Look beyond the image, it's a fine motor!
Differential seal needed replacing.
It's not quick and it's not trendy, but the Astra estate is dead practical and I've had excellent value out of mine. You can throw it round corners for a bit of fun, it certainly handles as well as anything else I've driven.
The dash is basic, but simple and there are are some nice touches like the clock that sets itself from the RDS radio signal - the latest Focus doesn't do that!
I've only had good experiences with the Vauxhall dealers I've used (Horns in Stockport, Grasmere in Crewe, Lookers in Ellesmere Port) and on the few occasions it's needed attention they've sometimes charged less than the original quote, so I don't get the feeling they're ripping me off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th March, 2006