1997 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Arctic II 1.68v from UK and Ireland
Refined, faithful, but dull drive and blows bulbs often
Not a lot really. It blows bulbs monthly, especially rear brake lights and normal tail lights.
Suspension problems and heavy tyre wear.
Once the radiator water reservoir was stone dry. Topped it up and its been fine ever since.
A good car generally.
I don't like the fact that the engine cannot control itself in traffic. You see the temperature gauge often go sky high and then the fan comes on (very loud) to cool it down. Instead, it would be good if the needle stayed half way and the fan was less raucous.
Steering has a good lock, but has to be the vaguest around.
Solid, solid body. Excellent rigidity, but poor for pedestrian safety.
Grim interior, but an impression of solidarity and quietness.
Engine refined, but only 74bhp. Feels more and will do 110mph if pushed.
Styling dated, but better than say a Ford Escort.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2005
28th Jan 2005, 02:03
If it's blowing bulbs frequently, the voltage regulator in the alternator may have failed causing the voltage to go way above 12v. Put a voltmeter across the battery terminals and rev the engine to 3000 rpm or so. The voltage should stabilize at a little bit less than 13v. If it is going too high, this will "cook" the battery which will then need changing.