2002 Vauxhall Astra Convertible 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Looker, reliable and economical



General Comments:

Good looks, electric hood, economical and reliable.

Limited boot space.

Brakes a bit woolly.

Limited rear visibility with the hood up.

A fair weather car with the roof down, as it's not much fun to drive when it's cold and wet outside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2010

2002 Vauxhall Astra SRi 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Best car I've owned


I have owned the car about 10 months. I've done about 14,000 miles. The only thing I have had to do is change the front discs and pads.

I would suggest one of these as a first car. It's cheap insurance group 9 and fast; 8.5 seconds.

Mine is in silver with tinted rear windows and xenon lights.

Fuel econamy is OK for a car that 8.5 seconds to 60.

General Comments:

This car handles like a dream, best car I've had, and that's saying something cause I've owned a Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2009

2002 Vauxhall Astra Enjoy 1.6 petrol from Romania


I'll never ever buy another Opel/Vauxhall car


EGR and ECU changed under warranty at 5000km.

Re-mapped ECU at 5000km.

A/C clutch at 40000km.

Ignition coil pack at 40000km.

Oil consumption: about 0.6l/1000km.

Catalytic converter and entire exhaust changed at 45000km.

This car was a nightmare. Local dealer services are useless, nobody wants or know how to repair this car.

Ignition coil pack was cause a misfire, but no codes were registered for the coil pack. So, nobody knew what is going wrong. The misfire melted down the KAT and its parts stuffed the exhaust (cat back).

General Comments:

I am very disappointed by this car, it is the worst car I've ever had.

Build quality is good, ride is on the hard side but is quite comfy.

Automatic transmission is Japan made (Aisin) so it works very nice.

I am extremely surprised to see so much people satisfied with their Astra. I am quite sure the people like me are more interested in finding a solution to repair their cars than writing a good comment on this site. Take a look at Opel/Vauxhall forums and you'll see what people says about this car - is a piece of junk like Fiat or any other GMC.

To be honnst, the 1.6L Z16XE is the worst engine in Astra's range. Engine management (ECU), oil consumption, temperature sensor and EGR are the most common problems found on Astra G (Mark 4) petrol engines.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 2008

4th Dec 2008, 04:26

The Astra is a good car. I know you had your faults with it, and I don't mean to sound rude, but if you had problems with it, it doesn't mean other people have. I am sure you were just unlucky with yours.

21st Nov 2010, 11:18

I agree, you must have just got a bad one dude! I've been all over Europe in my Astra 1.8 16v Bertone, and it's never let me down once in four years! :)

2002 Vauxhall Astra Bertone Coupe 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


Good value for money, good running costs, but not without it's faults


Hardly a fault of the car but the back wheel had seized on when I had a puncture.

Engine is quite noisy on idle at operating temperature, sounds as if the exhaust is blowing however I have had this checked. Quite embarrassing as it sounds like a quiet diesel on idle, there is a correct amount of oil in the system as well.

Exhaust back box corrodes quite badly and is unsightly.

The car has recently developed a coolant leak which I cannot find the cause of. Quite bad for only 40,000 miles. It never overheats however and it's only over the course of a few weeks.

More concerning however is that the car smells rife of petrol when you reach 1/4 of a tank, especially in the boot.

Electric windows often struggle to rise and make quite a lot of noise when doing so.

General Comments:

Overall I am pleased with this car.

Insurance is very reasonable at group 9 for the performance. 0-60 is quoted at 8.6 seconds thanks to the close ratio gearbox, this is a very nippy car.

However, the downside of this is that it doesn't make for a very refined motorway cruiser, it could really do with a sixth gear. You'll be doing just over 3000 rpm at 70mph, the same as what my old 1.4 Rover did.

The power delivery is as sweet as a nut, and loves revs whilst not sacrificing low down torque. Best gears are second and third for this.

The gearbox and clutch combination could be better, it's often quite difficult to get the change nice and smooth due to a notchy gear change and quite a noticeable clutch slap. There is also a noticeable amount of lag with the electronic throttle which makes for some rather annoying drive-line shunt. I've been told this is normal.

Build quality is solid, some areas of the interior feel a little cheap and the roof sounds quite tinny above the headlining, but overall better than the MKIV Golf I had previously in this respect. Driver's seat squeaks quite badly and there's only the odd rattle from the dashboard, both common faults.

The car handles excellently whilst not being overly crashy over bumps. Traction control is a con though, it's merely a light that tells you your wheels are spinning.

Practicality could be better, there is plenty of leg room for rear occupants and it's easy to get comfortable in the driver's seat, however the boot opening is quite narrow as is the opening when the seats fold flat; if you wanted practicality though you should have bought an estate.

Overall, this was easily the best car I could afford within my budget and for insurance costs. The styling is excellent and can only be improved with some bigger alloy wheels and the spoiler. Dealer fit Irmscher kits are not to my taste but in the right colour and nice alloys can look good. This is a stylish, well made and affordable car, just watch out for the above faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2008