1986 Vauxhall Astra L Estate 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Like a modern Japanese cars - unremarkable and very reliable
Starter motor failed around 140000 miles.
Dip switch failed, leaving me with only sidelights or main beam one night in 2000.
Replaced both CV boots when they split.
Needed welding repairs on both rear sills, the last year I owned it.
As a practical low cost car, it would be hard to find a better car at the price.
My sister had owned the car since it was two years old as a repaired write off; I paid her £200 for it.
There was nothing remarkable about its performance, road manners or comfort levels, but nothing to complain about either.
It was very undemanding to drive, stop start traffic, driving long distances at motorway speeds or cruising down country roads, it took it all in its stride.
The controls and dashboard were well thought out, everything seemed to be where it should be.
The back seat was a lot more comfortable than most other estate cars I travelled in. I liked the split folding back seat, and the load space was commendably unobstructed.
It was pretty good at towing a trailer as well.
I gave it to my other sister when I replaced it; she had another 3 years trouble free years use of it until rust finally killed it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th November, 2011