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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.8 16V SXi 3d (AC) (2000/W)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.8 16V SXi 3d (AC) (2000/W) - Owner Review

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Review submitted by
Shaun Barlow on

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Summary

1 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
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What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They like it but they don't have to drive it!!

Would you buy this car again and why?
Not in this lifetime or the next.

What are you likely to buy next?
A car that runs smoothly, changes gear, doesn't drink petrol the minute I touch the throttle, and has a clutch that is not all or nothing unlike this junk.

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Independent

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£2,300

When did you buy the car?
January 2008

Did you get a good deal and why?
Reasonable deal

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Looked good, three door, sporty but practical

What was the dealer like?
OK

Driving it

2 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Terrible at low speed, shudders. Gear change notty and resistant. Handles quite well. Not as quick as it should be.

What's it like to park?
Difficult, can't see front at all and body sides dip under so when you think you're parallel to kurb you're three feet out still.

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Seats didn't tilt properly, still don't, common fault on these, intermittent headlamp failure, airbag light keeps coming on when I move the seats which knocks out all of the safety features on this thing, abysmal.

What's most practical about your car?
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Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
none

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