1995 Vauxhall Astra Merit 1.4i petrol from UK and Ireland
Cheap to run and reliable, but a basic model
Starter motor failed at 80,000 miles.
Offside front brake caliper seized at 78,000 miles.
Developing a creaking and grating in the rear when cornering right sharply (90,000 miles).
Lights behind heater controls not working.
Thermostat failed, resulting in very high running temperature - it was the original thermostat, so not particularly surprising!
This model is what I'd call a basic car.
It's got power steering, but nothing else in the way of mod cons.
The acceleration's good up to about 60 mph and it handles well, except at very high speeds.
The car isn't too thirsty - averaging 40 miles to the gallon with lots of short trips, town traffic and longer journeys.
The car's done very well for us over the 18 months we've had it - it's taken a lot of hammering and always come back for more. The few faults we've had have been normal wear and tear for a car this age, in my opinion.
We've now replaced the Astra with a newer Vectra, for greater comfort and space.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2004