Bedford Astravan Review

1988 Bedford Astravan 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.7 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance216000 miles


The best money I ever spent


Water pump disintegrated at about 150,000 miles.

Rear shocks needed replacing at about 200,000 miles.

I've had 4 clutches so far, including the one that's in there now, replaced about a year ago.

One stop bulb seems to blow at regular intervals (about once every 2 years).

Carburettor wrecked by an incompetent mechanic at about 125,000 miles. Non-original replacement was poop. Went back to a re-con carb. That needs a good clean now, every service.

The cam cover gasket's been weeping a little oil for the last 5 years or so.

Rust's just started to appear round the arches.

The heater matrix and blower are coming to the end of their natural life.

General Comments:

This van's been amazing.

Just put petrol in it and it goes.

Starts every time, even in snow.

I still get good fuel economy.

I use it for my business, and regularly go round the M25.

The integral roof rack's really strong.

I can fit 8 foot sign boards inside!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2006

15th Feb 2007, 09:23

My Astravan got nicked last night. I'm gutted. It was a b*****dy good tool' I will try and get another.

Average review marks: 9.7 / 10, based on 1 review