Seriously good fun!
Engine mount weakened.
Strut bearing collapsed.
Paint clear coat beginning to peel on bonnet and roof.
I went into the car yard looking for cars for my mother... Next minute I bought the Astra. She's a black SRi 2.2 TS series Astra built in Belgium and she goes like stink. Well built, solid body with smooth performance from the chain driven Z22 series 2.2 engine and 4 speed Borgy transmission. A few general maintenance issues, but parts are pricey for an Opel in Oz.
Seats aren't wearing very well, and the fuel consumption is not that great for a 4 cylinder, but YOU JUST HAVE TO DRIVE ONE! It handles way better than my mate's BMW 3 series, and it cost half as much.
They do not suffer the same timing belt pretensioner troubles as the 1.8 either, which is a BIG PLUS!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd October, 2013