Watch those stodgy Golf GTi's and the TDi diesel brigade cry with envy!!
Nothing really. Only that the alternator belt that charges the battery is loose, therefore is slipping. Therefore when the engine idles the battery light on the dash flickers, sometimes the engine stalls. But when moving it is fine. It just means that I have to rev the engine a little when at traffic lights.
Other than that the 2.0 litre engine is built like a tank and therefore should last forever. But I have to admit that it looks like a bad boy to fix if it did fail as it is an eco-tec, and it is big and complex. I think the engine is a garage job, not something you can fix yourself, therefore will empty your wallet big time so look after it.
This car seriously goes!!!
By looking at it you would never realise the power it has. With 136bhp, this is a warrior in disguise. But it still looks gorgeous with the alloys and extra CDX features.
This car will easily see off the stodgy Golf GTi and the TDi Diesel brigade, but I suggest to de-badge the 2.0 16v on the back to avoid traffic light grand prix.
The 2.0 16v engine makes motorway driving a breeze. Also because it is an eco-tec you can expect it to be reliable. Its just the 1.4 and 1.6 eco-tecs that tend to have problems as I found with my last car.
Also I was extremely surprised by how economical this car is. For the performance this car does 36mpg which is brilliant.
Interior is superb with sporty black dash, twin air-bags, air-con, and electric everything. But this is more stuff that could go wrong.
Comes with alarm and immobilizer as standard so this is pretty secure.
Nothing really bad to say about it. I traded in my Astra 1.6 16v sport for this and I didn't want to settle for anything less, and I didn't. This car is fab, but I loved my Astra sport to bits and reluctantly had to give it up as it had big problems with the eco-tec engine.
One thing I will say is that this car does not have the comfort and sporty feel of the Astra sport that I wish it had.
One last thing is that I wasn't impressed with Vauxhall garages. They have brilliant facilities, but they are so dear. The mechanics are younger than my sister, and she is only 15. My last car had something really wrong with it and I spent so much money just for them to tell me that they don't know what is wrong. Also when I had new tires their mechanics forgot to screw on 1 of my wheels!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2004