashing. Much better day to day than turbo GSi

Reliability

4 out of 5

All okay except faulty exhaust (under warranty)

Image

3 out of 5

Goes unnoticed other than to those who spot the twin tailpipes and larger wheels which is exactly what I want anyway. Mine does not have (naff) optonal bodykit, thankfully

Comfort

4 out of 5

Excellent ride despite sports suspension, seat could do with more under-thigh support, shame about crappy seat fabrics and cheapo switchgear

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Insurance group: 27

Security

4 out of 5

Seems okay car garaged by night and in secure car park by day though

Service

3 out of 5

Network Q a bit patchy. Initial valetting not brilliant and took 3 return visits to sort faulty exhaust and catalyst

Problems

Bodywork
None but metaillic paint fragile

Engine
None

Gearbox
None, but why do Vauxhall gearboxes have to be so clunky still?

Other
Build quality overall not as good as Cavalier I had a few years ago

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes