1999 Vauxhall Astra Sport 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Good design - poor build quality
Rear brake discs binding requiring new discs, callipers & pads.
Dreadful quality fitting of the dealer fit alarm, causing false alarms and other problems.
Seat belt pretensioner replaced.
Courtesy light switch fault.
Bad rattle from the back seat area (still unresolved).
Sales side of dealership was dreadful. Service side has been much better.
Handling is outstanding - embarassing the much hyped Ford Focus.
Group 7 insurance for this performance is hardly believable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th October, 2000
25th Nov 2003, 08:18
I still have the car after 4 years and 33K miles.
The rear brake problems have returned and it will cost me £180 to have the fix done that they should have done the first time.
What should have been a routine cam belt change at 4th service turned into a £300 cam belt, tensioner, rollers & water pump change at only 32K miles. Again, by all accounts a common problem, but one which the customer is left to pick up the bill for.
The alarm finally went totally haywire last year so I just removed it.
At the 3rd service the dealers wanted to replace the exhaust back box (for >£100) due to a tiny hole in it. The alternate 10p repair with exhaust putty is still holding firm 14 months and another MOT later.