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