1993 Vauxhall Astra GLS Saloon 1.6 mpi from UK and Ireland
Excellent Engine, Comfortable, Huge Boot, Low Running Costs
The alternator failed once and had to be replaced.
The light on the dashboard failed 1 hour after the alternator, so I thought there was no problem until the car broke down.
After 10 years, some of the buttons on the integrated radio have started to crumble.
This car has been well tested. The car has driven around beaches, through bonnet high flood waters, around fields and down muddy lanes, as well as at 112mph down the motorway...
The car drives a lot lot better with good tires, so I have replaced the tires regularly, about once every 18 months: every 16-26,000 miles.
The 6000 pounds I spent buying this car seems like a complete bargain after the 110,000 largely trouble free miles I have had with it.
I have always struggled to understand Top Gear where the presenter attacks Vauxhalls.
The 1.6mpi engine is excellent - so much strength out of such a little motor. I cannot understand why other manufacturers can't deliver equivalent performance out of the 1.6 engine.
The metallic satin red paint still looks good after 12 years, even though some signs of age are showing through.
The seats have lasted remarkably well, the fabric is worn.
The boot is enormous.
Stereo/Radio speakers are excellent.
It can run with 5 people plus luggage, plus stuff on the roof-rack, but then it is a little slower.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2005