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1998 Vauxhall Astra Mk3 1.6i Convertible - £180 - Brighton

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#61 OFFLINE   davehedgehog31

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:20 AM

Third Gen Astra...

 

Either that, or a Rover 600 or 800.

 

What do I win?


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:27 AM

Noice! Here's hoping for a hot summer for you
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:26 AM

I never really intended to buy an Astra. I was sort of half-looking for a cheap 4-seat Convertible but I do that nearly every year. I've only actually bought one before, which was an absolutely horrible Mk5 Escort. This Astra turned up at the right price and time and looked alright from the fairly low quality pictures.

I spotted the ad on Sunday, rang the seller and made arrangements to collect on Thursday. In the meantime he'd already reduced the price by £45 without me asking, as I was coming a long way...

I agreed to let him know when the coach got to a certain point, so he could come and meet me (he lived about 20mins from the drop-off point). I'd been keeping him updated throughout the journey and messaged him when we got stuck on the M6, to say I'd be late. He responded saying he was already there as he thought it'd be best to get there a bit early. Oh.

Half an hour later (the coach hadn't moved in this time) he called me, and I answered assuming he'd be slightly annoyed... he'd gone home again, wasn't bothered at all and, as the car didn't have much fuel, he'd put half a tank in for me. I like this guy.

The seller and his wife each had a modern car (BMW and an Astra estate) and this was just a 'spare' car for occasional use. They'd recently bought an early 'new' Mini so this had to go. When I arrived, he showed me a few things that he'd neglected to mention in the advert. These being the 4 recent Continental tyres, and new back box which cost about £100. He was genuinely very apologetic that he'd forgot to say about the small split in one of the front suspension top mount rubbers, which was an MOT advisory a couple of years ago.

I had already checked out the MOT history and there were some advisories on there for sill rust. Although it hadn't been mentioned on the last couple, I assumed it might need patching up before too long. I didn't mention it, but before I left he came back out of the house to tell me they'd both been replaced with full genuine new sills a while back. Seems to be a neat job too.

I managed about half of the 260-mile return journey with the roof off, until my neck got so cold I thought my head might snap off if I needed to glance at a door mirror. Roof up, it's very civilised in there and like a normal car; much better than the Escort was.

It's quite a heavy car, so with the 1.6 it's not very quick. It'll cruise at 80-odd OK but takes a while to get there. Drives fine though, and everything seems to work...

Only thing I've found so far is that, with the heater on, the temperature gauge doesn't get above cold. With it off, it behaves as normal. Presumably that's not what it should do.

Also, should the heater controls illuminate? Mine do not.

The roof is electric and works fine, the cover for when it's down is a bit of a fiddly faff but I've done it a few times now and I'm getting quicker at it. Rear visibility is not great with it up or down.

It has a few rust spots, round the fuel filler being the worst but a bit on the arches and stuff, but I'm pretty happy with it overall - have some more pictures.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:56 AM

That looks class man. Must be a rare enough thing these days?

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:58 AM

Not being a vox fan, I'm pretty impressed with how smart it looks. Good luck with it.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 11:19 AM

most vox's look good in satin red it is a gen-u-wine nice colour


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 11:25 AM

Aren’t these generally regarded as the worst convertible ever made? Well done. :D

The seller sounds fantastic. Sell the tyres and back box and you’ve made money...
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 12:43 PM

Aren’t these generally regarded as the worst convertible ever made? 

 

 

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Case closed. 

 

The Astra seems like a pretty good conversion actually, like it's been designed a bit more nicely than the usual 'hatch with the roof cut off'. All the bits seem of pretty good quality and when the roof is up it's quiet and well insulated. Most importantly, it doesn't have a horrible roll bar thing, which instantly ruled Golfs and a load of other stuff off of my shortlist. 

 

Astras in general are not particularly exciting, but they're a good car in a dull-but-dependable way and feel much more solid than many of their contemporaries.

 

The separate roof cover is a little annoying but really not that much hassle, and if you're just doing a short journey in town or whatever it can just be left off. Rear visibility is pretty terrible but I don't think that trait is exclusive to these.

 

It also says "Bertone" all over the place so you can pretend you're driving an Italian sports car.

 

It's not the best convertible by a long way, but certainly not the worst.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 07:01 PM

Excellent purchase- looks a nice car and seller sounds decent!
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 07:12 PM

Fanny magnet.

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:30 PM

This thread has made my day!

Wait a minute, no it hasn’t.
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 03:19 PM

Let me get this straight. You bought a car blind and it's actually much better than you were expecting? This is most unlike you, Gary.

EDIT: I just drove it. It's surprisingly not shit
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:17 PM

Just realised that this was the most expensive of my last 10 cars! That's everything since the Simca, which I bought in about 2010.

 

The most I paid for any of those was £300 though... Jesus, I buy some rubbish.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 07:31 PM

Is that a bertone colour? Looks similar to my X1/9 and I’m sure they did Volvo 780’s etc in it too

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 08:41 PM

Cracking. I love it when buying blind really works out. Looks ace.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 08:56 PM

Is that a bertone colour? Looks similar to my X1/9 and I’m sure they did Volvo 780’s etc in it too

 

No idea what the colour's called - I thought it was the same as my old 5dr GLS TD but actually it looks lighter than that (I don't know what that was called either).

 

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:13 AM

I've just read through this list and I'm still none the wiser.

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Am just tempted to say it looks like Satin Red and be done with it.

I'd actually like to see this Gary, so maybe we should meet up and compare colours. My Cav is Satin Red so parked up together should confirm either way.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:30 AM

I’ll post some flakes of my crumbling x1/9 to join the party

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 11:53 PM

I'd actually like to see this Gary, so maybe we should meet up and compare colours. My Cav is Satin Red so parked up together should confirm either way.

 

Sounds good, let's organise a thing! I'm almost always free... Forest Row (if it's still going)? I can't remember which week of the month that is.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:23 AM

May I say.... Seeing the S on the plate made me realise I haven't clocked an S since... forever :(

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 11:02 AM

Sounds good, let's organise a thing! I'm almost always free... Forest Row (if it's still going)? I can't remember which week of the month that is.

 

I think it's still going, second Sunday of the month.  I can't do this Sunday unfortunately, but how about the May one?  Weather might have perked up by then so you can do the top down thing in comfort.


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Posted 02 March 2019 - 02:34 PM

This has been sitting without an MOT for ages; I took it for a test in December and it failed reasonably badly as the rear inner arches are non-existent (plus quite a bit of other stuff).

 

It still looks pretty smart and everything works including the electric roof. I wish I could afford to get it welded up but it's not going to happen any time soon and it really needs to go.

 

Looks the same as in the pictures above except a bit dirtier and it now has a mismatched driver's door mirror (from a hatch, which I didn't realise were slightly different) after mine went missing while parked. Now on about 90,000 miles.

 

S346JEC for the MOT details: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/

 

I don't really want to scrap it as it seems too good for that, or at least has a load of good convertible-specific parts which are hard to get hold of.

 

£180?


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