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1995 Opel Astra Cabriolet [F]

1995 Opel Astra Cabriolet [F] in Top Gear, Non-fiction TV, 2002-2015 IMDB Ep. 16.0

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: DE — Built in: IT

1995 Opel Astra Cabriolet [F]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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m.pfaffeneder DE

2011-01-11 17:46

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They said it was/is the worst convertible ever made. And I think they´re right.

BTW: This car was the replacement vehicle in the "Three Wise Men" episode.

ingo DE

2011-01-11 18:06

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Oh, there were worse Convertibles - the Kadett E-based Cabriolet was also a rust-bucket. Even worse were Fiat-made Cabriolets, Ritmo and Punto.

All Astra F and the other Opels of the early/mid-90ies are made in junky quality. It were the horrible "Lopez-Years", where the supplier's-prices and the production-costs, and due that the quality, were pressed violently down. The second factor was, that in that years, in the Opel-top-management were sitting several US-managers, who tried to trim Opel to the US-way of GM: higher production-output, no high-tech, combinated with low-quality-material.
This became a desaster for Opel in Germany. The repuation collapsed, and Opel-cars were seen as junk-quality like Fiat, Daewoo or Lada.

The classic German car-buyer is still a bit oldfashioned about the repuation of a car-brand. So for Opel he always has this 1950ies-slang in the head's back: http://www.alt-opel.eu/shop2/show_det.php?det=65&nav=10&rb=9 When Opel couldn't confirm this expectation any more, they lost heavily market-share.
But similar happend with Volkswagen (Sn.Lopez had been there, too :/ ) and Mercedes Benz. The German customers can be getting really pissed, when well-known companies cannot hold the established expecations any more.

Sandie SX

2011-01-11 19:25

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Ford Escort MKV Convertible for me was the worst convertible ever made. The standard car was bad enough but add the scuttle shake from the body not being strengthen properly and the fact it was the car of choice of chavvy Essex hairdressers and you have a pretty terrible car.

mercman93 IE

2011-04-13 17:11

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After the Syrian Border part of the right wing mirror has been broken of

Gamer DE

2014-02-05 19:42

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They called it a Vauxhall even though it blatantly has an Opel badge on it. :o

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