I've been looking for a Astra forum and have stumbled across this one, so hope some one can help. Due to a growing family I've just sold my car (a Skoda Fabia VRS) and am looking to get a cheap Astra. I'm looking to spend up to £3k and not that bothered about the spec. Having had a scan on autotrader I guess I'm looking at around a 2000 model. The only essental items are an automatic gearbox and overall reliability. I'm new to the Astra so any advice would be very much appreciated. My main questions are...
- Is the automatic gearbox in the Astra any good?
- Was the estate car available in automatic? I can't find any anywhere! Is my only option the hatchback?
- Which is the best engine to opt for? I'm not bothered about performance, and semi-decent economy would be nice
- Is the 1.7 TD any good? Not sure if it's in my budget though. Or am I better of with the 1.6 petrol (car will only cover about 200 miles a month at the most.
Sorry for all the questions! Many thanks.