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Nah its fine - I also have a feed from the OBD2 fuse to power a perm live USB charger socket. Not been an issue in the last 4 years or so Ive used one like this.

But Im out in the car for work each day anyway. But thanks for the concern chaps.

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Just reminded me of a past colleague who spent 4 months chasing a parasitic drain on his Focus MK2 where the battery only would last a week of not driving. He left an ELM327 adapter in his OBD port for logging stats on some app and forgot he left it in there. 

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21 minutes ago, SiC said:

Just reminded me of a past colleague who spent 4 months chasing a parasitic drain on his Focus MK2 where the battery only would last a week of not driving. He left an ELM327 adapter in his OBD port for logging stats on some app and forgot he left it in there. 

Lad has a "black box" on his car and thats drained tha battery more than once during lockdown.

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Just to be the yin to @BorniteIdentity's yang, I have to admit I really like these Astras, vastly nicer to be in than the mk5 and the last decent car Vauxhall made, I might be so bold as to say.  I've previously owned a very late '05 1.6 coupe in a very rare metallic orange and about 10 years ago spent several years tooling around in a very tired company 1.7TD estate  - yes the seats will ruin you, and about 40k miles in the manky estate did just that, but there's something simple and honest about them.  I particularly liked the 1.6 hatch I got off @SiC a few years back for the lad at work to use, had he not ruined it I might have been tempted to have it back when it came up for sale.  If I needed a generic hatchback I'd have another one.

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35 minutes ago, phil_lihp said:

Just to be the yin to @BorniteIdentity's yang, I have to admit I really like these Astras, vastly nicer to be in than the mk5 and the last decent car Vauxhall made, I might be so bold as to say.  I've previously owned a very late '05 1.6 coupe in a very rare metallic orange and about 10 years ago spent several years tooling around in a very tired company 1.7TD estate  - yes the seats will ruin you, and about 40k miles in the manky estate did just that, but there's something simple and honest about them.  I particularly liked the 1.6 hatch I got off @SiC a few years back for the lad at work to use, had he not ruined it I might have been tempted to have it back when it came up for sale.  If I needed a generic hatchback I'd have another one.

My dad had a W Reg Mk4 Astra from new, think it was "club" spec. Felt like royalty sitting in the back compared to the Metro it replaced 🤣 My first "proper" car (to me) was a 3 door Mk4 Astra SRI, felt like such a massive upgrade to my mk2 clio at the time. When I was moving house and skint a few years ago I sold my spaceship Civic for £3k and bought a 1.7 CDTI Mk4 for £500 which was the cheapest car to run I ever had. I'd definitely have another one for nostalgia purposes. Pity that the rear arches on most of the ones left are pretty ugly nowadays

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1 hour ago, purplebargeken said:

I actually find it pretty comfy.

It's a nice little thing to bimble around in tbh.

Im not alone in finding the seats comfy then! I Drove mine about 1000 miles over a long weekend no problems. 

Only issue I find is if I want to rest my head on the headrest it's miles away, very curved backs on the seats. 

Although this is coming from a man who commuted daily in suzuki SJs for years. One being a KJA pick up model, like the one below. So I have a fairly low acceptance of comfort. 

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