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

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

Good handling, although the back can get a bit lively when pushed. Has inherited the Vauxhall skidaway in the wet that all Vauxhalls, without traction control, have.
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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Value

4 out of 5

Bought it for £8000 from a main dealer with 14,000 miles, part ex'ed it for £1,200 with 106,000. Not too bad.

Costs

3 out of 5

Hmm, 3 exhaust valves in six months (warranty), new driver's airbag explosive (warranty), front wiper motor andlinkage (quoted £115 to £130 from main dealers plus Labour & VAT).

Driving

4 out of 5

Good handling, although the back can get a bit lively when pushed. Has inherited the Vauxhall skidaway in the wet that all Vauxhalls, without traction control, have.

Performance

5 out of 5

Good, although it did drink more as it got older. You can't always tell it's only an 8v until to get to 80mph+.

Reliability

3 out of 5

A few early problems, then nothing until the mileage went over 100k, then it got a bit coughy.

Image

4 out of 5

It looks good, it drives well. Image is for people with no self-confidence.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Comfy seats and lots of storage room.

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Insurance group: 9

Security

4 out of 5

Never broken into, even when I left the stereo facial from my Sony unit on.

Service

2 out of 5

They fixed it, but it wasn't the cheapest once the Network Q ran out. Of course, the fact that I brought it back the day I bought it because the N/Side front & rear lights failed didn't help.

Problems

Bodywork
Front bumper and bonnet chip very easily.

Engine
OK, apart from 3 Exhaust sensors and 1 refusal to start.

Gearbox
Can feel notchy.

Other
Tendancy to eat light bulbs like sweeties. Ex Vauxhall man told me that there is a fix for this (extra resistor circuit), but they didn't fit them unless specifically asked, and Vauxhall didn't annouce the fix very loudly (allegedly!)

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