Vauxhall Astra - redviper
HI all


Follow on from my prevous no reply post LOL! ;-)

I have decided to get rid of the T Reg MOT Faliure laguna at 82000 Miles.

The Garage has offered me £1000 part ex for the Laguna and I have been looking at a MK4 Wreg Vauxhall Astra wich has done 44000 Miles its a 1.6 Club Edition I have read the CbC Breakdown and I am tempted to go for it, the Price of the Astra is £3.495

But can i ask you guys what your opnion on it is?

Thanks in advance

Ste
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
Forgot to add


When i took it out the Engine Managment Light came on - but any problems he will sort it out as it comes with 1 year warranty


Ste
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - bell boy
the engine light coming on is a classic on this car,its the egr,make sure they put a new one on £100 ish as cleaning on this model never works.
i like these cars many dont due to electric gremlins,i would be wanting the car for £2,200 with my p/x but obviously dont know where you are based so £3500 less £1000 p/x in your area might be a good deal.......
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
Hi oldman


Thanks for your reply

Im in the NE of England - I think though he has given me a fair price on the Laguna considering it has ABS fault - blowing exhaust and could do with new tires - i did try and get him to give me £1200 for the laguna but he wouldnt becasue i insisted that it needed a cambelt change wich he is going to do for me.

i do have to say that the :laguna is nicer to drive but i just cant be bothered to keep geting it fixed when things go wrond espcially the trouble ive had over the ABS on the Laguna.

But i do like the Astra a lot so i think another test drive is in order i think :-)
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
"but he wouldnt becasue i insisted that it needed a cambelt change wich he is going to do for me."

The Astra that is



DOH!!
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - Dynamic Dave
the engine light coming on is a classic on this car,its the egr,


The crankshaft sensor and or camshaft sensor are favourites as well.
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
Nice one

Thanks for your replys i will mention all this when i go to see it again on Saturday


Ste
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - bell boy
>> the engine light coming on is a classic on this
car,its the egr,
The crankshaft sensor and or camshaft sensor are favourites as well.


im pretty sure its the bulletproof 8 valve for this year rather than that (unamed thing) ;-)

but willing to take the medicine if wrong........

OP........if it is the ecowreck make sure the water pump is changed at the same time as the belt and get it written into your purchase receipt that all this work has indeed been done.......
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
"OP........if it is the ecowreck make sure the water pump is changed at the same time as the belt and get it written into your purchase receipt that all this work has indeed been done......."


Yes its the "Ecowreck" anything that i should know about this ;-)

Ste
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - bell boy
see my above post.......i personally hate this engine in all its guises and normally run when i see it under the bonnet...........good ones are brilliant by the way ............which is yours?
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
its the 1.6 16V Version - looks alright to me :-)
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - bell boy
get them to guarantee the mileage
get them to put in writing that the belt the tensioner and the pump has been changed.
make sure the one year warranty is worth the paper its written on
goog luck after that .......its only a car after all....
oh and its better than any laguna in my limited book......
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
Well im going to give it another Test drive on saturday

The Garage is very good with warrentys, and we know the owners well, thigs with my two Laguna's they bent over bavkwards to sort out, there not a dealer just a independant used car retailer.

But if there is anything bad about these then i do want to know, the CbC Breakdown report seems ok - (its not as big as the Laguna one) LOL!
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
Thanks for your input though :-)

Ste
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
Vauxhall Astra - bell boy
i think you are doing everything right and its independant so they neither want nor need the hassle of selling bad unreliable cars.
go for it if you are happy with the drive,make sure the switches under the heater controls work and that the headlights arent full of condensation
Vauxhall Astra - Number_Cruncher
One thing to add to your excellent list om

belt, tensioner, water pump *and* both idler pulleys

Oh, sorry, some more points!

If the car were mine, I would block off the EGR at the first sign of trouble, rather than pay out £100 every 18 months or so for a new valve.

I would also run a supplementary earth to the coil pack, and I while doing the cam belt, I would check the oil pump gasket - they extrude out between the bolts , which I would check to make sure they are tight. When doing an oil change, make sure that oil pressure is built up only by cranking (i.e. pull the fuel pump relay) the pressure pulse caused by suddenly building oil pressure has seen a few of these gaskets fail just after a service.

Number_Cruncher
Vauxhall Astra - Victorbox
My Dad runs a similar mileage 1.6 Club Y reg. It has been perfect with only normal servicing.
Vauxhall Astra - redviper
Cheers Everyone thats great!

Ill prbs print this out, and take it with me when I go to see it tommorow

Ste
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1983 (A) Vauxhall Astra 1.3L
1993 (K) Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0i GLS
1999 (T) Renault Laguna 1.6
 

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