1983 Vauxhall Astra LX 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland
Overall a great first car - probably made into saucepans by now
Used a lot of oil - started off treating it to Castrol GTX, but ended up using Asda's cheapest as it was using so much. As I remember I stopped bothering with oil changes as I conducting them bit by bit weekly.
Apart from that, a great first car.
Exhaust downpipes rusted - replaced and never a problem again.
Produced 75bhp, which made it good for 100mph, and it was much quicker than the 1.3 Fiestas of it's day.
Well equipped considering it's spec.
Prone to some brake fade.
Headlights were very large and had a fatal attraction for stones.
Some rusting by the front indicators when I sold it at 5 years old.
Nice chunky styling.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st July, 2006
25th Mar 2007, 13:50
My friend has just bought one of these cars. 1980, 1300s. Everything was OK with it until it back fired and blew the exhaust off. And it was surprisingly quick for a 1.3.
21st Apr 2010, 19:02
Yes, the power output for a 1300cc was impressive in the 1980s when Ford were at around 60bhp and it's not bad today. Surprised to hear that you can still find them for sale.