1998 Vauxhall Astra Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1998 Vauxhall Astra LS 2.0 DTi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 DTi Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles

Summary:

One of the best cars I have owned

Faults:

Absolutly NOTHING.

General Comments:

I am so pleased with this car that I don't want to part with it, even for a new one.

The ride is very good and it is very quiet inside for a diesel car.

The bodywork has stayed immaculate with regular washing. As it is diesel and an estate car, it is not a boy racer's dream, but they are morons anyway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2001

1998 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Unexciting but easy to live with and economical to run

Faults:

Alternator belt tensioner broke clean off (bolts snapped) - fortunately the car was still under warranty (just).

Central locking broke at two years old (£60 to fix).

Other than this, no other problems (although those two are hardly little niggles!). If it weren't for those two problems then it would have 10/10 for reliability as it has never had engine problems/poor running/failing to start etc.

General Comments:

Very unresponsive at low revs but once past 3000 rpm then much better, and once past 4000 then accelerates very well indeed - consequence of 16v I suppose.

Quite happy with the handling. Would get a bigger engine next time so it wouldn't need to be thrashed so much and wouldn't need quite so much gear changing.

Not exciting but much better than an Escort!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2000

1998 Vauxhall Astra CD 1.6i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6i 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

A nice, sensible, almost funky little car

Faults:

One line in the rear window heater.

Heat shield came loose (fixed free by the dealer).

General Comments:

Strange mix of a car. Bit boring looking, but with the free mudflaps looks a little low down and sporty.

Nice cruising ride, but a lot of fun when driven in a sporty way. Turning off a roundabout in second gear at full throtle is great fun!

Almost silent ride in the back, and German build quiality.

Nice stereo and general interior.

Lacks standard alloy wheels, and comes with a stingy one year warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2000

1998 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance48100 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Tax efficient drive if you don't want prestige

Faults:

Steering column bush faulty (replaced).

Interior light fittings fell out (glued).

Bootspace cover fixings are not robust enough for constant removal, and the cogs on the ratchet have broken.

General Comments:

Good economical fast cheap company car. Gets a bit tiring on long journeys day after day due to the stiff suspension and seats.

High revs at high speed. Suits me, but I will buy something different next time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2000

1998 Vauxhall Astra Club 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance10110 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A commodity car; there's no satisfaction in owning one

Faults:

Some plastic covering fell off from the middle aisle of the interior.

General Comments:

The seats let the car down. They are uncomfortable and have a continuous squeeking while driving. They feel cheap and flimsy.

The car came with a far inferior spare tyre - so when I had a puncture I had to buy an expensive Michelin. I would have thought that the manufacturer could at least supply the car with five identical tyres.

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

Review Date: 9th June, 2000

1998 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired11754 miles
Most recent distance37651 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

A big boy's toy

Faults:

21,000 miles :- rear shockers failed, put on gas shocks, made one hell of a difference to the handling.

22,000 miles:- bracket on side of engine which holds alternator and power steering pump cracked, replaced under Network Q warranty.

35,089 miles two years old:- water pump seized snapping timing belt, bent all 16 valves, cracked head, bent conrods, damaged barrels, Vauxhall paid for new engine even though out of warranty. Apparently a common problem, I know of 3 people this has happened to.

General Comments:

I thought this was a great car even though I had a lot of problems, but my local garage Reg Vardy and Vauxhall sorted everything out for me when it went wrong, that's why I bought a mark 4 version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2000

1998 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.6i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6i 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance19500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra Merit 1.4i

Summary:

Performance and reliability combined with good looks

Faults:

Central locking once stopped working, but the driver door still opened.

A Vauxhall dealer fixed it within one day.

General Comments:

A brilliant car that feels good to drive, responsive, great handling (it makes you feel confident), sexy looks (a head turner in the right colour).

This is my third Astra, I have had no real problems with any of them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2000

1998 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10

Faults:

Rear brake calipers changed - brakes still squeak.

Airbag warning light fixed 3 times.

ECU problem causes fan to stay on constantly and engine doesn't run properly - yet to be fixed.

General Comments:

Good handling comfortable car let down by poor reliability and crap dealer service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 1999

1998 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.8i 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Front speaker crackled from new, took 3 attempts by main dealer before it was fixed.

Front drivers seat creaks when cornering.

Rear brake drag, causing excess heat in pads, Vauxhall allows you to drive the car with faulty brakes. After 2 attempts, Vauxhall dealer changed rear brake calipers, known fault.

Engine cam speed sensor faulty at 10K miles.

General Comments:

A good car, with bad dealer backup, and appalling quality control. Slowly getting all problems fixed. After 7 months from new, 8 trips to the garage and 20K miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th May, 1999

1998 Vauxhall Astra Club 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

1. Recalled for steering.

2. Problems with the dash lights.

3. Brakes replaced (all round).

General Comments:

Not a bad car at all. A few teething problems (all covered by warranty).

Looks very good, though as far as performance goes, it is a bit of a sheep in wolf's clothing (would get 16v next time).

Vast improvement on old style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

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