Part Numbers: CCC1-101023, CCC1101023, 81050797 FA

This ECU/EDU is a very common failure for all 1.7 DTI Astra and Combos with the 16V Isuzu engine, causes the engine to non start or run and then die.

Vauxhall did manage to finish ahead of Volkswagen in terms of overall reliability across models. Plus, there is a large network of Vauxhall dealers out there that can fix your car should the worst happen.

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This ECU is a very common failure for all 1.8 Vauxhalls with this system type, the problem is caused by the location of the ECU - because it is bolted to the side of the engine block it cannot disipate any of its heat naturally combined with engine vibration and wild temperature differentials these ECU are failing in very large numbers. The fault usually displays itself as the warning light on the dash board with fault codes that blame the Aif Mas Meter, Air temperatire sensor and misfire on one cylinder but this is always caused by a faulty ECU.

Thinking of purchasing a 1.6 or 1.8 litre Astra? Check the ground where it has been parked for a serious oil spillage. If you see a large patch of oil then it may be suffering from a problem with the crankshaft seal, which will also cause a severe juddering throughout the car when you engage the clutch. The part is quite simple to replace, but the damage caused to the engine from a poorly lubricated crankshaft could be extensive.

Available in hatchback and estate versions, the Astra is a durable car that has the power to last through the years and is not too money hungry when it comes to servicing. It’s a great choice for a second hand car, but make sure you do the due diligence and go through some of the checks listed in this article:

Another problem that occurs on starting in the Astra is a fault with the top camshaft sensor. This could be responsible for slow starts or the car failing to start completely. Again, the sensor can be cleaned to restore full functioning and allowing the car to start smoothly.

If the seller of your Astra insists on leaving the car in gear when parking with the handbrake, then this is a sure sign that there is a problem with the car’s brake, which is known to fail.

Other potential problems with the DPF-equipped cars come if it has been shut off partway through a regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked out.

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If your Astra has a diesel engine, then it is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This means that the car will need to be taken on frequent motorway journeys to ensure that the DPF can regenerate, as this process is only triggered at high speed. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure.

Is your potential purchase spluttering and not providing you with a smooth and easy ride? One potential culprit could be the mass airflow sensor, which is known to be one of the weak points in the Astra. It supplies information to the ECU, which in turn controls the fuel and air mix in the car. If this is faulty it means that the engine’s performance will be affected.

This ECU is a common problem for the above vehicles fitted with the 1.6 engine built between 2005 - 2013

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This Corsa C Electric power steering column is a very common failure, usually causes the steering to go heavy when turning left or right.

The Astra is a car that will hold its value reasonably well over the years, providing you with many miles of solid motoring. It’s a good first choice for a new driver or for a second family car.

ECU Type: Siemens Simtec 70 & 71
ECU location: Bolted to the side of the engine block
Price: £250
Delivery: Next working day
Rebuild time: 2 - 3 days

Common failing electric power steering column that causes loss of power steering, EPS light on and fault codes stored for "power steering torque sensor" or "steering position sensor"...

Others mentioned the aerodynamic skirt under the front bumper. This is there to decrease fuel consumption, but it can be caught on kerbs, especially if you prefer to drive nose first into a bay when parking.

Common fault for all Vauxhall Easytronic transmissions, normally causes the engine not to start with the "F" sign in the middle of the dash.

Very common problem for the 1.7 & 1.9 CDTI engine that causes complete non starting intermittently.

Part Numbers: CCC1-101023, CCC1101023, 81050797 FA

The Astra didn’t manage to score as well as its key rivals according to the results of our most recent survey, coming just behind the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf, Seat Leon and Ford Focus.

If the second-hand Astra you’re thinking of purchasing takes time to start before engaging the full power of the engine, or if there is a clicking sound when you turn the key in the ignition you could be looking at a problem with the starter motor or solenoid. This can be solved by simply cleaning the contacts in some cases, but will often require you completely replace the motor.

This ECU is a very common failure for all 1.8 Vauxhalls with this system type, the problem is caused by the location of the ECU - because it is bolted to the side of the engine block it cannot disipate any of its heat naturally combined with engine vibration and wild temperature differentials these ECU are failing in very large numbers. The fault usually displays itself as the warning light on the dash board with fault codes that blame the Aif Mas Meter, Air temperatire sensor and misfire on one cylinder but this is always caused by a faulty ECU.

ECU Type: Siemens Simtec 70 & 71
ECU location: Bolted to the side of the engine block
Price: £250
Delivery: Next working day
Rebuild time: 2 - 3 days

Very common problem for the 1.7 & 1.9 CDTI engine that causes complete non starting intermittently.

This ECU/EDU is a very common failure for all 1.7 DTI Astra and Combos with the 16V Isuzu engine, causes the engine to non start or run and then die.

Causes loss of power steering in one or both direction, normally starts out as an intermittent fault but always becomes more permanent with time.

Vauxhall Engine Problem Solved

Owners are generally happy with their Astras, according to our most recent survey. However, some complained of rattles in the interior. This could be as simple as the alloy wheel locking nut if it has been placed in the glovebox, or it could be something harder to diagnose such as a broken clip or loose trim.

This ECU is a common problem for the above vehicles fitted with the 1.6 engine built between 2005 - 2013

Part Numbers: CCC1-101023, CCC1101023, 81050797 FA

This ABS pump is a very common failure for the Corsa D built between 2006 and 2014, causing complete loss of braking to the left front brake caliper...

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the most easily recognised cars from this popular manufacturer on UK roads. It started life in 1979 and was the first Vauxhall to utilise front wheel drive, making it an excellent alternative to the VW Golf.

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Pay attention to your position on the road and handling when taking your Astra for a test drive. If there is any kind of wobble or problem with holding your road position, then this could well be down to erosion in the front suspension bushes or the corrosion in the top turrets. These will need replacing to regain full control of the vehicle.

Part Number: 16267710
VM Number: 8974891360

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