Opel Problems

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Opel Astra 2011: Are there any known problems?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2020

I have a question for you, David: Is the car a private import form Britain? I ask because you’ve quoted the distance covered in miles and the Opel Astra wasn’t sold in Australia until September 2012, while you say the car in question is a 2011 model.

In any case, the Astra we got in 2012 was an interesting car and one that drove pretty well, but it wasn’t really suited to Australian conditions. Plenty of them suffered failures of the water pump which, in our climate, soon led to overheating engines. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine was also a bit underdone power-wise and the turbo system could develop leaks. There was also a big problem with manual transmission failures, the first sign of which is a whining noise coming form the gearbox. Oh, and the car was also involved in the Takata air-bag fiasco.

The whole idea of introducing the Opel brand to Australia turned out to be a huge flop for General Motors and the whole thing crashed and burned after just a little over 12 months.

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Citroen, McLaren and Opel caught in Takata airbag saga

Citroen, McLaren and Opel caught in Takata airbag saga

28 May 2018 · by Spencer Leech

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a revised Takata airbag recall list that includes an additional 1.1 million vehicles, with Citroen, McLaren and Opel now implica

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Opel Corsa high fuel consumption?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Sep 2014

The combined fuel consumption quoted on the label on your windscreen is not a real-life figure, it’s the result of a laboratory test, and the aim of it its to provide the buyer with a figure they can use to compare one car with another. The bottom line is that it doesn’t necessarily affect the consumption you might get in real life driving. But I would expect the real life fuel consumption to be closer to the claimed figure than yours appears to be. There are many factors that can affect fuel consumption, ranging from tyre pressures, extra load in the boot, roof racks, driving style etc. I would ask the dealer to demonstrate to you that the car’s fuel consumption is normal, as they claim it is.

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