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On 5/8/2019 at 4:54 PM, Andyrew said:

I'm not total Sure I've not looked at or driven the car myself.  a misfire and lack of power I believe was the issue. It was left at work, coil was changed but this made no improvement. A trusted mechanic came to conclusion of a failed ecu. 

Ecu was sent off no fault was found. Ecu refitted, symptoms still the same. Ecu was sent back to company and they  retested the unit and came to the conclusion the ecu is beyond repair. 

Both my pez Mk4's died from hard to identify engine issues, one possibly ECU.

Despite that, in my opinion underrated against the Focus. I prefer the slightly more conservative approach of the car. 

And the ECO4 is a bit of an economy legend. MK4's are becoming a bit of a 'spot' as they are rapidly dying.

Well bought and improved.

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Nice job on the arch! Would look like I'd applied it with my feet had I done the job.

I remember talking to the service guy at a Vauxhall dealer on Anglesey years ago who commuted from somewhere in Cheshire in one of these, said the economy was amazing. His round trip was over 100 miles a day.

Was over at my mate's yesterday looking at his mk4. We've got a replacement ECU on order in a bid to try and cure the hesitation/misfire. If that doesn't work then its curtains, sadly. Seems like 50% of the time it runs absolutely perfectly and will pull to 6500rpm smoothly, rest of the time it's in limp mode and twats around like a.... twat. Even a simple key off/on at traffic lights can sort it out. I've driven it a bit and it really is a nice car when behaving.

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Ecto4 is such a finely tuned handling machine, image the annoyance it's been not being able to use that lotus designed floor pan to it's full rip roaring potential due to a broken spring for the past 450 or so miles. 

Being a parts guy I ordered up a spring, and set too it. Later Finding for some reason the top nut will not shift on the shock, off the car, tapped, wacked, impacted, penetrated. Nothing. 

So again, being a parts dude and getting parts cheap through my work , new springs, new shocks and top mounts were not ordered, instead the tight arse option was taken and some second hand struts purchased on the bay of e for £25. 

Sorted.

 

 

 

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I’m so glad you’re making a good car out of this where I failed to have a working car for most of the time I had it. Broken spring and dead battery maybe a sign the curse is still going, Hope that’s the last of it. 

Re the handling, I think magazine journos call it safe understeer, not sure I agree 

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1 hour ago, 2MB said:

I’m so glad you’re making a good car out of this where I failed to have a working car for most of the time I had it. Broken spring and dead battery maybe a sign the curse is still going, Hope that’s the last of it. 

Re the handling, I think magazine journos call it safe understeer, not sure I agree 

I get a good car vibe from it, something about old motors that just plod along. They have a certain charm and faults are just the norm really. 

The battery was old and we must sell 20+ springs a week for Vauxhalls at work. So a busted coil wasn't much of a surprise. 

I love the fact I can go scrap yard rummaging again too!

Handling wise I think the 175/80/14 balloon tyres combined with some worn in suspension doesnt help 😅 but it's comfy. 

 

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I love MK4 Astra's and I think I prefer them to Focus's (which is awkward as I've got a focus) I had an 8v MK4 which I paid £200 for and I liked it, would love a Dti flavour one, especially with my 60 mile a day commute.

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Had a few spare hours today so I took a little trip to the scrappy with a mate to pick up some bits. Just a couple of parts to tidy up some damaged areas. Yesterday I also 're painted the arch as I looked too patchy  and had a run in the clear.  This time it came out okay for a rattle can and today I gave it a little bit of compound to get the shine up. Good enough for now. 

The arch damage originally starts along the rub strips on the doors, these had some big scratches in them so I nabbed a better pair 

 

 

 

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Some rough calculations seem to suggest it's averaging 59mpg 

So today a Cam belt kit, and aux belt ordered in to work,  I've taken the lazy option and I'm leaving the car with a friend to fit it whilst I'm off on a jolly to Wales for 5 days of green lanes in a mates Suzuki. 

The belts fitted will be about £140 all in which is a lot for a £170 car but it's piece of mind and if it does snap it's game over for the ecto4. 

Plans for ecto4 to be going to Edinburgh and Cornwall later this year justify the cost. 

 

 

 

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So at 146600 miles a new Cam belt has been fitted along with a new aux belt 

As we had a nice day yesterday with the sun blazing I decide to smarten up the front corner of the bumper. With the heat and wind the basecoat dried a bit to quick from the Can and most was blown away. so on the corner it's a bit tiger stripey it was done relatively quickly so it's a good enough repair for now. The clear ran but I nibbed this out tonight and whipped over with some 2000 grit and a blob of compound.  

 

 

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6 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Nice work there mate. 

Cheers dude

Will do the other side and the other wheel arch when I can get it in the workshop as the yard is a bit windy/dusty/buggy for painting.  

Handily the filler, primer and laquer were all free samples to test from work so the only thing I needed to buy was a can of basecoat. 

 

 

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On 5/15/2019 at 9:07 PM, Dan302 said:

I love MK4 Astra's and I think I prefer them to Focus's (which is awkward as I've got a focus) I had an 8v MK4 which I paid £200 for and I liked it, would love a Dti flavour one, especially with my 60 mile a day commute.

My son has a W reg 1.6 16v club with 60k on it. He was given it 5 years ago by his grandad with 19k on the clock. I have first refusal. 

Its red. But parked in a garage for all but 3 years. The last 2 years underground. 

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