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Old 10-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Four years later and still loving it , how is everyone else doing?
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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Sweet blackout.

I've only had mine 2.5 years but thats longer than I have kept anything else so it must be love.

My ignition was acting funny one day, 3 times it locked up the steering wheel and I must have spent 1.5 hours in my car just trying to get the key to turn. Hasn't done it since

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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Love the Front Grill. Where can I find something like that?

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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3 years, 1 month for me. Almost a record for longest period of ownership. The Astra has been nearly flawless. Just a few minor issues - when it was about a year old it pissed out a lilttle bit of tranny fluid and needed a seal of some kind, and at about the 2 year mark, the horn died.
In my books, that's pretty good. I feel I've gotten what I paid for with this car. So far. Fingers crossed!

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:49 PM   #5
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We've beaten the ever loving piss out of ours, and we still have no plans to get rid of it.

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Old 10-29-2012, 12:31 AM   #6
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Just google a company called b cool billets, the astra isn't listed on their website, but they obviously make the grill.You just have to call them so they can direct you to a dealer. Its a high quality product and you can have it powdercoated or chromed.

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Old 10-29-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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Have owned mine for 4 years, 4 months. Coming up on 150K (km) and all I've had to do besides regular maintenance was replace the battery back in the summer and the rear brakes a year ago. The front brakes are still original but need to be replaced very soon but can't complain given the mileage!

All in all, haven't had any issues with the car.

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:00 PM   #8
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3.5 years and just hit 160,000 kms (100,000 miles). Did my own timing belt about 25,000 km back and had one issue with my steering wheel controls back when it was only about half a year old that was covered under warranty. I do mostly highway so I'm still on my original brakes and tires!

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Old 10-31-2012, 08:09 AM   #9
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3.5 years and just hit 160,000 kms (100,000 miles). Did my own timing belt about 25,000 km back and had one issue with my steering wheel controls back when it was only about half a year old that was covered under warranty. I do mostly highway so I'm still on my original brakes and tires!
Nice !

Just to clarify...is it really 160,000 km on the tires ?

What brand of tires do you have ?

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Old 10-31-2012, 09:20 AM   #10
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I'm 1 year and 2 months. 97000km now and mechanically it is perfect. Although last month my radio has been taking a dump on me. At least its not mechanical and aftermarket always sound better!

My only complaint is the gear box, any quick shifts result in the rpms spiking and the shift is garbage. Youre faster if you shift normally. This takes away from the fun driving the curved back roads to the cottage.

Otherwise I love it. I wish it had 10-15hp more but its still adequate.

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:23 PM   #11
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Nice !

Just to clarify...is it really 160,000 km on the tires ?

What brand of tires do you have ?
More of a protracted estimate for when I eventually hit the wearbars. They are the original Hankooks.

I ran snows for about 28,000 kms last winter according to my records, but I currently have just under 161,000 kms on the odo. That means 133,000 kms on the all-seasons with still some tread left to go. Flat even wear across the entire tread surface too (it helps if you up the pressure to 40 PSI). Right now, I have about 3mm of tread on the fronts and 4mm on the rears (the wearbars begin at the 2mm mark). I'll be swapping over to my winters in a couple weeks time, but I'm fairly confident that if I put the better pair of all-seasons on the front in the spring, I should be able to go another 25-30,000 kms before I hit the wearbars on all four tires.

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:52 PM   #12
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I'm having the same issue with the transmission. For me, it's started in the last 5,000 miles or so. When I get a chance, I'm going to change the trans oil and see if that helps. How long is the powertrain warranty good?

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:44 PM   #13
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I've owned my '08 for two years this month. It had 83k miles when I bought it and now has 131k - mostly highway miles. I've done the following:
  1. Replaced two tires (the other two were new when I got the car)
  2. Replaced timing belt, spark plugs, water pump, antifreeze, idler pulleys, accessory belt
  3. Replaced the parking brake cable
  4. Repaired an intermittent connection in the parking lights
  5. Repaired the intermittent horn
  6. Removed the oil screens from the intake valve timing modulator
  7. New windshield
  8. Broken 2 of the plastic wheel covers
  9. Broken the rear pullout cupholder

I've had my share of problems and I can think of some things to grumble about. Its hard to get consistent documentation and I don't like working on it the way I do my old Bronco, or Grandpa's John Deere Model A, because so much of it is plastic and vague. Also, some parts seem overpriced.

On the other hand, its fun to drive, solid, and economical. I usually get high 30's miles per gallon and sometimes even 40. I also like that its obscure where I live, and I regularly get compliments on it - especially when its clean . I think I've worked out a lot of the bugs and intend to keep the car for a long while.

