2004 Vauxhall Astra Reviews

2004 Vauxhall Astra Sportive 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

A great van from Vauxhall!!!

Faults:

No problems in time I had the vehicle.

General Comments:

I had this as a works van with 40,000 miles on the clock. Over 18 months I ran it up to 100,000 miles, and the van didn't miss a heartbeat. It was serviced every 12,000 miles, great on diesel (even at work vehicle speeds!!).

Seats were comfortable, great factory fitted CD player/radio.

Only 2 issues I did have were during the winter how long it took for the engine to warm up enough to get heat into the cabin, and (as with all Vauxhalls) the A/C pump packed up on it. Besides these things, when the time came I didn't want to give it back...

Got a Transit Connect now, which is like sitting in a goldfish bowl, and the slowest thing I've ever driven. It's not a patch on the olde Astra Sportive though... The question of would I have another one... OH YES...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2009

2004 Vauxhall Astra Life 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

The best car I ever owned

Faults:

So far the Astra has given me 4 months of faultless reliable service.

General Comments:

In 4 months of ownership I have been extremely pleased with the Astra. It is reliable and well built, so it should give me a good couple of years of sterling service. Its interior comfort and specification are both very good. The dealer service is excellent and good value for money. It cost me a very reasonable £10,500 and has been well worth the money. But most of all I have been happy with the Astra's pin sharp handling and vigourous performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

2004 Vauxhall Astra Club 1.7 CDTi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.7 CDTi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Vauxhall have got some issues to sort out

Faults:

Loss of full use of the power steering. Can't get full lock either way without wrestling with the steering wheel. Happened after 2 weeks of ownership. Took the car back to the Vauxhall dealer I bought it from. They tested the car, found that I had a faulty alternator, and thought that this was causing the fault. Ordered me a new one under warranty, couldn't get one from anywhere in the country, tried from Germany, had to wait almost 2 weeks.

The alternator was fitted, and 2 days later the exact same fault happened again, but worse than before. Awaiting an inspection from the dealer.

This is the 2nd Astra 1.7 CDTi I have owned with exactly the same fault. Gave the first one back for this lemon I now own.

Second problem with this car is the boot, as there's some sort of sensor on the locking mechanism that shows if the boot is not locked. This has an annoying warning buzzer on dashboard, that tells you when it is shut, that it is open. I've been told must slam boot more firmly. I think it takes 8 or 9 attempts to shut. This is a poor boot lock, and now it sounds broken inside. Had this fixed for now, and yes the fault was also on my first car too.

Also on my first car, I had every door and window seal changed or bodged up to stop water from entering the car whenever I washed it. Up to now, this car does not leak.

Still trying to get the dealer to understand that there must be a fault on Vauxhall's in general, but I am apparently the only customer to ever complain with any of these faults. Once maybe, but twice? I think Vauxhall have got the problem, what do you say?

General Comments:

Love the looks of the car.

Love the grunt of the exhaust for a diesel.

Love the cruise control fitted on my 1.7 CDTi.

Love the climate control, although as commented, it's a little fiddly to use while driving.

Plenty of room inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2005

11th Feb 2006, 12:46

Hi, I also have the problem with the hatch warning (04-reg Astra) except mine usually waits until after I pull away to let me know it's ajar. Good luck with that and let us know how it is fixed.

21st Feb 2006, 14:07

Please let customer no the way my tailgate lock was remedied was to fit a new lock under warranty.

25th Feb 2008, 15:25

Astra club 04. I love the car, but can't open the boot! It suddenly stopped. does anyone have a clue?

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 9 reviews