1995 Opel Astra GL 1.4 petrol
Engine management fault.
Blanket interference on the radio.
Camshaft oil seal.
Paint peeled off wheel trims.
Thermostat failed twice.
Both rear brake cylinders leaked.
Contamination of the brake fluid by water.
Oil pump gasket failed twice.
Bottom timing pulley came loose and damaged crank shaft.
Indicater switch failed.
Loud drumming noise which can not be found and baffles blown in rear silencer.
This is a Monday morning car. I have had several Opels before and they were excellent. The quality seems to have gone down since they started building them at the Vauxhall factories in England.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th January, 2000
I completely agree with the commentator. I own an Opel Astra 1.4GL since 1993. Eversince I had all sorts of problems that made me decide never to buy such a car again.
A. The water pump failed at 54.000km, 4,5 years after I bought the car (weird since water pumps usually fail much later than this).
B. The radiator failed massively at 74.000km, nearly causing damage to the engine gasket.
C. The cabin interior materials were extremely poor. The roof lining came off, five years after I bought the car, and I had to replace it.
D. Some trims deteriorated earlier than normal.
E. When it rains the central locking system fails.
F. Some lamps in the control console burned out.
G. The brake pump and rear pistons failed early in the car's life.
H. Now I have serious engine management problems.
On my 2nd Astra, both 2nd hand.
My 1st, a 1994 1.3L 3dr, had been in a few knocks but otherwise sound.
The 2nd Astra a 1995, 1.4 GL was 10 years old but only had 48,000 miles on the clock, my dad had it from new.
The 1st car lacked a wee bit of service history, 86,000 miles on the clock. Within months the water pump was gone and shortly after the orange engine managements system light started to light up the night sky. The car would cut out in traffic and take a lot of attempts to restart. Turned out to be a micro-chip that controlled the low voltage/high voltage power source to the distributor, only €80 to fix and a lot of embarrassment in traffic jams. After about 97,000 miles the car felt like jelly tub on ice, and as much power as a sewing machine, the only thing for it was the scrap yard.
The 2nd car had been serviced as required every year or 10,000 by the same garage, and not the cheapest. I took over its care on its 10th birthday. For a 1.4L, it still had a lot of its power and felt solid. This car now, 14 years old and 62,000 miles on the clock, has continued its service history with varying garages, so better than others, and has only recently cost a few bob. Water pump and thermostat, tie rods on top of the full service, back running like a dream, yet again.
If you get a well serviced one, it will look after you, for its same comparable contemporary size it's a solid car with fair handling, but need to be serviced regularly, on older models, check water pump and HT power management switch.