Opel Astra 2004 vs Opel Astra 1998

Opel Astra
2004 - 2007
Opel Astra
1998 - 2000
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 1.9 Diesel2.0 Diesel
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming chain
Timing belt usually needs to be replaced more often than the chain, but it is usually significantly cheaper. Timing belt motors are generally quieter and less vibrating than chain motors.


Power: 120 HP82 HP
Torque: 280 NM185 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 10.5 seconds14.5 seconds
Opel Astra 2004 is more dynamic to drive.
Opel Astra 2004 engine produces 38 HP more power than Opel Astra 1998, whereas torque is 95 NM more than Opel Astra 1998. Thanks to more power Opel Astra 2004 reaches 100 km/h speed 4 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.85.8
Fuel tank capacity: 52 litres52 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 890 km in combined cycle890 km in combined cycle
1060 km on highway1080 km on highway
830 km with real consumption830 km with real consumption
Ground clearance: 160 mm (6.3 inches)130 mm (5.1 inches)
Because of the higher ground clearance, Opel Astra 2004 can perform better on bad roads - it can go over higher obstacles and bumps. At the same time, the higher ground clearance can reduce stability and handling on paved roads, especially at higher speeds. Note, however, that this Opel Astra 2004 version does not have 4x4 drive, which is very important in poor road conditions.


Average engine lifespan: 470'000 km480'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used.
Engine production duration: 6 years4 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 3 other car models, including Opel Zafira, Opel Vectra, Opel SignumInstalled on at least 2 other car models, including Opel Zafira, Opel Vectra
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Opel Astra 2004 might be a better choice in this respect.
Hydraulic tappets: noyes
The Opel Astra 1998 engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.25 m4.11 m
Width: 1.75 m1.71 m
Height: 1.46 m1.42 m
Opel Astra 2004 is larger.
Opel Astra 2004 is 14 cm longer than the Opel Astra 1998, 4 cm wider, while the height of Opel Astra 2004 is 4 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 380 litres370 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1330 litres1180 litres
Opel Astra 2004 has 10 litres more trunk space than the Opel Astra 1998. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Opel Astra 2004 (by 150 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.5 meters10.1 meters
The turning circle of the Opel Astra 2004 is 0.4 metres more than that of the Opel Astra 1998, which means Opel Astra 2004 can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): no data1`745
Quality:Opel Astra 2004 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Opel Astra 1998 has serious deffects in 130 percent more cases than Opel Astra 2004, so Opel Astra 2004 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 14001000
Rating in user reviews: 7.5/10 7.5/10
Pros and Cons: Opel Astra has
  • timing belt engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • higher ground clearance
  • higher safety
  • fewer faults
Opel Astra has
  • timing chain engine
  • lower price
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