1994 Vauxhall Astra Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1994 Vauxhall Astra Ceasaro 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Engine would hesitate badly from cold, and occasionally stall. Dealer fixed this with new fuel pump and exhaust temp sensor under warranty.

Car was originally a fleet car and had covered 72,000 miles when I purchased it two years ago.

It has now covered 94,000 without so much as a service in 20,000 miles.

General Comments:

Ceasaro is quite high spec., sports interior, electric windows and sunroof, alloy wheels, power steering and pearlesent paint (Great until you get a stone chip because you can't match it)

The 1.6i engine is very willing and torquey but not very refined, close ratio gearbox means it is quite noisy at speed, but great fun on country roads. Handling is acceptable but not fantastic. All in all a nice car to drive on relatively short distances. Fuel economy has always been pretty poor, I can normally only get about 200 miles from a tank full.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 1998

12th May 2002, 17:12

You mention having very poor fuel economy. I have a 2.0 litre 8 valve 1993 cesaro which has a 50 litre tank which I can get about 350 miles out of.

22nd Apr 2003, 03:58

I also have a 98 1.6 club, and get around 380 miles to a tank, which is around 45 litres (with 5 to spare).

18th Jul 2006, 10:47

I've got a 1.8 16v, and I've had 450 miles to a tank. I was very impressed with that!

1994 Vauxhall Astra LS ? (it's debadged) 1.4i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10

Faults:

Master cylinder (because main dealer forgot to release pressure when changing pads apparently) seals ruptured, water pump, wheel bearing (manufacturing fault, where bearing assembly was outside tolerences, and the car out or warranty and out of the country... )

These details affect running costs figure of 5. Had I no problems, it would be 8-9.

General Comments:

It's an okay car - had it now for almost a year. Engine good for 1.4, not fast top speed, but punchy enough midrange.

Handling is safe but ride is a bit wearing and jiggly (though I live in Ireland and the roads are crap).

Let me down twice soon after purchase - I think the Opel Astra is built better than Vauxhall (mine's an English import), though Irish dealers are bad if my master cylinder experience is anything to go by.

Family have had Vauxhall/Opel since 70's and they are generally good. I'm initially let down by mine (after trading from a Montego), but overall it's quiet, competent and seems reliable now I've fixed initial problems (see what's gone wrong above).

It's also economical if driven easily - 150 miles to 10 quid is quite good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 1998

1994 Vauxhall Astra GSi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

No real problems, new exhaust 40K miles.

Someone tried to break in but the deadlocking and alarm stopped them. Brakes last 20K miles, front tyres wear quickly if you corner hard.

General Comments:

Great fast Astra, 148BHP, 7.5s 0-60. Solid handling with with some body roll on corners but sticks to the road. Excellent brakes. Not too much noise at speed, will happily cruise at 95+mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 1997

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