1988 Vauxhall Astra Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Pocket rocket

Faults:

Rear arch rusted, fuel pump and fuel pipe needed replacing at 70,000. Good fast reliable car for its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2000

1988 Vauxhall Astra GTE 8V 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Front caliper sticking, but now freed radiator was leaking and a couple of hoses needed changing.

General Comments:

Bought car 6 months ago. Paid £1250 which was a complete bargain. Put alloys dimmer cap on vehicle and had it chipped making it run on 137 bhp.

Car needs lowering but can't afford yet. Is quick in a straight line.

LCD dash is great and for the money you get a hell of a lot of car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 1999

1988 Vauxhall Astra Olympic (Merit) 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Replacement driveshaft gaiters, exhaust manifold, otherwise no problems during last 17,000 miles. Rust above the rear wheelarches is beginning to be a problem.

General Comments:

Very reliable, nice to drive apart from firm ride. A five speed gearbox would have been better for motorway driving but still fairly quiet at 80-90mph once settling down to a cruising speed. Overall, very impressed with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 1998

1988 Vauxhall Astra Merit 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10

Faults:

Watch the rear drum brakes.

On my Nova the back left lock completely when the car is first run in the morning. Other brakes are fine.

V. little rust.

General Comments:

The best car money can buy.

Getting a NOVA GTE hatchback next.

Sticking with 1.2 saloon for insurance purposes.

EVIL Citroen, EVIL Metro.

Godly NOVA.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

1988 Vauxhall Astra Merit 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Usual consumables. Loads of bulbs and fuses. Drivers door window winder doesn't wind any more, despite being replaced, but was always stiff from new.

Broke down once when clutch cable snapped, after having new clutch fitted.

Other than that, nothing really.

General Comments:

An excellent little car and cheap to run too. 92,000 miles of problem-free motoring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 1998

1988 Vauxhall Astra Countryman 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Nothing major, just the usual parts that expire due wear and tear.

General Comments:

Great second hand buy, especially if you've just passed your test. Newer models are even more reliable! Second hand spares are readily available from scrap yards and the engine is dead easy to service yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 1997

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