2002 Vauxhall Astra Van Sportive 1.7 dti diesel from UK and Ireland


The best small van I've ever had!!


Pops front headlamp bulbs like it's going out of fashion.

Air con broken.

General Comments:

This is my 3rd Astra Van in succession.

My first one was the new 1998 shape Astravan with the Isuzu engine (1.7 td). This one was a good workhorse. I purchased it at auction, and it was very reliable, even though it had quite high miles (130k).

Second up was a lovely 2001 registered Astravan (LS MODEL IN SILVER - MINT) model I managed to steal from a guy for £3000 with a genuine low mileage of just 34,000 on the clock. It was in silver with the all new dti engine.

Sadly this one I had a turbo problem, and it gave up on me at 52k, and ended up costing me £1800 to put right, which hurt the wallet to say the least.

Which brings me to my latest van; the Astra Sportive...


I managed to get it on eBay for £5000 02 plated, with just 52,000 on the clock. It boasts a full Irmsher kit all round, air conditioning, cruise control, alloy wheels, electric front windows, full alarm & immobiliser and tinted windows all round.

The performance from the dti 16v engine is not overly great; it's OK and does the job well, also giving excellent mpg, and on a run the debadged Recaro seats are just excellent, & really supportive on a run up the motorway.

The cabin is a bit dreary, and feels a bit cheap, but all of these model Astras feel this way, so it's not really that much of a downer. I really prefer it to the new Astra's silvery look dash.

The van's overall look is just one of sheer coolness; the bodykit really turns a pretty plain looking van into a tarmac terrorist, and it gets admiring glances from all walks of life on the road.

I hope some fellow Astravan drivers read this, as if you can invest in a upgraded van, I really would recommend buying a Astra Sportive.

The kitted ones are extremely hard to find, but if you find a good one, snap it up as quickly as you can, and I promise you'll never want to change it again!!

I will be keeping my one for as long as I can, I know that!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2007

10th Dec 2007, 16:57

Losing lots of water any ideas.not head not heater matrix and no wet patches any where help.

11th Dec 2007, 05:14

Radiator most likely, also remove the oil cap, and if there is any white stuff, could be the head hasket on its way.

21st Jun 2008, 15:33

To be honest mate it could e a thirsty van and likes the taste of antifrezze.

5th Jan 2009, 16:15

Just a update; the Astra has now gone :(

My line of business went bankrupt and I sold the van last year.

It was excellent fun to drive. The only major thing to go on it was the fuel pump at 59k. £800 later it was done, and drove it on for another 5000 miles before selling it.

Just considering a new Astravan now, the new sportive 150ps model. I'll update you all if I take the plunge.

7th Aug 2009, 06:41

The Astra Sportive Van I drive has just started to make a high pitched whine, almost scream when driving - when idling the engine is fine.

We have just replaced the front engine mount and replaced the rear engine mount bolts.

The vehicle has only done 52000 miles - has anybody got any thoughts?

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


Wolf in sheep's clothing


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.




152 top end


Induction kit and chip (£600).




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!