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Paul Martin, Hampshire

Vauxhall Astra ASTRA TWINTOP 2006 - 2010

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I bought this car 3rd hand, and have had it about a year, the roof works perfectly fine every time I use it, it had 81000 miles on the clock and still runs like a dream, I wouldn't change it for anything else.

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Submitted: 2017-01-27 | ID: 138443

John h dodds, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra ASTRA DIESEL SPORTS TOURER 2012 - 2015

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Having had ford focus since introduction three in total checked out the astra on a friends advice. and Was suprised how much they had improved in quality since i last looked or driven one,,l used to work for the MOD transporting pilots to bases around thé Uk and astra estates were the norm ,Never breaking down in thousands of miles éver.anyway thé outcome was i bought one an astra 2ltrtd and thé last 2years have been so good,perfect service from twells m'y local ddealer the car Is just perfection good to drive ,so good that i hâte to get home to quick could drive it all day. Blonde well done vauxhall

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Submitted: 2016-07-19 | ID: 133648

Hussarman, Essex

Vauxhall Astra ASTRA HATCHBACK 2004 - 2010

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One of the best cars I have ever owned, It served me well for many years without any problems. Only item I had to fork out money on was a replacement cam belt at the required mileage. I was sorry to part with this car as it was faultless.

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Submitted: 2016-03-05 | ID: 128562

Ian Richards, Shropshire

Vauxhall Astra ASTRA HATCHBACK 2004 - 2010

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Well made, comfortable, easy repair. A few things that are common on these (1.6 16 valve) rear springs tend to break (just like the previous Astra), air con condenser is located at the front of the engine, the bottom gets exposed to the elements and corrodes leading to refrigerant loss and no air con. The condenser has to be replaced and the car re-gassed (guess what, the previous Astra model did exactly the same!). These cars have no temp gauge on the dash, there was a problem with the engine thermostat which would stick open, meaning the engine would run colder than it should (having no gauge you would not know). The stat can be replaced with care! as the stat housing is plastic. In our case I fitted the car with a new stat (google how to read the engine temp using the setting button on the dash to see the actual running temp to confirm fault), so new stat in place all ok. However I suspect because the stat housing never got to operating temp for at least 12 months but then after fitting new stat it did, the plastic housing got heat stressed and after a few months cracked. These housings are nearly - are you ready? - £400 from the dealer (that is the part only price). So if you test drive one find out how to read the engine temp on the dash display (via internet) and keep an eye on it, should run at 105 degrees C when up to temp. Driver`s side door mirror glass falls out, adhesive used was useless. Even with the above they are still a good car, we had two mk4 Astras for 9 and 10 years respectively from new, when we sold them one had done 120,000 miles and the other 168,000 miles. Our current mkv is on 70,000 miles and apart from the above it has only cost us service parts (luckily I could repair the car personally saving some cash).

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Submitted: 2014-09-16 | ID: 103182

Pip, Dorset

Vauxhall Astra ASTRA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1998 - 2005

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I bought this car (first registered March 2004) in March 2007 when it had 32,750 miles on the clock. It has now done 85,500 miles. Reliability is good. During my ownership I have had replacement air conditioning radiator and, later, pump/ compressor; new alternator; new stater motor; new battery; new brake pads. Not bad. The diesel engine is noisy by modern standards. However, with the turbo, it pulls away well. Fuel consumption: 54 mpg overall for local use. On a long run keeping to the speed limit I had 70 mpg. Road Tax is £30 p.a. In summary this car has given to me reliable cheap motoring. I shall keep the car until it needs a repair that costs more than it is worth. With a diesel engine I am hoping this will be when it has done well over 100,000 miles.

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Submitted: 2014-08-03 | ID: 100824

Sandra Sweeney, Greater London

Vauxhall Astra ASTRA TWINTOP 2006 - 2010

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We love this car but sadly have had NOTHING BUT TROUBLE!! I`ve lost track of what went wrong first and it would take too long to detail everything that has gone wrong!.... Now there appears to be a problem with the horn/hooter which apparently appeared on Watchdog. If anyone knows about this problem please could you reply and let me know? I have tried to find the info but I have`nt been able to find anything. I was told about this Watchdog programme by an employee at Penfolds. I`m hoping, fingers crossed, that because it was on Watchdog, Vauxhall will agree to put it right as they are aware of the problem at NO COST to me.... However, the downside is because the car is 8yrs old with only 11,000 + on the clock there is a possibility they may not. I`ll keep you posted and let`s just hope Vauxhall do right by their customers.......

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I have a Vauhall Zafira with similar horn failure, The first time it happened it was only six months old and was fixed free of charge by the authorised dealer. Five years on and it failed again. This time I decided to have a go myself and dismantle the horn button after getting some online advice on what to do. I disconnected the battery as instructed but failed to get access to the horn switch. On giving up and reconnecting the battery the horn worked fine. This week I was stuck in traffic when I tried to select reverse (automatic gear box) and the selector stuck in neutral. Had to call out the AA who sorted it by once again by disconnecting then reconnecting the battery. It appears to me that a number of problems can be cured this way, the computer engine management system gets a bug and this method reboots it. - Norman Chilton from

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I have a Vauhall Zafira with similar horn failure, The first time it happened it was only six months old and was fixed free of charge by the authorised dealer. Five years on and it failed again. This time I decided to have a go myself and dismantle the horn button after getting some online advice on what to do. I disconnected the battery as instructed but failed to get access to the horn switch. On giving up and reconnecting the battery the horn worked fine. This week I was stuck in traffic when I tried to select reverse (automatic gear box) and the selector stuck in neutral. Had to call out the AA who sorted it by once again by disconnecting then reconnecting the battery. It appears to me that a number of problems can be cured this way, the computer engine management system gets a bug and this method reboots it. - Norman Chilton from

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Thank You Norman for your reply. That is very useful to know and at least it is a starting point. The funny thing with what happened was I had to return the car on the Friday for them to check what was wrong as to why the horn was not working and on the way there I happen to press the horn and hey presto it worked! Thankfully it passed the mot! Not very good though and no apologises from Vauxhall or Penfolds but ALWAYS quick to take your money, very disappointed in both Companys. - Sandra Sweeney from Greater London

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Submitted: 2014-07-02 | ID: 98867

g mears, Middlesex

Vauxhall Astra ASTRA DIESEL HATCHBACK 2012 - 2015

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My leased car is 2 yrs and 4 mths old. At service it cost £300 odd in small part repair. Then 2 weeks ago the car broke down, clutch lining burning, stench terrible. I`m still without the car, my Vauxhall dealer are insisting that it is probably not a warranty issue, as it has 19,000 miles on the clock, not an unusual thing, not abnormal. They have had our car to look at for 3 days now and the brains still haven`t worked out the true problem. We now have been without our only car for 2 weeks, as they could not take it in at a garage near us. Next car, quite likely German.

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Submitted: 2014-07-02 | ID: 98848

John Hogan, England

Vauxhall Astra 2012

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Great car, very fast. Petrol not great at 25 mpg without too heavy a right foot.

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Submitted: 2014-02-28 | ID: 48927

Frankie Reynolds, London

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I’m in two minds about this car. When I first got it (5 months ago) it was nice to go back to a car (I had a 4x4 freelander 2 before). The first thing I noticed was after a few weeks driving it the coolant level warning sign came on. Took it into my garage and everything was fine with the coolant level. It then stopped and has now started coming back up again. Garage are currently fixing the issue. The second issue I’ve had it seems is a common one and it is the leak on the passenger side. The fact that my seat and carpet turn into a swimming pool every time it rains, which let’s be honest in England is pretty much all the time, it’s a joke! And to make matters worse there’s not much Vauxhall can do; I am seeking legal advice on the matter not only about the design fault, but also against the dealer who sold it to me! Bar these two problems I do love the car. I have the 2 litre turbo and it is so fun to drive. The car looks great from the outside and inside. I think if you are looking to get this car then make sure you get everything looked at before purchasing. I love driving this car, i just wish that vauxhall, who are usually pretty good at this sort of stuff hadn’t taken short cuts because bar those two things the car itself is pretty on point.

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you not alone there there's its a common fault on the twin top my wife has the 1.6 sport and it has the leak also had the coolant problem which was solved with a new thermostate vauxhall had it back in last yr to fix the motors on the roof and was told then they can't solve the leaking roof. - from Rhondda Cynon Taf

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you not alone there there's its a common fault on the twin top my wife has the 1.6 sport and it has the leak also had the coolant problem which was solved with a new thermostate vauxhall had it back in last yr to fix the motors on the roof and was told then they can't solve the leaking roof. - from Rhondda Cynon Taf

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astra twintop problem after problem I can honestly say I would not have one of these again even if I was given it for free there a total nightmare and to make it worse Vauxhall know it has major problems as a friend of mine has worked for them for over 30yrs Vauxhall hold your hands up and get some respect as you know all about the troubles I could write a list of the ones I had - Craig Richards from Shropshire

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Submitted: 2014-02-20 | ID: 49085

K Thomson, Scotland

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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I’ve had a 2011 cdti sri since new and after about 1,200 miles it started a light clunking from the front suspension. The the problem was most obvious over cobbles where the small fast oscillations introduced a clunking sound. Deep ruts made no sounds at all. Having have experience of older Honda’s various over the years it was an easy fix by replacing the anti-roll bar link arms. My Vauxhall dealer replaced the anti roll bar link which made no difference. My local dealer told me he has a number of cars with this fault and all the same model (sri cdti) on which he had replaced the steering rack which didn’t repair the fault. Next trip to the dealer they replaced the other anti roll bar link and both front shocks. Dealer recons it’s not repaired but I’ve found it’s much improved, he’ll do the same with the others and keep me posted!

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Submitted: 2013-10-25 | ID: 48910

Steve Fletcher, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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Bought my car 2 months ago. After one week it had a bad leak from the front window seal, which wet the front of the driver’s seat. Read all net reports and found parking downhill improved situation, but still some leakage. Used WD40 on the seal, which improved but not completely resolved the problem. I checked the seal carefully and after ensuring the seal was correctly positioned on the window behind the front seal joint I then ran my fingers down the window "U" seal towards the front wing so that it was clear and the water could run away. It has now rained heavily and no water has come into the car and onto the open map book I use to check and catch the water, so hopefully this may have fixed the problem. If not I might place a 1ft 10 inch small bore pipe in the "U"seal of the front window to ensure the water does not build up when the door is closed and pinches the seal.

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Submitted: 2013-10-03 | ID: 49086

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C N, Fife and Kinross Shires

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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I am very saddened as I was given this car as a special present by my husband, but every year I try to use the roof it has needed something. The boot lock has been replaced twice, the seals leaking over winter. This year the roof jammed up half way only one motor not working but had to have both replaced!!! Cost of £700. I see everyone with their roof down and my car ends up in the garage when the weather is nice. I feel like giving up and putting the roof up and never trying it down again.

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Submitted: 2013-07-16 | ID: 49082

Elaine, Shropshire

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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Don’t buy this car. I had a previous Astra convertible with a soft top from new and had no problem - had it for 10 years. Bought this hard top second hand just over a year ago, last week the roof was down (only opened it twice this year) and it wouldn’t close. Bleeping sound and the boot wouldn’t open. Took into the Vauxhall dealership in Worfield where I had it from and was told the didn’t know what the problem was. By this time I was thinking "sounds expensive" but not to worry I had a two year warranty for the roof. I was directed to the Vauxhall dealership in Dudley who informed me that the roof wiring needs re doing and that it is an integral part of the roof mechanism. Guess what? it isn’t covered on the warranty. Dudley sell the ’wiring’ and ’mechanics’ warranty separately!!! nothing about the wiring warranty was said when I bought it from Worfield. The Cost to fix? £500 by them. Anyone know if a local garage can do this? This car has major problems with the roof and I will be contacting watchdog. What a disappointment.

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I have the same problem, paid for five star cover and apparently was informed that the whole twintop would be covered, otherwise would have got 3 star cover. Any way apparently the tail wire was diagnosed as the problem, which cost me 107.00 pounds to have diagnosed. Was told the warranty does not cover this and it would cost me 350.00 plus. Absolutely furious, tried calling the ombudsman. Who informed me that they were unable to help as the warranty has no underwriters! So have to go to Trading Standards - Catherine Scanlon from Sussex

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Submitted: 2013-07-08 | ID: 49083

John Ellis, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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I have had this car from new and mileage now 54000. The car has been regularly serviced to schedule and we have had just two problems, which have been minor niggles. Firstly the o/s roof fin stuck intermittently. This was rare at once or twice only per year and while the dealership looked at it each time they couldn’t find the cause despite replacing the motor 3 times in 3 years under warranty. Then it was out of warranty and the same fault occurred. I contacted Vauxhall and said there was no way I was paying. Initially the offered to pay 50% but finally agreed to pay in full when I suggested that I would take them to court. That was 3 years ago and no problems since. It seems they fixed it this time. The other fault was a failed ABS/traction control moderator. Vauxhall price for a replacement £1,750.00, I said no way and got it refurbished for just £325.00 by a small outfit in Charlton, London SE. We have been very pleased with this car and it is definitely not for sale.

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Submitted: 2013-05-18 | ID: 49081

Kathy Adams, Norfolk

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We bought our Vauxhall Astra 1.7 Diesel in 2004, with 12000 miles on the clock. We have had a starter motor, new battery, cambelt fitted at 98k. These are the only expenses we have had to date, however, the central locking has now decided to give up the ghost so that will have to be sorted out. This is one of the best cars we have owned. We have done over 90k miles.

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Submitted: 2013-04-24 | ID: 48946

Karen Owens, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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 </p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">I got this car in 2008 and we have had nothing but hassle with it. The roof is broken, the clutch went twice, the alternator went and the ERG valve needs fixed now. It leaks constantly when it’s raining and it also makes creaking noises. I wouldn’t recommend this car to anyone. I have spent too much money on getting it fixed. Also, the headlight and brake lights constantly need to be replaced.</div> <p>I got this car in 2008 and we have had nothing but hassle with it. The roof is broken, the clutch went twice, the alternator went and the ERG valve needs fixed now. It leaks constantly when it’s raining and it also makes creaking noises. I wouldn’t recommend this car to anyone. I have spent too much money on getting it fixed. Also, the headlight and brake lights constantly need to be replaced.</p> <p> 

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Submitted: 2013-03-09 | ID: 49073

Ken Stevenson, England

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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 </p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Purchased to replace 2005 Astra Estate Life 1.8 Automatic. Be aware of the depreciation if buying new, I paid £9000 at 22 months old, under 4000 miles. Improvements: Screen washer now a mist spray and the intermittent wiper has adjustable speed; the rear wiper has intermittent or permanently on; water temp gauge and digital speed display is especially useful when setting Cruise Control, which is now standard; de-misting vents for front door windows in door pillar; electronic handbrake works well with the auto gearbox, which I believe has been discontinued in 2013; cup holders and armrest with a small storage box between front seats; two reading lamps Luggage cover can be raised up or retracted; solid concertina luggage floor with storage above the spare wheel; two quality handles inside the tailgate. Negative points: Six inches longer bonnet is not now self supporting; 1.6 Automated manual lacks pulling power of 1.8 Torque Converter automatic and it requires a cambelt change at 40000 miles/4 yrs - the 1.8 was 60000 miles/6 yrs; fuel consumption no better; steel wheels now 16 inches and tyre noise seems louder; wipers no longer automatically switch of when ignition is turned off, the screen is already scratched where the previous keeper forgot; DAB Radio not standard; dashboard no longer shows gears as D1, D2 etc. just D. Have to select manual to display actual gear; glove box and door pockets are smaller; still no courtesy lighting for rear passengers; rear wiper does not fully lift up from the window, which is annoying when cleaning; pointless reintroduction of internal door lock buttons.</div> <p>Purchased to replace 2005 Astra Estate Life 1.8 Automatic. Be aware of the depreciation if buying new, I paid £9000 at 22 months old, under 4000 miles. Improvements: Screen washer now a mist spray and the intermittent wiper has adjustable speed; the rear wiper has intermittent or permanently on; water temp gauge and digital speed display is especially useful when setting Cruise Control, which is now standard; de-misting vents for front door windows in door pillar; electronic handbrake works well with the auto gearbox, which I believe has been discontinued in 2013; cup holders and armrest with a small storage box between front seats; two reading lamps Luggage cover can be raised up or retracted; solid concertina luggage floor with storage above the spare wheel; two quality handles inside the tailgate. Negative points: Six inches longer bonnet is not now self supporting; 1.6 Automated manual lacks pulling power of 1.8 Torque Converter automatic and it requires a cambelt change at 40000 miles/4 yrs - the 1.8 was 60000 miles/6 yrs; fuel consumption no better; steel wheels now 16 inches and tyre noise seems louder; wipers no longer automatically switch of when ignition is turned off, the screen is already scratched where the previous keeper forgot; DAB Radio not standard; dashboard no longer shows gears as D1, D2 etc. just D. Have to select manual to display actual gear; glove box and door pockets are smaller; still no courtesy lighting for rear passengers; rear wiper does not fully lift up from the window, which is annoying when cleaning; pointless reintroduction of internal door lock buttons.</p> <p> 

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Submitted: 2013-03-09 | ID: 48985

E W, Worcestershire

Vauxhall Astra 2012

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Bought approx. one year ago. A nice car to drive, but the blue metallic paint scratches easily, hence the 4Star rating.

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I’ve had my 2.0cdti elite auto for 2 and a half years now. Superb car. Ride is great, hold the road very well and has a great engine with lots of pull. Ultra smooth gearbox too. Seats are very supportive..fantastic for my bad back. Very solid build. Lovely interior feel and styling. I do mainly very short journeys so the DPF can be a pain sometimes. Short journeys I average 33-34mpg and around 55mpg on a nice steady motorway run. Not too bad for a heavy 2.0 auto. I agree with some of the points other owners have made. My minor quibbles are: Split boot floor, not very well planned and cumbersome to use. A bit DIY in feel. Paint - mine is met black and seems to scratch very easily! Radio... is good but too much bass on even very low volume makes voices sound very boomy. Also a weird little noise from the heater fan sometimes. All in all though very happy with it. - from England

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Submitted: 2013-03-09 | ID: 48907

Chris Hilton, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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My wife bought this car in 2008. It’s had the EGR valve replaced 3 times under warranty. Also, the roof jams and Vauxall had the car for two weeks because it kept kangarooing. They said they couldn’t find anything wrong with it. What a crock! Vauxall know what is wrong with this car but won’t admit it because it’s not in their interests to. Eventually I fixed it by cleaning out the EGR valve myself and have continued to do so every 3 months. To top it all the passenger front window has just dropped and here comes the snow. I’ve temporarily fixed it with gaffer tape until the morning. I work for Toyota and know what good customer service should be. This car is a lemon. I didn’t know the wife was going to buy it. If I had I would have stopped her. Even with the problems she’s had it sounds like she got off lightly compared to others.

