I've been thinking about getting myself an Astra lately, and I think all my friends and family are fed up with hearing about it. My situation is I currently have a 2002 1.6L petrol Focus, but have my eye on a Mk5 1.7 CDTI Astra. I test drove an 80bhp one and found it a bit slower than my Focus, but hopefully tomorrow am going to have a go in a 100bhp one. My reason for wanting a Diesel is essentially most of my driving time is spent in fifth gear on a national speed limit major A road so I felt it made more sense in the long run.
I'm just being hesitant because of parting with a fair chunk of cash when the truth is my Focus does do everything I need for reasonably cheap. I would just like a car with a little bit more power when going from 50mph to 70mph, which I hope a Diesel would do better than my little petrol (without needing to change down two or three gears!) with its extra torque. Was wondering if anyone else here had a similar situation with previous cars, or even if anyone could confirm my hopes that the 100bhp CDTIs are quite respectable at picking up speed when they're asked to.
Also finally, most I've been looking at have done 60k miles if not more, was wondering how reliable Astras are as the miles stack up.