1999 Vauxhall Astra SXi 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Crappy engine in this car; stay clear
This has to be the worst car ever. I bought it back in April this year from a dealer to replace my Volvo 440, and since then I have had nothing but trouble with it.
The first thing that went on it was the water pump, and when this happened, the timing belt also jumped off, messing up the engine valves.
I spent £300 to get this fixed, and now I have also discovered that one or more of the piston rings must also be damaged, causing it to always smoke a lot when driving.
I have been so disappointed with this Vauxhall Astra, that I ended up finding a cheap second hand ECU unit from breaker's yard website for my Volvo 440, and resurrecting it to drive again.
I would never want to buy a Vauxhall again, and it will be back to Volvo for me!!
Rubbish worst car ever!! Nasty built engine too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th August, 2010