Amazing Astra Clocks Up Half a Million Miles

Wed, 23 Jan 2002
An 89F Vauxhall Astra on the fleet of Mead's Speed Courier business continues to deliver the goods after clocking up 492,992 miles. The Astra Estate, which is still on its the original diesel engine, has been hailed as one of the most reliable on the Mead's Speed five-car fleet. Barry Mead, owner of the Newport Pagnall based family business, is delighted with his Astra which he describes as a "workhorse" and an "ideal tool for the job". Even with nearly half a million miles on the clock, the Astra has needed no major work. Barry Mead commented: "It starts every time and I have not had to do any major work on it since I bought it six years ago at 100,000 miles. It is also very economical and can take almost as many parcels as a van." Mead's five car fleet delivers throughout the UK and Europe. Mead says, "I am pleased with all the Vauxhalls we have had and would certainly buy another." HJ Website Backroomers had a few questions so I called Barry. Yes, it's the 'old' GM 1.7 diesel. Yes, Barry changes the timing belt every 30,000 miles. Yes, he changes the oil every 4,000 miles, but uses ordinary Millers or Morrisons 15w40 from his local A1 Motor Stores. He reckons the secrets of high mileage are simple: "Never rev the engine when cold, never leave it idling from cold, keep your speed down to an indicated 70-75, and change the oil and filter regularly." He also runs a Vectra 2.0 DI 16v estate which has now done 130,000 miles and has had no problems with that either.

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