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We have 2009 twintop and are on our 4th roof repair. Vauxhalls have sold us an expensive luxury heap of rubbish, it’s not fit for purpose and they are not interested. Please write to Watchdog, let’s stick together and don’t let them get away with this junk being sold at expensive prices. Good luck - Eileen Allen from England

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Submitted: 2013-02-01 | ID: 49074

Pamela Hine, Westmoorland

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Had my Astra twin top since the spring of last year. The roof has stuck partway on a couple of occasions, but I managed to correct the problem eventually. Recently I could hear what sounded like gushing water and the carpet behind the passenger seat and the seat itself were soaked. When I took it to my local garage it seems that the cills were full of water, to which the mechanic emptied out 4-5 pints of water, as the rubber grommits were not there. The biggest problem is the wet seat and floor, which is caused by a design fault by Vauxhall; when a hosepipe was put on the roof water poured in. The rubber seal was designed to allow the water to come into the car and not drain down the channel. It has been suggested that it is not only my car that can have this problem as it is clearly in the design. Come on vauxhall hold your hands up on this one!

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There’s several plugs under the car where the doors are on both sides take them out and let the water drain - from Australia

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worst car ever glad I sold mine best thing I ever did - Craig Richards from Shropshire

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Submitted: 2013-01-12 | ID: 49076

Lisa, England

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Bought second hand and I have had the car a year. I have only done 3,000 miles and so far I have had to have a new re-conditioned gear box and fly wheel at the cost of £2000.00 and now have to have the manifold replaced at a cost of £1,000. Disappointed to say the least! :(

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Submitted: 2012-11-03 | ID: 49078

John McCarthy, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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Terrific car, looks gorgeous. Also the sport button’s good, it creates a very jerky movement. Very quick car, love it!

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Submitted: 2012-10-29 | ID: 48966

Elaine Priest, Middlesex

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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This is the worst car I have ever owned. I have had it for 3 years and every year I have to take it back for the roof to be repaired. I paid for an extended AA warranty and this has never covered the repairs. When it works, its a great car, but the roof is just not fit for purpose. Do not buy this car unless you are prepared to spend a lot of money maintaining the roof.

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Submitted: 2012-10-22 | ID: 49079

Michael Valerio, Lancashire

Vauxhall Astra 1998

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This has been a great car; the only trouble I had was with the (brain) electronic card that runs the car, which cost £300 fitted. Other than that I have had 11 years of trouble free driving.

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Submitted: 2012-09-25 | ID: 48909

Izak Hunt, England

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Had this car now for nearly three Years. No problems with the roof or the engine. Looks great. Drives great. Always use Shell V Power. Remember folks, this car is not a Vauxhall, it’s a rebadged Opel. Every part on my car says Opel, Germany. Guess all the Brits will now be saying this is the best car since sliced bread. The only flaw with this car is Vauxhall Customer service. They are dinosaurs.

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I had the 2.0 Turbo twintop and it was a brilliant car - regardless of where the parts were made, or whether or not I'm English - actually, I'm a Yorkshireman first and foremost. Didn't have a single problem with it, other than it being very expensive to tax!!!!! My son bought a 1.6 16V twintop because he enjoyed driving mine so much. OK, so the car has had a couple of minor issues, but nothing major. Unless you count having a new gearbox something major :) he could have carried on with it the way it was, but he loves the car and wanted to do whatever he can to ensure a longer life for it, so he changed the gearbox for a remanufactured one. He's also replaced the roof seals as it rained in - but it's down to only a couple of drips. There's an intermittent problem with the roof at the moment - I've just ordered a new wiring harness tail for the boot segment which carries the voltages for the cargo net switches. Other than that the car really has been very good. For a 1.6 of that size it's quite nippy. The folding roof is awesome to watch going up and down (when it goes up and down that is), and to drive, it's a very nimble car which goes where you point it, and stops when you want it to. I'm not a car fan, let alone a Vauxhall fan, but I must say that if I wanted a mid-range convertible, then I'd probably buy another one of these. - from South Yorkshire

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Submitted: 2012-09-22 | ID: 49080

J Smith, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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Best car I have owned. Bought in 2005 with 7000 miles on the clock to tow a small caravan (1100 kg). It’s now done 69000 has and never had a fault and has only had new tyres. Solo it averages 53 mpg, while towing it averages 33mpg.

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Submitted: 2012-09-05 | ID: 48941

A Mark, England

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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I’ve had the car for 12 months now and no problems to report. It’s comfortable, reasonably well equipped, but a little underpowered. The biggest complaint is the fuel consumption, which averages about 48 mpg. Just about to go in for its first service so will be mentioning this to the garage, but I’m not holding out much hope for a positive outcome.

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Submitted: 2012-09-03 | ID: 48901

John Simmons, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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After my last report it’s had a new gear box fitted and had further recalls due to ignition and coolent low faults. The third time this car has been in and out of the garage, so much so it’s getting to be a real pain. Possibly the last Vaxhall we will get, which is a shame as the car is a good concept, but is let down by the cheapest of parts.

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Submitted: 2012-08-11 | ID: 48902

Rosealeen McCaffrey, England

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I’ve had this car now for 5 years and if I could afford to get rid of it I would. I bought it brand new, but have had nothing but trouble. The roof has always leaked and despite it being in and out of the garage numerous times, it was never fixed. I don’t believe it is possible to fix it. The carpets in the back are rotting because of the continuous damp. Only recently (and after the warranty had expired) I tried to put the roof down on one of the few nice days we had and it got stuck half way and wouldn’t go up or down, which cost £500.00 to fix it. Let’s face it, the weather in the UK means the roof is down on rare occasions. Now the boot won’t open and I’m dreading how much this will cost. I definitely would not recommend this car unless you like throwing good money away.

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I totally agree! Bought mine new and 4 yrs on the roof got stuck and Vauxhall want well over £1000 to fix. Not worth it so now I drive around with a constant beeping. When it rains the water is collecting under the chassis because of the roof. It is a good looking car, but my advice is stay well away. I am going to be selling mine - from London

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I appear the only one who has a good twintop on an 06 bought 6 mths ago and fingers crossed not a thiong wrtong does 38 mpg about town and the odd motorway journey but as previously said drop dead brill when the roof is down and yes it does shake and scuttle when the roof is up but hey can cope with that - from Bath and North East Somerset

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Submitted: 2012-07-26 | ID: 49063

Jon Noble, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2012

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All I can say is, "What a car"! It gives you space, comfort, and speed. The only negative is having to wait so long from ordering to collecting, a 3 month wait on some models! I would get one again.

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Submitted: 2012-07-26 | ID: 48986

Melissa McMorran, England

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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We purchased a Vauxhall Astra diesel 1.9 in 2008 and loved the car to start with, but before the car had reached 10,000 a part on the exhaust needed replacing followed by a fuel leak. Then at 20,000 miles the starter motor went. At 35,000 miles the alternator packed in. The car was still not running right so again off it went to the Vauxhall garage only to be told that all 4 injectors have gone at another cost to us as a family. This car has by far been the worst purchase of my life and I will be getting shot very soon. I would never buy another Vauxhall and have been told by Vauxhall its all down to bad fuel.

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Submitted: 2012-07-20 | ID: 48903

Chris Hobbs, England

Vauxhall Astra 1998

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My old friend of seven years blew up on the M3 and was towed home thanks to the AA. My fault as I ignored my mechanics advice to check the oil. He found this ex-company car for me and told me it would give me few problems. He was right. A new battery has been the only hiccup in all this time and it still looks good, apart from the number plate which gives away its age. I’m hopefully about to acquire another newer but similar model. A great car and one I’ll miss when it goes to that great scrapyard in the sky.

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Submitted: 2012-06-13 | ID: 48940

Paul R, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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Beautiful looking car and well built. I’ve experienced 20,000 trouble-free miles. Soaks up bumps well and drives great. Quiet and refined, a premium car feel. I drive many different cars as we have a car pool at work. I fell in love with the Astra after several weeks. Recently had the new over-rated Focus, although lighter steering it feels cheap next to the Astra. Only gripe with my Astra is the fuel consumption - I only get low 30s but I do love the powerful engine though so can forgive this.

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Submitted: 2012-04-23 | ID: 48906

Carole Smith, Cheshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I love this car, but after owning it for just seven months I discovered water on the carpet behind the drivers seat. I took it to a garage who noticed the roof about 1 mil out so hand pushed it back and that was it leak fixed...until now. The passenger side is now leaking! I just don’t know where to turn now. I often hear the fuel swishing about in the tank however after reading a few reviews I’m now concerned that this swishing could now be water within the sills of the vehicle. Gutted absolutely gutted.

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I had exactly the same happen to my 2006 Vauxhall Tigra a couple of years ago. The carpet behind the drivers seat was soaking wet and when I went around corners I could hear what I too thought was fuel swishing around in the tank. I was convinced the roof was leaking. When I took my car to my local garage (not a Vauxhall Dealership) they told me there are plugs in the sills and it is very common for water to build up. They simply took the plug(s) out and drained the sill. So far, that has only happened once on the driver’s side and not at all on the passenger side and I’ve had my car over three years - Sharon Evans from Wales

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What you are hearing is not the fuel swishing about it is water. I have the same issue when it rains. Sounds like a swimming pool down there. My roof got jammed and they had to put it up manually. My advice to you is sell the car as soon as you can as it is only going to give you more problems - from England

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I had water in the cill and just pulled the plg out at the rear of the cill and about a pint of water poured out job done ok now. The roof has been fine on my 56plate car and had it for two years - Peter Coles from England

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I have a Tigra 2008 plate and it is leaking too. The garage said it was the roof seals and quoted in excess of £500 to fix. Had them replaced (not by Vauxhall ) and the problem still persists. Where are these plugs you are talking about please? - Emma Nichols from England

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Submitted: 2012-04-16 | ID: 49068

John Edwards, England

Vauxhall Astra 2002

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Mine has experienced a failed EGR value a couple of times in its lifetime over the last 8 years of ownership (one previous owner). Cost about £100 a time to sort out, but it is unnerving when it goes, leaving the car sitting in the middle of the road! I’m now looking around for another car and it seems that the EGR value is a problem for new models and not only limited to Vauxhall. In retrospect, it has been a brilliant car, very comfortable and quite a speedy little drive. The automatic gear box is amazingly smooth. I still haven’t found any auto boxes that match the quality of ours. Fuel economy isn’t great (30-35ish mpg) on the auto however, but that is to be expected. The boot and cabin is fairly spacious although the back seat is a real squeeze for two kids in child seats and an adult.

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Submitted: 2012-04-11 | ID: 48904

David, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I bought my Astra TwinTop 1.9cdti brand new in 2007. Every year, as regular as clockwork, within one month of having a dealer service and this year only one day after, it has had to have a new EGR fitted. This year at 56000 miles it rattles like a bag of bolts and I have been told by Vauxhall it requires a new dual mass flywheel and clutch at a cost of £2000. On speaking to the service manager, Vauxhall do not want to know. As well as this point I asked as the car has a trade in value of £4000, and requires £2000 of work what would he think about using Vauxhalls £2000 scrappage allowance? Scrap the car all together, and buy another model? To which he said "Well, you could do". So if your thinking of buying any Vauxhall, do not - at any price.

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I run a garage and I can assure you the dual mass failure is commom find youself a good local garage and like us they should be able to replace the flywheel and clutch for less than £1,000 using the same make parts as Vauxhall use. But it is not just a Vauxhall problem with dual mass units ask any VW, Ford, Mercedes and Audi owners. Good luck - Roy Stubington from Norfolk

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My clutch went after 28k costing £1200. It is a design fault on Astra Twintops. I would not recommend anyone buys an Astra twintop or any Vauxhall for that matter - from England

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Submitted: 2012-04-05 | ID: 49065

John Simmons, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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I’m pleased with my 1.4 Turbo Elite, with only a slight niggle trim caused by the rattle from front at 65 mph, which I can’t get rid of. Today its service cost £210 and mentioned a new whiring noise from engine, which I was advised means a new grear box is required at only 20k miles! Oh dear, this should be under warranty.

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Submitted: 2012-04-05 | ID: 48905

Kev Smith, Northamptonshire

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I’m the second owner from new and currently have 160k on the clock. This car does everything I have ask of her, she can pull a large caravan at ease on motorways and will drag a trailer. I have moved house with it, carried railway coach buffers in it, dogs and pensioners without any problems. I love her as she is always fun, never boring to drive,  and is comfortable on a long run without stops. She holds the road and loves a good A road or motorway and is equally at home on a bumpy road. The fuel economy works out at roughly 10 miles per litre, a little more when on the motorway and A roads. On the motorway I won’t let her go over 85mph, as it’s then she starts to drink juice. In town she will drink the juice as anyone would expect on stop starting. The Astra G is the last of the pure breed of Astra and as such has the purity of the original design, with simple easy to reach and use controls. A good vehicle, in both modes of saloon and estate.

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Submitted: 2012-03-21 | ID: 48942

Dane Ross, Essex

Vauxhall Astra 2012

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I only got mine yesterday, but so far I love it! I’ve been fiddling with all the buttons and took it for a good old drive and wow, what a fantastic machine. The accelerator is super sensitive and it all changes with sport mode. The handling is great and it looks great.

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Submitted: 2012-03-19 | ID: 48964

Touqir Ahmed, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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I upgraded from a mk5 Astra sxi, which was also a 1.6 last May. Since new there was something wrong with the suspension as it was making a knocking noise over bumps.I took it back over 9 or 10 times in the next 6 months for this problem and the dealer Evans Hallshaw, kept stating they had fixed it, but it just got worse. Eventually the car started feeling unstable, the steering felt loose and the whole body would shudder when going over even a small dent in the road. The dashboard started rattling and the engine sounded like it was cold even though the temp showed ok, the tyres also started wearing unevenly which nearly always points to a problem with the suspension or alignment, but they just kept saying nothing was wrong and refused to book it in. I had enough of the dealer fobbing me off and demanded a replacement, but instead they got Vauxhall to take it to their workshop to check. Over a month later Vauxhall returned the car to the dealer stating they had replaced the shock absorbers and lower arms and that there was a rattle that was interrmittent and temperature related. I thought, what does that mean? I tested the car and it felt a bit better, but still not 100%, which I knew as I had tested other Astras of the same model and they were a world of difference. The dash still rattled and to top it off the windscreen wiper was broken at the base. The car’s still at the dealers and I’ve started legal proceedings to get my money back. I’ve had 8 months of headache, driving a car with faulty shocks and God knows what else got damaged by driving it 5000 miles in that state, over a month at Vauxhall and not even an apology from Evans Hallshaw. Either their techs couldn’t be bothered checking the car properly or they should be packing shelves in Tesco instead of working on 15k+ cars, you decide. The bottom line is the new Astra is a good car, but be wary of where you buy it as my experience shows that a small problem, which should have been sorted the the first time ends up ruining your car due to an incompetent dealership. Good luck with your cars everyone.

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Submitted: 2012-03-19 | ID: 48896

Simon T, England

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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I hired one of these for a month when I was between cars. Was very comfy and roomy, which is quite amazing when you consider I’m 6’3 and don’t fit into many hatchbacks! Driving was very pleasant, although perhaps a little dull. Overall would recommend if you’re in the market for a reasonably priced family hatchback.

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Submitted: 2012-03-16 | ID: 48897

A Large, England

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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Too many faults to list, absolute worst 12 months of ownership.

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Submitted: 2012-03-16 | ID: 48899

Martin Wiseman, Surrey

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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I bought the auto 1800 astra club around a month ago. It only had 4500 miles on the clock so was virtually new. My overall impression is it’s over priced and pretty unspectacular. That said it has had no major faults, but loads of stupid things that really annoy me and a few that could be dangerous in my opinion. I will definitely ditch it for one fault though and that is the ride quality. If you’re only 20 ignore this as you can sit on the ground for 12 hours at a festival and be comfortable. Over 30 however, and you’ll struggle with the rock hard foam moulded springless seat, the rock hard suspension that basically uses your spine instead, and the stupid auto gear changes that leave you having to permanently have your foot on the brake in traffic as it has selected 3rd gear at 10 mph! Drive a lot in traffic and you’ll soon curse this car. Add to this the ridiculous indicators that re-write the rule that you signal left to turn left and if you want to cancel you push it back to the middle. No, on this it goes back to the middle anyway, but then continues signalling, then if you go to manually cancel the signal it then signals right instead. Thus explaining why I’ve seen so many Vauxhall motorists do exactly this on our motorways. You cannot hear the indicators on the motorway, over the noise of even a moderately pushed engine, and if you’ve adjusted both the seat and the steering wheel to the optimum driving position you then can’t see the indicators internal lights going either as the steering wheel obscures your view of them! Bad designing or what? It’s plain stupid! Obviously someone trying to justify his job by trying to ruin something that has previously worker perfectly well on every car since the Ford Anglia came out in around 1962! The paint comes off if you brush passed it in a light jacket, the radio is Marconi’s original I think, and it’s by a mile the most uncomfortable car I’ve ever driven and I’ve owned loads (20+). This car was to replace a 90,000 miles plus, old, much critcised by the press Hyundai Elantra, but this doesn’t come close to that car in terms of driving enjoyment. I think this car couldn’t be more painful if it had a park bench in it! If you get one and you’re over 30 find a good back specialist as you may soon need one! The manual gearbox will doubtless be better, but there must be a lot more cars better out there now. There seems a joint thing going on with Chevy as you’ll see both in the same showroom with the Americans dropping the name ’Astra’ from their range. I think I can see why. I would have been very disappointed to have paid the kind of money their asking for these new.

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Submitted: 2012-03-15 | ID: 48898

A Large, England

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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Too many faults to list, absolute worst 12 months of ownership.

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Submitted: 2012-03-09 | ID: 48900

Paul, Surrey

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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This is my 4th Astra H and definitely the best. Astra’s don’t get enough credit for their handling, which the Stig said would be nigh on perfect if the power delivery of the vxr model was smoother. It’s up there with the Renault megane 225 - surprising? Well here’s where the 180 horse power Sri turbo comes in. Smooth delivery, plenty of power (quite a bit faster then the 1.9 150, which I’ve previously owned) and an exhaust note that sounds great. The good thing about this engine is if you drive very light footed you can get 33-35mpg around town and 40 max on the motorway, although when you use the power that will drop to 25mpg or less. One thing I must say is don’t run cheap tyres on the front as in the wet you don’t get much grip at all, but a pair of decent ones will fix this. Overall I believe the Astra is good value, has nimble handling even on 18’s, the brakes are strong, looks great with the xp kit and I enjoy driving it every day. If you can get past badge snobbery then you’ll enjoy it too!

