1992 Vauxhall Astra Reviews

1992 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Summary:

Great little motor

Faults:

Speedo cable packed up one week after I bought it. It was not a problem to fix.

General Comments:

Very nice small range car, very economical and the 1.4 engine is very nifty.

Although I've come from a large car to a small one, I still find plenty of room inside, and the boot space is more than adequate, especially with the rear seats folded forward.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2010

1992 Vauxhall Astra SRi 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Very good

Faults:

CV boot split.

Rear back box.

Cat converter.

Rocker cover gasket.

General Comments:

The MK3 Astra SRI is a fast and underrated car. Although not as fast as my previous MK2 GTE 16v, it's not that far off.

The cabin is a lot more rounded than the MK2, and still uses the Recaro seats as did the MK2 GTE models for that bit of support.

It's a great all rounder, and a cheap to run car, and with an indicated speed of 130mph on the Autobahn, it does not hang around either!

Parts can be obtained very easily from Motor Centres across the UK, and cheaply too!

I did have an Audi 80 16v Sport. This car felt of quality and gave a sense of being secure whilst in the car, but parts always played on my mind; what if this goes wrong, how much will it be etc. I find myself not thinking that about the Astra, and although it does not ooze quality, it certainly makes up for it in other areas... cheap and fast!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2007

4th Nov 2007, 05:13

100% agreed. The Astra mk3 SRi is a great car. I've had nothing go wrong with mine. It extremely good on petrol and goes very well. My mate has a 205 GTi 1.9 and it's as fast as that, except I don't suffer from the reliability he has with his 205... LOL.

Top cars... if you can find one as they are now sooooooo hard to find.

1992 Vauxhall Astra GSi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Staggering performance hatchback, that is cheap and reliable

Faults:

To be honest, general wear and tear:

- Clutch release bearing.

- Rear arches rusted through.

- Rocker cover gasket +

- Endplate gasket +

- Crack in bulkhead.

- Distributor failure.

- Fuel Pump Relay failure.

General Comments:

As is known, this car uses Vauxhall's 'Redtop' C20XE engine matched with a close ratio F20 gearbox. It certainly is quick. There doesn't seem to be any 'end' to the speed, it just keeps on pulling and pulling way beyond the 100mph mark.

The interior is attractive, everything is where it should be. You feel cosseted in the figure hugging Recaro seats, and the door line is high up, so you're neatly hidden away.

Apart from the wear and tear of a car that is 13 years old which is forgivable (as most were caused by me anyway through taking things apart!!), I can't complain at all. 5 passengers in comfort, massive boot, lovely, ageless bodywork. This is my second one so far, I love it to bits.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2005

13th Sep 2005, 09:35

Totally agree, I have a near mint 1992, spectral metallic blue one. I have had it nearly 10 years and still love it. I don't want to sell it, it's a pity they made them with this specification for such a short period of time.

1992 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.4i (multi-point injection) from UK and Ireland

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4i (multi-point injection) Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance131000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Measure 'mileage on one engine' in fractions of a million, it saves writing all the 0's!

Faults:

Nothing major or overly expensive yet.

Had a new alternator, water and oil pumps fitted shortly after I had it to fix a mysterious rattling under the bonnet. Oil and water pumps would have been cheap had I dared to fix them myself! Good job I did it - it was the water pump, which if it crumbled would have snapped the timing belt and sent the pistons through the bonnet.

Distributor packed in last year due to muggins here not fitting the cap back on properly. (I was curious as to if it was a standard dizzy, coz the car's got fuel-injection). Dampness must have leaked in before I noticed, and corroded the insides of it over time. *the embarrassment!*

Had a minor coolant leak and the cooling-fan thermostat recently went.

All in all nothing particularly expensive. If you think about it, all that went wrong was a coolant leak, thermostat and water pump. The rest was either diagnostics (oil pump, alternator), or caused by me (distributor).

General Comments:

Well, it's the only petrol-engine I know of that's good for a third of a million miles! Current one has only done 130k, but the last did 300k and it took a wall to put an end to it! The robustness is very impressive for a small, cheap petrol car.

It's a bit boring, but a comfortable happy motorway mile-muncher, getting about 51mpg on the motorway and 42 about town. This drops to 38 if you thrash the nuts off it.

The 1400 cfi or carb models are nothing short of asthmatic in their performance, which is why I opted for a multi-point (82hp) version, which is exactly the same unit, but with a better inlet-manifold. Off the lights, you'd swear it was a 1.6 or even a 1.8 of a similar age, but its 3rd and 4th gear performance is a bit disappointing, which is frustrating on A-roads.

Change the oil regularly and it will pass its emissions every time, even after obscene amounts of mileage! Similarly, I've noticed that the timing and alternator belts wear quickly, so consider changing these at each service (it's not very expensive, and considering the fact that the car costs virtually nothing to run, you may as well spend the few quid to do it).

The handling is positively atrocious, particularly in the wet. Expect to have understeering at low speeds, leading to the back-end sliding out, -seeing your own brake-lights as you go sideways around roundabouts is a bit unnerving.

Very good corrosion-resistance, although the rear wheel-arches are starting to bubble and feather. Doesn't really bother me - it's only on a single-skinned bit so it's nothing a little body-filler or cheap and easy welding can't fix, and it's only aesthetics. Considering it's never been garaged in it's life you can't complain!

All in all, it's the cheapest car to run I know of. You can do insane mileage on one engine without a rebuild, unbelievable fuel economy, and nothing ever seems to break on it. Apart from the fact it's a bit slow, basic and boring, I can't fault it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2005

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 25 reviews