1990 Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v 2.0 16v DOHC from UK and Ireland
A high performance bargain
Alternator belt snapped, got sucked under the cam belt cover and demolished the valves.
Power steering rack failed - needed replacing.
Electric windows switch failed, replaced then failed again!
Started motor starting to go.
Very very fast car, in fact the fastest non turbo hot hatch ever made with a 0-60 of 7.2 seconds. The engine is one of the best 4 cylinder normally aspirated engines around.
In standard form the handling is a little scary, so it is recommended that the springs and shocks be upgraded.
The interior is good for the age. Includes digital dash, check control, leather steering wheel / gear knob, Recaro seats, tilt and slide sunroof... the list goes on.
For a 1990 car it is surprising that it has a CAT, ABS and PAS.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2001