1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland
Say good bye to your license
No problems have developed since I have owned it.
Rust around the rear wheel arches and boot lid.
Digital dash changes from MPH to KPH on its own.
Front tyres go bald quicker than a bloke in his mid 40s.
The fastest car I have ever driven, mines got a few mods like a Superchip, Janspeed exhaust etc. Keeps up with modern performance cars, Civic Type Rs and the like.
The car has plenty of grip, but I have had some change of underwear moments in the wet.
Space is a bit tight in the back, but very comfortable in the front with adjustable steering wheel, plenty of leg and headroom and the most comfortable seats I have ever parked my behind in.
The digital dash is more than just a gimmick, it's easy to read with useful information at a glance.
I love this car its classic styling stands out from the crowd now and surprises everyone when you put your foot down, where else can you get 180BHP for £300?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2003
18th Feb 2004, 07:25
I agree with most of the comments except the handling part. My Astra 16v has spax adj suspension with pi 35mm lowering springs and front and rear strut braces. The handling is still very poor and can make your heart miss a beat. yes Astra 16v fast in a straight line, but around corners its poor at best.I'm thinking of getting a nova 16v instead because of the handling. And I have had no end of problems with tyres blowing out on me on the inside edge after about 4000 miles or so. if you are thinking about buying a Astra 16v then think carefully. fast yes, kill you no doubt.