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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6 Elite 5d (2004/54)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6 Elite 5d (2004/54) - Owner Review

Auto headlights, auto wipers although they can sometimes get confused how heavy the rain is and wipe too fast, just turn them off and on again. cruise control,.
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Review submitted by
Benjamin Dixon on

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (04-10)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Someone who wants it all but at a bargain price.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They like the heated seats in winter.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes, but only a used one. get a good car once it's price has depreciated.

What are you likely to buy next?
Astra / mondeo / mazda 6 / seat leon.

Buying experience

4 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?
April 2014

Did you get a good deal and why?
Yes, dealer originally wanted £2500, but was wiling to accept £2300 since i was paying cash.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
It is the top spec model so comes with all the kit. Low miles for age (53k). Came with the 1.6 petrol engine which has reasonable power and fuel economy and not a bad first car.

What was the dealer like?
Good, didn't try and push me for a sale.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Reasonably comfortable, although could probably do with some new shocks and springs. Quite a lot of body roll on roundabouts. Tyre noise quite high although probably the cheap tyres it came with, wind noise not to bad. Averaging 38mpg with mixed driving, on the motorway can get between 43-48mpg doing 60-70mph.

What's it like to park?
Easy, but the rear makes things look closer than they are.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
At 60k car suddenly lost power and got a check engine light on the dash. I scanned the cars ECU and got a code for a misfire. First i tried changing spark plugs and then changed coil pack which sorted it. Failed MOT on broken springs. clutch judder in the winter.

What's most practical about your car?
Auto headlights, auto wipers although they can sometimes get confused how heavy the rain is and wipe too fast, just turn them off and on again. cruise control,.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Auto headlights and wipers, heated seats, cruise control. trip computer.

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