2002 Vauxhall Astra LS CDTi Estate 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Decent car until the end...
General wear and tear like regular oil changes, suspension/brakes/exhaust parts for MOT test.
Some interior trim wear and tear with the odd bit of plastic dashboard trim coming away - but it was used as a works car always loaded with equipment, it took a lot of abuse!
Nothing really bad, except sudden failure of the gearbox at 145K miles.
A decent car to drive and economical; there is not much to say about the 98-04 model Astra. It's an honest, good, everyday car, and this particular one was used as an electrician's works vehicle from new, always loaded and on the road everyday up and down the country.
Comfort was fine even on this basic LS model, no fancy features and the interior was pretty dull, but it was comfortable and not bad to drive, plus very economical.
It was decent looking for an estate car, with lots of room in the back.
Always had Vauxhalls through the 80s and 90s, and ran them to very high mileages, however this one's sudden gearbox failure was disappointing at 145K - simply because I have ran older cars to higher mileage without such serious issues. Although this car was used heavily, it was driven correctly and serviced on time, so the sudden gearbox failure was a mystery - just couldn't get it into gear one day and it would not move.
Mechanic did not bother to investigate much (but said it definitely was not the clutch and more likely the gearbox) as the car was getting older by then and was decided by my company to be scrapped and not worth repairing; never did find out what the problem was. What's interesting though is a mate of mine had the exact same car and the gearbox on his failed at the same age and mileage as well!
Still, this did not put me off Vauxhalls as I have generally found them fine, and have since replaced this one with an updated 2005 model Astra that is running fine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th December, 2016