1999 Vauxhall Astra CD 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland
A great all rounder that's quite quick and looks not too bad either
When I got it the odometer said "------- " , so I pulled out the fuse for the dashboard, counted to 10 (which reset it), plugged it back in and it worked again!! This happened again about 12 months later, and the same fix cured it (previous owner was a relative, so I knew the mileage was correct).
It uses a bit of oil (about 500ml per 1000 miles), apparently quite acceptable for this model of car?
It needed one tire for its MOT as it was damaged (suspect from a pothole) - not the car's fault.
The only other slight issue with the car is that it has rusty rear arches, which have had a shoddy repair job done in the past and are now starting to show rust again; so far costs to repair this have been quite costly, probably more than the value of the car. So just going to leave it and hope it doesn't cause any MOT issues in the future.
It's smooth, quiet, reasonably quick when you need it to be (apparently 99bhp under the hood) and so far hasn't let me down (touch wood!!). The auto box is lovely and smooth for its age, and it has the usual sport and snow buttons.
It's got pretend walnut trim, velour seats, electric windows/heated wing mirrors, an adjustable steering wheel with volume/channel control buttons on it for the radio (which are ideal, as the volume control on the actual radio seems to have developed two settings of off or FULL VOLUME!!), driver's seat height adjuster, along with the standard air con etc, making me think that it must've been quite a high spec model back in its day.
It looks quite good outside too with metallic paint, colour coded bumpers and alloy wheels.
My cousin bought the car in August 2015 as a 'one lady owner' car (from her son) with 38,000 miles on it, a full Vauxhall service history and a year's MOT (quite remarkable for a 16 year old car). Then proceeded to drive it on an epic 4000 mile road trip around Europe without a single issue.
I then bought it from her, and the 1st thing I did was (after topping it up with oil) contact Vauxhall about the service history, who verified it saying it has been with them for services and MOTs religiously until August 2013. We assume it was then off the road for a year, before getting an independent garage service/MOT/timing belt change (stamp and mileage in book) in Aug 2015 before my cousin got it.
Overall it's been a fab car!! And with only 55,000 (nearly) on it, and a service history to verify this I hope to keep it for a long time provided the rusty arches don't cause any terminal MOT issues in the future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2017