2005 Opel Astra Essentia 1.6


An excellent all-rounder


Nothing - realy!

General Comments:

Only a Toyota fan would understand how difficult it was to buy an Opel, but I am most impressed.

The deciding factor in buying the car was its excellent safety rating and comprehensive maintenance plan (even the wipers and brakes are covered). Looks can be deceiving, you may not believe that this hatch actually weighs 1.3tons! This only adds to safety.

My Astra is spacious, comfortable, reliable and very economical.

The boot is surprisingly big (for a hatch) and this with a full-size spare!

Fuel consumption has been 7.9l/100km average over the last 12000km. However, I've seen 6.5l/100km when driving a steady 120kph with a family of 4 and the boot packed for a week's vacation.

I didn't pay much attention to it when buying, but that MP3 player which came standard is really nice. Would appreciate some cup-holders though. I also regret not taking the cruise control option - I found myself doing over 150 a number of times.

I certainly don't encourage reckless driving, but it does handle corners well and it comes with brakes that will stop a train.

The car is an excellent all-rounder and will serve a wide audience. Mine, a family car and a worthy replacement for my good and faithful Camry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2005

2000 Opel Astra CSE 1.8 X18XE1


Excellent value and reliability, but very spartan


Replaced brake disks (rotors) at 60000km.

Cleaned throttle body at 70000km, but it WILL get oiled-up again, because the the crankshaft ventilation is connected to it without an oil-blocker.

General Comments:

This is a nice performance car with exceptional handling. The CSE model is sportier than most, but has a rather spartan interior. There aren't even electric windows.

The X18XE1 engine has a known problem with throttle body fouling. This results in idle undershoot and sometimes engine cutting when coasting to a stop. If it were Germany, Opel would have redrilled the connection to the crankshaft ventilation from 1mm to 2mm and replaced the software of the ECU, according to their "TIC Notiz" to that effect. This is something like a minor recall notice. However GM South Africa refuses to acknowledge the problem and avoids calls the best they can. Pity though. That is a good enough reason for me not to buy from them again, although I have nothing against Opel in general, and will buy one any time in another country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2004

1997 Opel Astra 160i E 1.6


Value for money


No problems at all. This was my 3rd Astra F series. Just bought the new Astra 1.6 Ecotec 16 valve CDE.

General Comments:

Excellent cars. The new Astra (G) series is a poor mans Mercedes. Opel are the best. I have had others makes as well, but will stay with Opel in future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2000

30th Apr 2003, 22:31

Opels are one of the best cars in the world!, I live in São Paulo, Brazil, I owned about 05 Opels, here thay are colled Chevrolet, I'm a race drive and I race with a Opel, I won 2 times from a Porsche.

18th Jan 2008, 08:48

Hi, I live in Kenya, and own a 1997 Astra 160iE. Excellent reliability and fuel consumption. Has over 150,000 km on it and it is still going strong.

7th Mar 2015, 17:40

Hi, am Isaac, I live in Kenya, I have the 1995 160ie, and the thing is just going stronger. It's the car I can never sell. Too bad the manufacturer has been out of the market for so long. If I could get a new 160ie, I would still buy it all over again. It's a cool drive.