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:22 PM   #14
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How did you black out the chrome trim pieces? I am thinking of using matt black vinyl

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Old 11-04-2012, 09:12 PM   #15
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I've owned my '08 for two years this month. It had 83k miles when I bought it and now has 131k - mostly highway miles. I've done the following:
  1. Replaced two tires (the other two were new when I got the car)
  2. Replaced timing belt, spark plugs, water pump, antifreeze, idler pulleys, accessory belt
  3. Replaced the parking brake cable
  4. Repaired an intermittent connection in the parking lights
  5. Repaired the intermittent horn
  6. Removed the oil screens from the intake valve timing modulator
  7. New windshield
  8. Broken 2 of the plastic wheel covers
  9. Broken the rear pullout cupholder

I've had my share of problems and I can think of some things to grumble about. Its hard to get consistent documentation and I don't like working on it the way I do my old Bronco, or Grandpa's John Deere Model A, because so much of it is plastic and vague. Also, some parts seem overpriced.

On the other hand, its fun to drive, solid, and economical. I usually get high 30's miles per gallon and sometimes even 40. I also like that its obscure where I live, and I regularly get compliments on it - especially when its clean . I think I've worked out a lot of the bugs and intend to keep the car for a long while.
WOW! you bought an inexpensive econonomy car with 83k miles and then did maintenance. The horn was covered by a recall, the hubcaps are probably because the car was curbed, or they were taken off wrong, and oh noes!, the cheezy from the factory cupholder broke.

sounds like you are doing pretty great!

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:32 PM   #16
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WOW! you bought an inexpensive econonomy car with 83k miles and then did maintenance. The horn was covered by a recall, the hubcaps are probably because the car was curbed, or they were taken off wrong, and oh noes!, the cheezy from the factory cupholder broke.

sounds like you are doing pretty great!
Yeah I saved a lot of money by buying a used car and working through the issues. I had to fix the horn myself though - that recall ended at 120K miles. Fortunately, its an easy fix.

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:11 PM   #17
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I posted this a few months ago:

OK, just starting my fifth year with the Astra XR 3 door, 64K miles, brutal daily commute on northern New Jersey's decaying roads.

No problems to report. Nothing ever broke, never failed to start. Everything seems to work fine. Maybe that's because I did all of the scheduled maintenance or maybe just dumb luck.

My only complaint would be that the front nose has a lot of stone chips. I never had so many on a car with so few miles.

And yea, I still occasionally see someone looking it over in a parking lot trying to figure out what it is.

All in all, glad I didn't buy that Corolla.

Happy driving all.

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Old 11-10-2012, 08:02 AM   #18
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3 years on, 41k miles and so far so good. Replaced the roof rails long ago and the only thing thats out of place is the fading headlight covers. Other than that, more reliable than I anticipated.

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Old 11-10-2012, 08:26 PM   #19
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Hi all,

Four years and 101 000 km (63, 000 m.) later and I cannot complain, not one bit. Still on original brakes and it looks like they're good 'til at least spring. No rattles or squeaks. My list is thankfully short, burnt flasher bulbs, burnt hatch bulb, both replaced under warranty, check engine (code P000A; cam sensor; warranty,) stinky A/C (condensor; warranty) and the left rear power window would not work (wiring; my cost.)

The styling still looks great, it won't look bad even years from now, love the interior's understated design, the materials are top notch and classy. Love, love, love the handling.

My complaints? Not enough storage space (still somewhat baffling,) contortionist need only apply front cupholder (one, only!?!) sun visors that leave acres of window space for the sun to glare (not peek,) computer that has the user-friendliness of a UNIVAC computer (it's as if the engineers pulled a prank on us) and would sure love some low end power and a sixth gear, 3000 rpm for 100 km/hr (62 mph) is wrong. Also, how 'bout a better owner's manual that actually tells us all thse plethora secret features that only the Europeans know about? Or at least a correct one that tells us to step on the brake pedal when resetting the oil life computer?

I do have a question and it may not be for this thread, but here goes anyway. I noticed that at about the 95 000 km odometer reading, at about 3000 km from the last oil change, the oil level dropped. Not enough to have to add, it dipped to the top of the hatching. As an aside, I do find that infernal dipstick difficult to read. Didn't sweat it, but made a mental note regardless. Sure enough about 3 000 km after the latest oil change, the level has dipped again. There are no drips (although there may some leaking/sweating) and there's no hint of a bad exhaust smell or hint of blue. Has anyone else noticed any oil comsumption?

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #20
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I got a low oil level light recently when travelling on a highway @4000rpms. My Astra has 63kkm on it. I added about 200ml and everything went back to normal. I'm not very concerned, considering how high I rev the engine it's given it'll consume some oil.

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