Astra 1.6SE, standard fit, no optional extras.
This is my first Astra and I am pleased with it so far. No major problems, only the few niggles I mention below. I find it a good comfortable car to drive although the 1.6 is maybe a bit under powered for the weight of the car. This is probably reflected in the fuel consumption which is not as good as I expected, even with a light right foot.
I will shortly be booking my car into the dealership to have some work carried out under warranty. The fault is with the Average Fuel Consumption feature on the Drivers Information Centre. When I reset the display the figure resets momentarily to 0 and then goes to 35.3mpg. This figure is the same every time it is reset. I believe this is a fairly common problem and requires a software reset or reload.
There are also a number of indicator lights on the Instrument Cluster that do not seem to be working as described in the Owners Manual. If the equipment is fitted in my car I would expect the associated indicator lights to operate as explained in the Owners Manual. Before I book the car in can anyone provide an answer to the following questions. Any information you guys can give would be a great help.
With the Light Switch set to AUTO the daylight running lights and indicator on the Speedometer and sidelights/headlights and indicator on the Tachometer operate as expected for the available light.
There is also an Automatic Light Control Indicator on the Tachometer located between the Left Turn Indicator and the External Light Indicator at the bottom of the Tachometer (see page 80 of the Owners Manual, mine is issue 01/2010). On page 86 of the Owners Manual under Exterior Light it states that this Automatic Light Control Indicator illuminates green when the automatic light control is switched on (AUTO Position on the light switch). This does not happen on my car.
Question 1: Should the Automatic Light Control Indicator on the Tachometer illuminate when lighting is set to AUTO?
Automatic Rain Sensor Wipers
There is an Automatic Rain Sensor Indicator on the Speedometer located at the 80mph position. On page 86 of the Owners Manual under Rain Sensor it states that this indicator illuminates green when the Automatic Rain Sensor is selected. This does not happen on my car.
Question 2: Should the Automatic Rain Sensor Indicator on the Speedometer illuminate when Automatic Rain Sensor is selected ON at the control stalk?
Ride Control System
According to the Owners Manual (page 80) there should be a Traction Control Off (TC OFF) Indicator located at the 2000 rev position on the Tachometer which should illuminate when the TC is deactivated (page 133). The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Indicator on the Tachometer and Electronic Stability Control Off (ESC OFF) Indicator on the Speedometer operate as expected (at least during the ignition check and when the ESC is set to off).
On the Tachometer in my car the TC OFF indicator has been replaced with the indicator for the Lane Departure Warning. My car does not have the Lane Departure system fitted but does have Traction Control.
Question 3: Is the Traction Control Off indicator on the Tachometer of anyone else’s car?
Rear Seat Belt Indicators
On the Drivers Information Centre (DIC) there are three seat belt indicators for the rear seats (see page 80), I assume one for each seat belt position. From what it says on page 81 of the Owners Manual I would expect these indicators to operate in a similar way to the seat belt indicators for the drivers seat belt and front passenger seat belt. The rear seat belt indicators do not work on my car.
Question 4: Should the rear seat belt warning indicators on the DIC illuminate when the rear seats are occupied and operate as described in the Owners Manual?
Two other indicators shown in the Owners Manual are not on the Instrument Cluster on my car. These are the Reduced Engine Power indicator (page 80 and 85 in the owners manual) located at the 0mph position on the Speedometer and the Upshift indicator (page 80 and page 83 in the owners manual) located at the 160mph position on the Speedometer.
Question 5: Are the Reduced Engine Power indicator and Upshift indicator on the Speedometer of anyone else’s car.
Any information you guys can provide will make it easier to get things sorted at the dealer.