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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #135 on: 29 October 2018, 00:18:12 »

Water pumps are so cheap you may as well change when doing a timing belt,
a seized pump or tension roller bearing will snap a belt ,so worth checking and replacing when needed
don't know where you got the 100k belt interval from  :-\ think it used to be 7 years or 70k but was reduced to 4 years 40k years ago (depends on what engine i guess)

  some engines have a thermostat behind the belt too (which can be re-located to the top hose ,to aid replacement of the stat in future helps mpg and keeps breathers clearer)

there are lots of different belts and kits ,so be sure to check what you order with what engine you have fitted ,because ebay fitment info is not always correct .

many jobs on an astra are simple compared to omega (wheel bearings for example)

one thing I noticed recently is your not far from the sea side  :)
try and avoid buying puff the magic dragon cars  ;)
(that have lived by the sea)
salt water feeds tin worms  :y
i'm sure you know that ,but may be helpful for anyone who is reading this who does not  :y

 
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #136 on: 29 October 2018, 01:11:13 »

Facelift Vectra C is 100k, and perfectly happy with that interval  ;)
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #137 on: 29 October 2018, 08:54:53 »

Water pumps are so cheap you may as well change when doing a timing belt,
a seized pump or tension roller bearing will snap a belt ,so worth checking and replacing when needed
don't know where you got the 100k belt interval from  :-\ think it used to be 7 years or 70k but was reduced to 4 years 40k years ago (depends on what engine i guess)

  some engines have a thermostat behind the belt too (which can be re-located to the top hose ,to aid replacement of the stat in future helps mpg and keeps breathers clearer)

there are lots of different belts and kits ,so be sure to check what you order with what engine you have fitted ,because ebay fitment info is not always correct .

many jobs on an astra are simple compared to omega (wheel bearings for example)

one thing I noticed recently is your not far from the sea side  :)
try and avoid buying puff the magic dragon cars  ;)
(that have lived by the sea)
salt water feeds tin worms  :y
i'm sure you know that ,but may be helpful for anyone who is reading this who does not  :y
Thanks for advice. 100K came from Haynes.
I did not know whether the water pump is a pivot for the cambelt, as on straight 4 Omegas. I lost an Omega  4 when a cheap water pump, recently changed, seized and wrecked the engine.
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #138 on: 29 October 2018, 09:49:20 »

Was happy enough with my 2.0 Focus saloon, it rode and went well and had a decent boot :y

I have a Mk2 1.6 used for work,very reliable and done 150k,drives lovely :y
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #139 on: 29 October 2018, 11:33:17 »


Thanks for advice. 100K came from Haynes.
I did not know whether the water pump is a pivot for the cambelt, as on straight 4 Omegas. I lost an Omega  4 when a cheap water pump, recently changed, seized and wrecked the engine.
As i said . depends on the engine as to the belt interval ,I was quoting 1.6 but the 1.7 diesel is 80 or 100k
some water pumps are cam belt driven (e.g the 1.4, 1.6 petrol) others are driven by aux belt (eg 1.7 CDTi )
not saying buy a cheap unbranded water pump ,  branded are cheap too (relatively) I like Gates kit, which vauxhall used to re-box as GM OEM   :y

If finding an astra is proving difficult local , why not cast the net further afield ,get a mate to give you a lift ,use public transport (just ignore the wierdos  ;D) or look at vectra as DG suggests , focus and other brands is an option for you(if you can find a nice one local) but your tooled up for vauxhall  :-\ 
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #140 on: 29 October 2018, 17:23:47 »

Was happy enough with my 2.0 Focus saloon, it rode and went well and had a decent boot :y

I have a Mk2 1.6 used for work,very reliable and done 150k,drives lovely :y
Keep it, and never let it go. You've got the only Focus that handles in a consistent manor.  Must be worth a fortune ;)
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #141 on: 30 October 2018, 10:44:39 »