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Submitted: 2012-01-25 | ID: 48965

Steve Wyeth, Carmarthenshire

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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I’ve had the car 5 months now and have had nearly 9,000 miles of untroubled driving. Having previously owned numerous Fords, my last car being a Mondeo Estate I was looking to downsize, but not compromise on looks and quality. I just love my Astra, great car inside and out, great handling, good build quality, very quiet around town and on the motorway. There are only two negative points: When driving up a long, but not necessarily steep incline in 6th gear and it wont make it (unlike my Mondeo). Also the fuel economy, manufacturer claims close to 48mpg, but the best I have managed driving at or around 56mph on a long run (200 miles+) is 44mpg. Normal daily commutes of 32 miles to work average around 40-41mpg. I would definitely recommend though.

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Submitted: 2012-01-04 | ID: 48895

Danny Bell, England

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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A great car that is very economical, great to drive and has plenty of room. I bought mine at 3 years old with 68000 miles on the clock and it runs and feels new.

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Submitted: 2011-11-19 | ID: 48945

Roger Haythornthwaite, Lancashire

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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I bought this car six years ago and it has been most reliable. It is cheap to run ie. 50 mpg in all conditions and a round trip of 700 miles on one tank full! Road tax is £30. Insurance is reasonable although I pay £400 with no excess and I have a full no claims bonus. I paid £8000 six years ago, now it’s worth £750, a little disappointing. Also I have been told some sensors aren’t working properly and the fuel pump. I’m told it may cost a maximum of £1000! This is more than the car is worth. I’m now trying to decide whether to buy another or spend the thousands pounds as it has been such a good car.

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Submitted: 2011-11-07 | ID: 48891

Glenn Causer, England

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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In March 2011 we decided to trade our Astra 1.4 SXI three door model which we had as new from Pentagon, Ecclesall Road. I have always been happy with what the advert says " Thrill to drive" and I always said to people that the 1.4 model always seemed to perform like a 1.6. My reason for writing this letter is that I feel that the vehicle we bought to replace this one from Pentagon, Ecclesall Road, which is the new Astra 1.4 exclusive with alloy wheels and DAB radio as extras, was mis-sold to me. The salesman in question, who left the company about a month after we made the deal, took us out in a Astra 1.6 which we wasn’t aware of!!!, bearing in mind that we was looking at the 1.4 model having had the 1.4 SXI. Due to the performance of the 1.4SXI I thought that there would not have been a problem with the new cars performance, but in the last six months we have had this car back twice to Vauxhall’s Technical Department at Pentagon Sheffield. The reason being is that this vehicle has a flat spot only to be informed that it is due to power to the weight ratio. The Astra we traded in was a 90 break horse power and the new one is 100 break horse power so I would have thought this would have compensated for the different weight if any, if we had known this we would have gone for the 1.6. I cannot believe that Vauxhall have made a car with a 1.4 engine which is underpowered, after the success of its predecessor. I have also been informed that other customers have complained about the same problem and I believe that the power performance is not only dangerous on motorways it is also embarrassing to have Heavy Goods Vehicles and smaller cars leaving you on hills and sometimes being left in the middle lane on motorways at about 60 mile an hour. Upon putting your foot down the car does not respond than faster vehicles which are coming up at 70 and 80 mph and the more you get up the gradient you can see the Speedo reducing quite quickly, we have been back to Pentagon and they seem to be aware of it, we have been back to the sales team at Pentagon Sheffield, Saville St who can only offer maybe a 60 plate 1.6 Astra with 7 to 8000 miles on it and for us to put down another thousand pound.

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Submitted: 2011-10-31 | ID: 48892

Charles Burley, Ayrshire

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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I have had this car just over a year now and I find it nice to drive, very quiet and it has good acceleration for 1.4. It has also never let me down in any way. The only things needing replaced at its 20,000 miles service was the droplinks on the front. I bought it from Peter Vardy, Motherwell, and I had a few problems with the purchase due to human error; it took about a month of shouting to get to the right person to sort it out and as a goodwill gesture I was given a voucher for a free service. However, when the time came to use voucher I was a bit reluctant to take it to Peter Vardy, but times are hard and money is short so I thought I would use the voucher. To my Pleasant surprise I was treated very well and I was kept informed as to how long it would take (2 hours) and got coffee and refreshments while I waited. I could not believe that it was the same garage. 5 stars for the car and the service!

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Submitted: 2011-10-17 | ID: 48962

David, Sussex

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Nice to drive and looks good! Poor interior design, nowhere to put CDs, phone, maps, drink bottles, etc.. Buttons on steering wheel and on control panel do not work (trip computer etc). The Vauxhall garage could not change the program. Auto gearbox gave up in snow on hills, but only started in sports mode. It turned out to be leaking oil in the gearbox through speedo cable (over one week in garage). There’s a rattle in the engine on start up, but told this is normal for this engine! Leg room in back is like a 2+2 and load space small to access. I’ve got rid of it now and got an excellent Nissan Note 1.6 ntec auto.

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Submitted: 2011-10-06 | ID: 48889

Mike Duncan, Newport

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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I bought my 1.4t sri Astra 10 months ago after being told by the dealer, from whom I have bought several cars over the years, that this was a very good model; 6 speed gear box and very good on fuel. Well lets just say I will not be bying another car from them! The car I bought drinks petrol even though its a 1.4, the noise inside whilst driving is terrible and the turbo went after 7 months. I get 350 miles on a full tank, which is terrible. I am also fluffed off with the service you get from the after sales staff, which is not helpfull at all. I will never buy a car from Cwmbran Motors again. The Astra turbos are complete rubbish.

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Submitted: 2011-09-23 | ID: 48890

John Joy, Somerset

Vauxhall Astra 2000

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I bought this car when it was 3 years old with 22,000 miles on the clock. I kept it for 7 years it never used any oil between services. I towed a 4 berth caravan and trailer with it drove to the south of France and did Lands End to John O’Groats in it. It never cost any money for repairs and went though all its MoTs with no work required. I had it serviced by my mate every year and bought 3 sets of tyres, no brake parts, cambelt changed at 8 years. The brake light bulbs don’t last long. I traded it in for a 1.8 Astra Estate design auto at 3 years old with 17000 miles on the clock. My mate will service this car too as he is a self employed mecanic.

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Cambelt change after 8 years? That’s pushing it more than a bit, the book says change at 40,000 - so perhaps you only did 5,000 miles a year - including driving to France and LL to GOG? - from England

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Submitted: 2011-09-11 | ID: 48943

Dave Pearce, Kent

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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The Astra is not as economical as I was hoping for. Averages 43-46mpg combined but has served us well on a recent trip to Cornwall. The big 18" wheels do tramline a bit and the ride is a little harsh. This is my second Mark 5 astra and I have been very disappointed with this high spec model. It has only done 70,000 miles and already the radiator needed replacing. I am going to be replacing this car soon with something more reliable.

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Submitted: 2011-09-09 | ID: 48894

Paul Burton, England

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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I bought my car new in March 2009 and loved the shape. I still love the shape, but the car is the biggest heap of junk I’ve ever owned. Since the day I picked it up at the dealership the roof has constantly jammed halfway through its operation and has only worked off the remote once in two and a half years. I’ve had lots of bother with keyless entry and every other week, it won’t start when I press the ignition button. I’ve spent weeks and weeks driving a courtesy Vauxhall Agila while my TwinTop has toured Vauxhall garages all  over the North East looking for an answer to no avail. Vauxhall’s customer service department have been no help whatsoever and would not even entertain replacing my car when it was only weeks old. On one occasion I was stranded 55 miles from home with a car that would not start,so knowing my car was still under warranty and that the dealer knew all the problems I’d been having, I rang them and told them of my plight. I was put on hold for about ten minutes when a lady came on and told me "If you can get the car down to us,we’ll have a look at it" PRICELESS!!!!!!!! I’m now looking to get rid and am being quoted trade in prices that are less than half of what I paid for the car. These cars are not fit for purpose.I bought mine as a treat for myself and it was to be my last ever new car purchase before retirement.I certainly won’t be buying another Vauxhall.

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I bought a 1.9 cdti exclusive black in 2007 - I have still not even managed to break 26,000 miles in it. Similar problems with car including six, I repeat SIX, EGR valves. Numerous visits to garage, two broken rear springs and new alternator etc - it’s just endless. I agree Vauxhall customer services seem to be a complete waste of time and effort - possibly they are employed by Ford as agents provocateur i.e. destroy Vauxhall’s reputation! I have owned virtually every model of car including the likes of Chevette HS, Calibra Turbo, Cavalier 4x4 gsi and five convertibles in the last 38 years. Volvo, here I come! - Ray Morris from Durham

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Please tell me that this is not the silver ’09 plated twin top, I am in the process of buying from Motorpoint. It’s only done 10,000 and was I finding it hard to believe that it had so little use and that someone was happy to part with it when so new - Jayne Harrison from Cambridgeshire

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Ray you say you will buy a Volvo instead. Well I hope you dont get a Volvo like my next door. lts alarm keeps going off during the night. Its been fixed three times at the main dealer but still keeps going off - Peter Coles from Leicestershire

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I have a 2009 Twintop. Biggest liability I have had and Vauxhall don’t give a monkey! Gear box was replaced at my cost due to a plastic cog, that was £1k. Roof fails all the time, I had to replace wiring loom because of how they put it together in the factory which causes fractured wires. Two departiculate filters, 1 erg valve, 8 AA call-outs and guess what – roof is currently inoperable and the engine management light`s back on! I can’t even sell the car! Frustrated, stressed and skint! - Zadee Swords from England

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Submitted: 2011-09-05 | ID: 49058

Wayno, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Sloppy poo off a polished shovel! I love my car and defend it down to the ground against my mates BMWs, Audis and MINIs. The only thing the VXR lacks is a slightly better interior. Other then that it’s awesome! Not lost to anyone yet and I’ve done 160 in it (on a track of course). Oh and it’s quite a job to keep it in a straight line in the wet but that just adds to the excitement.<br /><br />

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Submitted: 2011-08-25 | ID: 48963

Daryl Laycock, London

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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I agree with Norman, not sure why the ad men at Vauxhall have decided on the dreadful "Sports Tourer" name. It’s an estate. End of. We all know it’s an estate. It looks and behaves like an estate. I’m with the people who are looking to drive an estate and don’t need to pretend that they’re buying a "Sports Tourer".

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Submitted: 2011-08-14 | ID: 48987

Peter Gardiner, Kent

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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The first thing I noticed was the road holding, after my old Vectra C it apeared to be on rails, great! The seats hold you well in place and the steering is light and presise. At present the fuel (petrol) consumption, according to the read out is 43.2 mpg with a mixed bag of driving but take into account that I live in the country with little traffic. The 1.6 vvt engine seems to have enough power (115) to suit the car, but then I am not a "boy racer". Gear box ratios are ok with top gear usable along most roads. The dash layout did take a little getting used to with the driver having to setup a few options on the two screens, but it was after all a new car. I found several of the options very useful enabling you to activate or deactivate across a whole range of settings. The inside was well laid out with all major controls within reach, at last I have rid myself of that awful indicator stalk on the Vectra. I am still getting used to the electronic handbrake so I’m reserving judgment for now; I cannot say that I like the so called "hill start" system, in particular when you are instructed to drive off with the hand brake still on, it does work but I do not like the noise that comes from it. I cannot say that the false floor in the boot is of any great advantage,I  took mine out! Would have rated five stars but the audio system reduced that to four along with the hand brake. But on the whole I am satisfied with my purchase, but only time will tell.

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Submitted: 2011-08-03 | ID: 48893

Norman Harris, Vale of Glamorgan

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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’Sports Tourer’ might sound like a silly name for an estate, but let Vauxhall call its estate model anything it wants; this is a brilliant car nonetheless. I considered an SUV but decided a estate model offered all the space I needed without compromising on the handling like some taller models do. Top marks.

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Submitted: 2011-07-16 | ID: 48984

Scott Allen, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra 2011

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This car should average 44 mpg, but this is proving difficult to achieve unless driven very lowly. Over the last 3000 miles, I have found 40 mpg is more like it. The manual gearbox is OK for a Vauxhall, but it’s not that slick and can baulk. Selecting reverse can be noisy and crunchy unless you really dip the clutch to the bulkhead and also give it time. The car is a good cruiser with a supple ride and reasonably quiet. Easily its best feature. I’m not keen on the non adjustable washers nor do I see the point of permanently lit warning lamps to tell me the passenger airbag is OK. The 1.6 engine is fine for most overtaking situations and one finds that you think you are doing 40mph but the speedo says 60mph, such is the quietness. To me the engine mounts allow too much rocking when starting and this is negative. The finish and detailing are not quite at VW levels; gearbox action nowhere near Honda slickness.

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Submitted: 2011-07-12 | ID: 48887

Brian Charlton, Northumberland

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I bought this car with one previous owner and 13000 miles on the clock. It was an ex-mobility car from down in Durham and came with the full sevice history. The first problem was an electical fault which came up on the diagnostic computer as 37 faults. At 20000 miles I would have expected better and my local Vauhall dealer were not helpful; it took 3 attempts to fix the problem and cost me £285 as it turned out to be a SIM card in the steering column. The next problem was a big one; the easytronic gearbox got stuck in fourth and I had to get it recovered to another dealer. This time the gear selector had jammed and that burnt out the ECU, which I was informed it goes hand in hand with this fault. Again the dealer was not very helpful and with a £1800-00 bill I would have thought they could have at least cleaned my car before returning it. This was at 27000 miles and to be honest all my previous cars, which have been a lot older were a lot better.

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Submitted: 2011-07-08 | ID: 48888

Richard, Spain

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All in all I’m very happy, two and a half years down the line after buying new. A couple of small issues with the computer that controlls the roof and windows which was sorted under warranty. And recently a wobbly and rattly drivers window cost me 50 euros. The car is absolutely water tight I jet wash it all the time without any leaks. Fuel economy really good on long runs dissapointing around town. For the money I thinks it’s great. We also have a BMW 318ci convertible 2005 and to be frank there isn’t a lot to choose between them they both rattle a bit roof up, the BMW handles better and has a fab auto box but the Opel was 20k less and is a little quicker. I also love that you hardly seen any where we live, I think there are less than 10 on the island! I would buy again depending upon the new version to come in 2012.

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Submitted: 2011-06-01 | ID: 49020

Michelle James, Kent

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I brought mine second hand from a dealer in 2008 and I loved it from the first time I drove it! Problems: 1. it has been recalled 3 times for roof, steering and back brake light (cost nothing and was out of warranty.) All in all i love it! My baby is only a 1.6 and it everything I wanted. Woman’s view: It looks good, it’s an excellant car and very good on the petrol, I use it every day and I don’t like my husband driving it :0) Family: We are a tall family height starting from 5ft 6 to 6ft 4 and we can all fit in the car comfortly.

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Submitted: 2011-05-21 | ID: 49019

Mike, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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My car feels very heavy, my previous car (the much bigger) Ford Mondeo 2.0d Zetec felt a lot lighter to drive and was considerably more comfortable, it’s not that fast and the economy is terrible! The only thing I like is the mp3 jack for my iPod!

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Submitted: 2011-05-19 | ID: 48883

Peter Hurst, Leicestershire

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I bought this car in October 2010 for the very good advertised fuel performance, comfort for driver and passenger and slightly longer wheelbase means there is more leg room for the back seat passengers than in the Renault Megane for instance. The car provides a comfortable ride, good gearbox and controls layout. Driver forward visability slightly compromised by roof piler shape and thickness. However, almost immediately aware of fuel performance well below the expected 62.8 mpg combined. First fuel check was 52 mpg and after 6,000miles is averaging 48 mpg. The garage has examined it twice, saying that there is no problem with the engine. This fuel economy is less than the Urban figure of 55 mpg and overall is less than the previous Astra models combined figure of 55 mpg. As a result I am returning the car for a full refund and going to buy another make of car.

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I too bought this car for its fuel economy, as I am disabled. I decided to buy a six month old Astra 1.7 110ps ecoflex with the new shape as it has to last me many years. It has been back to Vauxhall six times now and is going back again next week. It has been faulty from the start. It has an intermittent problem that is driving me mad. The revs jump up and down and the car rocks but because the computer is unable to find it. As it is intermittent, I have to wait until it fails on me. This is worrying me and the fuel consumption is very poor. I was told to fill the car and run it to empty, which I did. I was supposed to get an average of 773 miles to a full tank combined, All I got was 479 miles, and they say there is nothing wrong with it. Even 650 miles would be okay but this is well below. I have done this twice, both times less than 500 miles to a full tank. I need a car I can depend on, feel confident in. As i am purchasing it via Motability, I can’t get my money back so I can find a more economical car. I gave my Ford Mondeo to my son-in-law. I wish I had kept that, I got more mpg and felt confident in it. I drove that to Spain, it was economical and reliable but I wanted a nice new car. What a mistake, does anyone have any suggestions of what I can do, as I feel trapped - Thelma Brown from Nottinghamshire

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Submitted: 2011-04-07 | ID: 48881

Lorraine Laird, England

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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I love the look of the car, but it’s been in the garage 5 times since purchase and going back tomorrow. I have had no leaks but the windows have dropped, the boot jammed shut, the rear windscreen stopped working and needing replacing then the guy who did that reported that my car didn’t have the harness fitted correctly, it was missed in manafacture. Now, yesterday, whilst the enging was running the roof was coming off and I had a violent jolt, which I was aware of but my passengers thought nothing of it, as they dont know how the car feels when this happens, I stopped put the roof back on and found my boot won’t close and the trim around the back of the boot area has been forced up. Seems the boot didn’t open until it was forced to! There was no sound or cut off of the operating boot so now yet again I’m without a car! So disappointed in this car, which I was so excited to be owning!! Has anyone else had this recent problem?

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Tell me about it. I bought the car brand new in May 2007. I’ve done 30,000 miles which isn’t much and Vauxhall have had the car more times than me. Today, I tried to take the roof off, it got halfway and then stuck. I had to get the AA out to take me to Vauxhall again to be told they couldn’t look at it for a week. Needless to say, I got it looked at within five mins after a bit of woman power. Anyway it’s going to cost £416 plus VAT to get it right as a tiny motor no bigger than a tube of Smarties costs £254 plus two hours labour to fix. Not happy. If you’ve got or are thinking about getting a TwinTop, don’t do it! - Louise Kirby from Yorkshire

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The top on my Astra TT malfunctioned after two years and 6,000 miles. It was repaired under warranty. Now out of warranty and the top has failed again. Estimated cost of repair is approx £1,000 for 2 actuators and a control unit. Has anyone else had a similar experience as I feel the quality of the parts is very poor. The salesman said the hood/top mechanism was similar to Mercedes, but I think he was telling a porkie - Malcolm Smith from Shropshire

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Just been quoted £1,100 to fix stuck roof, two motors and a control unit plus labour on my 56 Astra TT Sport model. Cannot justify why so expensive, car will be sold asap. I would not recommend buying one ever! - Jeff Skinner from Durham

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The roof designer for the Twin Top also designed the roof on the Mercedes SLK. - from England

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Submitted: 2011-04-02 | ID: 49014

Mark Strand, Devon

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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Tiptop, what a machine.

