Opel Astra Reviews from Greece

2004 Opel Astra Cosmo 1.6 XEP

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 XEP Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

Don't buy the 1.6 XEP engine

Faults:

The 1.6 XEP engine is on death row. It does cost too much money to keep it running perfect. My catalyst was replaced from dirty and bad fuel (the car don't have fuel filter), and the twinport intake was replaced also because it was making a lot of noise.

General Comments:

The rest of the car is the best that exists in the market, only the engine is too old for Euro5.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2011

2002 Opel Astra Comfort 1.4

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired38 kilometres
Most recent distance101000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda Felicia

Summary:

I'm very satisfied with this car, and I will keep it for many years

Faults:

1. The back seat has started to wear badly.

2. Timing belt was changed at 70.000km.

3. Many electrical problems.

4. Exhaust.

5. Brakes.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable car, however the seats are uncomfortable and the cost of mechanical parts is high.

The engine is good, but you have to rev the engine in order for it to come alive.

The air-condition is very good, but it's a bit noisy at high speeds.

The heater is very good.

I think that this car with a bigger engine would be better.

Generally, it is a very good car for both daily use in city and for trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2009

1993 Opel Astra 1.4

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance334000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

Old school, rock solid reliability that neither OPEL or other car manufacturers offer anymore

Faults:

Nothing but normal wear and tear.

Driving seat has started to wear. Brake disks (still the original) have to be changed as no ABS on this car and braking started to get less and less effective.

Valve rattle sound from time to time, but read somewhere that is pretty common in Opel engines of that age.

General Comments:

The car was bought as new back in 1993 by my father and was passed to me a year ago. The particular car was ordered with all the extra goodies money could buy at that time (electrical windows, side mirrors and LCD trip computer).

My father has seriously abused this car for many years and in many cases neglected maintenance (once changed regular oil after 18000km). He knows nothing about cars and doesn't care much too. We still don't fix anything until it's broken...

This car was driven in all kinds of roads and situations and never betrayed us. It has a very pleasant ride and wears very well both inside and outside. Today 16 years after initial purchase and with 334000km on the odometer is still a great value, 100% reliable car and am not afraid to use it in both long trips and everyday "in town" use. Unfortunately it gets a little rusty here and there, but all OPELs of a certain age do. I have recently installed an LPG kit to save from rising petrol prices and plan to drive this car exhaustively until something major has to be repaired or engine drops dead. It runs very smoothly with the LPG, and I feel sorry didn't go for it earlier.

I see a lot of this model still on the road, which is a certain mark of longevity and reliability. Nobody (Germans and Japanese included) makes this kind of reliable cars anymore. Cars as everything else in our era have to be cheap and consumable... easy to buy and expensive to service so you have to throw it away and buy a new one. My wife has a 2000 Astra, which is not bad car, but comparatively with my 1993 Astra had numerous serious problems and definitely doesn't seem made to last.

I believe it's a very good second hand choice, strongly recommend it and surely can be still found good ones with relatively low mileage at rock bottom prices.

It took me some time, but I read a lot of the posts in carsurvey website and not only... most of the "satisfied" car owners keep writing that their beloved cars will serve them for a life "if meticulously maintained"... YES, that's true, that's easy to understand... but the really reliable cars are these that show their capacity in conditions of little or no maintenance and when driven by no tomorrow drivers and not 80 years old grandmothers. I have driven about 6-7 different cars in Eastern Europe (bumpy roads full of potholes) where money was short for regular service of the cars and 99% of the owners are DIY. It's a very good place to see and understand which cars and models are really reliable. It's easy to say good words for a car when you have the money to pay dealership service and after that complaining that they don't smile to you enough... (Oh those British :-)!!)

I'll be posting again about my 1993 Opel Astra as time pass and miles add up.

Thank you for reading!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2009

2001 Opel Astra G SPORT 3D 1.4

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carFiat 127

Summary:

It really worth its money

Faults:

I am a happy owner.

Not even a burnt lamp!!

Service once a year, and cheap compared to other cars.

General Comments:

Solid and safe feeling when driving.

A bit hard suspension for Greek roads, but hey it's the Sport model.

Very good seats (especially as the driver's seat is fully adjustable, and so is the steering wheel)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2008

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews