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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

Economy, cheapish to run, looks nice with lovely wheels.
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Review submitted by
Rob Fellows on

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Mr Suburban Average Joe

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Ok

Would you buy this car again and why?
No qualms with another Astra (my next car is the CDTI SRI 150bhp Astra) but wouldn't get a car so bland and boring to drive.

What are you likely to buy next?
Astra CDTI SRI 150. 0 - 60 in 8.3 secs, 50 mpg. Thanks very much!!!

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchise

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£4,000

When did you buy the car?
June 2007

Did you get a good deal and why?
Not really - awful part ex deal but they normally are I suppose. Finance was sky high. Thanks Carcraft!

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Better economy and reliability than the dog of an Alfa Romeo I had previously.

What was the dealer like?
They just try and secure deals with anybody that walks in - but first off to get the car took 2 weeks. Disgusting.

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Sluggish, underpowered. Should have bought 1.8

What's it like to park?
Ok

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
New Cat needed, and aircon compressor needed after 2 months, covered by warranty. Starter motor and ignition switch went after 12 months, cost £300. After 2 years, thermostat housing broke (plastic tube that comes off it snapped off) but that was an easy home repair. Things starting to go wrong now, groaning as you pull off, exhaust needs changing, seat wearing away after 110k

What's most practical about your car?
Economy, cheapish to run, looks nice with lovely wheels.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Steering wheel controls.

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