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Submitted: 2011-03-30 | ID: 48960

John Weston, Staffordshire

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The car itself is very good, I have the 2.0ltr diesel. The fuel consumption claimed by Vauxhall are very much inflated, I only get between 29 and 31 mpg.

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John, interesting that you say the mpg is not very good. I have a Astra 2010 1.7CDTi and am getting 48mpg and should be getting 62.8mpg. Is it Vauxhall motors who should be putting their hand up and admitting that they are mis-selling their cars? - Peter Hurst from Leicestershire

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Submitted: 2011-03-17 | ID: 48876

Mark Fannon, England

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Love my car! Excellent performance, great looking car, fast and furious! Love it!

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Submitted: 2011-03-13 | ID: 48961

Brenda Cox, Buckinghamshire

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Ah, but it doesn’t return anything like a whopping 62.8, the combined actual is 45, 13% lower than the advertised urban! I know ’cos I’ve got one and been driving diesels for years, always got circa 55mpg, the drive is the same, the driver is the same it’s only the car that is different! No chance of Vauxhall putting it right, the chappie in the garage was getting 38-42 in the estate version and seemed to be quite happy with that. My advice, BUY THE FOCUS.

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I am too have bought this car getting an average 48mpg after 6,000 miles, should be getting 62.8mpg. It is time to take Vauxhall to task? My previous driving experience indicates that this car is being mis-sold - Peter Hurst from Leicestershire

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Quite agree with the low MPG. I have had mine for three weeks and I have averaged 44MPG so far. The crime here is the company reinburse me at 12.5p a mile because it is based on Vauxhall’s figures! - Jane Osborne from Dorset

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Submitted: 2011-03-11 | ID: 48878

Michelle Gregory, Bedfordshire

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So I purchased My twin top brand new in march 07, since then the seals for the roof have been replaced, I have mould from water coming into the boot when it rains. I spoke to Vauxhall who are not interested, even though I have had to hold tissue up to the seal whilst driving. The other day I got the car washed and ended up getting wet too when sitting in the car!! This is ridiculous!!<br />

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Have Vauxhall sorted it out for you? We are being told that the seals are not covered under the guarantee and they are not sure which garage can sort out the roof. There is a leak in the front passenger side of our Tigra Convertable. Garages are being of no help - Suzanne Whitehouse from Lancashire

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Don’t know if this helps anyone but I have a twintop and within a few months of having it, the roof was leaking on the driver’s side. It happened when the roof kind of bends in to go down into the boot. I took it to the dealer they looked at it and "fixed" it but started leaking again. I asked the dealer I bought it off to have a look and he fixed it and it’s been fine since, touch wood. The dealer had put a strong burst of air down the guttering in the roof/door where the leak was and there was a small blockage causing the water to build up over time hence the leak but seems to be fine now. Hope this helps - from England

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I’ve got an Astra TT and my roof leaks on the passenger side, it’s only when the car is stood. I can’t even have a cigarette when it’s raining because the rain comes in. Other than that, the car’s been fine; touch wood. Love it when the sun out - Jolene Hill from Gloucestershire

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We have a 2009 twin top, this is on the 4th roof repair and seals are all green, carpets are soaking, roof got stuck once seals have been reapaired 3 times. It’s definitely not fit for purpose, can’t see how they get away with such rubbish being sold. Write to Watchdog please and complain, I have. Good luck - Eileen Allen from England

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Hi, you can buy rubber grease from eBay what you need to do is open the roof half way this holds for 10 mins before moving again. Clean all the seals with some spray from Halfords which cost about £3, not sure what it’s called, but explain it’s for rubber seals. Do not put Vaseline or wd40 as this contains chemicals which rots the seals. When I say all the seals I mean all the contact points from the metal on the roof where it makes contact with the rubber and all the seals. Took me a good hour. I have never had a problem with mine as I do this at the beginning and the end of every summer, so the seals don’t dry out. Hpe this helps. Like I say do not use anything petroleum based as this causes more damage. At most £7 for everything and 1 hour of your time. - Lee Palmer from Staffordshire

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Submitted: 2011-03-05 | ID: 49028

Andrew Duncan, England

Vauxhall Astra 2004

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Very nice car. Drive nice to. I have the 1.8 bertone model in sliver. It looks really good with the roof down. +I have my son in the back so loads of space.

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Andrew, do you have trouble with the roof leaking etc and do you keep it in the garage during winter months? I have just taken one for test drive 2004 2.2 model and am looking for a bit of advice before I commit - Carol Shorting from Northumberland

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Submitted: 2011-03-04 | ID: 48922

Mick, Hampshire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I bought this 57 plate (registered 08) with 5k on the clock for £13.5k (almost half price) 2 years ago and its the mutts! Good torque, good speed and acceleration with a great 6 speed gearbox, smooth, quiet (as quiet as 18" alloys with ultra low profiles on shall allow lol), no leaks; had a little trouble with coolant level warning but since Vauxhall Approach (Andover) updated the software no repeat warnings. I regularly silicon grease (spray) all roof joints and seals and to date, touch wood (No not Catweasles toad); no hassles whatsoever. Its a great car and would recommend to anyone. My only quibble is why Vauxhall stopped at 150bhp? Would have much preferred it up to the 200bhp, which the diesel tuning kit would have provided but Vauxhall have stopped selling them :-(

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I’ve got the 1.9 cdti and the car is nippy as you like, I’ve just had it re-mapped by Brian at radical-remaps and the difference is great. It takes it to 200 bhp and I love it, definitley look into it! Well worth it - Jolene Hill from Gloucestershire

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Submitted: 2011-02-22 | ID: 49034

Peter Frampton, England

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Bought this car in December with it just being over 3 years old. Found out to my cost that the roof and boot leaks really badly. Almost a swimming pool on wheels! As it was just outside of Manufacturers Warranty I got hold of Vauxhall HQ to see if there was anything they could do, ie good will gesture. Unfortunately, the young lady I spoke to in the customer relations dept explained that as it was a convertible, the roof seals were only covered for the first 12 months. This is very disappointing that Vauxhall take this attitude, I have since found out that this leaking is common place and badly lets the car down. What makes it worse is the price Vauxhall place on replacement seals as each seal is horrendously priced, you need very, very deep pockets to replace all the roof seals outside of warranty! Vauxhall must be making a mint! Not for the faint hearted, stay well clear unless you want extra swimming lessons as you drive. Additionally, the roof has a habit of sticking whilst half way up then you need to flick one of the motors to make it go up or down apparently this is also a common fault. On speaking with a sales person at the garage, I was informed that due to the problems Vauxhall have had with a hard roof convertible they may be going back to a soft top when the new convertible model comes out so buyer be aware!!

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Hi, I am also having problems with my roof. It stopped working a week ago. The roof can not finish closing hence the boot is still open. I contacted Vauxhall who informed me it would cost me about £300 for it to be fixed. I have spoken to a few people that have the similar car and they said it is laced with problems and I heard that if the motor goes on the roof that’s the end of the car and it would cost about £2,000. So all the people that would want to buy a Vauxhall convertible, think again, it’s not a car to buy - Marita Jay from Nottinghamshire

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Hi Peter, I have the same problem. Can you give me a ball park figure of how much the roof seals cost please. Mine is also just out of warranty which is quite annoying! Thanks - Carol Ramsden from Surrey

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Submitted: 2011-02-22 | ID: 48919

Jan Watkins, Berkshire

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Got this disgraceful heap on the Motability scheme as my daughter is disabled. I should have felt alarmed when we picked it up and the sales man handed me what looked like a cranking handle from an Austin 7. "Just in case" he said. After ten days, it had to go back as the roof got stuck half way down. Seven days later it was back in the workshop for the same reason. Over the next few months it was in and out of the workshop on every week to 10 days. On one occasion we finally got the roof to work and parked up locked the car went to the vets came back and tried to unlock the car and it would not respond but the roof took on a life of its own going up and down several times we began to think the car was haunted until we heard other people’s troubles. I’m often tempted to leave with the keys in the ignition but I would probably have pay someone to take it. I want my golf back. I HATE this car it wallows round corners, drinks petrol like water, it rattles, leaks and is heavy. The back windows now have a life of their own, when you start it up they go up and down for at least five minutes and finally stop and stay open. I’m sick of taking it back to the garage. When the roof is down the fumes from the back of the car are drawn in as you go along.<br /><br />

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You should have got a practical car for your daughter’s disability then instead of using her medical condition to get a poser’s convertable for yourself ;-) - Bob A Job from Lancashire

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Too right! I agree Bob, serves her right! - Benny G from Nottinghamshire

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You have no clue what this person’s daughters disability is and nor is it any of your business. So why make such a useless comment? This is a site concerning the car not the owner or your narrow minded concerns with it being a motobility car - Grace Barton from England

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Just wanted to say how spiteful & bigoted are Benny & Bob! Do they know what this ladies disability is?! Why on earth shouldn’t she drive a convertible?! Grow up boys! - Chrissie Bear from Dorset

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Disability cars are not free, you actually have to sacrifice almost as much per month as you would on a lease car. An Astra twin top CDI is not a sports car, I know I have one. AND have ALL of the problems with it the other users of this site have. Have spent too much on it to trade it in. I own mine but... have a disabled husband due to a terminal illness. Mobility car just wasn’t financially viable to us as the car is not yours and never will be. Until you are a carer and know how hard you have to work to run a house, family, career and care for somebody don’t comment on others misfortunes. Just think yourself lucky you are not in that position and don’t by a Vauxhall! - from Staffordshire

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Submitted: 2011-02-13 | ID: 49036

Philip Ullathorne, Aberdeenshire

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Had the car 4 months now and loving it. Coped well with the snow and ice and no leaks. Find it a bit thirsty ’round town, but no problems on a long run. Great to drive and what a head turner. Would recommend it to anyone.

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Submitted: 2011-01-31 | ID: 49021

Dougie Kay, Lancashire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Bought from new, done 19000 miles, oil changes only on services. Only complaint is the hub caps need cable ties to prevent loss. Would I BUY ANOTHER? Yes, ordered last week.

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Submitted: 2011-01-29 | ID: 48936

Ray Morris, Durham

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Bought my car new in 2007 after a short experience with a new Suzuki Grand Vitara which kept catching fire. I don’t appear to have had the problems that some people have, i.e. leaking roof, sticky roof etc., etc. (Fingers crossed!) HOWEVER, I have had SIX egr valves (inc a two week period where I had a loan car as there were no replacement egr valves in the country!!) Terrible fuel consumption figures (not always related to egr valve issues) and last week a failed alternator (on a dual carriageway in the dark; no lights, no steering, no hazzards, no power steering and finally NO ENGINE!) The car is out of warranty now. How much did Vauxhall want to repair? £395! I objected and got this down to £118. How many miles from new? 22,800!! Being a Vauxhall man from being 17 and also this is my fifth Vauxhall convertible of one type or another I assumed I would be rewarded for being brand loyal, but oh no! When I asked at a local dealership about changing for a new Antara (Vauxhall have said on their website that they are available to order from dec 2010 and its now Jan 2011) I was stared at in puzzlement by the rep who said "we don’t make them anymore!" Quite right if your talking about the old model, which does not now comply with euro emmission regs, but I was asking about the new 2.2 model. So to sum it up: VAUXHALL GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER; train your staff in the dealerships to be able to know what they are selling, fix what they are selling and stop acting as if they are doing you a favour for taking your money. As for me? A new Volvo xc60 on order, bye bye Vauxhall, good luck and do something with your Luton based customer services team; the woman, who shall remain nameless, who pretends she is the team manager and is disgraceful to customers is NO CREDIT TO YOU WHATSOEVER, give her the heave-ho and take someone on capable of doing the job in a courteous manner!!

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Submitted: 2011-01-19 | ID: 49022

Owen Jones, Lancashire

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I too am having problems with my 1.8 twintop, I’ve had it two years with no main issues but now I am having problems with the electric circut which opens the roof and the boot central locking and heated rear window. It’s been back in the dealership twice in the last weekand they can’t fix it . I can’t get in the boot the internal alarm is going off constantly and the heated rear window doesn’t work, which is no good in the winter. The clowns at the dealership seem cluleless and now they want to send it to a twin top roof speciast in Preston to see what they can do, they think it is a break in the wireing harness, which costs in excess of £400 to fix. I got a lift to work from one of the people in the dealership and he admitted they have lots of problems with twintops and they have had several in the last few weeks. Even a guy when I dropped mine off today said he got rid of his because he had loads of problems with roof and went back to a normal Astra DON’T BUY ONE - PILE OF JUNK

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My car went into Arnold Clark for service and came out with exact same symptoms. Do you know where the broke wire was? - Colm McKinley from Scotland

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Hi. I have the same problem with by 1.9 CDTI Exclusive. The gong sound is going off continuously as soon as I go over 20mph and the boot is not opening. The dealer has checked wiring and says its fine, but they say it may be the wiring loom??? do you know how yours was fixed? if so please advise :( - from Lancashire

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I have exactly the same problem with my 2008 twintop convertible. The worst part at the moment is the gong keep going off when I go over 20 mph. Anyone know how I can just disable this till I can get roof Fixed. Is there a fuse I could remove I would be grateful for any help it is driving me mad - from Norfolk

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I have exactly the same problem with my 2008 twintop convertible. The worst part at the moment is the gong keep going off when I go over 20 mph. Anyone know how I can just disable this till I can get roof Fixed. Is there a fuse I could remove I would be grateful for any help it is driving me mad - from Norfolk

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Submitted: 2011-01-13 | ID: 49023

Michal Szreider, Northamptonshire

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Bought the car at the end of November and very pleased with the car with one exception. The fuel economy. For a car that is rated to do 70MPG extra urban and 61 combined with 51 urban to only be getting 43MPG when driving like a Sunday school teacher is a bit of a killer. Now done 2000 miles in the car but the economy, if you can call it economy, is abyssmal. Awaiting a check at the local vauxhaul garage to find out why it is so bad. However I was told that if nothing was found during the check the customer would normally foot the bill as Vauxhaul would not pay. Might have to think about getting Trading Standards involved if that is the attitude of a Car Comapny that advertises it’s cars on fuel economy.<br /><br />

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It seems that after looking at the reviews on this site that there are a number of people who have bought this model from Vauxhall have been mis-sold the product. My 1.7CDTi Eco is doing 48mpg after 6000 miles and should be 62.8mpg. It has been back to the gararge twice and have been told that there is nothing wrong! - Peter Hurst from Leicestershire

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Submitted: 2011-01-11 | ID: 48884

Alan, England

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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Dreadful headrests cause blind spots, small buttons on radio and heater controls too low, cannot get comfortable in driving seat, jerky drive, gas pedal too sensitive, no temp gauge, do not like indicator and wiper controls, gearbox notchy, engine or injectors noisy, mpg very poor on 1.6, washer bottle in front of engine; cannot see level to top up and it freeze up, too much road noise, door pockets too small, hatchback opening too small, takes a lot longer to clean than my MK 3 Astra. I bought it from a Vauxhall dealer with full service full, mot and 12,000 miles on the clock. I would not buy another model of this car. I have owned around 16 cars from 1979 and I would say this is the most disappointing car. The one good thing about the car is it looks good.<br /><br />

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Submitted: 2011-01-11 | ID: 48886

Paul, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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I bought this car 5 months ago, I heard a blowing noise coming from the engine, I’ve had 4 engineers take a look at it and they all said that the manifold has cracked. I’ve heard its quite comon with this type of engine on this car, but the cars only done 30,000 miles. Everyone, including me, called Vauxhall and they are charging £1012.00 inc VAT and that’s just for the part not Labour.... as you can’t buy the manifold with out purchasing the turbo as well. The Boot leaks and there is mould inside it as it’s always wet and stinks, the roof gets stuck, it’s endless costly grief. All in all the car is made very, very cheaply. You would think a company as large as Vauxhall would know how to make a car that functions properly.

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I bought my Twintop 1.8 Sport in 2007 from Grasmere Crewe and all was fine until I had it serviced at Greenhouse Vauxhall in Stoke. They said it was all in good shape, then I started to get the water leaking into the boot. I took it back to them and said it was still under warranty! Their reply was that the seals are not covered under warranty. They tried to fob me off with all kinds of excuses saying the C pillar by the window was damaged, possibly from an umbrella. What a joke! The panel had a slight dent in it which was impossible for an umbrella to do because of where it was. Plus the water was entering the boot on the other side, idiots! I got totally frustrated and called the dealer from where I purchased it. He said "No problem, take it to our Macclesfield body shop and they will have a look". Took it to them, the nice chap there did a water test on it and agreed it was as I had said and the C pillar had nothing to do with it. Booked it in, free courtesy car and all has been done under warranty. Two years later and still no problem (touch wood). I have had the problem where the boot won’t open and or the roof alarm does not beep when fully closed or open. All you have to do is be patient! Leave it for a while and go and try again. It seems as though the computer on board can get confused sometimes. Try dropping the roof with the ignition on too, via the roof switch not the fob. Note: not every Vauxhall dealer is trained in working on the Twintop, there are only a few in the country - Ian Jones from Staffordshire

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Submitted: 2011-01-07 | ID: 49026

Bryony Hammersley, Vale of Glamorgan

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DO NOT buy one of these cars! I bought one second hand with only 20000 miles on the clock. Love the look of the car but all the common faults that seem to occur on this car seem to have happened to me within the last year! Dents in the roof struts for not reason, leaking roof, horn only works intermitently, roof would not function so needed new wiring harness - £400. Then found out I had a faulty water pump - after nearly crashing at 70mph on the motorway when it sheared off straight through cam belt (at 30000 miles) £1500 and now...bearing gone in gear box cracking it and £1000-£2000 damage which I just do not have. Oh also could have exploded at any time! The car is a pile of junk and made of cheap faulty parts. I am gutted as I loved the car and thought I’d treat myself. The car is constantly in the garage and has left me broke. It is currently in the garage as they would not let me drive it home but I have no money left to get it repaired as I am still paying off the cambelt issue, As soon as summer comes will be rid of it like a shot...just feel sorry for whoever ends up with it! Vauxhall should be ashamed of the product they are selling cheap and nasty sorry to say not a good car. Will never touch Vauxhall again

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Submitted: 2010-12-17 | ID: 49047

Karen Whelan, Ireland

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Purchased twintop in or around May 07 have had ongoing problems with roof leaks. Car has been back so many times have lost count had extended warranty, which is just about to run out and hense car back again with leaks.  I was told that the concerns lay with a build up of moss on the seals and that the seals needed to be lubricated regularly to prevent the build up of any outide debris that could be causing a concern with the seals. Only had car back approx. 3 weeks after they lubricated the seals and water is coming in, worse now than ever, back seat soaking wet again, dampness and condensation again. This problem is not abaiting, to the point now that the car is not enjoyable anymore to drive. It is very frustrating when you think you have purchased something that was going to give me many years of nice driving. I am dissatisfied with they way this car is functioning and as this problem continues I am left with a car that is leaking, and who would want to buy a car with a leaking roof? I certainly wouldn’t.

