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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #45 on: 18 October 2018, 10:42:39 »

A lot to be said of cheaper bangers. Always wonder what Iíd do if lost 3.2, enjoyed drive home tonight in it.

As Omega is in short supply, if I lost 3.2 tomorrow, Iíd strongly look at BMW 530i in E39 shape, plenty about!

RWD, autos plentiful and smooth effortless power.
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Makes sense to me have spent silly money on cars in the past " Bangernomics" makes sense to me £5000 spent on a vehicle if I get 5 years use out of it I'm more than happy.
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #46 on: 18 October 2018, 13:06:05 »

Petrol Astra Hís if youíre going for something cheaper.

If youíre after something newer I canít recommend more the Hyundai i30. Wifeís is 15 plate 1.4. Bloody love it
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #47 on: 18 October 2018, 13:52:54 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra when I met her, parts where expensive .everything rusted between fettling intervals .
It was made clear that she would need to swap brand to vauxhall before I alowed her to marry me  :y
the in-laws still have a santa fe , because they drag a tin shed around the country quite often ,they have it repaired elsewhere at great expense as it does not meet the requirements of my Vauxhall family care service/repair criteria  ;D

petrol astra H are a good choice agreed , if it must be petrol , the astra H design 1.7 cdti tractor juice edition estate my brother is running is saving him quite a chunk of cash on fuel .
also, in true "bangernomics" style, you should not rule out the older astra G platform IF purchased cheapy with long MOT,no major issues .
a sub £500 car with 12 months mot is £10 a week and you'll still claw back scrap value £100+ IF the next MOT is untenable .
also if vauxhall 5 stud 5x110 you could save wheels/tyres off the doomed omega ,depending on what vaux you go for

or get that clutch swapped  ;D
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #48 on: 18 October 2018, 14:37:38 »

If Astra G check them front brake pipes from the flexis that snake up the chassis rail
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #49 on: 18 October 2018, 17:50:41 »

Iím so glad I live nowhere near London ;).

Erm.. you live precisely in prime commuter district for London, last time I checked! ;D
Too far for me. Plus it smells. And after every visit to said shithole, I'm pulling enough coal from my nostrils to power Drax.


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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #50 on: 18 October 2018, 18:40:41 »

Oh shit, remind me where I've been all day. Just to enter 8 bloody IPs only 8 devices, grrrrrr.

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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #51 on: 18 October 2018, 21:35:02 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra .....

Mrs B used to have one when they were were just a Lantra & I can vouch for the expensive parts ..... though she liked it cos it was purple  ;D ;D
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #52 on: 19 October 2018, 00:36:56 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra .....

Mrs B used to have one when they were were just a Lantra & I can vouch for the expensive parts ..... though she liked it cos it was purple  ;D ;D
That's alright then :D
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #53 on: 19 October 2018, 01:05:46 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra .....

Mrs B used to have one when they were were just a Lantra & I can vouch for the expensive parts ..... though she liked it cos it was purple  ;D ;D

Lucky you  :)
so you can buy her any car you like and just rattle can paint it purple and she's happy  :D ;D
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #54 on: 19 October 2018, 07:49:57 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra when I met her, parts where expensive .everything rusted between fettling intervals .
It was made clear that she would need to swap brand to vauxhall before I alowed her to marry me  :y
the in-laws still have a santa fe , because they drag a tin shed around the country quite often ,they have it repaired elsewhere at great expense as it does not meet the requirements of my Vauxhall family care service/repair criteria  ;D

petrol astra H are a good choice agreed , if it must be petrol , the astra H design 1.7 cdti tractor juice edition estate my brother is running is saving him quite a chunk of cash on fuel .
also, in true "bangernomics" style, you should not rule out the older astra G platform IF purchased cheapy with long MOT,no major issues .
a sub £500 car with 12 months mot is £10 a week and you'll still claw back scrap value £100+ IF the next MOT is untenable .
also if vauxhall 5 stud 5x110 you could save wheels/tyres off the doomed omega ,depending on what vaux you go for

or get that clutch swapped  ;D

Astra Gs are tough little things. I'd choose one over the H mainly because it's electronically much simpler.

I think the floorpan is the same as the H as I've found many fixed length parts like hoses and links are interchangeable. Some people find the Astra G seats a bit uncomfortable. Easy swap with the H seats which are much more supportive.

The CDTis weak point is emissions. Even with proper hard use the inlet manifold gunges up. Mapping out the EGR as you can't just blank it, cleans up the smoke test and ensures a good safe MOT pass.

Both of mine, 1 petrol, 1 diesel barely cost £500 between them and have cost about the same over the years to put into good condition.

They are small, light and simple to work on so seem perfect for home maintenance.
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #55 on: 19 October 2018, 08:42:11 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra .....

