2002 Vauxhall Astra SRi Turbo Limited Edition 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Wolf in sheep's clothing

Faults:

Nothing. A very solidly built car.

General Comments:

I recently purchased a Limited Edition SRi after writing off my MG ZS 180.

They only made 500 SRi Turbos in 2002 before bringing the GSi out in 2003.

This car has impeccable handling and is very fast, comes with 189bhp and 184lb/ft standard, which kicks in at 1950rpm. I have demolished many cars from lights and on dual carriageways.

I thought my old mk2 ZS 180 was rapid, but the speedo on this car doesn't stop. Standard 1/4mile time is 14.5, which is insanely fast.

Since buying this car last month, I have added chassis mods, and a full induction system and stage 1 chip from Regal, and it now produces 247bhp/273lb/ft R&R tested.

Standard:

189.4bhp

184.6lb/ft

152 top end

1140kg

Induction kit and chip (£600).

247bhp

273lb/ft

160+

This car easily keeps up with an M3, and passes it at 155 because of the limiter. As standard the Astra will do 152, and after minor mods will do 160+.

Overall, the looks and quality of the car are top notch, as these were actually built in Germany and shipped to England.

I've beat many cars including Escort/Sierra Cossie's, Impreza's, and a Porsche 944 Turbo.

Totally destroys new Golf, ST3, RS Focus, VXR Turbo (as it weighs 200kg less with same power), CTR's, and silly little Clio 182's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2006

25th Feb 2006, 14:03

They’re a quick car, but as already mentioned you’re getting carried away! The latest M3 has 343bhp so you’d need 300+bhp (bearing in mind the Astra is lighter) to even stay with one.

Standard top speed isn’t 152mph either - that was a wild 'claim' by Vauxhall. When Autocar tested the car soon after its launch they managed a genuine 137mph (measured with timing gear)... and that was it!

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

Summary:

Good car, nice to drive fun, but with down falls too

Faults:

Interior:

When I got the car it had a tear in the passengers seat from previous owner, garage I bought it from replaced this free of charge.

Tyres:

Hard driving in this car uses front tyres, I've gone through one set in 10,000 easy. If the car is to be used in the snow due to the width of the tyres you must consider snow tyres. (Not cheap)

Alloy wheels:

Small cracks in the enamel were obvious I took back to Vauxhall and they were said to be just cosmetic and are fine.

Rear screen:

Heating element on screen burnt out Vauxhall said I damaged it when cleaning so will not replace under warranty and charged me £25 to look at it.

Heat sheid on petrol tank is low and got caught. beware of it.

General Comments:

Handling is excellent in good dry weather night mare in snow.

1.8 16v is a great engine cheaper insurance etc for the younger person. Quick and reliable nice and racy. For the racy sound you need a full system exhaust and induction kit.

Traction control is good for driving not so good for messing about in.

Nice looking car.

Not very comfy for high mileage or long sits in, but nice to drive and fun to handle.

Not easy to get engine performance parts, but body kits are good and easy to come by.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2005

6th Jun 2006, 14:20

Totally agree with review, I have been through 5tyres no word of a lie and I've only done 15k in it.

The heat protection on exhaust came on m5 because it rusted and empaled a car behind... still awaitin insurance on that one!

2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.7 DTi Envoy 1.7 DTi from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good all-rounder

Faults:

External temp sensor is giving a false reading...5 degrees higher than actual. Being fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

Comfortable motorway driving, solid road handling, excellent fuel economy and oodles of space. Perfect car for my 750 miles a week commute.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2005