I loved this car
The third gear would not shift down after 140000km.
The Opel Astra was reliable; besides a defective fork clutch, nothing went wrong.
The engine is not powerful, but it was able to climb mountains, even with five people and snow gear.
The car is comfortable enough for long trip, but it is not a smooth ride.
I had various friends who had the same car in turbo diesel, but usually the engine goes after 200000km.
In conclusion, the 1.7 OHC diesel is a reliable engine, and I would definitely recommended it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2011