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Vauxhall astra alternative

Discussion in 'Motors' started by cyborg, 1 Feb 2006.

  1. cyborg

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 May 2004

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    Location: Belfast

    I've posted loads of threads before about a new car, and still i have my 1995 1.4 8v astra. Paying so much for the insurance that i can't save up for another car, so im going to stop the insurance and save up for a new car in the summer. I liked the astra, yea the 1.4 8v are really slow, but i learned everything i needed to know about them, and they were easy to fix and reliable.

    So i was thinking of going for a mk4 astra, 1.6 16v, give me alternatives, cars need to be around £2500.
     
  2. Morba

    Caporegime

    Joined: 7 Mar 2003

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    Location: Krispy Kreme drive thru

    focus.

    there is a shocking amount of focus's available for under 2500 now!
     
  3. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

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    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    Shocking price for a focus i still think of them as new.

    AT reveals that your 2500 notes will get you a 130k S - T plate - Nice :cool:
     
  4. cyborg

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Belfast

    Hmm so thats it, focus and no others. I thought someone would have another suggestion.
     
  5. cymatty

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    Saxo vtr, cheap to repair fairly economical and not to bad insurnace. :)

    1999 CITROEN SAXO 1.6i VTR 3dr Hatchback, 46,000 miles, Black, 46k, 1 owner from new, Full Service History, Toad alarm, remote central locking, electric windows, alloy wheels, Sunroof, T&T, excellent . . . . (private)
    £2,500
    20miles
     
    Last edited: 2 Feb 2006
  6. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,944

    Location: Loughborough

    Focus 1.6/1.8/2.0 Zetec with Climate Pack. :)
     
  7. cyborg

    Wise Guy

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    What is 'Climate pack'?

    I did think of the saxo VTR, but i prefer the medium sized cars, and i also am wary of the image of it. In my area it would become a possible target to be stolen also.
     
  8. cymatty

    Capodecina

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    Ah ok cool, you will get a newer one with less milage etc than the focus, but i can see the size and image issues. :(
     
  9. saitrix

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    Climate pack has air con, heated front windscreen, heated washer jets and heated mirrors.
     
  10. cyborg

    Wise Guy

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    Heated front screens and washer jets :O i never even knew you could get such things!
     
  11. Morba

    Caporegime

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    how about heated key locks (not on fords)?
     
  12. ajgoodfellow

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    You will get more Astra for your money as the Focus holds onto its value far better

    £2500 should get you a '99 car with sensible mileage

    Don't get the 1.6 8v Astra though - it's awful. 15bhp less than the 1.4 16V, thirstier, rougher engine, slower - it's not worth it

    The Focus is a nice car. You could also look at a Leon/Golf/Almera (!)/Corolla (!)/Megane/Xsara/306/Bravo/Brava/Civic

    IMHO the best are the Focus and Astra
     
  13. Nimzicki

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: London

    1.6 16v Mitsubishi Colt, for 2.5k you can get the mirage version with side skirts and front splitter, just something a bit different to think about. Not the fastest 1.6's around but good looking and reliable, insurance is pretty good too :)
     
  14. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    Citroen Xsara VTR - 1.8 16v, Coupe, 0-60 9 seconds, climate control and rain sensing wipers.
     
  15. cyborg

    Wise Guy

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    I really like the xsara 1.6VTR (cheaper on insurance. However it only seems like the facelift model of the VTR has the 0-60 below 10 seconds, if i am to believe parkers, and these seem to be hard to get for that price range.

    I also like how the colt looks, but then, its a Mitsubishi, doesn't that mean expensive parts?

    I just can't see myself driving a focus, or Astra again, id rather not have one, I'd like to drive down the street and people recognize my car because its at least a little unique.

    I think i will wait untill a nice VTR comes up for sale, whats the interior like on these cars, hard to find pics of it.
     
  16. Sone

    Sgarrista

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    Perodua Nippa?
     
  17. MikeWarner

    Associate

    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

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    Location: West Sussex

    How about a 1.6 astra? There is a big difference in power betweent the 1.4 and 1.6. Or do what my mate did with his 1.4 Astra - he fitted a 156bhp 2.0 16v engine and it shifts now (although insurance would not be good!). Have a look at the link in my signature for more Vauxhall related crap. :)
     
  18. AndrewP

    Mobster

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    Location: Livingston

    Should be some pictures somewhere in here: http://www.xsarasportsclub.com/forum/album_cat.php?cat_id=1

    Feel free to ask any questions over there aswell :)
     
  19. cyborg

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Belfast

    I fitted a 2.0 8v with 130bhp, and the f16 gearbox, but, the brakes for some reason screwed up, and even after changing absoloutly everything, still didn't work right, so i gave up on it, too high insurance anyway. After the amount of trouble i had with it, and the amount of work i put into it, my confidence for working on cars is shattered.


    that Perodua Nippa is one ugly mofo.
     
  20. MikeWarner

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    Location: West Sussex

    cyborg - the bleed nipples should be at the top of the caliper, not the bottom. ;)