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  • Summary

    1 out of 5 1.0

    What does this car say about you?


    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    Its my work car!

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Not if I had the choice

    What are you likely to buy next?

    It is up to my employer but most probably another Astra. I just hpoe I can refuse the Ecoflex engine.

  • Buying experience

    3 out of 5 3.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?


    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    September 2009

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Company probably did

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    No. This was supplied as a company car

    What was the dealer like?

    Probably OK

  • Driving it

    3 out of 5 3.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Terrible in comparison to my previous 99BHP 1.7 CDTi Astra Est which had a really nice power delivery through every gear and simply pulled like a train belying its sub 100BHP status. The introduction of the Ecoflx engine arrangement has simply ruined what was a fantastic engine. In first gear the engine is inclined to almost die on you then it will suddenly lurch forward with a surge of power. Quite dangerous to say the least. This is NOT a car which is nice to drive around town or out of junctions. As an open road or moterway cruser it is fine. Comfort is practically non existant but this is a common feature in British / German derived vehicles of this size, but then I am used to the supreme comfort offered by both French & Italian manufactures in my own private vehiches. On the plus side

    What's it like to park?


  • Living with it

    1 out of 5 1.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    YES. Strut bearings give up after a few thousand miles. Wipers had to be repaired due to a faulty arm linkage a few weeks after delivery. Need to be ultra careful with the gear box as you may be just as likely to select reverse as first gear dispite reverse requiring you to activate the select knob. (Potentially dangerous)

    What's most practical about your car?

    Boot size

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    None. This vehicle is the base model (Life) and does not even have electric heated mirrors which after being used to them on other cars I would regard as an essential safety feature. The quality of sound from the standard radio / CD system is pretty good, but the RDS feature on the radio is terrible (I would regularly need to manually re-tune as the radio fails to do what it is supposed to do). The British & German car manufactures really do need to sit up and take note of what is on offer from French & Italian car makers as standard.

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