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I am also having the same problem with my roof. I bought the car in May whilst it was lovely and sunny and purchased the extended warranty at the time at I was told the roof would be expensive to fix should it break. Now the winter has set in my roof is continually leaking and the garage have told me that the roof is not covered under warranty and hasn’t been since it was twelve months old. Why on earth would you sell a convertible car knowing it may leak and then selling extended warranty to me (which I bought for this reason) knowing it wouldn’t be covered. Has anyone managed to have their roof seal repaired whilst still under warranty? - Janette Mason from Lancashire

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Please use krytox oil for all roof seals, first clean with methylated spirits and then apply krytox oil. You can purchase on ebay. This should revive and prevent leaking. Apply annually - Frank Ryan from Ireland

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Submitted: 2010-11-09 | ID: 49048

Kath Smith, Northumberland

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I bought the 2008 diesel xp 1.9tdi model- It is great. Has excellent power for a diesel and looks great with the roof either up or down. I would certainly recommend buying one- Had no problems (touch wood) to date.

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Submitted: 2010-10-04 | ID: 49046

Rob Clarke, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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Superb car, regular 52 mpg, even when driven hard, excellent finish, well equipped and a good looking vehicle.

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Submitted: 2010-10-02 | ID: 48958

Robert Wilson, England

Vauxhall Astra 2002

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Bought new in early 2003, been a brilliant little car with nothing major going wrong with it. Serviced annually though a main dealer. My only complaint is the paintwork - it is flame red, which as it gets older the metalwork is turning pink (the plastic is still ok), only a good clean and waxing every month keeps it sort of like the original colour. I will never buy a red car again especially a Vauxhall.

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Submitted: 2010-10-01 | ID: 48872

Louise Sampson, England

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I bought my Astra Twintop in March 2010. Its an 08 plate. 1.6 sport. Within weeks I realised I had a locking problem. After several trips in and a few battery changes in the keys (which obviously I had done myself) They finally issued me new keys.... I also mentioned the water pouring in from the passenger side. Again, after several trips in and several water tests, door and window adjusting, the car was returned to me, still with the leak. Oh yes, and the power loss from the engine, the motor from the power steering needing replacing...maybe these problems distracted them from the more annoying water pouring into the car and soaking my children every morning after and during rainfall. Eventually, after 5 times in, the last technician has admitted to me there is some kind of design fault. The seals around the car are ’u’ shaped, hence they collect water like a gully. When you drive, the water drips into the car. It’s like having a dripping tap landing on the shoulder of the paseenger and the legs of the person in the back!!!!! This is why when they do the water test in the garage they can’t find the leak. The car has to be moving. The car can drip like a tap for a good half an hour....probably more but i don’t drive that far.. Now at last they are ordering me new rubbers, but if they are the same shape and style, I can’t see the problem will be solved...Looks like I’m getting them done and saying goodbye to the car I really looked forward to owning.....And now I can’t wait to see the back of it!!

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I have the same problem with water leaking in. Mine is a 57 plate 1.6 sport, I have taken it back various times, had different seals fitted but still water leaks in. It has got to the point where I have left the water leaking as I am getting fed up with taking the car back and feel that the garage has had the car more times than I’ve actually had it... The problem is even worse in Winter as the water turns to ice and I can not open my door as the window will not drop due to this being stuck to the frame! - from England

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I just got myself a twintop, you said the garage had ordered you some more rubbers, were they the same or were they different when fitted? I’ve noticed mine are already leaking, especially on the passengers side. The warranty runs out in July - Philip Watson from England

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so true the twintop are a total nightmare keep well away as I have found out first hand could not sell it quick enough - Craig Richards from Shropshire

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Submitted: 2010-09-27 | ID: 49043

Steven, Aberdeenshire

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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My mum bought her astra sporthatch about 3 moths ago it was an 09 plate. I have driven it quite a few times, my usual car being a T reg Pug 306 rallye. I expected good things from the astra but was severly dissapointed. Its engine is boring and pithless. The chassis is very badly balanced, and the handling through fast bends is scary. Then onto handling in the rain, it doesn’t. Overall this is a terrible car and is only used for going to the shops.

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Submitted: 2010-09-26 | ID: 48959

Peter Smith, Lancashire

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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Economical (55mpg average, £30 p.a. tax), and cheap to insure. After 77k it still looks good and drives perfectly. It’s special feature is the anti-stall, this means that it will drag itself over the deepest snow in 1st without the driver touching the accelerator, NO wheel slip. Looking forward to another winter like 2009.

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Submitted: 2010-09-24 | ID: 48871

Garry Winters, Ireland

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I cannot understand all the fuss? I bought my Opel Astra at 15 months old and have put 20,000km on her without a problem and believe me, if it doesn’t leak here it never will. The only wetter place to drive it would be in the Irish sea. she is rock solid on the road and handles great at speed. I will agree it is quite slow on acceleration but I knew that when buying her. I was warned about roof problems so I am very careful in that respect. I never put the roof down or up without the engine running as any break in the power feed may cause the roof to jam but that is said to be true about the 207cc also. I am also very careful not to overload the boot as this will cause serious damage. I love my twintop and will definitly buy another one when the time comes.

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Submitted: 2010-09-12 | ID: 49052

John Hems, England

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Just purchased this car, no complaints except the manual covers to many models and I can not find out what is built into my 2007 1.8 astra auto estate design. Very pleased with my choice of car.

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Submitted: 2010-09-12 | ID: 48937

John Morgan, Swansea

Vauxhall Astra 2010

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Car 5 weeks old, very noisy when ticking over and pulling away, gutless, hate to overtake, awaiting recall.

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Which engine is it? - from England

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Yeah, I have been onto the phone with vauxhall I really wish they would recall mine as well read response lower down Mayur Pandya you will see what I mean :-( - Nick Bolton from Ceredigion

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Submitted: 2010-08-22 | ID: 48873

Betty Hardesty, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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I bought a twin top in 2006, after loads of problems including a leaking roof the garage had the car more than I did. After 1 year they changed the car for a new one, but the roof is now leaking again. It’s still under warranty but they say the roof seal is not covered - what a shock!<br /><br />

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Got the same problem, bought the car last year for 13,000. The roof seal is leaking and they say it’s not covered, there is only 7,000 miles on the clock, Vauxhall only give a years guarantee on the roof seal, just shows how much faith they have in them, wish i had been told at the time as I would never of bought the car - Karen Curley from Caerphilly

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Keep on at them.... my dealer told me that the roof seals would not be covered on my twin top when I started to have problems with it leaking when it was two years old. I took it in and told them that it needed sorting and I wasn’t paying for it. I got a phone call from them about an hour later saying that it was covered. This is a design fault that is under recall so don’t be fobbed off. If necessary get hold of someone at their head office in Luton. Don’t give up! - Viv Oulton from Cheshire

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I have had the same problem and had loads of problems with my local dealer. Tried to say I had caused the damage and was not under guarantee. I went to another dealer who said he does them all the time and booked me straight in and the work was covered by warranty. No leaks yet! - Ian Jones from Staffordshire

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Ian Jones, can you please name the dealer who solved your leaking roof or expand on the soloution? - Chris Diamond from Staffordshire

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Submitted: 2010-08-15 | ID: 49053

Louise Sharples, Lancashire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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I love the car. A little slow taking off but what can you expect for a 1.6 with heavy roof and so on... Cheap on insurance and OK with petrol. Get one and enjoy!

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Submitted: 2010-08-02 | ID: 49051

Simon, Germany

Vauxhall Astra 1999

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Now up to 125k miles, 11 years old, still going strong and has never let us down. Ideal workhorse for the young family in estate form. Aircon packed in this year - not the end of the world, £700 repair so we haven´t bothered. 1.8 16V engine brisk enough, could be slightly higher geared IMO. Wound it up to a GPS indicated 127mph on the Autobahn last year. The front end goes a wee bit light over 120mph. The Astra G is a cracking underrated car. Get one!

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Submitted: 2010-07-24 | ID: 48938

John Nisbett, England

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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Hi, I have owned my Astra 1.3 cdti estate for 2 years now. At first I had a problem with the gears; they wouldn’t select reverse then all gears went and nearly burnt the clutch out. Took it to the garage to find out it was only a nut worked loose by the gear leaver. I was relieved as I thought the gear box had gone. Since then I have had no problems with the car, it handles really well and is good on fuel .The tax now is only £90 a year and it only has 10 bhp less than the 1.7 cdti. I find changing from first to second going up hill can be a bit of a struggle, it also from suffers from a bit of turbo lag; a k&n panel filter would probably help with the turbo lag. Over all the car is great, not really fast but will sit at a ton and it only feels like your only going half the speed. A practical car.

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Submitted: 2010-07-18 | ID: 48939

Julie, Cardiff

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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I’ve got this as a company car and very glad that I didnt buy one. First had problems with the boot sensors, where boot thought it was open when wasn’t, dealer couldnt find a problem twice! Still does it sometimes and I have to get out and slam the boot lid a few times to stop warning noise. Had major problems with the engine almost having a pause, it cut out on a motorway at 70 mph once, then lost power randomly, after three trips turns out a valve needed replacement, which at under 20,000 miles was not good news. The Windows rattle against the roof frame, the visability is terrible with roof on & heaters take about 12 miles to warm in winter. Do enjoy the covertible aspect & only have a few months of this one left, be glad to see the back of it.

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Submitted: 2010-07-03 | ID: 48996

Mike Hamm, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2004

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Bought my astra 1.9 CDTI 150 in 2004 and have just clocked 117,000 miles. It still goes like a rocket. List of repairs include: air con full unit, full suspension springs all round, new discs and pads all round, 4no EGR valves, wiper linkage kit, radiator pipes. The trouble is that all the parts have to be Vauxhall and cost a fortune e.g wiper linkage £220 plus VAT plus fitting. What a rip off! A BMW is cheaper...

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Submitted: 2010-06-17 | ID: 48955

Ellie Geary, Dorset

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Super car to drive. Handles really well; have had no problems with it. Economical to drive plus great looking car and comfy inside. I use this car for work and have really enjoyed it.

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Submitted: 2010-06-10 | ID: 48954

Craig Trigg, Sussex

Vauxhall Astra 1998

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A very good car that has never let me down in 8 years.

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Submitted: 2010-06-04 | ID: 48858

Pancake Forest, Stirlingshire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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It has a stopwatch, just what’s needed, all round good fast car.

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Submitted: 2010-05-10 | ID: 48857

Tony, Kent

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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A nice looking car which will only look nice while it is a current model. The ton of chrome is already dating, and the rest of the car will follow quickly, especially since the rest of the Astra range has been replaced. You only have to look at the new Megane and the VW Eos to see how quickly it has dated. The interior is drab and uninspiring. The seats look very dirty despite regular cleaning. The car is slow. Very, very slow. Don’t buy a 1.6! I had an Astra cabriolet before this. I wish that I had kept it. This is probably the most expensive car I have ever owned. Were it not for the fact that I would have lost a fortune I would have got rid of it a week after I’d bought it. It has been in the garage for creaking roof, failed roof motors, poor original paintwork resulting in panel respray and a few other niggles. The bootlid has started to rust near the handle mechanism and is due to go in for warranty repair. The service department at my dealership, Perrys of Dover, are fantastic. They deal with everything quickly and efficiently and nothing is too much trouble. The car is dreadful.

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Submitted: 2010-05-02 | ID: 48997

Vanessa Hill, England

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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Disappointed is not a strong enough word!!!! Had mine for 10 days and have only done 50 miles before the roof jammed halfway down. I’ve been in the dealership since, it needs 2 new motors and a broken wire. It cost me £9000 to buy and now a further £1000 on a costly repair. Anyone else had this same problem? Am terrified when got the thing back, of it happening again. What a nightmare.

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The exact same thing happened to myself. The garage replaced one of the motors which fotunately was covered with my remaining warranty. Since I had it fixed, I have had no further problems with the roof although was terrified that it would get stuck again. I hope you have no further problems with it - Hazel Crawford from Lanarkshire

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I bought this car believing the best of both worlds. The drive is excellent and I loved it for the first 60 miles. There was nothing wrong with the performance but the roof and boot have been an absolute nightmare. I have been pulled over by the police as the boot opened doing 60 on the motorway (at night no less, roof has completely jammed half up 3 times). The kids and the car were left drenched and stranded with every conceivable alarm going off. windows have ghost operation as you find the windows dropped and car fully unlocked after it had been secured twice! Thank god for extended warranty - it goes this week and I will never get another. Gutted. - Tess K from Cheshire

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Submitted: 2010-04-20 | ID: 48998

Hazel Crawford, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Prior to purchasing my car in November 2009, I was really impressed with the Astra TwinTop. Since purchasing it I have hardly been away from the garage. First of all I had problems with my roof retracting, which resulted in it getting stuck midway. I then had problems with a creaky steering wheel, the garage initially stated that they could find no fault despite it being clearly heard. Since then it has been in again, and the garage failed to align my steering wheel properly afterwards. My most recent problem is a water leak. The water is currently storing somewhere underneath the car and between the chassis, I do not have a clue. When driving all you can hear is the water swooshing around. I am waiting on my car getting checked, just hope a fault can be found and is covered with my remaining warranty. If I had known what problems I was going to encounter I would have purchased a different model of car.

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Recently had my car checked re water storing in my car within the sill area. I got told that there was nothing that could be done apart from draining it when I can hear water in it. The garage informed me that this is a common problem in the twintop model however vauxhall have apparently said that there is nothing that can be done!!!!!! I intend to seek further advice re the matter - Hazel Crawford from Lanarkshire

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Yes. Thought it was the petrol swishing till we realised its actually water which stopped swishing when we had the winter freeze! Sounds like there’s gallons of it too. How it’s getting in I don’t know. Worrying though, if even Vauxhall can’t do anything, what about drilling a hole in the bottom? - from Lancashire

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Have you anything further on this problem... - I’ve got the same problem with mine :-( Carole Smith from Cheshire

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Submitted: 2010-04-14 | ID: 49005

Keith Smith, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Astra 2003

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I bought my Astra in Jan 2009, it is the worst car I have had, it had 49,000 miles on the clock, it now has 58,000. After three months I had oil coming up through the sparkplugs, my local garage says this a common fault with these. Also, every four weeks the dipstick reads nearly empty. I only do a very low mileage, my garage says another common fault as the oil is just being burnt. Also, the gearbox is very notchy third to fourth is very poor. At speeds at 60 or above it can get very noisy and fuel consumption is very poor. It spends more time in my local garage than it should.

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Hi Keith, do you still have your Vauxhall as I have recently bought one and have similar probs. I go through 1 litre of oil to 1000 miles and number 4 spark is covered in hard oil and the enigine light has recently came on. dD you have any more ideas as to why the oil comes up to the sparks? - from England

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I am thinking of purchasing a 2003 Vauxhall Astra estate 1.6i Club. Any problems now? - Faizal Badat from Yorkshire

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I have same problem with my Astra 1.8 16v. Oil in the fourth spark and burns hole in about 1 month. How much would this cost to fix and what is the problem? - Mark Archer from Bedfordshire

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The 8 valve ohc opel/vauxhall engine is extremely reliable. The usual problem with these is cylinder head gasket and does tend to be around no 4 cylinder. Oil is probably leaking into no4, if all other spark plugs are clear of oil contamination - from Swansea

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Submitted: 2010-04-07 | ID: 48930

Richard Strachen, Middlesex

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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This is the second Astra I’ve leased, a really good car.

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Submitted: 2010-04-01 | ID: 48864

David McFadyen, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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Bought the car from Motorpoint 4 weeks ago (bad point number 1). The car looks great with roof up or down but it’s been in the garage for 13 days already and being told it will be in for another 4-5 days because of a leak in the roof at the passenger side and also dodgy central locking. The locks close when you press the button but if your next to the car with the key you can still open the passenger side and the boot BUT NOT THE DRIVERS DOOR. The head mechanic at both Motorpoint and Arnold Clark (Mount Vernon Vauxhall Branch) say that this is not a fault. Then there’s the leak both garages have supposedly tested for this and can’t find it but when it rains it’s like a tap has been turned on next to the passenger window. Like I say great looking car just pity spends more time in a garage than on the road.

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Submitted: 2010-03-28 | ID: 49013

Ann-Marie Marsh, England

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Leaks, leaks and more leaks. Has been to two different Vauxhall garages in the Midlands area and still having problems. Feel like it is time to take legal advice on this now.<br /><br />

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I have an 07 Twin Top and it has given me nothing but problems with the leaking roof. The car is going back again, I was just wondering... Did you get anywhere if you took any legal action? - Karen Whelan from Ireland

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I bought a 57 plate Twintop Design, 3 years ago gorgeous looking car, black with full leather 18 inch alloys etc etc. Vauxhall Burton on Trent fell over their selfs with their sales man bull, friendly chatty helpful, UNTIL I went back with a complaint then it was like I was invisible trying to get my problem sorted. Been a good car BUT leaking roof, even after they were supposed to have repaired it in Pentagon Derby. BULL...... They didn’t replace the seal like I was led to believe. Crap service - Cath Carpenter from England

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Submitted: 2010-03-17 | ID: 49009

Adrian Norman, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra 2004

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I bought my Astra 1.6 design easytronic gearbox second-hand from my local dealer just over 2 years ago and I can say its the best car I have ever bought. It’s gearbox is just brilliant and easy to use after just a few miles drive and the best thing is you can use auto or the manual modes as well as sports drive too. Slight wind noise at speed but this is forgiven because it’s so comfortable, with both driver’s and passenger’s lumber support. Looks are easy on the eye and it’s this that made me look at it in the first place, even now 2 years later it still looks and feels like new. Well done Vauxhall.<br /><br />

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Submitted: 2010-03-17 | ID: 48865

Chris Parkes, England

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Bought this car when it was 12 months old, listed new at around £28k paid £13.5k. 9 months on I’m glad to see the back of it. Great car with the roof down, nightmare when its up, creaking & leaking. Bought an Astra SRi and now I’m a happy little bunny.

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Submitted: 2010-03-06 | ID: 49012

George, England

Vauxhall Astra 2004

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I’ve had this car since six months old. From the first few weeks there were problems. First in cold damp weather the car radio would switch on by itself and especially over long periods a flat battery would happen and the sound level would increase. Secondly the car alarm gooes off especially during the early hours, with annoyance to my neighbours. It has been back to dealers four times and the last visit they had my car for twelve weeks. On the plus side the ride is comfortable especially with leather and material trim. The tyres can be expensive.

