2000 Vauxhall Astra astravan LS 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Stylish, reliable van, but it could be improved
Within a few months of buying the Astravan from new, the engine warning light came on & I lost power followed by hideous smoking from the exhaust. Took it back to the main dealer who fixed the problem under warranty.
Comfort is good, but I'd like more attention paid to noise reduction. I travel between thirty five thousand & forty thousand miles per year and I'd appreciate saloon car standards of comfort.
Performance is pretty good (especially for a van) but I'd like a few more horsepower. This would make a good van into a great van.
Stylish looks which mean I can use the van socially after work, but I'd like to see more body colors available as standard.
The dashboard is terrible. Dark, gloomy and cheap. The previous Astravan had a far superior dash. Not enough storage places either and no cup holder at all. There is a bottle holder in the door bin, but if you use it, you can't open the window.
I'd like to see Vauxhall improve on what is already a good van. I just wish they'd ask high mileage owners like me what I thought and how I'd improve their product.
Little else to rival the Astravan on the market at present. It's the only van that I'd feel happy about using both socially and at work.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st March, 2003