2006 Opel Astra H 1.4 petrol from Romania
Very reliable and solid car. Low performance of the 1.4 engine
Battery changed after 4 years.
Small electrical problem - trunk would not open. One fuse changed and the problem was solved.
A few times the engine would not start, and some light appeared on the board "check engine". After a few minutes I would try again, and the car would start.
Initially I didn't really like the design of the car, but in time I came to like it more.
What I liked from the beginning, and I still like, is the feeling of "solid" and quality of build of this car.
This feeling is still present almost unchanged five years and 67.000 km later.
I also appreciate the reliability of the car, as I didn't have any major problems so far.
What I never liked is the slow acceleration of the 1.4 engine (90 hp). 0-100 km/h is 14 seconds. Because of this, I have problems overtaking. However for city driving and 2 lanes roads, the car is quite good.
Sometimes problems appeared in winter driving. The car doesn't have ESP or ASR, and this caused wheel-spin in low grip conditions. However the ABS was really useful, it saved me a few times from minor accidents.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2011