2005 Opel Astra Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2005 Opel Astra N'Joy 1.4 unleaded from Romania

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4 unleaded Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance13000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

Opel at it's best

Faults:

Absolutely nothing (yet).

General Comments:

The new Opel Astra is a real step forward for Opel. I owned the previous model, also 1.4 litre engine, so my enthusiasm is "educated", so to speak. Opel managed to maintain the low fuel consumption and still develop a sufficiently powerful 1.4 90bhp engine. The main pro's of this new model are the comfort level, the detail of the interior finishing and the exterior design. I've only had this car for 13000 km so I really can't speak about it's reliability, but so far so good, absolutely nothing wrong with it despite me driving it over the declared maximum speed of 178 km per hour. Also good stability - I got it with 16 inch wheels and I think this counts. The previous Astra models were average at best, but this one is a keeper, and personally I think it's better than the rival Volkswagen Golf V.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2006

2005 Opel Astra Sport 1.8 from South Africa

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired27900 kilometres
Most recent distance31400 kilometres
Previous carOpel Astra

Faults:

Passenger window cannot be operated from the driver console. The vehicle has been in the workshop for a week and a half, still the problem is not resolved. The irony is, that this was a demo vehicle that was driven by the manger for new car sales!

General Comments:

The sales and after sales service has been extremely disappointing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 2006

2005 Opel Astra S.W Elegans 1.6 petrol from Turkey

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance14300 kilometres
Previous carFiat 131

Summary:

Very good

Faults:

Nothing yet mechanically has gone wrong with it, even though, I have only had the car for the last 8 months.

General Comments:

I bought the full-spec version with Easytronic gearbox.

Comfortable ride.

Excellent grip and handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2006

2005 Opel Astra 1.6 Enjoy 1.6 Twinport petrol from South Africa

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Twinport petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Great Car, Great Price

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Great hatch-back. The 1.6 Twinport is some-what underpowered for driving in town and from robot to robot. On the open road it runs beautifully. Nice solid quiet drive. The fuel consumpsion is great (7.5l/100km). Car is packed with luxeries.

Overall great value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2005

2005 Opel Astra Hatchback 1.4 from Cyprus

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance8500 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Excellent Value 4 Money

Faults:

Nothing yet mechanically has gone wrong with it, even though, I have only had the car for the last 6 months. Of these 6 months my wife uses it to get from home to work and back. We have taken it on very few journeys so far.

General Comments:

I bought the full-spec version with leather interior, alloys, visibility pack, etc. The car was a present to the wife as an upgrade from a 1.2 Peugeot 206.

Very comfortable ride.

Excellent grip and handling.

Takes long to accelerate (of course I am comparing to my 1.8T Passat) but drives beautifully at high speeds and on corners and mountain roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2005

2005 Opel Astra Essentia 1.6 from South Africa

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance12235 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

An excellent all-rounder

Faults:

Nothing - realy!

General Comments:

Only a Toyota fan would understand how difficult it was to buy an Opel, but I am most impressed.

The deciding factor in buying the car was its excellent safety rating and comprehensive maintenance plan (even the wipers and brakes are covered). Looks can be deceiving, you may not believe that this hatch actually weighs 1.3tons! This only adds to safety.

My Astra is spacious, comfortable, reliable and very economical.

The boot is surprisingly big (for a hatch) and this with a full-size spare!

Fuel consumption has been 7.9l/100km average over the last 12000km. However, I've seen 6.5l/100km when driving a steady 120kph with a family of 4 and the boot packed for a week's vacation.

I didn't pay much attention to it when buying, but that MP3 player which came standard is really nice. Would appreciate some cup-holders though. I also regret not taking the cruise control option - I found myself doing over 150 a number of times.

I certainly don't encourage reckless driving, but it does handle corners well and it comes with brakes that will stop a train.

The car is an excellent all-rounder and will serve a wide audience. Mine, a family car and a worthy replacement for my good and faithful Camry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2005

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 10 reviews