Fantastic value for money
Several visits to the dealer to sort out the front suspension - loud, "clunking" noises. Eventually rectified with new anti-roll bar and various other bits & pieces.
Coil packs have failed on two separate occasions - 4500 & 9000 miles. Due another one soon?!
Quality of paint-work (metallic grey) not too clever - chipping like mad.
Good performance, but not as impressive as I was expecting. Also has problems putting down the power in 1st & 2nd, especially in the damp. Traction control isn't exactly subtle either.
Respectable handling, but not a patch on the (2000) Astra SXi that went before it - jeez, can't believe I just wrote that.
Supremely comfortable - fantastically equipped at the price. Forget the hot hatch tag - but as a spacious, refined method of covering distances at a fair old lick, it cannot be beaten at the price.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2002