Opel Astra Reviews from Romania

2007 Opel Astra Cosmo 1.7 turbo diesel 110hp

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel 110hp Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance42000 kilometres

Summary:

Efficient all rounder

Faults:

During a long trip (1300 km), the turbo vacuum valve made the light on the dashboard light up and the car go into safe mode. Happened twice during the trip. From then the light is lit, but the engine is working fine; no loss of power, no other problems at all. The light on the dashboard disappears after driving some 20 km (the engine warms up).

Other cars are a bit lighter (some 10-40 kg), and this impacts acceleration and fuel efficiency.

General Comments:

What I like is:

- Very fuel efficient: I get 4.4 l/100 km if I drive normal.

- If you keep it under 90 km/h, you will get 4.0 l/100 km

- Reaches 160 km/h very quickly.

- No creaks.

- Seats are very good.

- In the back there's plenty of space.

- The dashboard has many useful, very well sized buttons.

- Plenty of space at the driver's seat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st August, 2011

2006 Opel Astra H 1.4 petrol

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carDacia 1410

Summary:

Very reliable and solid car. Low performance of the 1.4 engine

Faults:

Battery changed after 4 years.

Small electrical problem - trunk would not open. One fuse changed and the problem was solved.

A few times the engine would not start, and some light appeared on the board "check engine". After a few minutes I would try again, and the car would start.

General Comments:

Initially I didn't really like the design of the car, but in time I came to like it more.

What I liked from the beginning, and I still like, is the feeling of "solid" and quality of build of this car.

This feeling is still present almost unchanged five years and 67.000 km later.

I also appreciate the reliability of the car, as I didn't have any major problems so far.

What I never liked is the slow acceleration of the 1.4 engine (90 hp). 0-100 km/h is 14 seconds. Because of this, I have problems overtaking. However for city driving and 2 lanes roads, the car is quite good.

Sometimes problems appeared in winter driving. The car doesn't have ESP or ASR, and this caused wheel-spin in low grip conditions. However the ABS was really useful, it saved me a few times from minor accidents.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2011

1992 Opel Astra GLS 1.6

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 kilometres
Most recent distance124000 kilometres

Summary:

Sporty, roomy, trusty, value for money = simply the best

Faults:

Rust on the rear panel... common on most Astras.

Problems with brakes, easy repair.

Many little sounds from the interior.

Middle exhaust rusts easy.

And that`s about it, no clutch problems, no gearbox problems.

General Comments:

No problems at high speeds, very very comfortable in the front and in the back.

A little sporty, it does not have all 75 hp, but it does not feel so tired and old.

No major problems, and the best advantage is that you can find the cheapest spare parts on the market very easy. And I mean very cheap.

Overall, very very satisfied.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2009

2007 Opel Astra Enjoy 1.4

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance12000 kilometres
Previous carDacia Solenza

Summary:

The best car money can buy

Faults:

One thing: the handbrake seems a little bit out of shape. I noticed that on a very inclined hill when facing down.

General Comments:

The car handles beautifully with or without any load on board. Its perfect both for city drive and out of city highways. It never tires me when driving it on longer periods of time and it's simply a pleasure to drive it. I have to mention also that being a little sporty, on very rough roads, it tends to forward the road vibrations to the driver but not so much. The consumption is great. On the last 5000 km, it has a 7.4 l/ 100km consumption. If I take for a spin and bring my family with me (so I don't go faster than 100 km/h) the realtime consumption shows me a nice 5.6 l / 100 km which is GREAT. The radio comes with six speakers and it has a good reception. The interior is definitively much nicer than the one of the VW Golf 5. I will never sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2008

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 10 reviews