... just bought a 4 year old Astra Sport 1.8.. had a focus ST170 well actually had two of them and had nothing but problems..
So I took them back and rushed out in a mad hurry to get a car before monday (work)... ended up with the astra... and I am well impressed.
I've always liked the look of the astra, never driven one, never been in one, but I still bought it, anyway I bought it yesderday and collected it today, and when I got home I had a huge on my face.
Its smooth, quiet, nippy (not too fast but good) gears change with ease!.
compared to a focus, clunky gear changes, excessive wind noise, rattles, and general pool build quality, its excellent.
The car does have a few scratches, etc.. but I like working on cars so I'll give me summit to do...
I've been lucky really I've got an Astra and now I found this site!