1999 Vauxhall Astra Club 1.6 8v from UK and Ireland
There are so many better cars out there, avoid!
Rear brake shoe adjuster disintegrated, causing the brake to jam on.
Leaking rear shocks, and constantly breaking rear springs.
Thermostat water pump and timing belt kit at 60,000 miles.
Front caliper binding; swapped for a good used one.
ECU melted internally, causing the car to breakdown.
Leaking plastic fuel pipe.
I have had quite a few cars over the past years, but this is by far the worst I have ever had.
It is so poorly sprung and uncomfortable that I hate going anywhere in it. The heater is freezing and the temperature gauge never gets off the cold, despite a new thermostat and flush through of the cooling system. I blanked off half the radiator and that helped, but it's still freezing in the winter.
The seats are thinly padded and you can't adjust the steering wheel, so you never really get comfortable.
The suspension is too hard, and the damping too soft, so you go round corners as if you were on a pogo stick, only less fun.
The engine is something from another era. Single cam, eight valves, single point injection etc. So lacking in power that it's not worth the bother of overtaking anyone unless they are walking, or on a bicycle... maybe.
Very poor low speed running. Surging, hesitating or misfiring unless you keep the revs up.
Really nothing much going for it unless you consider the running costs. An easy 40mpg, but negated by the fact you will never be away from a garage for very long.
Would never, ever, buy another Vauxhall.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th February, 2012