2001 Vauxhall Astra Reviews

2001 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.7 DTi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.7 DTi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

A very reliable and economical vehicle

Faults:

New alternator required at 90,000.

Several sets of wiper blades.

Tyres.

New cam belt (maintenance) at 100,000.

General Comments:

Extremely reliable, economical, and comfortable car. Not so hot on performance, but 600 miles to a tank of fuel and starts first time every time. Good visibility all round, and I have now done 78,000 trouble free miles.

I would highly recommend this car as a family work horse. Unlike the wife, she is reliable and cheap to keep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th March, 2010

2001 Vauxhall Astra LS 1.7 DTi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.7 DTi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance166500 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Cheap affordable motoring

Faults:

Rear wheel bearing at 151000 (£90).

Wiper blades at 155000 (£18).

Rear brake shoes at 162000 (£12).

General Comments:

It's been one of the most reliable cars that I have owned. Never failed to start.

Cruises on the motorway nicely, very very good on diesel.

Had Vauxhalls before, but not with this mileage on it, and I was a little worried at first, but had nothing to worry about.

Would recommend to anyone wanting cheap affordable family transport.

Cheap to service and cheap to run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2010

2001 Vauxhall Astra Bertone Coupe 1.8 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance76210 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Good looking and sporty but a pain in the back

Faults:

Rear coil springs both broke - apparently a common problem with the coupe due to the firmer suspension.

Drivers door electric window is loose and rattling - has come adrift somewhere.

General Comments:

I bought this car having had an Astra Sport 1.8 and an older model sport before that, plus various Cavalier SRis. Liked the look of the coupe.

On the plus side it looks good, handles better than the Sport (which wasn't bad), is fast enough for most British roads and, at least from the side, looks good. Not bad on petrol either.

Interior is nice too with silver trim.

The downside is that it is one of the most uncomfortable cars I've ever owned. The leather seats are hard and the bottom section digs into your lower back, making long journeys a nightmare. All my previous Vauxhalls have been great for long runs but this one seems to have lost the plot. Maybe due to its sporting pretensions.

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

Review Date: 28th July, 2008

2001 Vauxhall Astra eco4 TDI 1.7 TDI from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.7 TDI Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Satisfactory

Faults:

Diesel pump ECU went after a couple of months, and I needed a set of core plugs that set me back 830.00.

2 months later the alternator went wrong and needed replacing - another 240.00

Rhe cigarette lighter doesn't work, the brakes squeak, and there is a high pitch squeak when you pull off.

General Comments:

Slow car, but it is a diesel.

The cabin is very dull.

The fuel economy is execelent. 630 miles on £40.00. Being the eco4, the tax is only £50.00 per year.

As for performance, it's quite slow. Once you get going, it's not too bad, but you have to try to keep the revs up.

I find the driving position very uncomfortable. The centre console gets in the way, plus you feel very high up, which I hate. It feels like you're perched rather than in a nice driving position.

My previous car was a Mondeo ST24 - nothing went wrong with the car and it was very comfortable.

I wouldn't buy a Vauxhall again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2006

15th May 2008, 08:18

How can you compare Mondeo ST to a diesel Astra?

4th May 2009, 14:00

I still have my Astra Eco, and it's only £35 to tax for the full year.

I changed the airflow meter to a standard 1.7dti one, and a it was a great improvement to the sluggish take off.

The only problem I have had with mine is the head has been sent away to be skimmed, but that's after 180,000 miles.

Great car all round.

16th Oct 2009, 09:45

Have had my Astra ECO4 from new as a company car in July 2004. I bought it at the end of 3 years, coinciding with when I retired, & it has now covered 81,000 miles. I can't fault it - very economical (60mpg), comfortable, & pleasant to drive. So far it has been totally reliable - just one set of disc pads, & front tyres lasting over 30,000 miles.

The moral is, drive a car with some degree of mechanical respect & you will be rewarded with reliability & it will last well - do the reverse & drive like a moron & chances are you'll get loads go wrong!!

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 27 reviews