1994 Vauxhall Astra Merit 1.4 Hi Torque from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Reliable all rounder

Faults:

Temp sensor went at 74k.

Rear Shocks died at 76k.

Spring on Door handle isn't springy any more, can't remember when that happened.

General Comments:

The hi torque engine on this car is excellent, it nips around the hilly twisty roads of hastings just great, and cruises on motorways (all the way up the m1) superbly. Did start to handle badly, but was fixed with new rear shocks. It has a very plasticy feel on the interior, but I don't mind too much, and a sunroof is a real plus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2003

1994 Vauxhall Astra Merit 1.4i Hi-Torque from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A well built car, with comfort and reliability

Faults:

Blew a couple of bulbs in the first week I had it, i. e number plate light and head lamp.

Handbrake cable snapped.

General Comments:

Considering the high mileage, the car has never broken down on me and has started first time every time.

Slow pick-up, but once it gets going it cruises well, especially on the motorway. Very quiet.

Steering is rather dull on corners, but that's probably down to the small standard wheels.

Very comfortable inside, even on merit model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2003

1994 Vauxhall Astra GSi 2.0 16v 156bhp (RR'd) from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A quick yet good looking vauxhall

Faults:

The ICV (Idle Control Valve) needed removing and cleaning. This is a common problem, and took about 2hrs to do using the Haynes Manual as a guide.

The cam belt rollers went on the previous owner. The engine was replaced under warranty by Vauxhall, which means I picked up a bargain M-reg GSi with only 17k on the engine.

General Comments:

A lovely looking car as standard.

Later ones come with 14" 5 spoke wheels instead of 15" blade style wheels, this was done to try and combat the torque steer of the car. The 14" wheels really ruin the look of the car, so I replaced them with 17" alloys.

I wasn't very impressed with the braking system on the GSi, despite disc brakes front and back, along with ABS. I upgraded the front brakes to 300mm discs, and put drilled and grooved ones on the back. Lots better.

The Traction Control system is a joke, and should be turned off as soon as you start the car. It takes all the enjoyment out of driving the car, especially in the wet where the 150horses will quite happily light up the tyres all the way through 3rd gear.

With a standard exhaust and air intake system on the car it is very quiet and peaceful and you become very unaware, especially on the motorway how easy it becomes to drift about 120mph without realising. The car feels so at home at 120mph+

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2002

1994 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Surprisingly good, cheap to run warm hatch

Faults:

Front suspension bushes collapsed. Main dealer fixed at reasonable cost.

Replaced thermostat myself.

Nothing else to date.

General Comments:

Performance is good once you get above 3,000rpm. Under that it can seem slow.

Handling surprisingly good; loads of grip and not too much body roll. Brakes easily up to the power.

Interior seems well screwed together - no rattles, broken trim. Onboard computer is useful.

Very comfortable seats, can drive this car all day with no aches.

Considering the performance, economy pretty good.

Although just an Astra, the colour coding, alloys, roof aerial etc. make it look good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2002

1994 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.7 diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good workhorse

Faults:

Head gasket at 120,000.

Clutch at 120,000.

Starter motor replaced twice.

Brake master cylinder.

Cold starting problems.

General Comments:

Head gasket, possibly due to first owner (company) thrashing.

This car has always been reluctant to fire into life when the weather gets cold. I have tried new glow plugs, heavy duty calcium battery and various cold start parts, any ideas?

Returns 57mpg with my slow driving style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2001

31st Aug 2003, 02:24

Update.

Have changed this for an M reg 1.7D merit which starts fine and runs great. It has had a new head fitted and brake master cylinder, but still has that rattle from the drivers door if the window is shut tight. The best £600 I've spent this year!