Written on: 01/05/2009
Reliable, spacious and capable of taking a criminal amount of neglect and abuse.
They don't make them anymore!
Mine is a '93 1.4i club estate, i've had it nigh on four years now and to be honest, i can't fault it for the service it's given me. As a painter and decorator the car's been loaded up to the hilt with mine and my work mates painting gear and also all his woodworking stuff, and that ain't light, and the little car has never missed a beat. It's probabaly had three maybe four oil changes while with and i've never serviced it properly, just the occaisional set of plugs and air filter. Even when more robust cars were stuck in snow the astra got us home. In order to make a quick get away i once revved the engine out in second until the injectors were stuttering before going up into third and dreaded looking under the bonnet afterwards but all was okay.