Fast and Furious high performance with out the high costs
New wire replaced in the passenger seat, so that the seat could slide forward to let a passenger get into the back of the car.
Paint work seems to be susceptable to stone chips. This may be due to high speeds.
I brought my car with the Irsmcher body kit styling. This is a must if you want to stand out from the crowd. The collaboration of the Turbo edition colour and body kit gives it unique identity. People stare and I mean stare. I even had one guy stand peering into the car while I was filling the car with petrol.
The front lower spoiler is to low so you have to be careful with speed bumps and uneven roads surfaces.
No rear wiper, but then there's no room for one.
Windows drop and rise an inch when opening the doors. This is to create a air tight seal a gap between the glass and seal. AND IT WORKS!!
The engine is quiet until you open it up. Push the car to 6000rpm through the gears and you will see 1/4 mile in about 15.9 seconds.
The gear box is good the gear throw is pretty good. 1st seems to difficult to engage and this seems to be repeated by other owners.
The suspension is a good balance. Turn hard into corners and it handles sharp. Best it handles with out the hard bone shaker ride. It could have been lower sprung than it is.
The interior is smart. I've got full leather interior, heated seats, 4 disk autochanger, Aircon, 6 speaker system. Airbags for both driver and passenger, full on board computer. Both the stero and the computer can be controlled with both hands on the steering wheel. The dash looks a little dull, but fully functional.
One rattle from the passenger side door, but quick with some padding behind the door.
Boot space is massive!!
Bloody quick espescially 0-100mph sprint.
High Level of equipment.
Insurance group 15 - 23yrs 6yrs NCD £950 fully comp.
Poor used market value brand new £18000-21000 depends on spec. Used £13000-14000 based on April 2002 figures.
Tyres expensive due to speed rating.
Stereo upgrade means losing built in Vaxhall controls.
MAYBE OVER SHADOWED BY THE ASTRA SRI TURBO AND THE ASTRA GSI TURBO. BOTH ARE FASTER.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th April, 2002