1989 Vauxhall Astra GTE 2 ltr 8v from UK and Ireland


Truly great!


Nothing apart from rust, but that just ad's character.

General Comments:

I love this car, it's a real classic and in mint condition, a sort after vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2005

1989 Vauxhall Astra L 1.3 from Jersey


A strong and reliable car


I rallied this car around for a year, as a first car I though of my self as a boy racer. But in the end, after a year of being treated like dirt, it packed up.

Everything leaked in the end, the oil, the water, even the petrol seemed to seep out of somewhere.

The only other problems I had were small ones:

The back windscreen wiper motor didn't work, and I never bothered fixing it.

The sills on the bottom of the car were really badly rusted when I first got it, but I patched that up in no time.

General Comments:

This car was my first car and I must say that it did very well for the way it was treated, and, surprisingly, it was a very good first car. I miss driving it around, and I may just look in the paper and see if there I another one for sale.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2003

1989 Vauxhall Astra GTE 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


Everything you could want from a hot hatch for under a grand


Quite a lot has gone wrong over the 5 years I have owned the car.

I've had a new E.C.U (£500).

Most of the cooling system has been replaced.

I've had two sump gaskets.

Rust is now becoming a problem along the sills and rear wheel arches.

I can't find out where water comes in on the passenger side.

These are just a few faults I've had with the car.

General Comments:

Even though I've had a lot of trouble with the car, I still love it.

You can buy one of these in good condition for about £800. That's £800 for a car that has a top speed of 135 MPH and 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. Is that a bargain or what?

Many people don't like the LCD dash, but I love it.

It's the longest car I have owned, and is starting to get a bit rusty.

I can't seem to find a car to replace it with, though I do like the new GSI Astra, but at over £16000 I just might stick with my 16V.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2003

1989 Vauxhall Astra CDI 1.8 INJECTION from UK and Ireland


This car can still perform quite well against a more modern car


Radiator leak.

Power steering gaiters split.

Interior heater blower motor.

Rear brake wheel cylinders leaking fluid.

Clutch cable snapped.

Near side power window motor gear worn out.

General Comments:

Engine good all-rounder, motorway or town driving.A few modifications done to eliminate 'injection flat spot' on accelerating. My Astra CDI has still yet to fail an mot, still in good condition and used daily. A highly recommended car to own and modify both engine and body.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

1989 Vauxhall Astra GL 1.6 carb from UK and Ireland


Faultless powerful engines, cheap to maintain, and to rewarding drive


Passenger side electric windows motor burnt out cos someone spilled Milk Shake on the switch.

General Comments:

I have had Astra's before (inc. Belmonts), but nothing like this. I bought this car from an auction for £220, it had done extremely low mileage cos the owner was disabled.

The engines on my other astra's we realy strong, with one at 130,000 miles, no tapping noises, and all started first time. The one is no exception, and engine wise you couldn't tell the different between my high mileage and low mileage cars.

Its incredibly comfortable for a 13 year old car, everything works, and nothing rattles. Compared to my dads 1994 Astra, mine is more comfortable.

As for performance, its brilliant I haven't tried the top speed yet, but it does 100mph with no problem, no engine noises, and great handling at that speed. Will leave most cars standing at the lights.

The Astra GL was no Enterprise, but it came with electric windows, electrically adjustable wing mirrors (heated), adjustable height steering, power assisted steering, central locking, basic ECU diagnostics and electric aerial.

Second hand parts are very cheap, and always available. New parts from Vauxhall Dealers are more expensive, but on certain things like CAM belts, brakes, etc. Its not worth buying lower quality for the sake of a few quid.

I have no complaints about this car. However I have owned other Astra's so I can say what to look out for:

-Rust is a common problem, treat it before it gets too bad.

-It is very easy to break into so don't make it 'nick-able'. Get an immobiliser or alarm and don't leave anything on show.

-Don't be put off by an oilly engine, it is usually the rocker gasket which will set you back about £3-5 and anyone with intermediate repair knowledge can change it in 10 minutes.

-Automatic chokes do fail sometimes, you would pay about £10 from a scrap yard, or £60 new. Again intermediate repair knowledge and a Phillips head screw driver is all you need.

-DON'T take your car to a dealer for repair, you will be over charged! Go to a Vauxhall Specialist or DIY, it will about ½ the price and probably be a better job.

-Clutches do wear, however kits are about £60 and a mechanic might charge you about £50 to fit. Squeaky clutch cables are the norm - live with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th August, 2002