1995 Vauxhall Astra Reviews - Page 10 of 10

1995 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Economical family car that looks good too

Faults:

Slipping alternator belt in wet/cold weather.

Diesel return grommet on the cylinder head breaks down and leaks fuel into the engine bay.

Really bad misting of front screen in wet/damp weather. You cannot see out-- it's very dangerous.

Front indicator lenses cracked due to proximity of the bonnet.

Some dash lights not working.

General Comments:

It's a good car to drive, a bit sluggish to pull away, very economical.

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

Review Date: 11th September, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Astra Arizona 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance40203 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 218SLD Turbo

Summary:

A waste of good money, buy another make

Faults:

Engine, ECU, brake servo, idle control valve, throttle switch, stepper motor and brake discs.

General Comments:

This range of engine has an intermittent fault which Vauxhall call a characteristic. What happens is that the engine will try to stall when you pull up at a junction. Vauxhall have replaced most parts above to try and cure this fault but to date they have not succeeded.

Brake servo was replaced due to a recall on water getting into the brake system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th August, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10

Faults:

Had car for 8 months. Nothing mechanically gone wrong, but the car is generally uncomfortable and rattly.

General Comments:

Don't buy a Vauxhall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th February, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.6i
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10

Faults:

Replacement engine after 3 years.

EGR valve constantly cleaned every year and replaced every 2 years.

Poor idling of which dealer said was a faulty air pipe, then said that it was a faulty idler valve, then had the car for 2 weeks and replaced the valve again.

General Comments:

After having the car for 2 years it feels like it's spent more time in the garage than being driven.

I will not buy another Vauxhall, this car has put me off them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th December, 1999

7th Dec 2003, 16:04

Yeah I had a 1.6 16v GLS 1995 model which had the same problem with the rough idle and EGR value. Mine would cut the engine out when it idle and was very hard to start again with out have the valve cleaned - spoke to Vauxhall UK customer services who said that there had not been any reported problem with the valve, but the numerous AA people said they saw this problem on a regular basis.

1995 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.8 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Sticking rear handbrake.

Oil leak on oil pump.

These were noticed after delivery of the car, I don't think they had done the 114 point Network Q checks correctly or not at all.

Faulty speed sensor - replaced at own cost. When the speed sensor fails, the car can stall at any time.

Faulty deadlocks - replaced at own cost.

Exhaust heatshield fell off.

Heater leaking, could not track down leak so far, steams up windows when it rains, very dangerous.

Plastic handle on seat adjuster has fallen off.

Electric window jammed shut - fixed at own cost.

I took out a Network Q extended warranty, never again. All the faults above were not covered, so that was £200 down the drain.

General Comments:

I have had worse cars and I do use it a lot, so expect things to wear out. Vauxhall dealers seem never to have time for you when servicing/repairing your car. The paint work and rust protection are good, it always looks new. Performance is good and the engine is quiet for a sports model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Astra Arizona 1.4i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Sunroof didn't work, crap service meant bad fuel consumption, but Network Q stops me from taking it to a decent garage and stops me from tweaking the engine for a year.

General Comments:

Car is faultless outside and in, performance and servicing brings it down, soon to be sorted though.

Single point low compression engine means it can be chipped and tweaked no end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Constantly slipping alternator belt in the wet. Power steering dies when driven through a big, deep puddle .

The car mists badly in damp weather, to the extent it's dangerous .

General Comments:

Apart from the niggles the 1.7TD is a lovely engine to drive. Pulls like a racehorse on steroids even in 5th.

Can't wait to try one of the new 2.0Di models at my local dealer!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

7th Feb 2001, 15:58

Fit a new fan belt with the correct tension, and change the pollen filter, takes 5-10 minutes to do and will cost you about £10.

I have got one of these, and it goes great. Change the oil on the dot, use injector cleaner every 10,000 miles.

1995 Vauxhall Astra GLS 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

Used a lot of oil at the start, but now OK.

Irritating rattles from rear parcel shelf.

General Comments:

Basically a sound, solid car that is nice to drive, and fairly roomy for a 'small family car'.

Performance of 16v engine a little disappointing, but gearing just right for tearing through narrow country lanes!

Our second Astra, and would consider replacing with the new Astra next year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 1997

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 34 reviews