1999 Vauxhall Astra Reviews - Page 3 of 7

1999 Vauxhall Astra SRi 16 valve 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 145

Summary:

Great to drive and great to own

Faults:

Interior trim was flimsy and I dislodged some of the trim in the boot when loading it with a push chair.

CD unit on stereo failed after 46,000 miles.

Ignition failed after 54,000 miles and had to be replaced at a high cost.

General Comments:

A bit flimsy, but generally very reliable. Also gave high levels of comfort and was a joy to drive.

Good value when I bought it for £9,000 after 3 years. Sold it 2 years later for £5,000 because I wanted something with four doors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

1999 Vauxhall Astra CD 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 206

Summary:

Do not buy!!!

Faults:

Loads of problems!

General Comments:

Traded my perfectly good 206 for an Astra with no service history, I was conned by this bloke and yes I feel stupid. The petrol consumption is disgusting drinking £5 petrol a day and the journeys are minor. Have spent near £300 at Vauxhall on repairs for random bits.

The Vauxhall garage now asking for £350 to change a gasket and a sensor, they said the sensor is faulty and sitting 3mm too far away. I bought the part to fit myself for £60, then when I went to fit it using a manual and found the sensor wire isn't even there at all!!! (are they too taking me for a mug?)

I just want a car that runs properly. The problem is the revs have never gone below 1000 on idle when patently it should be 750. Plus my alternator has a bracket missing, which made it loose, which is why that meant my auxiliary belt snapped and I had to pay £250 to get it towed to my home. Way too much hassle, wish I had kept my old car.

I've had the Astra for 3 months!!!

The 206 I had for a year without any problems at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th December, 2005

1st Jan 2006, 07:27

Peugeots are notoriously unreliable too, just look at some of the reviews on this site, or any survey such as JD Power where Peugeot constantly finish in the bottom 10 or even bottom 5 manufacturers. The 206 is a very poor car in my opinion, better off with an Astra (or even better something Japanese), although you have been unlucky on this occasion I admit!

22nd Aug 2009, 16:15

I have recently bought one of these and to be honest I can't fault it; it's comfy, goes like a dream, and having owned several Golf's in my time and being a VW lover, I reluctantly have to say that this is superior, although maybe not as trendy.

1999 Vauxhall Astra CLUB 8V 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

I would rather buy a ford focus

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 56,000 miles and the car is constantly overheating regardless to water in radiator, speed or distance.

General Comments:

A nice car with good interior and features. and approx 36miles to the gallon.

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

Review Date: 25th October, 2005

1999 Vauxhall Astra SXI 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Best car I have owned

Faults:

Alternator - Was fixed under Network Q warranty.

General Comments:

I like this car, more so than the 2.0l Vectra I had before it. Performance is fine, but I get a lot more mpg, which is good as the price of petrol goes up!

Only had one problem and that was with the alternator failing. Had a problem with the dealer I bought it from now understanding that the car was pretty much undriveable and couldn't wait for a week to be looked at. But took it to another dealer and was sorted within a day with regular updates, so no complaints for that dealer.

Overall, I'm pleased I made the change and I think it is the best car I have owned to date.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2005

1999 Vauxhall Astra TDi 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Too expensive for parts

Faults:

3 air flow meters.

Under engine plastic came off and stuck between road & car

Engine management light comes on and off at random so car runs on emergency power.

Latest is the fuel pump has packed up. The car will not run, quote is £1,800. The car is only worth this running.

General Comments:

Good size for family, comfy ride, good handling with 15 inch wheels on.

Good fuel consumption when working!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th September, 2005

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 38 reviews