2000 Opel Astra Sport 2.0 DTi turbo diesel from Bulgaria
Lively and economical hatchback!
The only thing that gone wrong was the diesel injection pump. It is very sensitive to fuel. Here in Bulgaria the diesel is far from best quality. I would recommend to everybody who buys the car to fill every time 150 grams of motorcycle oil into full tank of diesel for better lubrication of the pump.
My car is a 3dr hatchback, and has 101 HP and 230Nm torque, which is pretty good for a car of that class. It accelerates quick, and overtaking is an easy job.
The handling is fantastic, mine has the sport suspension and it loves corners. However, its ride is not comfortable. The suspension is solidly built and reliable though.
The noise inside coming from the engine is a bit higher on lower revs compared to other cars in this class, but when it passes 1700 rpm, it becomes pretty good and sporty.
The car is very economical; the fuel consumption in the city is between 7 and 8 liters, and on a highway with 100km/h, it drops to 4.8 to 5 liters.
All in all, I like the car very much. It has great exterior, and it's OK inside too with the Recaro sport seats.
The thing that I don't like are the plastics inside, because when it's cold, they are cracking and making me nervous.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd December, 2010