This is my second review. I've had the car for 2 yrs and 36,000 miles. While I still like it, I'm looking to get rid of it now. Still have the same interior rattles plus some new ones. Had to have the driver's seat cover replaced, never had one of those wear out before. AC is now "pulsing" but after my lousy experience with the local Chevy dealer as an "Authorized Saturn Service Center" I'm afraid to bring it in for service. My mileage has gone down, I think it's because there is ethanol in the fuel, but 25 mpg on the highway, I might as well drive an SUV.
All the luxury features that didn't cost extra.
Screen the "Authorized Saturn Service Centers" better.
There is no accounting for taste. The American public really missed out not making the Astra a huge hit. This car handles like a sports car and is built like a high end European luxury car. The car exudes quality throughout. Knock on wood for over tow years it has been trouble free. It looks better than anything it competes against. Too bad we can not get the 2011 model, I would go out and acquire one tomorrow. This is one great car that is going to be a rare classic in the future.
This could have been a nice car, but like so many other small cars it's a DOG with NO option to get much needed HP and Torque. Just sold mine because I just cannot deal with the lack of power any longer.
My Astra XR 5dr has been great. So much fun to drive through the twisties. Fits all kinds of stuff, with or without kids. I drive it constantly for work and the A/C never quits, I consistantly get 30 mpg city and highway, drives well in snow and ice, and is very comfortably over vast distances. Its incredibly easy to change the oil and to change the spark plugs. The big sunroof works effortlessly.
Love the sunroof, the short throw 5spd shifter, the easy clutch, the spot on steering, the effortless manueverability, the gas mileage (burps at 10 gals at fillup, goes 310 miles), stereo is topshelf in sound, solid build quality, interior very nicely appointed especially if you get leather.
Problems have been few. The paint aint the best especially around the rear bumper. I've had a TPMS sensor problem that GM hasn't been able to figure out. Took me reading the owners manual to figure out cruise control. Stereo is awesome but no MP3 jack. Only one pwr jack. Cup holder not for americans
I've owned the car for two years and it is a lot of fun to drive. Very good handling, solid feel, good acceleration and very good fuel economy. My street bicycle fits in the back so it won't get stolen like it could with a bike rack. My remote control model airplanes fit in the back as well (even with the bike). Nice car.
Great handling. No repairs.
An ipod input would have been nice. I fixed that with an aftermarket in-line modulator so the ipod works well now.
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