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Hi George I bought an Astra 1799 diesel four months ago(2004). Looking at your text my car battery drains after 2-3 days of non-use. I bought a new battery but this ’draining’ still happens. My diesel injector warm pack comes on intermitently. Did you find out the reason for this draining battery? My email address is tataruk@mail.ru. Regards - Ray Perkins from Stirlingshire

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Submitted: 2010-02-28 | ID: 48860

Linda Bevin, Surrey

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Since buying my Twintop just over two years ago it has spent about 20 weeks in various Vauxhall dealerships with problems with the roof, first a creak, now a leak. Some research shows this is a common problem - check out the owners club for more information. Has really spoilt my enjoyment of an otherwise nice car. I am just constantly paranoid about the roof and can’t enjoy it.

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Submitted: 2010-02-27 | ID: 49003

James Bobbett, Somerset

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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Cramped, brake failure, constant water leaks

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Submitted: 2010-02-23 | ID: 48859

Brendan Adams, Australia

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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I just bought my Astra (Twintop), that is what its called in Australia. It’s awesome. The six speed manual is really fun to drive not to mention how great it looks when the roof is down. Even when the roof is up it looks stylish. Only downer for me is the rear passenger space. It’s really only a 3 seater when I’m driving lol. Overall love the car not many around when I live, though there is no shortage of sun is Australia, so the roof is down all the time.

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Submitted: 2010-02-22 | ID: 49004

John Wells, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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Had the car since new, covered just over 91000 miles in a little under 4 years. Uncomfortable seats, problems with engine, new head gasket, turbocharger, various coolant system hoses, complete new front suspension, ongoing problems with rear reg. no. plate illumination lights bulb holder corroding badly, front ball joint and even had new rear shock absorbers on its first service at 20000 miles just for starters! I might just be unlucky with a Friday afternoon special, but would second the motion that "GM, engineered by accountants." When the lease runs out, Vauxhall will be first to be struck off the replacement vehicle list! In summary, rubbish vehicle, would not recommend!<br /><br />

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Submitted: 2010-02-15 | ID: 48935

Chris Baker, Somerset

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I own a great car but there are some aspects that I am not too happy with; visability when the roof is up is poor being one of them.<br /><br />

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Submitted: 2010-02-07 | ID: 49001

Colin Larter, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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Bought the car as an unregistered showroom ’pack’ car, which means the dealer bought it cheap in a Vauxhall package of different models. It has every available extra and for a £23.5K list I paid just under £15K including £2k scrappage for a car I paid £1.3K for 3 years ago! It’s as much fun as you can have with your trousers on! I drive it roof down all weather as long as no rain or snow, even Xmas, Boxing & New Years Day. Heater & seats amazing, as is sound system. No problems at all, I love it and so do the ladies, grandchildren & friends. As the 09 plate is no longer new I’m putting on a personalised plate K999 plus my initials bought from DVLA for £250 all inclusive. Being flash at 65 feels great!

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Submitted: 2010-02-01 | ID: 49002

Joanne Wilson, England

Vauxhall Astra 2001

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Brilliant car, bought second hand but what a great buy, never had a problem with it, great on fuel and so easy to drive.

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Submitted: 2010-01-31 | ID: 48863

Wayne Tew, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Astra 1998

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I’ve only recently purchased this vehicle so haven’t done many miles, however, so far I find it a very good drive!

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Submitted: 2010-01-30 | ID: 48862

Leslie Somogyi, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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Having lived with the car for nearly 4 years and driven 40,000 motorway miles I can safely say the mechanicals are second to none. The engine is smooth and refined with a good exhaust note, but is a underpowered at low revs and manages only around 25-30mpg. The car has had a service every year with oil changes and it has passed its first MOT with flying colours. The car has also been kind to tyres as the first full set only had to be changed at 30,000 miles. The wear was even which shows that the steering is balanced. The interior is very comfortable if a little grey. The finish to the interior upholstery is of a high quality. The stereo which comes as standard is of a good standard, with steering wheel controls. The exterior design of the vehicle is striking. Its a vehicle that can be recognised in silhouette form and has since been emulated both by the Renault Megane and VW Sirocco. The only flaws with the design are that the rear window is very small and visibility is reduced and the side doors because of the size and weight loosen the door stops. A turn on the T screw rectifies this problem. The vehicle is also very wide for its size, making parking more difficult, than with the previous Astra.

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Submitted: 2010-01-28 | ID: 48957

Mayur Pandya, London

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Since the car was purchased (1yr old) from Monorep (Hayes, Middx) we have had non stop issues with it. 1st the horn was working intermittently and the Vauxhall dealer could not find a fault, until it completly stopped working! Then the emissions light came on and they replaced the temperature sensor. The car has been to the workshop about 5 times since we have had it. The emissions light has again come on and I have checked the fault code which is again pointing to the temperature sensor and now the dealer is saying that they want to charge us to run diagnostics and the repair / parts will be chargeable? I was also told that the work that is carried out has no warranty after the 3 year warranty has lapsed, meaning if work is done a day before the warranty has lapsed you have no come back if the fault re-occurs a day after. The irony is that when I spoke to the workshop manager said that he felt that the car coming back 5 times was not bad considering other Vauxhall’s that have had problems have come back a lot more. This is not very reasuring as a customer!

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PLEASE READ THIS ITS LONG BUT TRUE. You want a reason never to buy a Vauxhall Astra I can give you 10 here we go read carefully its not a joke ready :- 1) The horn had an intermittent fault it would work then it wouldnt, and when it didnt the stereo volume would go up. The horn wiring harness and stereo harness had to be replaced. 2) The sim of the electronics system was faulty and had to be replaced, the dealership where I got if from didnt hold the car code so that had to be got from vauxhall. 3) The inside of the car smelt of petrol fumes the petrol cap was faulty and had to be replaced. 4) This was not the end of the problem the petrol cap was un-screwing itself and more petrol fumes in the car, the fuel filler cap and the fuel filler neck were replaced. 5) Again this was not the end My wife had a vauxhall and she part exchanged it, so I took her fuel filler cap off and put it on my astra now the problem has gone. 6) The gearshift knob was un-tightening itself, this had to be replaced. 7) The seat frame was rocking and shifting ( im not a huge person) they found out that there were several broken rivets, that frame had to be replaced. 8) The crafty apparent vauxhall dealership gave me a broken key with the central locking unit, this was in the sales pack the spare key was given didnt realise until I got home. The key pass code had to be got from vauxhall direct. 9) And to top that all off the car is 1 month past its warranty and the sport light has just come on the dashboard, my local vauxhall garage has told me that the ABS senor switch and the ABS hydraulic valve is faulty and needs replacing this will cost over £1600 (LOOK AGAIN AT THE COST). 10 ) Vauxhall will only pay 50% of the labour and the actual replacement unit, this still means that i need to find over £800 for a car thats just over 3 years old. Some might say be thankful they are paying 50% but for a car with this much trouble and the cost of taking time off work, the petrol cost to me and my wife this takes the P*SS . So there you are people 10 good enough reasons why not to buy a Vauxhall Astra it will cost you more than the car is worth to repair, it is a shame because the previous Astra I owned was amazing and my wife’s Zafira is brilliant so far :-( - Nick Bolton from Ceredigion

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Submitted: 2010-01-19 | ID: 48867

Dave Green, Durham

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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A suprisingly good car, the 1.3 diesel engine with 6 speed gearbox is excellent and not at all under powered as reported by some owners of earlier Vauxhalls using this engine. Probably not the best (nor expected) motorway transport but a good value for money all-rounder.

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Hi. Only recently purchased 2008 Astra hatch cdti. Nice to drive on motorway and get good mpg. Gears changes (6) take a little time to get used to. I did have an old 5 gear Fiesta prior to this one, so that is a consideration. But the gear changes are not very smooth and the car is a little more loud than I would have liked. It should be said; I have never owned a diesel, never mind diesel turbo, so that could explain differing engine sounds? I took it back to the dealer a couple times. The first time was the funny air sucking kind of noise, when changing gear, whilst at speeds of 30/40mpg. I was informed by mechanic that it was normal in turbo diesel cars and was to do with these kinds of engines needing to expel air from its system. Will get second opinion on that! Second thing was noise coming from driver’s window when travelling at speed. I presumed it was window seal needing replacement. I have had this done, by them, but noise (like wind getting through tiny gap in window) is still there and very irritating! Could this be something more sinister? I would very much appreciate any feedback! The car’s performance is good and 1.3 engine is doing all it should be and more. Although on pulling off in first to second gear, it is a little sluggish and not as smooth as one might wish - Joe Kelly from England

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Submitted: 2010-01-02 | ID: 48869

George Bowman, Dumbartonshire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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My twintop has been in the garage ten times since new, I’ve had problems with the keyless ignition, problems with roof rattles, problems with roof leaks. Vauxhall sent my car to Edinburgh to fix the roof rattle and they added two water leaks in the roof then sent the car back to go straight to another two garages to try and fix the leaks with no luck. Now Vauxhall want to send the car to Luton to have another look. My car has been of the road for 10 weeks so far, Luton say they need the car at Luton for four or five weeks; 15 weeks to fix a water leak? That has to be a record. P.S. Tech centre in Edinburgh put 395 miles on my car test driving.

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Hi there, I own an Astra Twintop 08 that has a horn that will not work if the lights are on, anyone else got this problem? Vauxhall say no but I think there is. I am waiting on Vauxhall to fix this, so far I have waited 3 months and still nothing, the problem will not show up at the dealers because when they take it into workshop they switch off the auto lights. P.S. If you have this problem try switching down the instrument panel lights a little, this is a short term fix - George Bowman from Dumbartonshire

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Submitted: 2009-12-08 | ID: 48988

Phil McKenna, Cheshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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I have first hand experience of the TwinTop boot/roof seal problem. Approx. one week before the three year warrantee was up, I brought a water ingress problem in the boot area to the attention of my local Vauxhall service centre, they explained that the seals had gone. With a replacement costing £650 I told them that I would tackle vauxhall direct, however, no joy. The rep from the customer service centre told me that seals were only covered for 12 months and I would have to pay myself. I now intend to pay for the work but still carry on pursuing Vauxhall on the grounds that the car is not fit for purpose under consumer act. When are these companies ever going to admit design failures? It’s a shame, only for this problem the car would get five stars.

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I too have a 2006 Twintop that all of a sudden leaks like a sieve, predominately filling the nearside passenger well and the boot area. The seals cost me £582 and I’m waiting for more to be fitted. I too am pursuing Vauxhall via Customer Care Head Office which is a waste of time. They will not respond to the Sale of Goods Act 1979, i.e. not fit for purpose, they keep banging on about the warranty. I’ve told them the warranty is irrelevant this it is not fit for purpose!! Looks like I’m off to the small claims court and BBC Watchdog if they’re interested. This case is clearly not a one-off, people all over the country are suffering the same fate. I am so angry!! - Graham Essery from Hampshire

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I bought my Twintop in June last year. It has been back to the dealers numerous times now. I have had their loan cars more than I have driven my own. They apparently fixed the leaks at the Dudley branch (four times) and it has been sent to Redditch for the third time. The guy at Vauxhall direct when I called to complain asked me what the weather had been like. When I told him it had been raining & snowing he asked me if I had had the roof down at all in this!!!! I too am thinking of seeking legal advice surely this can’t be acceptable? Good luck hope you get somthing sorted!! - Ann-Marie Marsh from England

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Submitted: 2009-12-07 | ID: 48990

Dennis, Somerset

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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For me this car, which I’ve had from new, was a good choice. It’s comfortable to drive and is a good motorway car. The general road handling is better than the 3 or 5 door versions because of its longer wheelbase. It’s been a reliable vehicle. The only time it has seen the garage is for its annual service. My only complaint with this car is that the heating and air con controls are too small and set too low on the centre panel, an error that appears to have been corrected on the new 2010 model.

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Submitted: 2009-11-03 | ID: 48929

P2, England

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I bought my Twintop Design 1.8 in power red with leather in July 2007 and have just completed 10,000 fantastic miles. The recall work on the roof and rear boot light was completed by Grasmere in Macclesfield during the first year of purchase and the only other issue was in year two when the power steering pump had to be replaced FOC by Arnold Clark in Manchester from whom I bought the car. They have been great. I am a regular contributor to astratwintop.net (service temporarily unavailable as I write, but try later this week) and you can find all my hints for how to care for your Twintop on that website among the many tips and blogs of other Twintop enthusiasts. These include how to look after the roof seals, how to protect red paint and prevent it from going pink, how to use the load assist mechanism, how to prevent stuck parcel shelf fins (tip - keep engine running at 1500 rpm, use the roof switch, not the key fob) and all sorts of things like this to keep you safe. There are also hints and tips on where to find a space-saver wheel (tip - look for those from a second-hand Vectra) and how to stow it alongside the tyre goo that Vauxhall provide as standard. Invest in a windshield - only a small % of the value of the car and inceases the number of top-down miles you can cover. Best wishes, P2.

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Submitted: 2009-10-09 | ID: 48995

Michelle Patton-Jones, Denbighshire

Vauxhall Astra 2002

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I love my Astra convertible although I agree with Kerry that the visabilty all round is rubbish for a 5’ 4" female which is why as long as the weather is dry I drive with the roof off !!! My Astra also likes its petrol but that’s the price I pay for not being happy driving round in a 1000cc economy car.

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Submitted: 2009-09-28 | ID: 48918

Gordon Smillie, Argyllshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Great car, very realiable and good fun to drive for a 1.4. It looks good handles well at speed and is comfortable to drive. Cheap to run, around 45 miles to a gallon. The only downside is the very noisy air con and the poor demister takes ages!!!! (especially on cold frosty mornings). Other than that it is a great little car that looks great and drives well.

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Submitted: 2009-09-23 | ID: 48956

Milton Freeman, England

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I bought a Vauxhall Astra coupe cheaply online. The car was in an excellent condition with a full service history.

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Submitted: 2009-09-16 | ID: 48926

Mervyn Morris, Lancashire

Vauxhall Astra 2009

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Had car 3 weeks the roof jammed halfway down. Reg Vardey had car for 10 days; got it back now and it rattles on every slight bump. I will have to take it back in but I cannot afford the car to be stuck in garage all the time - very unhappy. It seems when anything goes wrong with the roof it has to be sent to Edingburgh. Worst purchase of my life and I still have 30 months before i can change :-(

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Good luck sending your car to Edinburgh, they had my twintop in to fix a rattle; one week they said, it was there for five weeks and it came back with two water leaks and 395 miles put on the clock. It still leaks and after three garages Vauxhall now want to send the car (19cdti design 08) back to Luton for four or five weeks to have a look. Good old Vauxhall, take your money then you take your chances, good luck - George Bowman from Scotland

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Submitted: 2009-08-28 | ID: 48993

Pete Jennings, Lancashire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I had a 2001 Astra for 5 years - a club 1.6 8 valve. I’ve just got myself a 2008 club 1.6 16v . v.v.t. with more bhp and torque. But I find in 1st and 2nd gears it’s no faster than my previous car... a bit dissapointing really. But once you get the revs up it really shifts. I think it might be because of the low ratio gearbox. Anway, a smoother and tighter drive allround, better quality build in the cabin but not much storage room and a smaller boot than my earlier Astra. Overall a nice motor.

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Submitted: 2009-08-13 | ID: 48866

Charles Coleman, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Further to my report of the front discs and pads scored and worn after just 16,000 miles. Vauxhall admit there is a problem, and they re placed both front discs and pads, they also admit there is a LARGE problem with the Astra rear springs failing, and breaking, and as such, they have extended their normal 3 yr warranty for the springs to 4 yrs, however, they refused to uprate the springs on my car, so BEWARE if cornering/braking hard.

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Submitted: 2009-07-17 | ID: 48982

Charles Coleman, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I purchased this car NEW two yrs and one week ago. It has been driven only 16.000 miles. It just recently went for a full service, and the mechanic at Nationwide service centre Kings Lynn called me into the workshop to look at the inner front brake discs. Whilst the outside of the discs were nice and smooth, the inner side of the discs were heavily scored!! and the inner pads heavily worn down. The mechanic stated this was a common fault on these late models. I was also told the rear springs had a tendancy to break without warning. I immediately visited a main Vauxhall dealer, who said he had never known this to happen before!!. ditto rear springs. Vauxhall will guarantee the front discs and pads for 18,500 miles under warranty, but after that, it’s classed as wear and tear. But at 18,000 miles, NEW DISCS AND PADS?????, I had a Sierra that did 250.000 miles and needed one set of new front pads. Whats the cause, and the cure, and why havn’t Vauxhall had a re- call, or admitted this is a potentaly dangerous mechanical failure, which could cause a fatal accident and do something about it?. JC

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Submitted: 2009-07-09 | ID: 48983

Marie Worsdale, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Anybody out there with am Astra SRI that gets a clonking sound between 10 & 20 mph? Vauxhall say that’s what they do!

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They all make a clunking noise. I was told it was the ABS - Ian Finlay from England

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If it’s just one clonk when you move off at between 10-20 mph, it’s the ABS brakes self testing. If it is that then it’s perfectly normal - Chris W from Cheshire

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Hi, we had a clonking noise too, it turned out to be the fly wheel. If it had not been for Vauxhall and my local dealer and you have the same problem, it’s just over £1,000 - Mark Souter from Cambridgeshire

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Submitted: 2009-06-26 | ID: 48978

Alan Westwood, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Great little car. I bought it after enjoying a 1985 1.8 SRi for 14 years. While the old one was a racing roller-skate, the new one is heavier and slower off the mark, but once on the move this thing handles like a dream. I’m getting a steady 34 mpg as a commuter/shopper. There are no problems yet after 18 months/10,000 miles. Rear visibility is very bad, but I knew that when I bought it, so specified the reversing sensors as an essential extra. The leather pack was a worthwhile add on, as was the auto climate control. I have only two observations/complaints. Maybe its the angles of the window frames, but I can never park this thing square in a car park slot. The choice of colours is sad. Unless you’re buying a VXR, you can get it in 11 colours, most of which are shades of silver.

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I get the same clunking noise, did you find out what it is? - Michael Horn from Dumbartonshire

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Don’t let them fob you off. My Astra gear box went after 40,000 miles. It was one month out of warranty. It’s not what they do it’s the gear box on its way out. Trust me, Vauxhall admitted to me that every Astra 2007 has got a faulty gear box and should have been recalled - Tony Daniels from England

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Submitted: 2009-05-12 | ID: 48975

Lou Wright, Devon

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Just bought my Astra Twintop and it feels great! This is the first nearly new car that I have purchased and I’m so pleased with it. I didn’t want a sports car, but I did want style and that comes as standard. Fuel consumption is good and when the roof is down it’s simply fabulous. In short, I love it!

