1990 Vauxhall Astra L 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Spankingly fast for what it is
Over heated twice, the first time was stuck in traffic and as soon as steam started rising the traffic moved so I left it. Other time was stuck in traffic for about an hour over the distance of 500 yards. Parked up for a while and let it cooled, but all was fine in the end as far as I know, it was only 2 and a half hours ago.
I also found out the other day that there was no oil in the engine. The last time I filled it was in the middle of June. Thankfully it wasn't a leak, but just consumption. Bit thirsty I know, but It ran well without oil.
Cam ticks like a something I can't say on here, but quietens down once I pull off or give it a little rev.
There is an annoying rattle from the engine. to be honest I want a new car now so I'm gonna leave it be.
I think the C.V. joints have gone as it makes a worrying ticking noise when I accelerate round corners in first second and third.
Otherwise it's fantastic, don't let my problems put you off. If you are buying a car of this age, you can't go far wrong, in fact unless I can get a cheap Honda Civic, I'm gonna get another Astra.
By the way It did 111 mph with very little/no oil. Would have gone faster had a Fiesta not gone into my lane at 60. Quickly followed by 40 tonnes of truck. Regularly cracked 100 which isn't bad for a car that's supposed to do 96 (I think).
A cracking car, especially if your my Age (18)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2002