Review: Vauxhall Astra Estate (2004 – 2010)


Striking good looks and very roomy. Response yet economical engines. Good long-distance load-hauler with very tidy handling. Reliable.

Front suspension bushes can wear prematurely. Failed waterpump can fling off the timing belt on 1.9 CDTIs in just 40k miles.

Recently Added To This Review

12 May 2014

Four reports of mirror glasses falling out of two 56/57 reg Astras and two 56/57 reg Zafiras, all owned by the same family, but kept in different places and doing different mileages. Read more

30 June 2013

56k mile 2006 1.4 required new throttle body and new 'Motronic' control unit at a cost of £1,719 (presumably an 'Easytronic'). Read more

9 February 2013

Same Brake Pressure Sensor problem in ATE/Teves Mk 60 ABS/ESP module as VAG cars and some Fords, Volvos and Mazdas. Can be fixed from from £225 by ; Read more

Vauxhall Astra Estate (2004 – 2010): At A Glance

What does a Vauxhall Astra Estate (2004 – 2010) cost?

List Price from £18,660
Buy new from £15,995
Contract hire from £162.05 per month
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Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Astra Estate (2004 – 2010)

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29–60 mpg

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What cars would be best for my old dog to be able to jump into the boot?

I need a reliable car to travel from Southampton to Bournemouth four times a week as well as a 20 minute drive to work each day. I have a 2004 automatic Ford Focus now, which costs a fortune in petrol and tax, and my old dog is finding it hard to jump up into the boot. Can you recommend something easy for her to get in and one that will keep the pennies to a minimum please?
Go to West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions in Witney ( and buy an ex-police dog van that will be a Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra or Ford Mondeo Estate specially converted and vented for carrying large police dogs.
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