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Submitted: 2009-05-06 | ID: 49087

Helen Herbert Palmer, Dorset

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I picked up my new car with great anticipation, only to bring it back the very next day. I had a added feature of a swimming pool in the boot of my car. so for a week or two I was without my brand new spanking car. Now six months down the line I am now told I need a new gearbox. As a lady driver I don’t reckon I would be classed as a racing driver although I do like to put my foot to the floor on occasions. So a six month car having to have gear box replaced doesn’t do much for its reputation. I really am very disappointed with the car on the problems I have encountered.

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Submitted: 2009-04-14 | ID: 48973

Paul Stone, London

Vauxhall Astra 2001

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What more do you need? It has everything. Wouldn’t sell it even if I won the lottery. Future classic car. This is not a car for snobs though.

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Submitted: 2009-03-30 | ID: 48928

Jack Fielding, England

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I’ve recently bought an 08 Astra a 1.4 sxi - quite impressed although the back window is very small and hard to reverse with. With a top speed of 112mph - it is smooth on the motorway at 100mph. Great sporty look and fuel consumption good too.

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Submitted: 2009-01-07 | ID: 48974

Steve Dutton, Ayrshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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Got as a company car. Fuel consumption was 55mpg on a trip, but car cut out all the time, on motorway, in town, everywhere. Took to main dealer for service, drove 300 yards after collecting car, big bang & car stopped. Dealer collected it, kept it for a week, "fixed" the gearbox (why I don’t know) and it now does 150 miles less per tank, average 37.7mpg on long trip, grinds in second & sixth gears, and now needs to use 2 gears lower for the same hills that it managed in sixth. Had to take it back to get pollen filter changed (supposed to be done on service). The car is a joke to drive, even a Transit pulling a trailer will out drag you at the lights (used to go really well before service). Good news is the stalling is cured! This is my sixth Astra estate and they are great until the dealers touch them. They have ruined my others eg serviced & left dipstick out, fitted wrong fuel cap so tank & filler neck collapsed, on my first one, brakes failed in dealer car park after brake repair. Only by this car if you service it yourself! Basic design seems good & robust, but dealers lack basic skills & will wreck anything they touch.

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Submitted: 2008-11-25 | ID: 48949

Jerry Bushell, Devon

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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A cheap second-hand buy to replace a lovely but rusty Skoda Felicia Estate. The Vauxhall looks great & does things well enough, but it feels designed for a sales rep in a hurry rather than for a man who prefers taking life easy. It’s at its best on motorways & main roads & at its worst around town. It just doesn’t drive like a diesel! Acceleration is excellent as is fuel consumption but you have to get used to using the gears to keep the engine above 2000 rpm, otherwise its dead. Sixth gear is a waste of time in the UK as the car needs to be going either downhill or well above 65mph for the engine to maintain speed. Also unlike most diesels it’s not happy climbing hills with a full load & a cold engine. It struggles to leave our driveway in first gear - a hill the Skoda could happily take in third. On the practical side, the boot is rather shallow for an estate car and the roof rails are so close together at the back that my roof bars won’t fit. On the other hand, the car’s just narrow enough for my wife to get her motorbike past it when it’s parked on the driveway - a very important issue for us! There have been just 2 reliability problems, both to do with the brakes. A hose from the ABS system needed replacing which was done under warranty, but just 2 months after the warranty expired, the back brake pads were worn down (56000 miles) & all 4 brake discs need replacing - due to rust - at an estimated cost of over £300! How long will we keep it? Probably only a short while as I really think I’d prefer something less racy & more of a carthorse.

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Wow, Glad I read this review, I have a lovely old 1.9 diesel estate, Felicia, fabulous old motor, go anywhere, 55MPG on motorway runs. Never let me down in 4 years. I was thinking of changing her for a Vauxhall estate !! not now. What is up with you lot at Vauxhall? You used to be real reliable plodders - Paul Schorn from Hampshire

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Submitted: 2008-11-12 | ID: 48950

Steve Doran, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I have had the car 5 months and compared to other convertibles on the market it’s a lot of car for the price. It looks stylish with the roof up and looks fabulous with it down; equal to the look of the Saab convertible which will cost you a lot more. The car seats 4 which is really handy unlike most convertibles which only seat 2 unless you pay a lot more. Leg space behind the driver’s seat can be a little tight but is manageable. The automatic is great to drive and the 1.8 engine is very responsive. The sports function is easily engaged with the press of a button on the dash and this really turns it in to a sports car, dropping the engine throttle and damping the suspension makes road handling really effective however this does consume more fuel. Driving with the roof back is enjoyable and one of the best features about the car. When the roof is stowed in the boot I can still get the family shopping in. This is a good looking convertible, a lot of fun and a great drive.

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Submitted: 2008-10-22 | ID: 49091

Matthew Bawden, Devon

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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Having owned three Alfa Romeo’s buying a Vauxhall was hard to do but with two dogs and a baby on the way I needed practicality, safety, reliability, comfort and looks, so getting an Alfa Sportwagon would only get two of these! So I looked at Vauxhall and got all five, this car is amazing.....it’s black so looks cool, has 150ps so plenty of power, handles almost as well as my Alfa 156, lots of little toys to play with, reliable, has a sport button which actually works so as you notice it.....the one and only drawback is that this model doesn’t have an on board computer which for a car that cost this much should have, but other than that an all round excellent car.

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Submitted: 2008-10-16 | ID: 48953

Roger Bundy, Devon

Vauxhall Astra 2005

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This car does what is says on the tin and also looks quite good too. The diesel returns 55 mpg on long runs, is not too obtrusive if you keep to 60 mph. It is not as quiet as the French diesel engines that go in the Focus, Citroen’s and Peugeot’s. It is well built, it handles very well for an estate (it has a longer wheel base than the hatchback). The loading entry for the boot is excellent, no obstructions and low. it has a comfortable cabin. safety equipment in the club version is very good.

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Submitted: 2008-09-03 | ID: 48952

Carl Wallis, England

Vauxhall Astra 1991

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Submitted: 2008-08-19 | ID: 48967

Lisa, England

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Great for fun driving. Handles beautifully and is very fast. I had 1.8i auto that flew like the wind, especially when hitting the sports button. Heavy on the fuel though, only 25mpg and that’s without touching the sports button!!! They lose value very rapidly. Mine was only 10months old when I bought it and I paid only 8k (list price around 16k!!) Didn’t keep it long as it had electrical problems. Took it to Vauxhall 3 times and every time they promised it was sorted but never was. On one occasion I allowed the dealer to keep the car over night and still they couldn’t fix it so I got rid. Even though I loved driving the car I would never buy a Vauxhall again because if dealers don’t know how to fix their own cars how can any other mechanic be expected to know. I guess sometimes you get what you pay for.

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Submitted: 2008-07-01 | ID: 48917

Kevin Sweeney, Buckinghamshire

Vauxhall Astra 2008

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I love this car, I just got one as a company car . The diesel engine is fantastic - economical and quick. I found a lot of information about the car at http://www,astra-twintop.net very helpful when I was choosing which model to go for.

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Submitted: 2008-06-16 | ID: 49092

Martin Barnes, Berkshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Brilliant, had mine for 5 months now, just starting to get to use it with the roof down. Really good ride & handling, smooth engine & auto box. Best looking mid range convertible; with the roof up or down. Fantastic car.

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Submitted: 2008-05-12 | ID: 49093

Jim, Cornwall

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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This is my 4th Astra and they keep getting better. Bought ex-fleet at 9 months old for £7k. The drive on this model is a little harder but the handling is very good. My last was a 1.6 CD which I sold with 104K miles on, but this model is livlier although lacking power a little on hills. Engine is quiet but road and wind noise seems to be worse than earlier models. I would like to see a water temperature gauge fitted as was on previous models, though this seems to be more and more common on modern cars. A recent journey of 275 motorway non-stop miles returned 42 mpg (driver onlyon board). Road tax of £120 instead of previous £170 and better mpg means that my running costs should be lower. One big moan is the lack of front storage space, no drop down drawer as on my previous model, I believe to make space for more airbags which seem to be everywhere. Rear seats map storage is a plus as are brighter interior lights. Stereo is adequate but not a quality sound like Sony. Plus point is MP3 CD play and jack for MP3 player. Just as well as there is nowhere to store disks. I’m not keen on the ’plastic chrome trim’ to front and back of the car, already showing signs of pitting which is hard to correct. All in all a great car for the money which is why I give it 5 star rating.

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Submitted: 2008-05-08 | ID: 48916

Russell Peace, Hampshire

Vauxhall Astra 2006

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Had my Sporthatch now for just over 2 years and no complaints. Went for 1.7 diesel as economy rather than performance was important. However, she cruises down the M Way at 85-90 with out a problem and has plenty of power to keep me busy on the B Roads. Handles Like magic!!! Just about to change the car so going for the 19 CDTI 150 SRI exterior pack next. To sum up the Sporthatch, excellent value for money and great looks!!!!!

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Submitted: 2008-02-20 | ID: 48969

Alan Horley, Pembrokeshire

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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The 150 CDTi Estate is Spartan in the cabin (it does not even have an engine temperature gauge) and somewhat noisy until warmed up. The ride on those 18 inch low profile tyres result in a hard ride with a lot of road noise. However on the plus side the performance is astonishing. If the ’ sport ’ button is pushed the response to the accelerator is so quick it is a bit difficult to drive smoothly which is not helped by the very powerful brake assistance. Very much a driver’s car which puts a smile on ones face. My wife hates it for its lack of comfort and refinement.

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Submitted: 2008-01-23 | ID: 48948

Anthony Lenihan, London

Vauxhall Astra 1998

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The Astra is the best car i have owned No trouble for 9 years...I service it every July the parts costs about £25 and that’s it for another year I’m 68 years and have been driving since I was 14 years old........

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Submitted: 2008-01-22 | ID: 48911

John Bowers, Sussex

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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Had my Twintop for 3 months now. I’m blown away with it.

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When will the astratwintop.net site be up and running again, Red Leader? - from England

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Submitted: 2008-01-11 | ID: 49088

Levi Collins, England

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This car is amazing, I’ve had it now for 6 Months and have yet it has not failed to impress me, and it definitely delivers the goods. The XP version really does stand out next to the standard SRI and from the side you would think it was a VXR, the sport button mode is a joy, and yes it really does make a difference to the way the car handles and it instantly feels like you have got more under your right foot, it just takes off, it also corners very well sticking the car to the road surface, it will easily go round islands and then come out of them at 50 mph no problem at all, and without the feeling of impending doom, because you are so low to the ground on those low pro tyres, just great. Having said all that their is just a couple of things that i would change if i was designing this car again, those would be the radio needs to be a lot more bassy, and the exhaust back box could do with sounding more sporty, apart from that I’m a very happy fella indeed, and would and have recommended this car to my friends, so if you want a car that looks the dogs B then you should go and take a look at SRI XP model, because insurance is group 8E, compared with the VXR which is group 17E, a big difference when it comes to shelling out each year.

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Submitted: 2008-01-07 | ID: 48968

Malik Raza, Yorkshire

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i tnk tht car is fi9

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I think you need to go back to school........way, way back too! - Peter Proper from London

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Submitted: 2007-11-23 | ID: 48912

Robert Ritchie, Bedfordshire

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Best car I have ever had. A superb drive. best handling I have ever had in a coupe. Smart and smooth.

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Submitted: 2007-11-20 | ID: 49090

Tim Prince, Middlesex

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I’ve had this car from new and I’ve not regretted buying once. A very practical car that gives an enjoyable drive too. The engine is smooth and quiet and it handles very nimbly for an estate. The space is good and the interior is comfortable; very good driving position too. Overall this is an excellent estate and you could do a lot worse. For someone like me the down side is resale value is low, but if you’re in the market for a used car you could probably pick one up for a bargain.

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Submitted: 2007-11-19 | ID: 48947

Kerry Rolls, Essex

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I find the astra convertible a nippy car to drive and a pleasure, although being a slender women and average height i do find the seats a bit of a pain being that they are tooo laid back due to being sports seats, it makes it harder for me to have good visibility all round. The sun visors are toooo little also so often i get blinded by the sun on bright days where i have no protection from the visors, infact they are so little it makes me wonder why they bothered putting them their. The car is a very stylish car and wonderful in summer but i do pay the price with visibility and lack of sun visors protection at all times.

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Why my partner bought this car I do not know. The sun visor makes it dangerous to drive in the sun and as soon as he took delivery the roof started having problems. It will cost a fortune to fix - I would leave it in town unlocked and hope someone steals it. The doors are so big and really really heavy I dread opening them. Thank goodness I own a BMW 318 tourer I sometimes let him borrow mine for a great driving experience. - Julia Bateson from Norfolk

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Why my partner bought this car I do not know. The sun visor makes it dangerous to drive in the sun and as soon as he took delivery the roof started having problems. It will cost a fortune to fix - I would leave it in town unlocked and hope someone steals it. The doors are so big and really really heavy I dread opening them. Thank goodness I own a BMW 318 tourer I sometimes let him borrow mine for a great driving experience. - Julia Bateson from Norfolk

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Submitted: 2007-11-16 | ID: 48925

Natalie Mahon, Middlesex

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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This is the top hot hatch! A beautiful looking machine with a 2 litre engine that can do 0-60 in only 6 seconds. The VXR can do more than 150 mph but so far I’ve just pushed it to 110mph one early morning (4am) on a desterted motorway, it didn’t even break into a sweat!

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Submitted: 2007-11-07 | ID: 48972

Peter Luscombe, Cheshire

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Asbolutely amazing car, very quick and well built. Unfortunatuly I live in an affluent area and was targeted and subsequently car jacked 6 weeks after i bought it... so its probably not the best car to buy unless you carry a 12 bore in your glove box.

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Submitted: 2007-10-29 | ID: 48971

Andrew, Oxfordshire

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I’ve driven Astras for 15 years. My 2007 model 1.6 Club is the best yet. . Fabulous drive, refinement & quality.

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Submitted: 2007-10-26 | ID: 48914

Fernanda Marques, Surrey

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nice one

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Submitted: 2007-09-03 | ID: 48924

James Fallow, Northumbria

Vauxhall Astra 2007

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I’ve had this car now for 5 months now and am very pleased indeed. The engine has a great sound to it and the handling is superb. No complaints so far.

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Submitted: 2007-08-10 | ID: 48970

Adam, Cornwall

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The Vauxhall Astra 1.9 CDTI is well equipped, economical, fast and has a good standard specification. As an all round package it is hard to beat.

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How to Find the Cheapest Car Insurance

10 Tips To Save You Money

Tip 1 – Increase Your Excess

Tip 2 – Buying a Car With a Smaller Engine Size Will Result in Cheaper Premiums

Tip 3 – Third-Party Car Insurance is the Cheapest Type

Tip 4 – Cheaper Spanish Car Insurance By Increasing Security

Tip 5 – Accept Limited Mileage to Lower your Premiums in Spain

Tip 6 – Shop Around and Compare Car Insurance

Tip 7 – Drive Safely and Carefully for Cheaper Quotes

Tip 8 – Get All Your Spanish Policies With One Insurer

Tip 9 – Pay Your Spanish Car Insurance Annually

Tip 10 – Less Named Drivers Saves You Money

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Websites To Compare Car Insurance

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How Much Does Car Insurance in Spain Cost?

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Can I Insure My UK Registered Car in Spain?

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How to Find the Cheapest Car Insurance

If you are considering buying a car and you want to find out how much car insurance in Spain costs then read on and we will give you examples.

You may also be wondering if you can insure your UK registered car in Spain and be on the road legally?

We will help with commonly asked questions such as:

  • Can I insure my Spanish car in the UK?
  • Insuring UK registered cars in Spain.
  • Can I get online quote for car insurance Spain?
  • Where do get car insurance for driving in Spain?
  • Where can I find British expat car insurance in Spain?
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  • Can I get short-term insurance for Spain?

If you are looking to find out prices of insuring a car that you are potentially looking to purchase, you may wish to visit our guide on buying a used car in Spain.

If you already have a car in Spain and you are looking to renew your Spanish car insurance then it follows that you want to renew at the most affordable and lowest possible price. With another years no claims bonus to add onto your policy, it is even possible that your premium may go down.

Try contacting an insurance broker who will be able to compare quotations from many different providers as this will potentially save you enormous amounts of time (as well as money) contacting each insurance company directly yourself.

Spanish insurance brokers that can help you with finding cheap quotes for car insurance in Spain include: IBEX, INOV Insurance, Abbeygate, Jennifer Cunningham and Knight Insurance.

The bad news is that having car insurance in Spain is legally required so there is no getting out of it; however the good news is that there are a number of ways of reducing your premiums in Spain – without breaking the law!

While the article below looks at 10 different ways to get cheap (or at least cheaper) insurance in Spain, we must point out that you shouldn’t just choose your policy on the basis of price alone.

Make sure you consider whether the cheap quote you have found actually gives you the full coverage you require otherwise the policy and premium is a complete waste of money.

Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to provide false information on your insurance application as when it comes to making a claim.

There is no point of having auto insurance if you can’t make a claim when you need to – the insurance company can invalidate your contract if you have lied or provided false information.

10 Tips To Save You Money

Why pay any more than you really need to?

A bit of time spent researching and a few phone calls and e-mails to brokers or directly to insurance companies can save you literally hundreds of Euros in just one year.

Below we share with you ten ways that you can reduce and save money on your car insurance in Spain.

Tip 1 – Increase Your Excess

The best way to save money and cut your car insurance premium in Spain is to accept a higher excess (known in Spain as franquicia). The insurance company will always have a compulsory excess but you can add what is known as a voluntary excess in order to to reduce your premium (because you have taken on and accepted more of the risk of the policy).

Only do this once you have analysed your driving skills. If you believe the chances or odds of you having an accident in Spain is high then of course do not make your excess any higher. Also consider any named drivers on your policy and their driving skills!

For example if the excess is €250 then in an accident you would lose €250 of any claim you made. If you increase your excess (flexifranquicia) to €500 then of course you stand to lose that but then if you don’t have an accident in that year your insurance premiums will be much less. So in this example you can expect to save about €60 every year on your car insurance.

Tip 2 – Buying a Car With a Smaller Engine Size Will Result in Cheaper Premiums

Another good tip to save you money on your car insurance is to buy a cheap car which is not highly powered. In our experience of living in Spain and doing a lot of driving in all areas of Spain, we can advise that roads are often poor quality and full of holes.

Spanish drivers are often quite dangerous drivers – a massive generalization we know, but true!

Spanish drivers when parking will often be able to squeeze into the tightest parking spaces with a few nudges on the front or rear of your parked car!

What we are basically saying is that having a nice (expensive) car in Spain is all very well but the odds of having to claim on your insurance is higher than other countries we have lived in such as the United Kingdom.

Buying a cheap run-around town car is a sensible option. Buy a make and model common in Spain so servicing and replacement parts are cheap and you will also find your car insurance cover in Spain is similarly low and cheap. Avoid cars with modifications and extras that would make them more of a target for car thieves.

