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Old 03-05-2009, 10:39 AM   #1
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One year ago today I got my Astra.

Current mileage: 25K
Maintenance: 2 oil changes and 1 wiper blade
Repairs: A/C compressor and related parts
Current issues: Squeaky brakes
Gas mileage: Around 31-32 since new. The BC seemed to overestimate the mpg by ~1 when new, now it seems to underestimate about ~2. I never saw an actual increase or decrease in mileage as the engine broke in.

I still love the car. It drives like new. I do wish it had a better sound system (sound quality isn't that great) and an aux input. The cupholders are fine. I like the controls and really like the bonus features (lane change signals, etc.). The car has been great, and I fell like I made the right choice. Handling is superb, fit and finish is great, and I appreciate the overall quality.

I tend to trade cars often, but I'm planning on sticking with the Astra for at least the duration of the 100K warranty.

The Astra really is an underappreciated car. It's shortcomings may seem bad at first, but once you own the car they won't matter to most people. I used to say it's a poor man's BMW. Great European heritage and handling and quality at half the price.

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Old 03-05-2009, 10:51 AM   #2
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Great report, spencerb!

I have the XE and my nephew has been after me to upgrade my sound system, he does it for a living. He says a simple amp cross-over (whatever that is) will do wonders and not interfere with anything, also he suggested changing out my speakers if I don't like the sound. I might take him on that some day.

As far as feeling any difference after break in, I think just like the concept of a butt-dyno it is perhaps mental. I think once I broke 5,000 miles, I more learned how to drive my Astra and thus got the most out of it. As you drove 25K in 1 yr, thats alot of driving!

I agree it's like a poor-man's bimmer and also think it's a long-time keeper for me. My last few Saturns I traded in after a few yrs, this one I'll keep at least 5 yrs (unless something better comes out later on).

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Old 03-05-2009, 12:07 PM   #3
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Happy anniversary!

My one-year will be in about 20 days from now.

Hard to believe it's already been one year since we all were waiting with anticipation for our Astras to arrive.

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Old 03-05-2009, 12:51 PM   #4
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:05 PM   #5
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Glad someone else finally joined me in the 1 year club But you do have me beat in miles

Hopefully you have many many more happy miles.

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Old 03-05-2009, 01:24 PM   #6
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woooo! Happy Anniversary!

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