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 71 
 on: Yesterday at 14:26:33 
Started by terry paget - Last post by dave the builder
What about a Corsa?
Same engine family as the Astra... And we all know how that's working out.
Yep 100% agree
but the corsa will probably have suffered even worse bad maintenance than an astra.
@ 120k semi synthetic or even mineral 10w40 would have been my choice.
little vauxhall engines don't like synthetic oil from my experience .

as for the garage flushing it , that is what you have done by putting in 5w30
yes you cleaned the sump ,BUT all the rest of the engine gunge from head,oilways and sides of the castings of the block etc is now dissolved, probably partly blocking the filter and pick up.
as with the last engine, I advise you drain it,new filter,new 10w40 semi or even thicker 15w40   mineral oil.
any car you buy needs oil suitable for the wear on the engine , I tend to buy lower mile cars and do cambelt and service etc .
important that a car has a credible documented service history unless yu know the seller. and it looks like the astras you have purchased have questionable history and high miles .
try the oil change and filter and make sure it is cooling correctly would be my advice . AGAIN  :D
 

 72 
 on: Yesterday at 14:26:06 
Started by terry paget - Last post by Doctor Gollum
That's a grand worth of Omega derusting...

 73 
 on: Yesterday at 14:25:07 
Started by pauls - Last post by Doctor Gollum
Some vehicles, DAF to name one, kills the power to the radio and door switches whenever the door is open or reverse is selected...

All that to say, just be mindful that the door switches may not work with the driver's door open ;)

 74 
 on: Yesterday at 14:24:43 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Lizzie Zoom
This kind of thing reaffirms my belief in the death penalty.

Yes indeed! :y :y

The death penalty must be restored.

At least for any murderer who has, without any doubt, committed that crime.

In cases of serious assault 10 years should be the minimum, and for rape as in this case, 20 years, with all sentences having to be fully served, without any talk of parole .

Anyone who kills whilst drunk in charge of a motor vehicle it must be a minimum of 25 years custodial sentence.

That is just for starters! ;)

 75 
 on: Yesterday at 14:23:52 
Started by terry paget - Last post by terry paget
What about a Corsa?
Vauxhall's are ok, Terry, but other makes are available. Having said that, once any car reaches a certain age, it is bound to have problems.
I guess you like Vauxhalls because you're used to working on them, but Fords are much the same, and abundant. Of course, you wouldn't have the forum to fall back on.
Decisions, decisions.
Quite so. Having scrapped three Omegas last Autumn (MOT rust failures) I sought advice on this forum, and Astras seemed attractive. Road tested one for sale locally 850, liked it, bought it. Splendid car. Bought another 330, MOT failure, on emissions test it seized up, oil starvation. Bought another 795, here we are.

Last new car I bought, 1978, was a Volkswagen Passat, nothing but trouble.  I have owned Austins, Morris's, Fords, Citroens, Peugeots, Rovers and recently Vauxhalls; not to mention a Cotton 250 Villiers twin, a BSA Road Rocket 650, and 2 Velocette Venoms 500.

 

 76 
 on: Yesterday at 14:19:34 
Started by aaronjb - Last post by Doctor Gollum
Could the weight of the head pull the support plate of vertical far enough to cause a discrepancy one end to other :-\

 77 
 on: Yesterday at 14:16:41 
Started by terry paget - Last post by STEMO
This morning 0845 I rang the garage and asked them to change the oil pressure warning light switch. Man replied he did not think that would cure it. Apparently yesterday, after they had rung me, they tried it again, and it made a nasty noise and the light came on again. He suggests an engine flush, I agreed. Bad news.

Either you have terrible luck with Astras, or you are the best advert for why I shouldn't entertain picking up a snotter Astra when the Skoda goes!
Not a ten year old one, anyway.

Yup. 6-8k would get a far better example. Part of me is tempted to get MrsT an Astra petrol Estate, when my Omega rusts away.

Something like this:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201805186647865?sort=sponsored&advertising-location=at_cars&transmission=Automatic&radius=1500&make=VAUXHALL&model=ASTRA&year-from=2012&fuel-type=Petrol&postcode=tw89de&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&aggregatedTrim=Elite&body-type=Estate&page=1

I'd then keep the Zaf for work and odd times we need more seats.
DONT buy  1.6 auto, Tunnie. They are slooooooooow. Look for a diesel 2.0 auto, like you zaf and my astra, more powerful, more frugal. That is, of course, unless it's for pootling around, no good for the DPF.
But, whatever, don't get the 1.6 auto.

Thanks for tip, I do like the 2.0 CDTi - We've had no issues, I've noticed it doing DPF cycles and they appear short and return to normal revs after.

But MrsT is doing more and more shorter quick runs, like taking Little MissT to swimming. Engine barely gets warm, although we do use it a lot for longer runs at weekends.

Might seek out the 1.4T petrol in Astra, when/if  time comes.
A much better choice  :y

 78 
 on: Yesterday at 14:01:53 
Started by terry paget - Last post by tunnie
This morning 0845 I rang the garage and asked them to change the oil pressure warning light switch. Man replied he did not think that would cure it. Apparently yesterday, after they had rung me, they tried it again, and it made a nasty noise and the light came on again. He suggests an engine flush, I agreed. Bad news.

Either you have terrible luck with Astras, or you are the best advert for why I shouldn't entertain picking up a snotter Astra when the Skoda goes!
Not a ten year old one, anyway.

Yup. 6-8k would get a far better example. Part of me is tempted to get MrsT an Astra petrol Estate, when my Omega rusts away.

Something like this:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201805186647865?sort=sponsored&advertising-location=at_cars&transmission=Automatic&radius=1500&make=VAUXHALL&model=ASTRA&year-from=2012&fuel-type=Petrol&postcode=tw89de&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&aggregatedTrim=Elite&body-type=Estate&page=1

I'd then keep the Zaf for work and odd times we need more seats.
DONT buy  1.6 auto, Tunnie. They are slooooooooow. Look for a diesel 2.0 auto, like you zaf and my astra, more powerful, more frugal. That is, of course, unless it's for pootling around, no good for the DPF.
But, whatever, don't get the 1.6 auto.

Thanks for tip, I do like the 2.0 CDTi - We've had no issues, I've noticed it doing DPF cycles and they appear short and return to normal revs after.

But MrsT is doing more and more shorter quick runs, like taking Little MissT to swimming. Engine barely gets warm, although we do use it a lot for longer runs at weekends.

Might seek out the 1.4T petrol in Astra, when/if  time comes.

 79 
 on: Yesterday at 14:00:02 
Started by aaronjb - Last post by aaronjb
Random question of the day:

Dedicated machines for skimming heads exist - they look like big single-purpose milling machines, to me, with a giant fly-cutter head.

Is there any reason you couldn't strap a head down to a suitably large general-purpose vertical mill (like a Bridgeport) and skim the head with any fly cutter large enough to clear the complete head surface? I can't think of one, but maybe I'm missing some Machinist Devilry..

</random thought of the day>

 80 
 on: Yesterday at 13:30:16 
Started by pauls - Last post by henryd
As Uncle Stemo says,either the switch or the door harness making and breaking with door movement,try them again with the door open and see if owt changes

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