Was happy enough with my 2.0 Focus saloon, it rode and went well and had a decent boot :y

I have a Mk2 1.6 used for work,very reliable and done 150k,drives lovely :y
Keep it, and never let it go. You've got the only Focus that handles in a consistent manor.  Must be worth a fortune ;)

No,its worth F all but still drives nice ;D
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #142 on: 30 October 2018, 19:02:11 »

Today I bought a 2010 Astra 1.6 petrol manual, 165000 miles, 850, MOT till April 2019. A test drive last Saturday impressed me, and the drive home did not disappoint. The cam belt was changed 4 December 2014, at 95,924 miles. Last service recorded was 10 October 2016, at 130,466 miles. Quick inspection revealed no rust, new battery, exhaust, front tyres and rear offside spring. Car came with 2 keys and a space saver tyre. Everything remarkably clean under the bonnet, all fluid levels OK, but the oil is black.
Oil change is the immediate priority, perhaps also a plug change. Is there a trade club 5W/30 oil available? Anything else before I put it into general use?
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #143 on: 30 October 2018, 19:19:55 »

well done on finding something finally  :y
I'd do the cam belt ,water pump and check the tensioners/rollers
I use vauxhall trade club 10w40 and at 165k 5w30 nay be a bit thin but is available 48 delivered for 20 L , 10w40 is 38 deliveed for 20 L
(if oil is really black/dirty then a couple of oil and filter changes is a good idea)

and ,  because it does not have rust , maybe spend a little time rust proofing the vulnerable areas  ;D

find a real spare wheel  ;D
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #144 on: 30 October 2018, 19:43:22 »

Are you saying that it has done 35000mls since the last oil change?  >:(
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #145 on: 30 October 2018, 19:52:58 »

Are you saying that it has done 35000mls since the last oil change?  >:(
. Last service recorded was 10 October 2016, at 130,466 miles.


probably been done but not recorded , as many new parts are fitted , so someone has spannered it  ;)
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #146 on: 30 October 2018, 20:13:44 »

Are you saying that it has done 35000mls since the last oil change?  >:(
That's the last recorded service. 10/10/2016 130466 miles, 'full service', oil, oil filter, air filter, pollen filter, spark plugs, and nearside anti-roll bar link rod. The battery, tyres and exhaust look more recent, but no more invoices or records in the service book. Once the car is out of guarantee I can believe it. The oil level is a bit high, and the colour is black.
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #147 on: 30 October 2018, 20:24:43 »

Trade club 5W30 is about 23 for 5 litres. Have a good look around for leaks before deciding whether 10/40 might be better. Csn't remember if the Z16XEP engine drives the water pump off the aux belt or the cam belt. I'd look outside only it's a bit dark.
Get yourself a good code reader or "My Naff Code Reader" or better still a preloaded tech 2 laptop. 2010 cars are fully Canbus so it'll save you a lot of grief and money in tracing faults and programming new bits when needed. I'm sure the family will help with the techy bits if you need  hand.
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #148 on: 30 October 2018, 20:33:23 »

but if you have to do a flush, because it's treacle, and then want oil , may as well buy bulk  ;D
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Long-Life-5w-30-Fully-Synthetic-Engine-Oil-ACEA-C3-Dexos-2-API-SN-20-Litre-20L/371241391278?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

rather than 2 x 26  :-\ for only 10 L
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Re: What car should I buy?
« Reply #149 on: 31 October 2018, 10:36:28 »

Autovaux do deals on the 5/30 oil.
Plugs need doing every 100,000
Oil is 20,000 by VX schedule, so 10,000 by ours as we always halve it.
Oil coolers can leak, some in other out, like my Zaf is.
Again, Autovaux do deals for a complete kit, 164 inc vat delivered for mine.
Trade through VX dealer is 265 +vat
Oil cooler is part of filter housing
Variable valve timing bit in rocker box can rattle. Remove the fine mesh filter in it and it stops it
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