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I regrettably sold my Astra earlier this year due to financial issues. It was by far the best car i have ever owned. It was a 3 door, 150bhp sport hatch. It had all the kit - built in sat nav, heated leather seats (front only) bluetooth etc. The economy for the Astra around town wasn't the greatest for me as i was doing short journeys, but on the motorway it was fantastic. Pushing 52 miles to the gallon and long runs. The speed was great. Acceleration was great for a diesel and when you hit the sport button the car came alive, throttle response was fantastic. The Sat nav could have done with an update as it had the 2007 CD but to find a replacement i was looking at £150 from a Vauxhall dealer which i couldn't justify. I did find sites offering to provide me with a CD for £30 but after reading reviews on Car Club websites i thought better. If you want a fun, quick and agile car to drive then this is definitely worth it. Mine cost around the 10k mark (3 years ago) and had 1 owner. It had 34k on the clock when i bought it but it had only done motorway miles. Couple of tips - Check the EGR valve (type it in google) and give it a clean every couple of months, it will save around £400-500 a new part. If it has an AUX port - plug in you MP3 player and it will play through the car. If you have an Iphone then do the same and you can use the phone like a hands free kits but without the cost of buying one. You will have to use the phone to call and end instead on the steering wheel controls but it does help. If you have error warning pop up then visit the car forums online and they will give you loads of tips for it. All in all - Great build quality, fantastic drive and great fun.
I have recently baught one of these vehicles myself and cannot fault it one bit. I had been interested in them for a while as their styling had been radicly uplifeted compared to to the predecesors of the vauxhall astra market. When looking into the range of different models and engine varients they had i thaught best to go for diesel. Many people are put off by the thaught of deisel vehicles as there rattly and smelly. I understand that concept myself but in all fairness with the windows closed you can bearly hear modern diesel engines. I baught my astra sri diesel 150 just under a year ago and have had my eyes opened into the superior leap foreward in diesel technology these vauxhall mk5 astras are definatly underrated i would suggest that people at least test drive one! And thats comeing from a mechanic that does nothing but moan about anything other than german and japanese vehicles!
I got this car in Novemeber 2010, and I was a little unsure at first as I have always had smaller cars such as the corsa but since starting a family we really needed something a little bit more practical for things such as a pram, car seat and shopping ect. my partner also wanted something at little bit bigger nso he was comfortable when he drove the car as he often found it a little bit cramped in the corsa. I've always like vauxhalls and so the astra was a perfect choice. Its big enough for a family and also has a sporty look to it which both myself and my parnter like. It very good on petrol, comfortable over longer journeys and my experiences with vauxhall have been problem free very good customer service. The simple parts that I have had replaced have also been low in cost and the insurance is satifactory for a car of this size. A few other members of my family and friends have also had this car and recommended it to us as they found it very reliable and i have also.
The Astra 1.9 CDTI is available in 3 door sporthatch and 5 door hatchback varieties and in 120 and 150 bhp derivatives. The 150 bhp 3 door model is the one I chose as I wanted something which looked sporty (like the VXR) and which had a good level of performance. Despite the 30 extra bhp the car returns 48mpg+ on average on a combined cycle and has never dipped below 44 mpg even when crawling in traffic day in day out! The engine offers more than enough pulling power at low revs which means you dont have to thrash it to gain good performance levels. On the twisty stuff the engine is relaxed and responsive, less tiring than revvy petrol equivalents, does 15+mpg more and feels just as exciting. The gearbox is excellent. All the gears engage smoothly and firmly and the gearstick feels just right! The performance is matched by the appearance of the car. Mine came with the exterior pack (skirts and 18" alloy wheels) which are fitted at the factory when purchased. This does not affect the insurance as an add on, as it is an option on most insurance websites and is actually classed as a standard model. Usually a bit more costly on the forecourt but they look excellent with the body kit and are a real head turner. The interior is of a good quality, well screwed together. Mine has done 40k miles and there are no annoying rattles or squeeks. The standard equipment (57 plate owned) includes cd played, aux jack, air con, driver, passenger, curtain and side impact air bags, sports seats and tinted glass. The interior isnt plush, but it is simple, laid out well and user friendly and is finished well in silver. In my opinion a standard VW/Audi is a plainer place to sit! All in all its an excellent car with no trouble in the first year of ownership! If you like your journey softer then buy it with the smaller wheels!
My wife and I bought a 57 plate Astra CDTI SRI around 6 months ago, the car cost £7.5K which I was pretty pleased with considering it had full service history, one owner from new, 28K miles on the clock and even a teeny tiny bit of warranty left. This car is a bit of a winner on all fronts really, first impressions are great it looks really sporty and lives up it. It is pretty nippy and handles exceptionally well you almost start to seek out winding back roads. Not only that efficiency is superb given the performance, about £45 (in slightly cheaper biodiesel) to fill the tank and about 450 miles out of that so no complaints there. As for the interior the seats are extremely comfortable to the point I'd happily take them out and use them in the lounge. The cockpit and dash is solid and well made if perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing aspect of the car, the back seats are spacious (though any friends over 6 foot may disagree) and I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the boot. All in all this a cracking well made car which I would highly recommend!
I bought this car back in November on a 55 plate and it had done 40k miles which was not bad at all. Paid just under 8k for it which is not a bargain but I was very particular about the model I wanted and so was just happy to find one relatively nearby. Vauxhall gave the Astra a complete overhaul in 2004 and the new models were so much better than the pre-2004 ones. My Astra is the 1.9 CDTI, Diesel SRI 150BPH and it is a 3 door. Now this may just be personal opinion but I think the 3 door looks a lot more compact and, to be frank, a damn site nicer! For me, this car rivals anything that i have seen in terms of head-turning capability. Inside, the seats are comfortable, with lumbar support. The back is very spacious I have been told and the trim is very unassuming. The dash is pretty standard and if anything probably lets the car down a bit as it is very plastic and quite drab. The car comes with AC and a standard CD/Radio which works ok, the sound quality is pretty good as there seems to be speakers everywhere. I upgraded to a bluetooth/ipod CD player over xmas and beware that if you take out the factory fitted music system then you are looking at an extra £40 from Halfords to get a cradle for a new stereo to fit into. As for performance, well this is a quick car. Does 0-60 in around 8 seconds and really has some great torque when driving at higher speeds. I regularly do a 600 mile round trip to watch my football team and it really does lap up the motorway. Being a diesel means that the consumption is pretty good and I can easily get 400 miles from a tank on the motorway...which is pretty good I reckon. So far (touch wood) no problems with it, and am still delighted with the purchase.