This may be the Opel with
the shortest production run ever. Not really, because the Astra
has been around for some time, but this specific model (Opel Astra H) was built
from 2004-2009. There was a facelift in 2007. With the Astra H, Opel tried to improve quality. You mainly see this in the interior,
where they tried to use better materials and get rid of the rickety image
of the previous generation. They succeeded. It feels fine and sturdy. It’s still an Opel, though. You’re not
driving a BMW or Audi, but it looks tidy. Gasoline engines range from 89-237 hp. The 237 hp
version is the OPC, which we’re driving today. If you want a diesel engine,
you got to choose from 79-148 hp. We can give a tip there: if you want to put on
the miles without problems, look at the 1.7 CDTI. It has a service interval of 31,000 miles
and is known to never break down. The Opel Astra was built with four different bodies. The 5-door hatchback, the station wagon, the
3-door GTC, and the coupe / 3-door hatchback. When searching Marktplaats.nl,
select “2-3 doors” in the search menu, because the latter can be found in
both the coupe and hatchback categories. That way you know you’ll find all of them. There’s also the TwinTop; the convertible
with a 3-panel metal folding roof to make sure you stay dry in the rain. ENGINES
diesel About 1,000 Opel Astras of this generation
are for sale on Marktplaats.nl Gasoline and diesel engines
are divided with 75% and 25%. About 75 TwinTops are for sale.
Prices for an Opel Astra start at 1,000 euros and go up ’til 13,000 euros for
a full-option TwinTop convertible. OPCs are rare. At the moment,
only a handful are for sale on Marktplaats.nl When looking for one, you’ll have to take your time.
The nice car you’re looking for may not be there. What are the reasons to buy an Opel Astra,
other than that an OPC accelerates quickly? That aside, comfort. Astras are
comfortable cars with a solid finish. They are rather reliable, an exception here
and there, and they’re cheap to maintain. If there’s a problem, you won’t have to address all
of your savings, because it’s relatively affordable. Of course, there are things to watch out for. To begin, the 1.7 CDTI we already mentioned,
the nice engine which feels agrarian but sturdy, has as only con that the master cylinder
and brake booster die sometimes, so check during a test drive if
the brakes work well and continuously. It shouldn’t release and brake harder.
You don’t want that. That’s the only big problem the 1.7 CDTI may have.
It’s not a big problem, but it does happen. The other diesel engines,
the 1.3 and 1.9 (and mainly the later models), have particulate filters which get clogged. The engine management thinks to solve this
by injecting extra diesel to burn it off. The pressure may rise too high,
damaging the turbos, etc. If your engine doesn’t run well,
this may be the cause. The 1.9 diesel engine’s tensioners and water pump
need to be replaced with every new timing belt. The water pump is a weak point
in the 1.9 CDTI and may die. When it does, the timing is off
and it can destroy the engine. Check if the water pump was replaced with
every new timing belt (or the most recent one). Finally, for the 1.9 diesel: the dynamos die. Next is a problem with the EGR systems,
which may get clogged. We know the problems this causes. Specific for the Astra is that
the windshield wipers’ arms aren’t enduring. Check if everything is firmly bolted.
The wiper’s motors are susceptible to jamming, so check all settings and if everything works. No
crazy things should happen when you turn them on. Continuing with other electronic gremlins:
the central computer sits in a strange location, at the left front fender,
where it may collect some water. Water and electronics don’t mix,
so check if all electronics work. It doesn’t need to be the computer; it can also be
the computers behind the dashboard or in the back, especially when the fuel gauge doesn’t
work right or the dashboard dies. The problem may not be caused by
the computer at the front fender, but it can be one of the other
computer systems in the car. Another electronic thing, which
is easy to check, is the horn. It may fail sometimes because of bad printed
circuit boards. This car doesn’t have that problem. The handbrake is important as well.
It may release on its own, so make sure to park the car in gear to prevent it
from taking off on its own when the handbrake fails. You also have to check if
the engine warms up quickly. If not, the thermostat may be broken;
another weak point in the Astra. Finally, for all Astras, check the car
for rust in two specific spots, because this generation Astra doesn’t rust that
much. It’s not as bad as the image older Opels have. But, the subframe is susceptible to rust.
At least, rust forms there first. And the shock absorbers.
Check for rust happening there. There is one specific thing to watch out for
in the TwinTop convertible with folding roof. The sills are built differently
for extra body and chassis rigidity. That’s logical, of course, but the sills collect water. You can’t do much about it, other than
drilling holes in the plugs to drain the water. This prevents rust forming on the inside.
The car we’re driving today is a cool one. We traced one of the few OPCs.
We borrowed it at Opel Broekhuis in Zwolle. This is a 237 hp OPC GTC, the only flavor
available for the OPC; the 3-door version. It’s that pretty OPC blue with black leather
and cool sports seats. It’s a pretty car. My hot-hatch heart is getting greedy, to be honest. THIS CAR If you’re looking for a second-hand car and want
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