Astra Diesel 1.7Turbo Good Buy?

Discussion in 'Astra' started by Parahandy, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. Parahandy

    Parahandy Guest

    O.K. I'm thinking of buying a Astra 1.7TD estate S reg.
    I've read various user reviews and road tests on the model and at the moment
    the jury's out on the purchase. Dealers asking £3799 on a 72k

    It looks clean enough and the dealers offered a warranty at a good price
    ..Before I consider it further on the basis that there must be a few owners
    out there I wondered what peoples opinion was,in general on the car (its an
    LS model estate) Is there anything in particular to this model I should look
    out for on the inspection test drive. i.e. is it one to stay clear of.
    Opinions advice appreciated!!!!
    Parahandy, Apr 7, 2004
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    tallymanmail Guest

    We had a TDS hatchback for 2 years on an R plate - bought new and sold
    with 33k on the clock. No major problems - servicing was reasonably
    cheap. Not a very inspiring drive - ok if you're used to old diesels
    but the Focus (we replaced it with a V plate model) was a much nicer
    car to drive. Lack of performance did mean that we didn't have to
    replace tyres at all over the period we owned it. Build quality was
    fairly plastic & felt it. By the time we sold it, engine was starting
    to rattle & smoke. Sorry no idea on long-term problems. Personally
    won't be buying another Astra. Make sure you get a full service
    history & don't be too sure about the warranty - you'll find the small
    print on most warranties negates just about any major claim - upper
    limits, items not covered, use not covered, maximum age (I know a lot
    of the good warranties have a 5 year age maximum which dealers tend
    not to mention. If possible get an AA/RAC report done.

    Hope this helps

    On Wed, 7 Apr 2004 23:34:45 +0100, "Parahandy" <tonyREMOVE
    tallymanmail, Apr 8, 2004
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    malcolm Guest

    There are two generic faults of which I am aware of, and which you should
    bear in mind. The first is the fuel pump, which is prone to failure, and is
    expensive to replace. The second is the radiator, which often becomes
    clogged, causing severe overheating, and headgasket failure.
    Check for a full service history.
    malcolm, Apr 8, 2004
  4. Parahandy

    Parahandy Guest

    Thanks people for taking the time to pass on the wisdom about the Astra,
    much appreciated.
    Parahandy, Apr 8, 2004
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    Kevin B Guest

    I think the price is very much over the top.
    I have heard that some upscrupulous dealers
    will load the cost of repair of a known fault
    onto the price of a car so that if it gets detected
    during the warranty period, they fix it, and you
    think they have fixed it for free.

    I paid £1300 for a R reg with 80k, & FSH.
    But it was from a relative so it was a little cheaper
    than normal but sure not that much cheaper.

    Suggest you compare the prices in the Autotrader.
    Kevin B, Apr 8, 2004
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    derek Guest

    I've recently purchased a Vplate dec '99 with 56k on clock for £3750 so it
    looks very expensive to me.
    derek, Apr 9, 2004
  7. I think that's a bit steep, but if you like the car and are satified with
    the condition and warranty then there's no reason to walk away...

    Personally, I'd consider around £3K to be more realistic - if there's ANY
    sign of head gasket failure (apparently caused by a frequently-blocked
    heater matrix) or a botched repair then steer well clear and look for a
    better example elsewhere!

    James Shackley, Apr 13, 2004
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