1988 Vauxhall Astra Reviews

1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

It's 2nd to none

Faults:

Needs new shocks, so a suspension kit will have to be ordered soon I think.

General Comments:

I bought this car only a few weeks ago, but am very impressed with it so far. The shocks could do with changing, can be a bit bouncy at the moment. Apart from the shocks being on their way out the car is amazing, it's pretty much standard apart from a s/s exhaust and an induction kit.

The noise from the engine when you put your foot down puts an instant grin on your face. I've got a few mods in mind, apart from lowering and investing in a new set of wheels, I'm going to get it chipped and have a power cap to replace the SFi box. A set of twin 45's would be nice eventually, but don't know if I'd be able to afford the petrol bill, put 20 quid in the other day, done 80 miles and it had gone, they were 80 very fast and fun miles though. I did pay a bit more for mine than I set out to, but it was worth it, the rear arches are solid, and there are only a few slight bubbles of rust under the paint work e. g on the boot. If anyone has any tips on how to get the car up to 200bhp in the cheapest possible way they would be welcome. I found the seats very comfortable and supporting and although the dash is old fashioned what do people expect it's an old car. All I can say is if your looking out for a cheap, but rapid hot hatch that will take a beating and not let you down, get one of these.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2005

8th Dec 2005, 12:01

This is the writer of the original review again, the GTE16v story came to a sad ending, it was stolen from the cinema car park whilst out a date, haven't heard anything since and the police aren't even bothering to look, they recon it doesn't warranty payin an officer to view the CCTV so my advice to the GTE owners out there, get a top notch alarm and immobiliser because mine was immobilised and they still had it away. Hope none of you have to experience this.

9th Dec 2005, 10:26

Sorry to hear about your car.

Still at least it must be comforting to know that if you'd driven it at 33 in a 30 you'd be prosecuted to the limit of the law, but some chav scrote can steal and wreck your car and the law aren't even interested in viewing the CCTV footage.

I know you're not making it up because the exact same thing happened to me a couple of years ago.

This country stinks.

10th Oct 2006, 09:25

Sad to hear that a loved car, especially a GTE got nicked by a spotty scrotum in need of some serious 're-educating'.

Someone tried stealing my GTE once, but luckily they got disturbed and ran off. Still, great to see that the police are doing a fine job and are deserving of our respect and cooperation at all times. What a joke they are.

1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE convertible 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Absolutely fantastic

Faults:

Rusting on rear arches.

General Comments:

This is the ultimate car for me! 7 years I lusted after one, and now finally have her! It was a serious bonus finding a convertible. I had planned to get her rear arches re-done, but recently some lovely little thugs broke into her, and as she is immobilized (a must) they couldn't pinch her.. so trashed her instead. nice. Anyway, new roof will be fitted soon! Insurance not really too bad (£450 fully comp. I frequently get double takes - not many girlie owners I understand. A seriously fast set of wheels, I will keep this until her dying day. Torque is fantastic, o-60 fantastic, I know a 16v is better in the long run, but the 8v has the bonus that it is more unlikely to have been thrashed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2003

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 21 reviews