Mrs B used to have one when they were were just a Lantra & I can vouch for the expensive parts ..... though she liked it cos it was purple  ;D ;D

Lucky you  :)
so you can buy her any car you like and just rattle can paint it purple and she's happy  :D ;D

There's a box. You are thinking outside of it. ;D ;D
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #56 on: 21 October 2018, 20:51:06 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra when I met her, parts where expensive .everything rusted between fettling intervals .
It was made clear that she would need to swap brand to vauxhall before I alowed her to marry me  :y
the in-laws still have a santa fe , because they drag a tin shed around the country quite often ,they have it repaired elsewhere at great expense as it does not meet the requirements of my Vauxhall family care service/repair criteria  ;D

petrol astra H are a good choice agreed , if it must be petrol , the astra H design 1.7 cdti tractor juice edition estate my brother is running is saving him quite a chunk of cash on fuel .
also, in true "bangernomics" style, you should not rule out the older astra G platform IF purchased cheapy with long MOT,no major issues .
a sub £500 car with 12 months mot is £10 a week and you'll still claw back scrap value £100+ IF the next MOT is untenable .
also if vauxhall 5 stud 5x110 you could save wheels/tyres off the doomed omega ,depending on what vaux you go for

or get that clutch swapped  ;D
Are you saying my Omega wheels will fit the Astra G?
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #57 on: 21 October 2018, 21:01:07 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra when I met her, parts where expensive .everything rusted between fettling intervals .
It was made clear that she would need to swap brand to vauxhall before I alowed her to marry me  :y
the in-laws still have a santa fe , because they drag a tin shed around the country quite often ,they have it repaired elsewhere at great expense as it does not meet the requirements of my Vauxhall family care service/repair criteria  ;D

petrol astra H are a good choice agreed , if it must be petrol , the astra H design 1.7 cdti tractor juice edition estate my brother is running is saving him quite a chunk of cash on fuel .
also, in true "bangernomics" style, you should not rule out the older astra G platform IF purchased cheapy with long MOT,no major issues .
a sub £500 car with 12 months mot is £10 a week and you'll still claw back scrap value £100+ IF the next MOT is untenable .
also if vauxhall 5 stud 5x110 you could save wheels/tyres off the doomed omega ,depending on what vaux you go for

or get that clutch swapped  ;D
Are you saying my Omega wheels will fit the Astra G?

Most Astra Gs had 4 stud hubs ...
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #58 on: 21 October 2018, 21:33:56 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra when I met her, parts where expensive .everything rusted between fettling intervals .
It was made clear that she would need to swap brand to vauxhall before I alowed her to marry me  :y
the in-laws still have a santa fe , because they drag a tin shed around the country quite often ,they have it repaired elsewhere at great expense as it does not meet the requirements of my Vauxhall family care service/repair criteria  ;D

petrol astra H are a good choice agreed , if it must be petrol , the astra H design 1.7 cdti tractor juice edition estate my brother is running is saving him quite a chunk of cash on fuel .
also, in true "bangernomics" style, you should not rule out the older astra G platform IF purchased cheapy with long MOT,no major issues .
a sub £500 car with 12 months mot is £10 a week and you'll still claw back scrap value £100+ IF the next MOT is untenable .
also if vauxhall 5 stud 5x110 you could save wheels/tyres off the doomed omega ,depending on what vaux you go for

or get that clutch swapped  ;D
Are you saying my Omega wheels will fit the Astra G?
NO.

True, they might bolt on, but the offsets are VERY different. The only VX cars that the Omega wheels fit are Omegas and Carltons, so either keep them as spares for the other Omegas or pop them on ebay/here... :y
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #59 on: 21 October 2018, 21:35:09 »

Mrs Builder had an Hyundai Elantra when I met her, parts where expensive .everything rusted between fettling intervals .
It was made clear that she would need to swap brand to vauxhall before I alowed her to marry me  :y
the in-laws still have a santa fe , because they drag a tin shed around the country quite often ,they have it repaired elsewhere at great expense as it does not meet the requirements of my Vauxhall family care service/repair criteria  ;D

petrol astra H are a good choice agreed , if it must be petrol , the astra H design 1.7 cdti tractor juice edition estate my brother is running is saving him quite a chunk of cash on fuel .
also, in true "bangernomics" style, you should not rule out the older astra G platform IF purchased cheapy with long MOT,no major issues .
a sub £500 car with 12 months mot is £10 a week and you'll still claw back scrap value £100+ IF the next MOT is untenable .
also if vauxhall 5 stud 5x110 you could save wheels/tyres off the doomed omega ,depending on what vaux you go for

or get that clutch swapped  ;D
Are you saying my Omega wheels will fit the Astra G?

Most Astra Gs had 4 stud hubs ...
Looking at brake discs for Astra H they are for 5 stub hubs. Perhaps Omega wheels would fit an Astra H (2004-2009).
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