1994 Vauxhall Astra Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1994 Vauxhall Astra Cesaro 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance115500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Bargain performance and reliability

Faults:

I've had a new water pump at 110,000 miles and that's it!

General Comments:

It's been a great car. I had it serviced every 6,000 miles since I've had it so I've got a full service history with it and I do a lot of miles for my job.

Cannot fault the car, goes great, drives nice, damn good on fuel (around 360 miles to a full tank) and like I said apart from tyres and a new back box on the exhaust, everything is still from new at 115,500 miles!!!

And I'm still bombing all around the country in it now...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2000

27th Mar 2006, 04:36

I have a 1994 Cesaro and I love it!! its an absolute dream to drive. Aquaplanes a little bit, but just because of the tyres I guess. Had a bit of a disaster with the back box and had to get that replaced, but that's it. its running on about 89 thousand miles and its still going. These cars are amazing!

1994 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.4i 8v (60bhp) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4i 8v (60bhp) Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

Reliable but not quick enough

Faults:

Exhaust back box cracked, replacement cost £25 fitted.

Brake pads wore out, £18 replacements fitted myself.

General Comments:

Nice looking reliable car. Not really fast enough for my style of driving (Motorway).

Front tyres wore quickly, possibly due to cornering too fast.

Seems to drink petrol, only about 300-350 miles to a tank, but again probably due to my driving style rather than the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2000

20th Dec 2001, 13:28

I'm sure it's 75bhp. And mine is a great motorway car. Nice, quiet, relaxing and plenty of parp when you need it.

1994 Vauxhall Astra LSi 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles

Summary:

Great runner - v. economical... bring on my new Vectra though...

Faults:

Water pump failure, all disc sets on 4 wheels, back wiper failure, central locking failure, boot lock failure.

Much of this due to high miles (apparently!)

General Comments:

Runs extremely well - very economical.

Due to purchase new Vauxhall shortly - Vectra - not overly sure of best year and model now after reading the reviews !!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2000

1994 Vauxhall Astra Cesaro 1.8i 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Sunroof chassis wasn't fixed to the car properly, dealer sorted that out straight away..

Exhaust emissions were a little too high, again dealer sorted it out..

General Comments:

A very capable car that's at home in the town or on the motorway.

Fairly cheap to buy but a little high (compared to the Astra Sport) on insurance.

Fuel econmomy is better than the old 1.8 Golf I had (250 to the tank from the Cesaro as to 185 from the Golf) so I am very pleased with my purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1994 Vauxhall Astra Diamond Saloon 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing until 55,000 miles of hard driving, when a head gasket blew. Not a huge problem. The car was more than strong enough to survive the drive to the garage without it.

General Comments:

It's brilliant. No one I take out in it ever believes it's just a 100hp 1.6. It cruises effortlessly at 90mph without a murmour, but sounds great when taken to 6500rpm on the country lanes at night. It's still all together, doesn't rattle, and once cleaned looks as good today as it did 4 and a half years ago when it left the showroom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 1999

1994 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.4 petrol (82BHP) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol (82BHP)
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Almost nothing apart from one of the bulbs on the radio central console going out.

General Comments:

Very reliable and solid car. Good perfomance without high insurance costs.

Looks very good with some additions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

23rd Sep 2005, 14:05

The 1.4 Multi Point models like mine are 82bhp. The "hi torq" variant (single point I think) are 75bhp.

4th Oct 2007, 06:59

The standard 1.4 8v is 82bhp. The Hi-Torq is, as the name suggests, running a higher torque figure, but at the expense of only having 60bhp.

1994 Vauxhall Astra LS Estate 1.7 Diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.7 Diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

New battery fitted at 80,000 mls, new alternator 95,000 due to noisy bearing.

New front brake discs at 100,000.

Broken drivers seat height adjuster, twice. Welding required.

Diesel pump throttle damper at 25,000 - cost £25.

General Comments:

The car on the whole has been very reliable and economical 45-60 mpg depending on driving style.

Regularly carrying heavy loads. Should have been fitted with power steering though from day one.

115,000 mls. and still going strong.

I'm very pleased with the car and shall be having a new one next year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

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