Opel Astra Review from Sri Lanka

1994 Opel Astra F 1.4

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance88000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

Good Value for Money Car

Faults:

The air condition had to be redone.

The brake pads and liners had to be replaced.

Reverse light switch and hazard switch was broken. The replaced new hazard switch is not properly working again (after 1.5 years)

The door pins needed replacement.

The starter motor had to be repaired.

Because the crank pulley nut has somehow come loose there was damage to a cogwheel.

Shocks life time is nearing.

General Comments:

This is a very hardy car (compared to my previous Japanese) and feels very safe when driving. It took some time to adjust to its 'hard built' (all aspects of it the gear, the steering, the clutch etc are not soft to the touch).

The car is slow to pick up - mainly I think this is because of its smaller engine size compared to its hefty body. Though I was skeptic about its performance in the hill country because of its slow nature in the pickup - I had no issues at all climbing very steep hills with the AC on.

Good handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2008

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review