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Old 08-15-2019, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default Problem areas to look for when buying an Astra

I'm looking for a good check list to follow that identifies the typical problem areas to look for when purchasing a used Astra.

For instance, the S Series would include door sills, sub-frame, trailing arms, ETCS and Thermostat among other things. Where are the problem areas in the Astra?

Here's what I've found so far
  • Clutch wear
  • Timing belt
  • Rear brakes
  • Cam wear (dieseling at startup)
  • Struts
  • Drop links
  • Water leaks (B pillar, roof antenna)
  • Exhaust flex pipe
  • Spark plug history (replace every 25K or coil pack fails)
  • Horn CIM
  • Airbag recall
  • Sluggish engine due to poor maintenance (plugs, air filter, MAF, TB)

The prospect I'm currently looking at is a 2009 5 door XR MT with 150K KM (93K Mi). In photos it looks decent enough except it needs paint work on the bottom of the doors due to rust. I'm having my daughter and her boyfriend evaluate it as it is not local to me and need to pass this along. It's listed at $2499 CAD plus tax certified on on the road.

I feel these cars are under valued in the market place. Most people seem to think that parts will be scarce and don't know that the Astra is a world car for GM. At the asking price plus about $500 in body work I think this prospect would be a good value since I tend to hold on to vehicles for the long haul as seen in my signature. I've had the 2001 for 11 years now and the 99 for 2 1/2. Both purchased for under $2K. Looking to replace the 2001 as it's undercarriage is end of life even though it has been rust proofed yearly for 11 years.

1999 SL2 MT (287,130 km @ 10/2019)
2012 Ford Focus SEL HB MT
2011 Suburban LT

Past Saturns
2001 SL1 MT (438,500 km 11y)
1993 SW2 AT (10y)
2001 LW200 MT (3.5y)
1992 SL2 MT (5y)


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