2006 Vauxhall Astra SRi 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Rubbish car. Never will I buy Vauxhall again ever again!

Faults:

One month after the Vauxhall warranty finished, the starter motor failed at 17,000 miles.

The car failed every MOT from new.

It's had two front brake disks, two bottom ball joints, 6 track rod ends, two front springs, and at 30,000 miles the ABS pump failed (£1500).

At 35,000 miles, the flywheel went (£1,800).

And after I sold the car, at 46,000 the gearbox failed.

Yes it looked good with the Xpac on it, yes it was quick, but it's the worst car I've ever had; it ate tyres! Vauxhall have the worst customer care ever! Even after the starter motor failed, they did not want to know, even though it was only 3 weeks after the warranty finished! They wanted £380 for a new starter motor. Not fitted!! So I got a new starter motor for £120 and I fitted it myself.

General Comments:

The car is quick! But it was the worst car I've ever, ever had in my life! I will never buy Vauxhall again. I've got a Skoda Octavia vRS now; I wish I'd bought this instead of that Vauxhall! Please, if you have any sense, DON'T BUY VAUXHALL, read reviews on any car web page, I wish I had!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2015

2006 Vauxhall Astra SXi Sporthatch 1.6 twinport from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Drives as good as it looks

Faults:

Coil pack at 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

From the first moment you walk up to the car, you notice the beautiful lines of the car, the sporty stance, especially with the full exterior pack, which I have. The front and rear splitters, and the side skirts and spoilers, make all the difference. This carries on to the inside; from the second you sit on the sports seats that hold you firmly in place, you sit nice and low in the sport hatch, which just adds to the sporty feel. The steering wheel feels chunky in your hands, and the aluminium pedals are weighted brilliantly, and are perfectly placed for heel and toe changes.

The 1.6 Twinport engine moves the car well. Now being a 105 BHP engine, it isn't the fastest car in the world, but it is still quicker than the 1.6 Focus and Golf. It has DOHC, and to rev it up the rev range is to really drive it. It does respond well to being pushed, while also being brilliant and responsive at low town speeds.

Being the SXi edition, the set up is hard, which I love; it corners nice and level over all different kinds of road surfaces. It loves to be grabbed by the scruff of the neck and pushed into the bends; you can feel the front end diving into the corners through the brilliantly weighted steering.

The fit and finish of the interior is brilliant; no squeaks or rattles. The standard kit is very good; 8 airbags, air con, a fantastic 7 speaker sound system, one touch electronic stalks, and much much more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2011

2006 Vauxhall Astra Active 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

An excellent buy which I would recommend

General Comments:

This car is great. It is very comfortable, nice to drive and in "Active" trim, with nice alloys, looks smart.

Handling is very good - it sticks to the road well, and has a good driving position.

No problems in terms of reliability - can't fault it.

Acceleration on the 1.4 is adequate for city driving, but maybe a bigger engine would be better for motorway etc. Stuck in traffic however, the 1.4 is fine.

Only criticism is the shape of the boot, which can make getting large items in difficult.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2008

2006 Vauxhall Astra SRi X-pack (150) 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Fast diesel hatchback with great looks

Faults:

Rear centre set-belt was fitted incorrectly (the buckle was fitted below the plastic stopper so the belt couldn't be used).

General Comments:

The MK5 Astra is leagues ahead of the mk4 Astra I used to own. It has a nice smooth ride, and the diesel engine is very quick.

The styling of the Sport hatch with the X-pack is spot on! It looks the business.

My car had the optional heated leather seats and sat-nav fitted from the factory. The heated seats are very nice on a cold morning, although I find the seats a little bit uncomfortable on long journeys (over 30 minutes); maybe this is just because they are relatively new and need to bed in???

The sat-nav is brilliant! Very clear and is very well designed; it works perfectly and does everything you would expect it to! Better than any Tom-Tom or Garmin unit! The only slightly annoying thing is that it doesn't accept the full 7 digit post codes :(

On a whole, the car is fun to drive, cheap to run, comfortable, fast, and looks the business!

The extra options such as leather seats are a must for that extra bit of luxury :) And thanks to Vauxhall's lead balloon depreciation, these cars are much cheaper than they were new! I paid £14800 for mine at 8 months old; purchased new it would have been over £21,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2007

10th Sep 2008, 09:44

I can't understand how the sat nav can be better than a Tom Tom if it won't accept a 7 digit postcode, which any Tom Tom will?

15th Feb 2009, 13:38

I really like the mk5 diesel 150. Well awesome. Would love to own one. What's the mpg on them?

19th Feb 2009, 07:02

I own CDTi 150 XP myself, have done for a year now. My average MPG in town is 39ish. On a motorway 50 plus, if you stay between 70 and 80 tops. But six month ago I bought a tuning box from DTUK diesel tuning. MPG has improved - getting about 50mpg per tank more than before. Plus the boost in hp is amazing. Hope this is of some help.