Cruise Control, Overhead Airbags, Side Airbags, Air Conditioning, ABS Brakes, Power Locks
4 Cylinders, 2WD, 1.8L Engine, Manual 5 Speed Transmission, 92K Miles, Red/Black
Leather Seats, Cruise Control, Alloy Wheels, Overhead Airbags, Traction Control, Side Airbags
4 Cylinders, 2WD, 1.8L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 77K Miles, White/Black
I've owned this car for just over 6 months. I'm from Europe and so I already knew the Astra well. It's a very solid car in every way. On average, I get 34mpg out of mine even at 75mph on the highway. The car is very quiet and gets slightly noisy only at speeds above 65mph (but nothing unbearable, really). It's made of very high-quality materials, inside and outside, and it makes for a very comfortable ride even on long trips. The handling, braking and steering are simply superb and unmatched for a compact car in this price range. The shocks are a bit stiff, especially at the back and on rough roads, but that's the price you pay for stability. As far as reliability, I haven't had a single issue with mine so far. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this car and would highly recommend it to anyone who can appreciate a truly European ride. Shame on GM for not marketing and advertising this car adequately.
I love this car! I call it my mini SUV. It drives smooth, it is very comfortable, I am a big girl and I find it very roomy. I love the hatchback and have plenty of room for my shopping and my four large dogs. I put in $25.00 worth of gas a week and never have to worry it. The car even counts down the gas milage left to go when it has under a quarter of a tank. It comes with onstar and cruise control and the stereo sounds fine! I would recommend this vehicle to anyone thinking about buying a new car.
I purchased a 2008 Saturn Astra XR. I liked the way it looked, has a sun roof, steel alloy wheels, low-profile Michelin tires, and some nice features on a computerized system. The exterior is sleek and looks sporty. It was a sun roof that covers most of the passenger area and is very nice. The only part that opens is the area over the front seats. It is quiet when open at all speeds. The interior looks nice and is functional. It has the fan control knob on the right (verses left side as in most american made cars) side. The air is cold and heater is hot. Most air will come through the center ports. It has a 6 CD changer that works great. The stereo system has an awesome sound with the 7 speaker concert system. The dash and doors have a two-tone look that is attractive. The computer system allows you to tweek the sound sytem and keep track of the vehicle's fuel consuption. It has a trip meter in the dash to help keep track of mileage between trips or fill-ups. The speedometer has 160 MPH, but I haven't tried to reach the maximum speed. The seats are very sturdy. There is no quick release for the reclining seats. A round handle has to be turned to get the most comfortable position. The driver seat has a pump handle to raise and lower the seat. This is not exactly convenient and takes some getting used to. I really like the layout of the interior. The hatchback area is small but will carry enough for two to get away for the weekend. The engine is a small and slow 4 cylinder. It does not get the estimated gas mileage of 36 MPH highway but does get the estimated 23-27 MPH in the city depending how long you sit at traffic lights or have to put your foot in it to get into traffic. The best I could get on the highway was 30-32 MPH, which is still good. The lighting system is good unless you have the tinted windows that I have. The backup lights are not as bright as they could be and do not provide enough light to see well while backing at night. The headlights need some attention and I changed them as soon as I bought the car. They do not provide the same lighting as most vehicles from 2008. I purchased a brighter light, but the headlight housing system limits the lights so that the hi-beam lights must be used on roadways without street lights. I could not find a repair manual for this vehicle except on-line under a subscription from different agencies. I tried asking mechanics, but none had experience with this vehicle. It seems that this vehicle has few repair issues. After some looking and experimenting, I learned how to access the headlight systems. Changing the headlights takes some time. The right and left system is blocked by the air filter and battery box. They must be removed before the headlights can be changed. The signal lights can be changed by accessing a removable door in the wheelwell. The tires must be either removed or turned for access to this port. The rear lights are easier to access through door panels. The vehicle has a sturdy suspension that makes you feel each bump. It is a great car for city distances, but is not extremely comfortable on trips. Since I bought this vehilce for travelling to work, it suits my needs very well. The sterring is very responsive and the short wheel-base allows for parking in any city parking area (including parallel parking). All-in-all, I like this little car because it is fun to drive!