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Lovely couple selling it, sorry to see it go, bundles of history etc etc, so far so normal.

 

“Do look after the fern”’

 

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Ok, will do.

 

It’s a fairly tidy old thing really, it’s spent 15 years not that far of the coast (dewerstone or something in the background in the sea)

 

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And at least in my mind Thats why the paint has had a hard time.....

 

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All in all, drives fine and for £150 can’t go wrong in all its 90s-ness

 

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8v? 16v? Dunno guv

 

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An LS

 

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With the little known optional fern

 

First owner:

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So it was caned to death for the first 18months, a survivor though.

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Yes, none of that this time! The sellers husband was being very nice, but assisting putting the bike in, in that way where it took longer, but couldn’t/didn’t want to say. Equally with filling out the V5, people like this who hold onto their cars for 15 years simply do not know their way round a v5, unlike moi (not necessarily something to brag about)

 

Only my second Vauxhall as far as I can remember (!)

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The hatchbacks leave me a bit cold, but I’ve always liked Astra estates. I guess the same is true of Escorts too tho. There was that lovely mk4 estate that got snaffled by someone on here last August - never to be seen again.

Which one is coming to SF19? This looks viable as a sleeper!

I recon the Astra (assuming it stays) but I’ve seen a little cottage I like the look of so 1 (or 2) simple estate cars that are invisible street furniture when parked on the road are probably good things to have around.

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filling out the V5, people like this who hold onto their cars for 15 years simply do not know their way round a v5, unlike moi (not necessarily something to brag about)

 

 

Yep, 

 

You , me , Saabnut, Bramz7 and Jim Bell all have our own pre addressed return envelopes to the DVLA    :-D  :-D

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All my cars have to be able to function as cars in the context of transporting a 5 and 3 year old. The Rover 800 is a lovely thing. Giffer ownership has preserved the interior so well, I could only conclude that my lads would trash it pretty quickly. As far as I can see it’s also completely rust free. Step in Mr x, a shiteist of repute who is taking it on- I will leave it to themselves to do a reveal as and when (I know you know who it is anyway Sam)

 

Long term ownership does tend to save stuff from oblivion and I recon Mr and mrs giffer keeping that old barge for 20 years has saved it, hat duely doffed (a trilby?)

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  :shock: Does rusty rocket know his Vauxhalls ? :-D   I have a   x16xel  problem engine in an Astra  on the kent &sussex border....

 

Aside from the fact they can smoke a bit and sometimes use a little oil occasionally, those engines are great. 

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For £150 that's a massive bargain!

 

I used to get a lift into work in one of these during my apprenticeship for Layland-Daf back in the 90's, lots of space in the back and the fitter who owned it was really proud of it. He had it over the pit steam cleaning underneath once a week in winter.

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  :shock: Does rusty rocket know his Vauxhalls ? :-D   I have a   x16xel  problem engine in an Astra  on the kent &sussex border....

 

I did an apprenticeship with Vauxhall in the mid 90s.  Astra-F, Cavalier, Corsa-B were the bread and butter back then and I ended up knowing all those cars well.

Believe me when I say, there were no major inherent/ built-in faults with any of that era of Vauxhalls.  They were well made and designed to be reliable, cheap to run and easy to fix.  They were never particularly exciting but built to a job.  I remember with the Vectra-B came along, and sadly that had issues from the beginning and the brand never recovered.

 

Like Cavcraft says above, the 16XE/XEL are usually ok, head gaskets can fail if the coolant is never changed and some use oil but I'd imagine most of those are long out of service now.

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Mine lived in London , so never  did over 30 mph i guess . And a 16 valver needs a thrash now and again dunnit ? ..  It has had regular services , and extra oil changes due to "adverse conditions " ( low use, low speed ) but the exhaust valves are clogged with carbon, so there's no compression on one cylinder ...

  There's an x16xel engine and gearbox  in Deal ,on ebay at the moment,  but it's 200 quid and really an unknown quantity..might have the same fault as mine ?  I think i might just scrap it , but it's only done 50k and is in brilliant condition ..

 

This was on the Mk3 Astra forum ..

 

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http://autoshite.com/topic/31014-astra-mk3-collection-home-home/

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Anyone fancy an avensis estate?

 

Im planning a move to a house that has no parking of any kind anywhere nearby. The avensis is a bit more capable than the Astra, and is less rusty, and hence will be the first for the chop.

 

2000 avensis estate, long mot to some time in 2020. 1.8 VVTI, lovely gearbox, clutch, brakes. Drives spot on, new battery and recent tyres. Everything works except the radio. A lot of history right back to the supplying dealer. Few age related marks but very tidy in and out on the whole. Remote locking, roof bars, ummm it’s blue. Currently half a tank of fuel. Located Tavistock and I’d like £350

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