Tip 3 – Third-Party Car Insurance is the Cheapest Type

Get cheaper car insurance by opting for third-party car insurance in Spain.

This money saving tip comes with a common-sense warning – if your car has a high value then fully comprehensive car insurance in Spain is a must.

But if you can live with the possible cost of replacing your current car – maybe it is almost due for a change or it no longer has much value – then go for third party insurance in Spain.

You will save a substantial sum on your annual premiums.

Tip 4 – Cheaper Spanish Car Insurance By Increasing Security

If you can increase the security of your vehicle then you should be able to save money on your quotes. Insurers appreciate that you have made additional efforts to reduce the likelihood of your car being stolen which means less claims, which is good for them.

If you can park in a more secure area such as a garage or driveway as opposed to on-the-road-parking this should reduce or lower your payments.

Fit an alarm or immobilizer to your car but first find out with your insurance broker or company that whatever model of security system you fit to your car is approved and will actually result in lower premiums otherwise you may be spending money for nothing.

Tip 5 – Accept Limited Mileage to Lower your Premiums in Spain

This is a bit of an insider secret in the car insurance business but if you don’t tend to clock up much mileage then you can sometimes get a reduction in your premiums by getting an agreed mileage restriction inserted into your policy.

Tip 6 – Shop Around and Compare Car Insurance

Shop around and reduce your premiums. With Internet insurance sites such as ours you can easily find many different providers for car insurance.

Many Internet-only car insurance companies such as Linea Directa will have the cheapest premiums because they have smaller overheads compared to the big companies with large offices and staffs. Try also Liberty Seguros Spain, Mapfre Spain or Caser Insurance.

We also recommend contacting a number of brokers such as Knight Insurance Spain or Abbeygate Insurance Spain.

Use an insurance price comparison website that compares many deals on the market and instantly shows you the cheapest deals on offer. This will save you both time and money.

Another related tip is to tell a company what you have already been quoted and ask if they can beat it. Often they will.

This is because the market is extremely competitive and they want your business as they are banking on you being less proactive when it comes to renewing and so getting a new customer can be very lucrative indeed.

Tip 7 – Drive Safely and Carefully for Cheaper Quotes

Driving carefully and safely in Spain will in the end result in lower premiums and cheaper car insurance. Our driving in Spain page has all the rules and regulations that must be obeyed.

Any convictions or points you get on your driving license for things such as dangerous driving, drink-driving, speeding, breaking the road laws etc all increase your insurance premiums as you are then seen as higher risk.

Insurance companies love low risk drivers who have a clean driving license and exemplary driving record because they make little or no claims and therefore the insurance companies get to keep all of the premiums you have paid.

That may not sound fair but car insurance is compulsory so like it or not you may as well pay as little as you possibly have to.

Also, your insurer will reward you with cheaper insurance when the time comes to renew your insurance as they give you discounts the more years you have on your no-claims bonus discount.

Insurance companies prefer older drivers as they statistically do have fewer accidents, so if you are aged over 50 then make sure you find a quote that takes this into account.

There are also specialist insurance companies that only offer policies to older drivers and these companies are often very competitive on price.

Tip 8 – Get All Your Spanish Policies With One Insurer

Try get your insurance policies in Spain under one roof. Assuming you will also need other types of insurance in Spain then it makes sense to take out policies with the same insurer.

For instance you may have more than one car or you may also need house and home insurance for your property. Perhaps you have Spanish life insurance, a funeral plan or cover for your pet?

Your insurer should be keen to get all of your possible business so they should offer further discounts to keep your custom.

Tip 9 – Pay Your Spanish Car Insurance Annually

Pay your car insurance yearly in one single payment.

Paying annually instead of opting to pay by monthly installments makes sense because it works out less.

When you pay monthly premiums an amount of interest is typically added to cover the extra administration and the fact the money is not yet in the bank. These rates of interest charged are often quite high and often more than a banks loan rates.

Tip 10 – Less Named Drivers Saves You Money

Reduce your named drivers or other drivers on your car insurance policy.

If you are just going to be the only driver – and in most cases this is likely, then tell your broker or your insurance company because this could and should result in cheaper car insurance as most policies in Spain allow other people over 25 to also drive your car (with third-party liability usually).

Do also be aware of the opposite case where it is good to ‘name’ a driver.

For example if you have young children who are learning to drive, by naming these younger drivers on your policy, they start to build their own no-claims discount/bonus up.

Premiums may well be higher initially but in the long run it saves them by building up a clean driving record.

Spanish Companies Providing Motor Insurance

Companies that provide car insurance in Spain include: Linea Directa (the Spanish equivalent of Direct Line Insurance in the UK) as well as Liberty Seguros, Allianz and Mapfre.

Price comparison websites will take your specifications and instantly search online and compare prices for the cheapest car insurance on the market. Always shop around as car insurance is unfortunately expensive.

If you are not Spanish you may be unprepared for the seemingly ‘anything goes’ attitude that most drivers in Spain seem to adopt!

You also may not be familiar with driving in Spain or the local road customs such as when to give way etc. so this immediately increases the chances or odds of you being involved in an accident. We suggest you at least read these basic tips for driving in Spain.

So because the likelihood of having an accident in Spain is quite high so it is vital to have proper car insurance. We are not just dealing with damage to your vehicle or the other vehicle involved – considerable medical claims could result – for you or for the other party.

This is known as third-party liability and is the most important thing to cover when taking out insurance in Spain. Finding yourself uninsured or under-insured could be a real financial disaster for the rest of your life.

There are many companies providing auto services and policies in English to cater for the expatriate market in Spain so you understand what your insurance policy covers and what your liabilities are.

Do take into consideration your language skills. If you are not fluent in Spanish then it is important to take out car insurance with policy documents issued in English. Otherwise you won’t fully understand what you are covered for.

Don’t take the agent or brokers verbal explanation as when it comes to claiming on your insurance you will be the one footing the bill if you find you are not properly covered. So check the small print and ask questions until you are 100% sure the policy if what you want.

Car insurance is very similar in Spain to that of the United Kingdom – there is a choice of fully comprehensive policies or third-party fire and theft policies.

Websites To Compare Car Insurance

Unlike the United Kingdom Spain does not have the variety of sites which will help you to compare car insurance between the various providers. In the UK websites such as Go Compare, Compare the Market, Confused.com and Money Supermarket are household names that Spain does not have as yet.

There is now a new price comparison website called Acierto.com which can compare prices and quotes from many different Spanish insurance companies as listed below:

  1. Linea Directa
  2. Genesis Insurance
  3. Zurich Insurance
  4. Balumba
  5. Click Insurance
  6. Direct Insurance
  7. Fenix Directo
  8. Regal Insurance
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  10. Caser Seguros
  11. Verti
  12. Liberty Seguros
  13. Mutua Madrid
  14. Pelayo Insurance
  15. Reale Insurance
  16. Bilbao Seguros
  17. Vitalico
  18. FIATC

You will then be able to make an informed decision about which coverage and policy to choose because price is just one factor.

Knowing the benefits of each policy and the after-sales service should you have an accident in Spain is equally as important as finding the cheapest quote.

Fully Comprehensive Car Insurance

Fully comprehensive insurance is called ‘todo riesgo’ which translates as ‘all risks’. This can also be referred to as full-coverage insurance.

This covers your vehicle and any other cars involved in an accident as well as covering you and the third-party in the event of personal injury and for medical expenses.

But do check the limits and amounts to ensure you are happy with the level of liability. Some insurance companies will not offer fully comprehensive if your car is more than three years old.

Fully comprehensive insurance will usually also come included with asistencia en viajes (breakdown cover and roadside assistance) and legal expenses (defensa penal).

Third Party Car Insurance

This is the most basic type of car insurance in Spain and it is this type that is the compulsory, minimum as required under Spanish law. In your documentation you will see this referred to as either responsabilidad civil obligatoria or seguro obligatorio.

Be aware of what cover this third-party insurance covers you for which is not your own vehicle but purely any damage to another vehicle or persons that you may be involved in an accident with. This is usually limited to a certain amount and this day and age you may wish to pay a little bit extra, about €50 to obtain ‘ilimitada’ which is unlimited third-party coverage.

Third Party Fire and Theft

You can opt for just third-party insurance but it is better to pay the extra for third party fire and theft. This is because there really isn’t much difference between the two and also because there is a lot of car crime each year in Spain.

If your documentation says ‘responsabilidad civil obligatoria, incendio y robo then you have third-party fire and theft insurance.

Your contents inside the car will not normally be included but often legal expenses will be.

With all the types of car insurance as in the UK there are discounts for no-claims and discounts for named drivers as well as excesses/waivers.

One difference between Spain and the United Kingdom is that your policy will almost certainly automatically include annual Europe-wide roadside assistance and breakdown cover.

Some policies also cover you for a hire car if your car is off the road but some companies offer it as an optional extra so do check your policy details.

How Much Does Car Insurance in Spain Cost?

We are frequently asked questions concerning the costs of car insurance in Spain:

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In general the cost of insuring your car in Spain is slightly less (but not by much) than that of the UK in our experience.

Here is a real example of car insurance premiums in Spain: Citroen Xara Picasso (see photo), four years old, value approximately €10,000. Annual premiums are 568 Euros for fully comprehensive cover. Driver aged 45.

What Happens if I Don’t Take Out Insurance Cover?

Car insurance is compulsory in Spain.

It is obligatory of course to insure your car in Spain (seguro obligatorio). If you are not insured and many people are not, you could face a fine of €3,000 or be sent to prison in extreme cases.

Even if you are insured and you are stopped by the many different types of police in Spain, you can be fined €60 if you are not carrying your documentation. Make sure you carry in your car your receipt from your insurer or broker that proves you have paid for car insurance.

Can I Insure My UK Registered Car in Spain?

We know many of you want to know if you can insure your UK car and drive it to Spain. Then having driven your car to Spain you then panic and want to know if it is legal and whether your car insurance is valid or not.

There is much debate on this subject and so many people give differing answers. The easy answer is that yes you can obtain insurance with many companies and brokers who are actively advertising to insure UK registered cars but the question most people have is what happens when/if I need to make a claim?

Many people will tell you that it is not possible to insure a UK registered car in Spain. They say the policy in invalid under Spanish law and so it would follow that your car is not legally insured in Spain.

We have heard conflicting reports – some people have claimed the insurance companies paid out in the event of a claim, others have told of the insurance companies using the small-print to invalidate the insurance contact/policy.

Some people once their UK MOT has run out, go and get a Spanish ITV (this is basically an MOT in Spain).

The Spanish ITV test is a certificate of road-worthiness for a Spanish plated vehicle. It proves the car is driveable and safe and ensures the insurance company cannot claim the car was at fault in the event of an accident.

But this doesn’t mean that it makes your UK registered car in Spain legal to drive on Spanish roads. Simply if you have been in Spain for more than six months your car is technically illegal on the Spanish roads and you are at risk with your insurance.

If you are in any doubt ask your insurance company to provide you in writing with a letter stating that they understand that you are a permanent resident in Spain and that your car is UK registered and plated with no valid MOT or road tax in Spain but that you have obtained a Spanish ITV and that they are happy to provide you with insurance under these circumstances.

The easiest option is to eliminate all doubt and possibility that your insurance in Spain is invalid by re-registering your UK plated and registered vehicle, be it car, motorbike, van, caravan or motor-home by registering it as a Spanish vehicle – in other words importing it into Spain legally.

Green Card Spain – Driving Outside of Spain

On the flip side you can also drive your Spanish registered vehicle in the United Kingdom as most Spanish car insurance policies also include around 30 days, sometimes 60 days, foreign travel cover whereby you can take your car outside of Spain and still be insured.

You will need to check with your individual insurance company because sometimes the coverage is limited to third party only. Check your documents and you’ll usually find a green card with the foreign insurance details.

This ‘green card’ or International Certificate of Motor Insurance, is no longer a legal requirement within the European Union but it is useful to prove that you have the minimum insurance cover required to drive on European roads.

Road Tax in Spain – IVTM

If you own a vehicle registered in Spain be it a car or other type of motor vehicle used on the roads, then you are liable to pay an annual road tax. In Spain this is called Impuesto Sobre Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica (IVTM). Read more about road tax in Spain.

No Claims Bonus in Spain

The good news is that most Spanish insurance companies and providers will recognise your no-claims bonus (NCB) even if you have built this up in another European country such as the United Kingdom (UK).

In common with other countries your car insurance in Spain gets cheaper the longer you go without making a claim on your insurance policy – in Spanish this is called prima de no reclamacion.

Plus you can now pay a small additional premium in order to protect against the risk of losing your no-claims bonus (no claims discount).

Temporary Car Insurance – Short-Term Car Insurance

This term may be unfamiliar to you but this type of insurance is becoming more popular. Temporary car insurance (aka short term car insurance) is a form of short term car insurance which enables you to insure a car for a very limited duration usually for just a few days at a time but it can be as long as a month.

Some of the reasons you might want to take out temporary insurance in Spain would be for friends and relatives who come to visit you for a holiday and to stay with you.

If they are not covered under the terms of your current car insurance then you can obtain temporary car insurance so that they can drive your car while you are at work.

Another reason is that you might just want to borrow somebody’s car for a short trip or temporary period. Why go to all the hassle of taking out an annual policy only to cancel it later.

We all know how you don’t get a full refund for the time left on your policy and in some cases you don’t get anything back at all!

Short term car insurance is becoming increasingly popular for expat residents in Spain. This is due to the nature of people from the United Kingdom going back and forwards to Spain.

Many people have holiday homes in Spain and they might stay in Spain for short periods. In this instance short-term insurance may be a more economical alternative to taking out an annual car insurance policy.

In this way you can just take out insurance when you need it. These short term car insurance policies can be taken out for just one day or as long as a month.

It can also be referred to as temporary car insurance. There are many reasons and situations where sometimes you just want to drive a car for a week, perhaps you are borrowing somebody’s car while yours is being fixed, there are all sorts of reasons and short-term insurance provides a solution.

Reader Simon wrote in to ask:

“Do you do short term insurance, i.e 3 months for a 700cc quad bike?”

Answer from our experts:

“The law in Spain is that if you have a vehicle it must be insured at all times irrespective of whether it is being used or is parked up on or off the road. As such, no companies provide short term insurance. It is an enquiry we get quite a lot. If the vehicle is registered in another country the existing insurance for the vehicle in that country should be extended to cover use in Spain for the period required rather than arranging a separate policy over here.”

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While the Vauxhall Astra family hatchback has always sold in big numbers, it has often been just behind the class leaders, whether they had slightly better engines, tighter handling or were simply more desirable. Perhaps that’s why Vauxhall has really gone to town in designing the seventh-generation Astra, making it a far better car as a result.

It might not look radically different, but the Astra is leaner and more purposeful than before, with a range of clever engines, almost uncanny refinement and suspension that soaks up most imperfections, but manages to sit between the Focus and Golf for driver involvement. Forget the old Astra’s dowdy image, because it’s now a real alternative to the Ford and VW, along with rivals like the Renault Megane, SEAT Leon, Kia Cee’d and Hyundai i30.

A large factor in its rejuvenation has been an impressive diet, with this Astra weighing around 200kg less than the old one – the equivalent of driving around with three fewer people in the car. It’s a little shorter overall, but pushing the front and rear wheels further apart means the interior is actually more spacious. This design change helps the Astra look more athletic – as do its modern headlights and rear window pillars, which slope up to meet the roof in a similar way to a coupe.

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There are plenty of engines to choose from, with five petrols and three diesels, starting off with a 1.4-litre carried from the old model that feels dated. Its fuel economy of 52.3mpg isn’t too bad, but CO2 emissions of 124g/km are high for a car taking a lethargic 12.6 seconds to get from 0-62mph.

While it only has three cylinders, the 1.0-litre petrol with 104bhp is far more advanced, takes a sprightly 10.5 seconds to complete the same sprint and returns 64.2mpg, while emitting only 102g/km of CO2, for a £20 road-tax bill (if registered before 1 April 2017).

If you crave more performance, there’s also a 1.4-litre petrol with 123 or 148bhp, returning just over 50mpg and emitting between 124 and 128g/km of CO2. A 1.6-litre petrol turbo with 197bhp is the quickest Astra in the standard line-up, hitting 62mph from rest in 6.6 seconds, but costing more to run (46.3mpg and 141g/km).

Choose a diesel and the same 1.6-litre engine is available with 109, 134 and 158bhp, with the top version getting two turbochargers, hence its ‘BiTurbo’ badge. All three feel powerful on the move, with the entry-level engine accelerating from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds and the power upgrades chopping off a second each (nine and 8.1 seconds respectively). The ecoFLEX model with 109bhp can return up to 85.6mpg, while the faster versions return up to 74.3 and 68.9mpg. The BiTurbo costs £20 annually to tax, while the others are free to tax – in both cases as long as they’re registered before the tax system changes in April 2017.

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The quality of some interior materials might not topple the VW Golf, but the Astra’s dashboard feels much more contemporary and logical, while the standard ‘IntelliLink’ infotainment system gives in-car technology a real boost. It has cleaned up the glut of buttons Vauxhall tended to favour too, although we’re appreciative that the climate control still has physical controls.

Back-seat passengers will find 35mm more kneeroom and while the boot isn’t class-leading, it is generous: its 370-litre total is just 10 litres off the Golf.

Vauxhall has honed the Astra’s suspension on UK roads and you can tell. There’s a great compromise between ride comfort and driving pleasure. Poor roads and potholes won’t jar occupants too badly, but the suspension doesn’t sag or lean in sharp corners. The Focus just has the edge for pure driving fun, but the Astra is very happy whether it’s on a twisty country lane or the M6.

Vauxhall offers a confusing array of nine trim levels, but at least that means you should be able to find the exact car to suit you – with some guidance. They start with Design and progress via Tech Line, Energy, SRi, SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line, SRi VX-Line Nav, Elite and Elite Nav, with every Astra getting essentials like air-conditioning, a touchscreen, Bluetooth, cruise control and DAB radio as standard.

Most importantly, SRi models tend to have a sportier theme, while Elite trims are designed with luxury and convenience in mind, offering executive must-haves like leather upholstery, heated seats and even a heated steering wheel. Our pick is the Tech Line, which gets desirable features such as an eight-inch infotainment screen and sat nav, without costing too much extra. Versions from SRi and above get Vauxhall’s OnStar as standard, which not only acts as a concierge service, but can also report your exact location if you’re involved in a crash or need roadside assistance.

At the 2016 Car Tech Awards, the Astra came top in the best self-parking system and best safety innovation categories for cars under £25,000, with the latter thanks to OnStar. The Astra also received a commendation for its sat nav.

The Astra should certainly protect occupants in an accident, with a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP. In our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the Astra came 67th out of 150 models for reliability, while the Vauxhall brand improved from 30th to 25th out of 32 manufacturers, so it still has plenty to do.

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