1988 Vauxhall Astra Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1988 Vauxhall Astra SRi 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired167000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A high speed, low cost bargain

Faults:

Serious problems with the paintwork, which I believe was a manufacturing fault. Most of the car is suffering from rust.

Distributor cap and battery went at 185000 miles.

Only minor faults otherwise.

General Comments:

This car has been excellent, and is certainly a wolf in a sheep's clothing. It is very quick, and will pull and pull, even from 90mph.

The handling is predictable, although not excellent. It eats up sweeping country roads without a problem.

It is comfortable even on three hour journeys, and the cabin is very well laid out with quite a sporty feel.

In the two years that I owned it, it only broke down twice. I bought it for £200 and it has been so low maintenance. It has never dipped below 30mpg, and on long motorway runs has offered almost 40mpg.

This car is a bargain for anyone, but it is hampered by high insurance costs, due to being fast and highly nickable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2001

1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Try it and buy it - you'll love it

Faults:

General wear and tear, brakes, tyres, etc.

Rust in the rear arches, front wings and sills.

General Comments:

This car is quick. Mine has 193,000 miles on the clock and the engine has never been rebuilt. I recently had the car rolling road-ed and it made 155bhp on a totally standard engine (157bhp standard).

I also run the car on a 0-60 sprint and it made it in 8.3 seconds, but wheel spin was the main problem in 1st and 2nd gear. I didn't use 3rd as I didn't need it.

I've heard that the car doesn't handle very well as standard. When I bought mine the car was already lowered 60mm and handled very well, but was very uncomfortable. It also kept breaking the CV joints. It's now lowered 25mm and is much more comfortable until there's a pot hole.

Inside there's plenty of room and the seats are nice, but there's loads of rattles and the check unit only works when it wants to.

And I don't care what Jeremy Clarkson thinks about Vauxhalls, this car is very reliable and kills Fords except the Cossie.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2001

1988 Vauxhall Astra Merit Olympic 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

Nippy little run-about, ideal for a first car

Faults:

Back arches are a bit rusty.

Aerial is broken.

Tape player doesn't work.

Radio does though.

General Comments:

Bit of a dodgy interior, it is pretty damn quick though! Much nippier than I would have thought a 1300 Astra would be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2001

12th Jul 2001, 04:54

It's a total bugger to fill up as well, I think there must be a kink in the pipe or something.

1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Whooooosh! More speed for your cash!

General Comments:

I paid less than £500 for this car. Speed like this should not come this cheap!

Drives like a dream, so fast you will wonder how they did it, this car is 12 years old!

If you can put up with the "stigma" of driving an older car there is NOTHING this fast for this kind of money, so why buy a newer "crippled" car that won't cut the mustard at the lights.

A few quid on minor tweaks and the sky is the limit as far as the Astra GTE goes!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2001

1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Everyone should drive one at least once

Faults:

Problems with the fuel tank and line, fuel line needed replacing. Fuel tank started to leak as a result of a blocked breather - no air could get in and the tank tried to collapse itself.

Rust on the rear arches.

Digital speedo sometimes required a corrective 'bang'.

General Comments:

One of the nicest cars I've owned, very fast in a striaght line but can be a bit scary in fast bends - the back end is very light. I bought a MK3 8v Golf GTI after, a lot more refined but lacked the out and out pace of the Astra.

I'm thinking about another 'hot hatch' and Astra's are definitely on the list.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2001

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