1993 Opel Astra 1.6 from Ghana


A good and economical car


The radiator started leaking two weeks after I bought it.

The fuel pump seized the same week.

The exhaust pipe broke at three different locations.

I changed the changed the brakes after 6 months, because the drums were leaking and the brake disk surface was not uniform, causing the car to shake violently when braking.

I will however attribute these faults to the lack of maintenance on the part of the previous owner.

General Comments:

The car is not very roomy, especially at the back seats.

It is comfortable to drive and accelerates well for a 1993 model; it however struggles up hill, especially when loaded.

I have been using this car since June, 2010, and not once has it refused to start in the morning.

I have driven it on all kinds of road, from the motorway to the bush roads. The only time it broke down on the road was when the fuel pump seized.

I will recommend it to anyone who is buying his first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2011

1993 Opel Astra 1.4 from Greece


Old school, rock solid reliability that neither OPEL or other car manufacturers offer anymore


Nothing but normal wear and tear.

Driving seat has started to wear. Brake disks (still the original) have to be changed as no ABS on this car and braking started to get less and less effective.

Valve rattle sound from time to time, but read somewhere that is pretty common in Opel engines of that age.

General Comments:

The car was bought as new back in 1993 by my father and was passed to me a year ago. The particular car was ordered with all the extra goodies money could buy at that time (electrical windows, side mirrors and LCD trip computer).

My father has seriously abused this car for many years and in many cases neglected maintenance (once changed regular oil after 18000km). He knows nothing about cars and doesn't care much too. We still don't fix anything until it's broken...

This car was driven in all kinds of roads and situations and never betrayed us. It has a very pleasant ride and wears very well both inside and outside. Today 16 years after initial purchase and with 334000km on the odometer is still a great value, 100% reliable car and am not afraid to use it in both long trips and everyday "in town" use. Unfortunately it gets a little rusty here and there, but all OPELs of a certain age do. I have recently installed an LPG kit to save from rising petrol prices and plan to drive this car exhaustively until something major has to be repaired or engine drops dead. It runs very smoothly with the LPG, and I feel sorry didn't go for it earlier.

I see a lot of this model still on the road, which is a certain mark of longevity and reliability. Nobody (Germans and Japanese included) makes this kind of reliable cars anymore. Cars as everything else in our era have to be cheap and consumable... easy to buy and expensive to service so you have to throw it away and buy a new one. My wife has a 2000 Astra, which is not bad car, but comparatively with my 1993 Astra had numerous serious problems and definitely doesn't seem made to last.

I believe it's a very good second hand choice, strongly recommend it and surely can be still found good ones with relatively low mileage at rock bottom prices.

It took me some time, but I read a lot of the posts in carsurvey website and not only... most of the "satisfied" car owners keep writing that their beloved cars will serve them for a life "if meticulously maintained"... YES, that's true, that's easy to understand... but the really reliable cars are these that show their capacity in conditions of little or no maintenance and when driven by no tomorrow drivers and not 80 years old grandmothers. I have driven about 6-7 different cars in Eastern Europe (bumpy roads full of potholes) where money was short for regular service of the cars and 99% of the owners are DIY. It's a very good place to see and understand which cars and models are really reliable. It's easy to say good words for a car when you have the money to pay dealership service and after that complaining that they don't smile to you enough... (Oh those British :-)!!)

I'll be posting again about my 1993 Opel Astra as time pass and miles add up.

Thank you for reading!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2009

1993 Opel Astra IE 160 from South Africa


Nothing other than usual running things like spark plugs or gaskets, but other than that it's great.

General Comments:

This car handles great.

It's light on fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2008

1993 Opel Astra 1.4i from UK and Ireland




The Fuel pump Has broken three times within six months and is costing a fortune. I protest that there must be a problem causing the pump to fail, but to no avail. The garage says that pumps on Astra's are unreliable, but surely that's not good enough.

The starter motor failed completely at 94000.

My car seems to be having a lot of trouble since it hit 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

Otherwise it is a reliable and economical car.

A bit slow In the low gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th July, 2003

1993 Opel Astra Diamond 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Too troublesome for most


Quite a lot in a short time of ownership.

The thermostat was broken so there was no heat inside the car.

The water pump was faulty and needed replacing.

The exhaust rear box and tailpipe broke off.

The hazard light switch was faulty, turning them off took many attempts.

The driver's window tension had gone and the window could be rolled down from the outside with the palm of a hand.

Bit of the interior kept breaking off, such as the window winder and the handle to move the driver's seat forward.

General Comments:

I had to go to an opel dealer when I couldn't get anyone else to replace the thermostat, and they completely disregarded our wishes and put in a water pump and timing belt along with the thermostat. We received a bill for 379 euros and then had our car held hostage until we paid.

Despite this, it is a nice car to drive, handling well around towns for a car it's size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 2003