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csweatherston
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Hi General Chat.
Hopefully Buying a 57 plate astra VXR tomorrow.
Is there any common faults to look out for?.

I have heared the 2nd.. 3rd gear syncros are weak and can whine.

Its only covered 55k so not massive miles.

Also its got the 19" wheels, are these saught after?... as i would hope to eBay them in favour of the 18" snowflakes.

Any advice/ input appreciated.
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gearboxes.
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I had mine for about 3 months and in that time it had over 3k worth of REPAIRS done to it. The biggest spend was the gearbox at 1360 for a rebuilt one. The rest was on a new Intercooler, air con unit and all the bits and bobs that goes with it including the labour. I loved the car but its just to fragile. Mine was only 4 yrs old and on 32k miles when this all happened. I love them on the 19s as the 18s just look like there off a lower spec model.
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quote:
Originally posted by Ben G
gearboxes.
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Seriously put me off buying one in the future.

A shame because they do decent MPG and looks the bollocks in Arden Blue on the 19'a
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Jebus thats bad Eck!.
Could yours have been an abused model perhaps?.
Or did you buy it with any faults?.
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turbos are piss
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On the other hand I've had mine 3 years and I've only had a seized bleed nipple, a rocker cover gasket and regular maintenance, although its getting some drop links shortly so it's not all horror story's


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To add its an 06 and is now on 67k


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I have had my Astra vxr for a year, so far the faults have been a broken key (my fault) and a wheel weight falling off. my gearbox is fine, although had only been repaired just before i brought it.
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Im worried about this gearbox problem now.
What symptoms does it show?.

Whiney, crunchy?
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Mine just started popping out of 4th gear one day and within 24hrs it wouldn't even go in. Some whine before they go. It's a bloody expensive fix. Mine was pretty fucked, the diff pin had sheared the clutch cylinder was leaking and 4th gear had shredded.

[Edited on 29-09-2012 by big eck]
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quote:
Originally posted by l15ter
I have had my Astra vxr for a year, so far the faults have been a broken key (my fault) and a wheel weight falling off. my gearbox is fine, although had only been repaired just before i brought it.


So the gearbox was broken lol.
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my mate works for peter vardy and hes done a lot of turbo's on then due to cracked manifolds
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quote:
Originally posted by big eck
quote:
Originally posted by l15ter
I have had my Astra vxr for a year, so far the faults have been a broken key (my fault) and a wheel weight falling off. my gearbox is fine, although had only been repaired just before i brought it.


So the gearbox was broken lol.


Part of the reason why I got that one, but hasnt been any faults since then.
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cars break.
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Some a lot more than others
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Got it..
Gearbox seems fine (touch wood)

Few niggely things to sort out:
*Squeeky as hell brakes
*Front tyres
*Drivers seatbelt doesn't retract fully.

What the heck does the sport button actually do?
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Makes the steering a little heavier and the throttle a bit more responsive


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quote:
Originally posted by big eck
I had mine for about 3 months and in that time it had over 3k worth of REPAIRS done to it. The biggest spend was the gearbox at 1360 for a rebuilt one. The rest was on a new Intercooler, air con unit and all the bits and bobs that goes with it including the labour. I loved the car but its just to fragile. Mine was only 4 yrs old and on 32k miles when this all happened. I love them on the 19s as the 18s just look like there off a lower spec model.


Yours was modified, not sure why you miss this out when posting about it breaking?

Could also have just been a shit example.
big eck
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It was modified but so has every car I had and i've never had that kind of failures with such a newer car and low mileage. Having a modified car has nothing to do with the breakages that I mentioned anyways

As for the shit example comment it was in mint condition with it only just turning 4yrs old and low mileage. I don't have a habbit of buying complete dogs.
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torque steery...
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Dale's one is about a phase 3 power wise, and he hasn't had any trouble with it, apart from his Forge acutator playing up.
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quote:
Originally posted by big eck
I had mine for about 3 months and in that time it had over 3k worth of REPAIRS done to it. The biggest spend was the gearbox at 1360 for a rebuilt one. The rest was on a new Intercooler, air con unit and all the bits and bobs that goes with it including the labour. I loved the car but its just to fragile. Mine was only 4 yrs old and on 32k miles when this all happened. I love them on the 19s as the 18s just look like there off a lower spec model.


should have got the ///m3


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big eck
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I know The wife said no tho as it was rwd

Having said that the M3 ain't exactly the most reliable car there is either

[Edited on 30-09-2012 by big eck]

 
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