1994 Vauxhall Astra Reviews

1994 Vauxhall Astra Swing 1.7 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.7 diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Good reliable workhorse!

Faults:

Nothing, just general maintenance.

General Comments:

This car is not the fastest car in the world, but it's built like a tank! With regular servicing, it just keeps on going, does not appear to have any rust on it, and has passed every MOT with virtually nothing needed (the odd window wiper!).

After having owned a diesel Corsa, which was very reliable (but very rusty), I decided to buy this Astra, which has the GM engine in it, as opposed to the Isuzu in the Corsa. I find it much quieter and refined, and there isn't a lot of difference in performance.

Having had a lot of bad luck with more modern cars, I would recommend one of these old diesel cars (if well looked after), as they are very simple and uncomplicated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2012

1994 Vauxhall Astra Cesaro 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance99845 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Well built, Fast, Nice Car

Faults:

Bought the car from an on-line auction, was very cheap. turn out the WHOLE exhaust needed replacing, not just the back box as I suspected... needs the lot!

Quoted £225...oops.

General Comments:

Love it!!

Even though I have the exhaust issues its great.

My mechanic patched it up with scaffold pole, weld and gun gum, and it sweet as nut, although will need doing for MOT soon.

The car is very quick, quickest car I have owned. the gearbox is clumsy though, its very close and can be jerky on changes.

The interior has worn its miles well, with only a tiny tear on drivers seat.

It has no rust at all, the arches are sweet, its all good. it has clever flip paint on it, which got scratched and is a git to match.

I had it dropped by 40mm all round, now handles very well, sticks to corners great, and you can power through even the sharpest ones, although the ride is pretty bumpy now.

But overall, I love the car, it looks a little dated now, but will keep up with all the chav hot hatches and put most of them to shame if you feel like hammering it.

Fuel economy is crap!, fill the tank up, drive round a lil bit, time to fill again!!! whether I need some mechanical help I don't know, maybe coz my last car was 1 litre 106 and used to loads to gallon?

We're gonna take it to santa pod for a laugh and see what it'll do... when I know ill add it to this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2006

1994 Vauxhall Astra LSi 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired193000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

Excellent first car, or decent sized family car

Faults:

Car kept cutting out at low, or idle speeds - got part (ignition amplifier) £60 fitted myself.

Exhaust silencer collapsed on the inside - £25 fit.

General Comments:

A very good all round car.

Good acceleration in Lower to mid range.

A bit sluggish at accelerating in 4th and 5th gear, but gives a decent top speed (118mph so far).

Looks good and you can do plenty of things to it at good prices.

Good standard sound system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2006

1994 Vauxhall Astra SWING 1.7D from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.7D Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92300 miles
Most recent distance93580 miles

Summary:

Good first car

Faults:

At the moment nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This car is a bit slow at pulling away.

For an old diesel it isn't very noisy though (when inside the car)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2005

1994 Vauxhall Astra cesaro 1.8i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

An amazingly fast yet economical family car

Faults:

The drivers side door panel had become loose.

On pressing the fog light button nothing would happen, minutes later, they would come on.

The fog light buttons are too close to the steering wheel which makes them hard to find.

Gear changing can be difficult for normal driving.

General Comments:

The previous owner of this car had lowered the suspension by 40mm all around, added 15" alloy wheels and converted the headlights.

The handling was amazing. Cornering at 80 miles per hour was effortless on country roads and the more power that was applied the more it would stick to the road.

Taking this car to its limits I have seen a top speed of 130 miles per hour, 0-60 in around 8 seconds and an amazing surge of power at around 3500 revs in all gears.

This car is also very practical and economical with a huge boot and excellent fuel economy.

The interior is superb and spacious with great extras.

The engine bay is very tight and can be hard to get into for repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2004

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 23 reviews