1998 Vauxhall Astra Reviews

1998 Vauxhall Astra Club 1.6 8v from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Faults:

ECU light comes on after hard driving. Fault cause unknown as yet.

Mayo under the oil cap..

Rear arches rusting, rest of car perfect, clear of rust.

Noisy PAS pump.

General Comments:

Low end grunt on the 1.6 8v is a little lacking, and therefore care is needed when overtaking on A and B roads.

The steering I find is a little devoid of proper-feedback, and therefore understeer can become a surprise, especially if it's wet and you accelerate a little too hard when cornering.

The PAS is very light (almost too light) lock to lock. It's effortless even when stationary.

Front wheel spin can be a problem, especially in the wet if you accelerate from standing too fiercely. This can leave you a little stranded if your trying a quick maneuver.

Personally I would prefer lower profile tyres than the standard 195,60,15's, and I feel the handling would be far improved on a lower profile tyre. I have decided to try lower profiles when these ones need replacing.

Road noise and engine noise is notably low, even when the engine is revved fairly hard.

The passenger ride comfort is excellent and the driving position is OK. However I find that my elbow rests on the door more often than not. (I'm not too large for the pilot seat, but I find it a bit compact on longer journeys)

The gear stick position and length is excellent, allowing for slick changes, the gear change can be a little bit "Astra notchy" on higher mileage models.

Clutch, brake, accelerator position and weight are very good. Other controls are well laid out and in the standard Vauxhall positions.

Overall the driving experience is pleasant for short trips and occasional longer journeys. I find that this model is affected by strong winds or when overtaking lorries; this can be a little bit hairy at first.

The cabin heater is "taxi driver hot", even on the lowest warm settings, and the fan blower it "wind tunnel" power when set on highest level.

Standard audio speakers are well placed and reproduce a reasonable output.

3 x 3 point rear seatbelts are a welcome addition, as are the 3 rear headrests.

The boot space is pretty good for the size of the car, enough for a weekly grocery shop for 4 people, however leave the push chair at home.

For cheap motoring it's hard to fault the Astra G models.. A great buy.

Avoid early diesels, a Vauxhall dealer warned me..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2009

1998 Vauxhall Astra Club 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance97030 miles
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

Modern and very cheap

Faults:

Mayonnaise in the oil cap, but no sign of head gasket failure due to overheating, but due to neglect by previous owner.

EGR valve failure, resulting in engine warning light coming on and the car spluttering and misfiring.

General Comments:

Performance, in comparison to my previous cars; Ford Escort 1.3 60bhp and Citroen D1.9 ZX 70bhp, is very lively; however, I have noticed that the 1.6 8v tends to get negative reviews regarding its performance; however, the 8v models are more reliable and have more low end torque than 1.4 16v models of similar bhp, though the 1.4 does come in a lower tax bracket.

This Astra has the feeling of a modern car, especially true if you compare it to the generation of makes on models before 1998. I do not see a reason to get a BMW K reg, or next-to-new car such as a Fiat Punto Hatchback 2003 when cars like this can be bought for as little as £750.

Interior is also modern, despite a few reviews saying it is dull. It has a feeling of a much newer car. The boot size very good for the size of the car.

The ride, in comparison with my Citroen ZX, is also more or less like most modern cars. It is good around the corners, but it doesn’t match the ZX when it goes over road humps and small pot-holes, though it does have a kind of firm pleasant feel when going over them, that might appeal to some more than the ZX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 27 reviews