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Community Level 1Boinng

Boinng

Mk4 Astra 1.6 8v Club - a great car for the family on a budget

AdvantagesCheap to buy used, economic to run, good quality and decent build, very practical

DisadvantagesBland, not very sexy

"...up was the boring old Vauxhall Astra - specifically the Mk4 (or "G") version. This was the second best selling car in the UK back in its day (its day being between 1998 and 2004), but as it was up against the much more modern looking Ford Focus, and as there are millions of them on the road, it hasn't held its value on the second-hand market very well at all. Good news for us! Once we had a used Astra in mind, we had plenty of cars to choose from. ..." Read review
06.04.2010

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New Astra worthy of top small family hatch??? Review with images

AdvantagesNice styling, outstanding drive and handling, good quality interior!!

DisadvantagesFinicky new toys, 1.6 lacks real muscle and Vauxhall badge!!

"...new generation one is minimal, Vauxhall choosing more sporty and dramatic lines to complement the cars shape. Have to say I am no big fan of Vauxhall but have to admit the Astra is a good looking car, better looking than the new generation Focus anyway. The Astra was the first car in the Vauxhall line which introduced the new family face, followed by the new Tigra, Zafira and newly revised Vectra and Signum, to be closely followed by the Corsa and ..." Read review
15.12.2005

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Vauxhall Astra car review

Advantagesrear windscreen wiper and rear heater

Disadvantagesglove compartment not lockable

"...sway your opinions. NAME OF CAR: Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v BACKGROUND: As usual, I rode my last car into the ground (my poor Seat Cordoba had rust in the sill. So a new car was urgently needed). I had to buy a car quickly as my insurers do not provide a car if mine is unavailable - unless they are repairing it. I used to commute 12 miles to work each day with public transport. Now I am retired I need the car for going to my groups and caring for ..." Read review
17.01.2014

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Community Level 3lilly2006

lilly2006

Vauxhall's Astra is SXi

Advantagesgoodlooking, sexy, excellent ride ;-)

Disadvantagescommon!

"...so I went on the Vauxhall website and started to look at what they had to offer. ~ _The Sxi_ ~ I'm not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to cars and engines etc and was a bit lost as to what spec I wanted and what kind of engine, so was only really bothered about how it looked (typical girl?) This is where the Astra SXi wins hands down; it's a pretty good looking car, the exterior spec as follows: ~ _Exterior_ ~ Dark-style ..." Read review
31.01.2008

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Community Level 2raflad1982

raflad1982

Mk 4 Astra 1.6 8v Club

AdvantagesPrice, fuel economy, cheap insurance, cheap parts, nice looking

DisadvantagesDrab uninspiring interior, basic equipment levels, horrible seat trim, needs the pokier 16v engine

"...interior. One gets the feeling vauxhall deliberatly choose the worse colours to use in the basic Astra, I got horrible grey velour seats (yes the same colour as in the cavalier!!) and a horrible brown/beige/black colour dashboard which was franlkly irritating to sit behind. However, good points for this car definitely outweigh the bad, especially if (unlike me) you are not after good performance from your car. The car was very cheap to run, I managed ..." Read review
29.08.2005

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Community Level 4BloodySpike

BloodySpike

Life runs smooth with an Astra

AdvantagesSmooth and cheap to insure

DisadvantagesIts a British Car

"...engine under the bonnet. The Vauxhall Astra runs very smoothly and you can’t even hear the engine running. Since I’ve only had this car for a week then I can only tell you my experiences and they are all good so far. The Features for this car include: - Air-Conditioning - Driver’s and Front Passenger’s airbags - Front Seat Head Restraints - Front Seatbelt force limiters and body-lock pretensioners - Two Rear Seat Head ..." Read review
26.01.2003

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Community Level 2j3nni3

j3nni3

Astra-nomical! Review with images

AdvantagesSpace, Comfort and Looks

Disadvantages???

"**1.6i 16v Twinport - Easytronic** I got our new Astra 1.6i Elite Easytronic November 2004 on a 54 plate. I didn't think i'd like it as i'd seen pictures and wasn't keen on the back end... thought it looked a little like a Megan... and i hate those cars! The car is a company car so i didnt get to see it before it was delivered and i didnt want to say goodbye to my Audi A3 as i loved it so much. *Colour* I got it in lightening silver... ..." Read review
19.01.2005

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Community Level 2stumack

stumack

Best car I've ever had!

