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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6i Club 5d (1998/S)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6i Club 5d (1998/S) - Owner Review

Better than the Rover 214 it replaced.
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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Value

4 out of 5

Bought at 3 yrs old/23k for 6.5k V. Good.

Costs

3 out of 5

Nothing over expected wear and tear & Servicing costs.

Driving

4 out of 5

Better than the Rover 214 it replaced.

Performance

2 out of 5

Has to be driven hard to keep up with most 1.4s of a similar age. Once up to speed will stay there all day (I know - I did 2000 miles on French Motorways at 85+ MPH)

Reliability

4 out of 5

See costs above. Servicing etc not too expensive. Could run into some expensive repairs now it has reached 60K+ miles - Engine Management light has started lighting, and AC is failing rapidly. Beginning to feel it's age.

Image

2 out of 5

Too many on the road to be desirable.

Comfort

3 out of 5

Lacks a few creature comforts, but seating etc fine. Bit cramped with 3 adults and 2 small children in though. Boot could do with being a fraction wider sometimes.

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Insurance group: 9

Security

3 out of 5

Still sat on my path after 3 years, which is more than the Mk II Astra I had did.

Service

3 out of 5

Dealers know about most problems due to the number on the road.

Problems

Bodywork
Broken Door mirror. Wheel trims are prone to coming off if not cable tied on.

Engine
Failed Alternator and new exhaust. This is probably due to the way I drive it rather than a problem with the car or it's build quality.

Gearbox
Bit notchy when cold, but soon sorts itself out.

Other
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Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes