It does the job well :)
Only one problem so far - the clutch died! Nothing really major (1 hour to fit a new one) but it meant the car was immobile for a day. I knew this was going when I brought the car.
Nothing major other than that, just general wear and tear. The centre section on the exhaust parted company with the front section... a big bore exhaust sound for free! This is temporarily fixed now, but will need replacing soon.
Another problem (nothing major, although very irritating) was the instruments lights failing to work at night. I fixed this by linking the bulbs to a switched 12v+ supply and to a ground link. Only thing is that the lights ALWAYS come on now on the dashboard - at least it's safe.
Much improvement over my last Astra E (mk2 in Vauxhall speak - I used to work for them) which was a 1200 OHC. Much better ride, smoother engine and better trim, although the dodgy brakes are still there!
Impressive for it's class!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2002