2002 Vauxhall Astra SRi 2.2 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Great fun and practical too!

Faults:

Not a thing has gone wrong so far. The only niggling fault is the brake calipers sound like they are sticking when reversing. Only had the car 1 month so hopefully no major problems!

General Comments:

This is a great car, certainly a step up from the Punto 1.2 Sporting we had before.

The engine is sweet-revving and, to be honest, is more suited to cruising than tearing around. From a standing start it is quick though, and very easy to wheel spin if, like me, you sometimes have a heavy foot! The ride is firm, but not harsh, and the suspension is tuned well. Cornering is excellent, gradual Motorway slip road bends have been taken at 100mph! You have to be careful when driving, as it wants to keep going and the ride is so good that you don't realise you are doing 85 in a 60mph zone.

Inside the story is a bit mixed. For £1,500 more you can get the coupe which comes with:

-Multi-CD (single in SRi)

-Trip Computer (not present in SRi)

-Heated Leather Seats (not present in SRi)

And it looks a bit nicer too, although I am not complaining too much.

Mine came with the full Irmscher Body kit, so has spoiler and lower skirts all round. This really makes it look the part, especially the split oval tailpipe.

For my first 'big engine' car I am really pleased, and spend a lot of time comparing my car to others! My only gripe is I want some Aluminium effect interior parts (again the coupe comes with some), but this will set me back another £700. It does come with Air-con, ABS, Traction Control and CD player. Also electric windows and mirrors (heated too).

Economy is okay, it is a big engine, but can do 350 miles on a full tank (which at 71.7p per litre is roughly £31 - i.e. petrol is less than 10p a mile at the moment). Yet to have a service, but tyres (205/50/R16/V) are about £100 each.

All in all, a cracking little number which attracts quite a few stares! My Fiancee drives it to work in the week and has said she has spoken to people who never acknowledged her when she drove the Punto! We wanted a car for her motorway journeys, but also to have some fun in, and the Astra fits the bill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2002

29th Aug 2008, 03:23

Watch out for timing chain tensioner failure, a friend in the AA say these engines are notorious for it as they did not come with a spacer in the hydraulic system, or something along those lines.

2002 Vauxhall Astra Sport 3dr 1.8 16v Eco from Finland

Summary:

Family car that's a riot as well. A bit of a dark horse

General Comments:

Hidden under the extremely un-sporting, un-GTi like exterior is a bit of a beast...

Bad things.

Gear selection is a bit too "precise", but that's not a fault, that's just the way I drive.

Bland interior, but I tend to look out of the window when driving, so that's not a big problem.

Good things.

Finland is flat. very flat. so this thing goes like crazy around here. With the stiffer lotus tuned sports suspension and wider tyres compared with some of the lesser models, it sticks to the roads like glue.

Excellent cruising, with very little road and engine noise, control under braking on dusty, gravel tracks is perfect. You never feel out of control when pushing the car.

It's still very new, so no faults so far, though some colleagues with similar cars have had various niggling problems in the first year or so, but dealer service here is second to none.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th April, 2002

2002 Vauxhall Astra SXI 16v 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Excellent value for money

Faults:

I have to say that currently I have no issues with the car.

General Comments:

Excellent comfort and very spacious inside.

The engine is very responsive and provides more than enough power.

The interior is assembled well, and has an inspiring look.

The bodywork is of a very high standard and appearance is excellent.

Overall this was one of my finer purchases.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2002

2nd Dec 2002, 07:39

Wish I could say that about my Punto mate! Flogged my old Astra March 2002, and have regretted it since. Will keep the Punto till summer 2003 (at the most) then it's back to what I know - another Astra.