Re: Vauxhall Astra
- From: "DervMan" <dervman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 08:42:06 GMT
"R. Murphy" <newspam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>I have an '02 Astra estate 1.6 8v, a replacement for my Cavalier.
> In use - very useful. I commute 60 miles/day in comfort.
> et around 37 - 39 mpg regularly (don't forget its a motorway commute)
That's a little bit low if it's the previous generation (and not the one
currently being sold).
Ahhha - cancel that. Dad's 1.6-8 was never especially economical even with
me driving. :)
> On holiday - 250 miles to Dover to get ferry, then 320 miles the next day
> across France, then return a week later - no problems, comfortable enough.
> Goes around corners well.
> Now covered 53k miles.
> Warranty (3yr) up last week - and a B*****y good job it was for3 years
> because in that time I have had
> A complete steering assembly (would have been £400 parts + £200 labour,
> it had started to leak oil) about 18k
> A steering pump a year later (it started to whine a lot) (Cost unknown)
> 39k miles
> A thermostat - hardly worth mentioning you might think, except I've
> just found out what's involved in replacing one - and a front suspension
> top bush 39k miles
> EGR valve problems (Code read would have cost £50 but got for free
> under warranty, rest is cost unknown)39k miles
> GBox oil seal 39k
Ouch. That's a lot of replacements needed at the 39,000 point.
> A failed front wheel bearing (complete hub assembly replaced) (Cost
> A pair of drop links (joints on one had worn out!) (£60 reclaimed from
> And just before the warranty was up (like 7 days before!) - an A/C
> compressor. (was quoted £173 for the compressor before they realised
> warranty still applied, fitting charge unknown) (clatter from unit when
> A/C switched on, disappeared when A/C switched off. Good job it was
> summer, eh!)
Not really, because you would be using the system all year round, surely?
> Steering has needed alignment twice - both times just after my VX garage
> had done work on the steering
> In winter I get a lot of condensation in the engine, have to clean the
> oil filler cap every week, OK in summer/hot weather though. (Even when the
> stat works properly!) VX say it is normal, garage says the 16vales are
> even worse!
Hmmmmm. Dad didn't have this issue with his Astra although I daresay he
didn't check it often, heh.
> Most of these repairs would have amounted to more than the total of
> repairs to my Cavalier in 7 years/125k miles or so.
> This is in addition to service items and rear wheel cylinders.
> Comparison to the Cavalier? - Front suspension bushes flagged as "tired -
> recommend replacement" - at the 90k MOT. Had the lower wishbones + bushes
> + antirollbar links replaced at a cost of £275 inc the MOT ! Oh, and I
> think I had a dizzy cap and a set of plug leads at one point, about £30
> I have to say - I am feeling a little uncomfortable about the next 3 years
> or so of planned ownership ...
> Partly because I have now got the Haynes manual and have discovered that
> Apparently I have a hydraulic instead of a cable clutch - for me that
> means if the gears get sticky I can't just tweak the cable adjustment and
> see what happens, I need a garage ...
It's becoming more and more common to use hydraulic clutches, often linked
in with the brake circuit too.
> It seems that if the clutch or steering mechanism need work - the
> subframe has to be dropped and then realigned
> So - there you go.
> As I said, love the car, but sh****ng myself over the likely ownership
> costs and hassle.
You might be lucky and find that everything will be just fine now, or a
chunk of stuff will need replacing at the 80,000 mile point... Good luck.
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