1995 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
A semi-mature hot hatch
Nothing really major has gone wrong with the car in the time I've had it. I have had to replace both Front lower suspension arms for its last MOT, but at only £13 each I wasn't complaining! The only other thing which I could comment on is an occasional ECU glitch, where the orange light illuminates on the Dash board (To warn of an engine management problem), and engine revs are restricted to below 4000rpm. This clears when the ignition is switched off and back on again. I have spoken to two other people one with the same car and one with a Cavalier SRi and both their cars do the same thing. I have never bothered to investigate why!
I am impressed with these cars overall. To use a famous analogy its not superb at anything, but its good at everything. They're affordable, reliable, economical, quick, cheap to insure, reasonably roomy, and not bad looking either. All that in one car has got to be worth a second look!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th August, 2003