PLEASE reconsider buying this car!!!
Rust in body.
I bought this car for my son as a first car. It had a lot of k's, but seemed safe and reliable. My wife owned a 2002 Astra, which we've recently sold at 60,000k's (I was worried about reliability after this point, so we bought a Japanese car) however, we thought another Astra was a sure bet!! An EXPENSIVE bet, let me tell you!!
We paid $4400, which is fine as it had ABS, traction control, two airbags and power windows.
I've since forked out $2000 on the above parts (and more), and am concerned about its future reliability.
I change the oil every five thousand, clean the air filter, replace spark plugs every year, use 98 octane with octane boost.
I am looking at buying a car for my daughter, who should get her P's shortly; I'll be buying a Japanese car!!
In summary, I think the Astra's are OK up to 60,000k's (which is when you need to do the timing belt and water pump); they seem to less durable after this point.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th May, 2012