Opel Astra Review from Philippines

2002 Opel Astra Opel Wagon 1.6 liter

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance14383 kilometres

Summary:

I would like to abstain from commenting at this point in time

Faults:

I bought my Opel Astra Wagon automatic transmission August 2002.Just last week, at the mark of the vehicle's third year, my right rear power window broke down. It just stopped working. I brought the vehicle to the dealer and they told me the whole power window mechanism had to be replaced -- it would cost me P30,000.00.

Why would a very well kept three year old German car have a power window suddenly break down. Yes it is three years old, but it's mileage is only 14,383km to date. I have an eight year old Japanese car (Toyota Corolla) but have never experienced problems with the power window ever.

Aren't German cars supposed to be more "durable/reliable/dependable" when it comes to 'life expectancy' of the vehicle and its corresponding components?

I tried to communicate with GM Philippines about my problem. I am still waiting for their response.

General Comments:

I am very much satisfied with my Opel Astra. This is by far the best vehicle I have purchased by far.

Unfortunately, my admiration for the brand and the vehicle was scarred by this problem I am faced with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th August, 2005

17th Aug 2005, 17:07

Considering German cars... almost every european survey about customer satisfaction gives japanese cars the edge, especially Toyota and Mazda. And the mileage does not really matter when it comes to power windows, that is mostly bad luck and age. If you want a German car that has real quality (remember, Opel is GM-owned and has to share many parts with non-German cars, and to make it worse, North-American cars, that has a horrible reliability standard!) you have to buy a BMW. And that costs... too much!

Greetings from Europe!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review