Is a Vauxhall Astra a good first car?

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Is a Vauxhall Astra a good first car?

Post by hardus77 » Fri May 17, 2019 10:44 am

Hello everyone

I am 22 and currently taking my driving lessons, once I pass my test my dad has offered me his current car so he can get a new one, I was thinking is it a good car to start with? All I know about it is it doesn't have an overly big engine and there is no modding of any kind on it. It is also and 03 I think so it is nearly 10 years old?


EDIT: I forgot to mention is is a 5 gear manual.

Thank you!

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Re: Is a Vauxhall Astra a good first car?

Post by Pompeydave » Fri May 17, 2019 10:53 am

Ideal for a 1st time driver , if 03 it's over 16 years old though so may not be the most reliable to run.
Saying that the mk4 Astra is cheap to repair unless major items go when then you have to think how much the cost of repair vs value of car comes in.

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Re: Is a Vauxhall Astra a good first car?

Post by Asherzzz » Fri May 17, 2019 10:59 am

I would say its the perfect car for a first time driver. So long as insurance isnt too steep ( which i imagine it wouldnt be)

if its on an 03 plate then i would imagine there are a few dings and scratches on it anyway so its not that big of a deal if you curb the wheel or ding it which is probably likely when first passed your test.

Good luck with your test
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Re: Is a Vauxhall Astra a good first car?

Post by Scotty_b » Fri May 17, 2019 11:10 am

The Astra G is a nice car and some say the best built Astra.

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Re: Is a Vauxhall Astra a good first car?

Post by nsanderson » Fri May 17, 2019 12:57 pm

The Mk4/G Astra is a fine car. I still remember being amazed by the Lotus tuned handling first time I drove one.

My neighbour has got a Y-reg (so 2001?) Astra G and there's no visible rust on it and it just keeps on running so I'd say it's a great first car.
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Re: Is a Vauxhall Astra a good first car?

Post by M1chaelR » Fri May 17, 2019 1:04 pm

I had a T reg Astra G for my second car and loved it. A nice big capable, comfortable car. It was an older 1.6 petrol which had some egr valve trouble, but other than that it was a reliable machine.
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