AdvantagesVey easy to drive, sexy looking car, wonderful road handling, economical

DisadvantagesGearbox is a little bit gritty at time

"When I told people i was buying a brand new astra you can imagine the reaction i got: "What do you want one of those for?" or "why you buying a salesman car" were two of the common comments However now I've got my car, how I've shut the doubters up! In sheer terms of looks, this has to be one of the sexiest cars around. Its sports exterior and sexy rear are not the only selling points as anyone stepping inside to find sports seats, leather ..." Read review
21.08.2005

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Community Level 2Legolas2

Legolas2

Astra. Go drive, but not without problems

AdvantagesGood safety, economical, spacious, stylish, 3rd full seat belt

DisadvantagesBurns oil quickly, poor rear visability, poor stereo system

"...only be changed for another Vauxhall model as it is part of the dashboard. On the plus side the stereo can be controlled from the steering wheel and radio reception is excellent. We have had some problems. The car has only done 2,000 miles and has used 6 litres of oil. We took it back to Vauxhall and they said there is nothing wrong with the car the engine is designed to burn oil. Maybe this is just the petrol model. We know of another owner with ..." Read review
08.04.2005

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Community Level 2Woolyback

Woolyback

Not for me.

AdvantagesPlenty of torque, good handling.

DisadvantagesNoisy, poor interior and it's a Vauxhall.

"...misfortune to drive the new Vauxhall Astra 1.6, it has changed very little in the last five years. My other half has a similar Astra on a `P' plate and there was one or two refinements but not what you would expect after 5 years of development, Vauxhall just appear to be sticking with what they know and are unwilling to experiment. The ride is firm and the car handles better than older Astra's, however the handling is nowhere near as good as certain ..." Read review
29.11.2002

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Community Level 2Science_an...

Science_angie

Active by name and nature

AdvantagesGood value, mod cons, easy to drive.

DisadvantagesEGR valve can be an issue

"I bought my Astra over 2 years ago and I still wouldn't change it… despite being told by my partner to buy a Japanese car… well that was until I let him drive mine… and guess what? Now HE wants to buy an Astra too! OK so what can I tell you? Well before I go on please be sure to note that this is written by someone without a huge driving experience, in fact I have only ever driven 4 cars…A Ka 1.1, A Ford Fusion 1.4 CDTi, A Suzuki Jimny 1.3 and ..." Read review
19.04.2006

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Community Level 2danny5382

danny5382

Put Some oomph in your foot

Advantagescheap parts which makes an mot much more cheaper

DisadvantagesA little more expensive than your small car

"I have owned a astra 16i hatchback now for around 2 Years I first bought the car back in 2004 which came as used on a k reg plate To my suprise after about 3 days of getting used to the clucth and the five speed gearbox i got a little more confident on driving it i started to toe the floor a little more and found out that the acceleration was remarkable i was so suprised i left a ford 16i escort standing at the traffic lights It comes with power ..." Read review
27.01.2006

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Community Level 2raregreyas...

raregreyastra

consider an astra

AdvantagesSafety ,Comfort reasonably low insurance and running costs

DisadvantagesRear folding split seat does not fold flat Space save wheel spare of limited use

"...is fairly standard for the Vauxhall range it is this combined with the abs braking system and in my version six airbags which help contribute to its excellent NCAPS 5 star rating The driving position is comfortable the seats are firm and offer good support the driving seat is adjustable for height and backrest position. Passenger comfort is enhanced by full air conditioning although without climate control but is effective ventilation heating being ..." Read review
20.03.2008

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Community Level 1shaun2003

shaun2003

Vauxhall New Astra Design 1.6i 16v

Advantagesit's sporty, compact and has most extras as standard

DisadvantagesIt has a small petrol Tank

"I think this car could honestly be a strong contender for car of the year. I have had this car for about 4 months now and i like it loads. You get loads of things as standard on this model such as air con, power steering, on board computer, which tells you things such as mpg, range (how far you can travel before needing to fill up) which is really useful for when you get low on fuel and thinking if you should fill up sooner rather than later. you ..." Read review
18.04.2005

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Community Level 1miniflame

miniflame

When time takes it's tole

AdvantagesGood space for rear passengers, Well built car.

DisadvantagesLow trim level, Trim level and engine range confusing, Windscreen pillar obscuring.

"I owned my 1998 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v LS for 6 months until I was forced to make a speedy sale of the car. (To A Dealer, He He!) It was an Ex-fleet car on 100,000 miles when I purchased it, it had full service history and would need a new cam belt soon. So within weeks it had a new cam belt. This illustrates how complex the range is, there is a possibility of 3 different cam belt kits for the same type of engine, and the garage didn't really ..." Read review
27.03.2006

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