1997 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.6 from UK and Ireland


It just keeps going and going


Nothing really has gone wrong, just general things like tyres, battery, and exhaust,

General Comments:

This car is exactly what Vauxhall wanted it to be a good reliable plodder, it's not that quick, but it's not a hot hatch, I've done over 100,000 in the car in the last 3 years it's now got nearly 200,000 on it, which isn't bad going from a basic engine and gearbox, the cam is starting to rattle a little, but besides that the car just keeps going and going, it doesn't smoke, the heater doesn't get that hot any more, but I've got nothing to complain about. The body is still clean, the sills aren't rusty in fact the only rust on it is in the bottom of the rear arches where all Astras rust from. I reckon I'll put another 100,000 on it before I finally kill it, brilliant car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

1997 Vauxhall Astra CD 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Great car, but severely let down by continual unreliability, I won't make the same mistake twice.


Right then... where do I begin? Within two weeks of owning the car the rear wiper blade broke, no problem, £7 and fitted myself.

One week after this I was travelling on the M6 and a section of trim that holds the windscreen starts to flap violently. Took it to the Vauxhall garage and ordered a bracket. Arrives within a week at a cost of 89p. Fantastic.

Then things start to go down hill rapidly. Try to start the car after work and the engine cuts out followed by an electronic whirling noise. Manage to jump start the car, but it cuts out again. Phone the AA and they plug it into their computer, but my car isn't found on their system so the problem can't be diagnosed. They recommend it could be the Crank Shaft Distributor Cable? The car gets towed and the part is changed.

Car runs fine for the next two weeks, but on a trip to the Lake District the Engine Management Light comes on followed by poor performance. The performance immediately returns when the light goes out. I don't think anything of it at this point. Then while waiting in traffic, the engine cuts out followed by the same whirling noise. Can't get it started for the life of me and so its towed again. I took it to the Vauxhall garage and they plug it into a computer for £70. I'm told that its the Coil Pack. This is replaced under the warranty and the car runs fantastic for the next week.

But wait!!! This is going too well! It was! Two days ago I was driving home and the Engine Management Light flickers on, hmm? Then as I'm pulling into the drive, the engine cuts out! Followed by that familiar sound. The car is now at Vauxhall where I hope it stays until its fixed.

I researched into the matter myself and found it could be one of four problems, but all of them sound expensive to fix.

General Comments:

Bottom Line! When it works, it works great. 9p per mile fuel economy, good performance and handling. The cabin is well put together with no rattles or bangs. The interior is roomy and more than capable of transporting five average sized adults in comfort.

BUT! When it decides to break down! It does it in style! The Astra is basically run by a fancy computer and if it decides to malfunction then from my experience, nobody, but Vauxhall can fix it because most garages do not have the required technology to diagnose them. This means that break downs can be extremely expensive so be prepared to fork out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th March, 2006

1997 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland


Nice Car. Unfortunately it hasn't impressed me to make me want to keep it


I had the car about 3 weeks and the head gasket started to go thankfully it was still under warranty at the time. However, it took 2 weeks for the car to be repaired.

After that the engine had a rattle, where you go over 3000rpm and it makes the worst noise imaginable.

Tracking rods went after 92000.

Something is knocking when the brakes are applied.

General Comments:

Fairly over priced for its age.

Very poor service from the garage.

Interior is very dull. But comfortable on long journeys.

Good 6 speaker sound set up.

Not a lot of history with the car.

Hasn't really been the same since the head gasket went.

Very cheap to maintain.

Quick car for its engine size. Will out perform the 1.6 16V Astra.

Handles well. Doesn't have the tendency to slide a lot.

Power steering is light, but there is some play in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th August, 2005