1998 Opel Astra Euro 200iE 2.0 petrol from South Africa
The most car you can get for the money
Air conditioner compressor replaced under warranty at 80000km.
Most car you can get for this money. If it was a 1.6 or 1.8 I might have sold it by now, but the 2 litre engine gives it real character. Pulls from low low down, huge torque, and makes the car feel much bigger than it is.
Handling is average, the chassis is a bit wobbly and steering a bit slow, but grip levels are good. Lots of safe understeer if you overdo it.
Very comfortable, no major rattles or squeaks even after 125000 km. Gets a bit noisy at 130+ km/h, could use a 6th gear, more than enough power for it. Hits 200 fairly easily.
More than enough room, done several long trips with 4 people in car, and even loaded up, performance on the open road is lovely.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd November, 2005
3rd Jan 2007, 03:48
I agree. The car is a pleasure to drive. My father bought the 200iSE EURO and it now has 240K km and he still does not want to sell it.
I have the 200iE EURO with 124K km and the only problem I have is that my gearbox is very tight. It does not seem to catch the gears very smoothly - especially 3rd. I had the same stiffness on my 160iS Kadette, but not as bad as on the 200iE.
Are there any remedies? Is my problem unique?
18th Jan 2010, 19:04
Wow, I've had the same problem with my 160is. Certain days gears feel tight, but reliable and fast none the less. I'm only writing this cause I'm thinking of the 200ise as my next car. Gotta love it.
21st Apr 2012, 06:24
I have a 200 IE Euro. Had the motor redone, so oversized pistons, Vernier pulley, exhaust system.
The car runs like a dream. Fuel consumption is very good. I've done from Nelspruit to JHB in 1 hour and 30.
13th Jul 2013, 15:55
Hey, where did you take your car for the redo; I definitely need to do my car as well. I drive the 200iS euro 1998 model; I have bad oil leaking, bad vibration, my power steering oils leaks as well; in short, I need to take it for a redo. Please assist with details. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org