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Hi, Im thinking of getting a Mk2 Astra

Dont mind which model - Just one that has a cheap insurance as im looking for a first car!

my question is

What are the major issues, ive been roaming for a few weeks and noticed:

  • Rear Arches with rust
  • Brake disc warping

What are the costs of repairing these faults, and are there any other issues i should know about before i lay down the hard earned money

Thanks

Nathan
 

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Hi mate and welcome :beer: I'v had a Mk2 before, mate of mine has a 1992

GTE version, great cars for there time, most will beat the same in its class so

good fun there. Arches are one of the worst faults with Vauxhall, all my

Vauxhalls exept one have started rusting here :( nothing major though if

you catch it quick and slow it down, it would cost about £700 to get them

cut out and replaced so keep that in mind..... theres always filler though :D

As for brakes, wouldn't worry here to much not a major problem, not very

expensive to to replace (about £40-60 for the pair from Vauxhall i think) if

they do go all will happen is it julting abit when braking to a stop.

When looking for one though,

check seals for rust,

oil for mayo stuff (head gasket gone)

Signs of any blue smoke out the back when reved (badly looked after/ thrashed)


Good luck :D
 

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go for the 1.3 mate if its your first car. most have been looked after by granddads and they arent to bad to insure but still have some poke, try getting a go in a valver though, prefferable you driving youll fall in love.
 

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cheers for the help, just gotta find a cool car, and buy it when money is around

prob go for a 1.3 if its cheaper to insure, only 20 and need to get my freedom
 

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Go for a 1.3 or a 1.6 carb version mate. Theres not a lot in them insurance wise, and thr 1.6 has slighty more poke.

The mayo thing: when the headgasket is goofed, water and oil mix which causes a white substance that resembles mayonaise. So when you take off the oil fillter cap, have a look in there for white mayo. It should be quite obvious. If its all dark in there, it shuold be good :D
 

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If you can find a 1.6 'Starmist' (yeah the names a bit naff) in good condition it would make a nice first car.

Metallic paint, sports seats and alloys as standard. Basically like an Sri but lower insurance.

Just remember to remove the badge :)
 
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