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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6i 16V SXi 3d (2002/02)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6i 16V SXi 3d (2002/02) - Owner Review

Running costs - fuel consumption is great. Insurance wise I am saving a small fortune. The boot is bigger, there is more room in the back, and it's just far more refined.
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Review submitted by
Rob Fellows on

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Summary

5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I think I must be growing up!

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They all think it looks fantastic - reliability remains to be seen but it can't be any worse than my last car!

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes, although I'd possibly go for a bigger engine so the speed is there if you need it.

What are you likely to buy next?
Let's get the 4 year finance deal out of the way first, then I'll think about the next purchase!

Buying experience

1 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchise

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£3,500

When did you buy the car?
June 2007

Did you get a good deal and why?
I got a reasonable deal - I purchased the car from Carcraft. They offered me little money for my old car, although I was quite prepared for this as I knew what was wrong with it.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I bought the Astra to replace my ageing and increasingly rattling high mileage Alfa Romeo 145 1.8 Twinspark.

What was the dealer like?
I had the most incredible amount of hassle from Carcraft. I made my first phonecall to them on the saturday afternoon that my car started making noises. I told them I had seen the car I wanted and it was at their Liverpool site. Eventually, they kept telling me 'It will be here within a couple of days sir' and I got repeatedly frustrated. After my patience wore thin, I insisted on picking it up 12 days after the first phonecall. All paperwork was filled out and it was iminent that the car was going to come out. Then - you guessed it. Customer Liason came out and told me the Power steering had failed. I asked if I could see the car, and managed to get 5 minutes in the workshop. An hour before - they told me they had 3 men valeting the car. When I saw it, it was covered in dust! The car had

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
It's lovely to drive - nippy and although not quite as fast as my old Alfa, I haven't missed the speed yet.

What's it like to park?
Very different shape at the back, still getting used to it!

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Nothing yet - I have only had it 3 days!

What's most practical about your car?
Running costs - fuel consumption is great. Insurance wise I am saving a small fortune. The boot is bigger, there is more room in the back, and it's just far more refined.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
CD player is great - sports seats are very comfortable, and the white dials set the dash off brilliantly. The exhaust and engine are silent. 17" Alloys look very smart

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