Poor car, somewhat disappointed
Many faults, and apparently it's common with the 2002 Astra.
Squeaking noise while reversing.
A/C compressor clutch faulty.
Emission system warning light pop's-up.
Blaupunkt stereo will start with max volume.
Gear lever is too close to the forearm, so inconvenient for male drivers to shift gears.
Slightly hard steering and brakes.
Poor ride comfort in terms of the suspension.
I don't find the traction control very effective.
Good things about the car:
Gives me about 11.3ks per ltr mixed road conditions.
Decent interior quality of upholstery and plastic.
Reasonable power for a 1.8 ltr engine.
Excellent cruise control.
The hatchback with the seats folded has heaps of boot space.
I had a Nissan Skyline before, and never ever had any problem with it, even after doing 100,000ks myself. Most of my mates have Japanese cars, and they go just fine with not much problem. Japanese cars are fine quality, fast, reliable, smooth, fuel efficient and value for money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st October, 2010