1997 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
An awful engine in what could be a good car
Cylinder head gasket blew at 25,000 miles.
Injection pump timing has been reset on 3 occasions by Vauxhall, and it still isn't right.
Exhaust emissions are awful when the engine is cold. Vauxhall have blamed the Engine Control Unit (ECU), but have not been able to fix the problem.
The bodywork of the car is the one good point. It is immaculate and appears to be hard wearing.
The engine is fragile and despite thorough and regular servicing, it has proved to be very troublesome.
Performance is also very poor, although getting 500 miles per tank of diesel is some comfort.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th September, 2002