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Old 01-07-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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I took this picture a few years ago when I was in Belgium. At the time, I did not know what an Astra was, but I thought enough to take a picture of this car and found it to be nice looking. Little would I know that I would end up buying an Astra when it came to the US.

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Old 01-07-2009, 12:36 AM   #2
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Astra Police Car in Ireland

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(I hope it isn't the 1.8 liter if they use it for pursuit.)

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Old 01-07-2009, 12:59 AM   #3
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My understanding was that most of the police force Astras in britain were diesel models (presumably ireland would use similar models). Of course, my source for that was top gear, so take that with a boulder of salt.....

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Old 01-07-2009, 01:21 PM   #4
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Default Re: Picture of Opel Astra Police Car in Belgium

As far as the Astra panda car in Britain, from what I can gather all models come in white with the 1.7 CDTi engine and base spec (unpainted handles, bumper strips) + special vehicle interior.

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Old 01-07-2009, 01:31 PM   #5
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Now I am generalizing a bit but you are right, "all" police cars on this side of the pond are diesel because it makes the most sense. Remember these vehicles are on duty 24/7 so mileage and reliability is of great concern. Pursuit vehicles can still be petrol powered but with the advances in diesel technology they are lessening in numbers.

As far as the Astra in Britain, from what I can gather all models come with the 1.7 engine and base spec (unpainted handles, bumper strips) + special vehicle interior.
I was going to add that if Great Britain has diesels than Ireland probably has gasoline engines -- just on general principles. ;>) And Northern Ireland has whatever they're told to have? More seriously the turbo diesels would out run the 1.8s anyway?

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Old 01-07-2009, 01:59 PM   #6
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I changed my mind a bit, checked http://www.ukemergency.co.uk and it seems there is no national supervision of the requisition of vehicles so they have alot of different cars running on just about everything, petrol, diesel or LPG. Panda cars are silver metallic in London metropolitan area too.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:23 AM   #7
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I think the Opel Astra 2009 fixes all these problems, but the real concern here is weather Panda cars will turn up to be all they are promising to be and more...

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