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Old 01-25-2009, 11:27 PM   #1
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:30 AM   #2
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It would be cool if Saturn did a coast to coast US drive in the Astra. The car really is a driver's car.

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Old 01-26-2009, 11:55 AM   #3
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I liked the article and I'm jealous of their trip and activities but why oh why did they do white print on a black background? Hint: if you highlight the article you can read blue on white.

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Dad and I just finished a 2000 mile road trip in my Astra, and have no complaints. We had everything from sunny Florida skies to 3" of snow, and the car was a champ throughout.

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Dad and I just finished a 2000 mile road trip in my Astra, and have no complaints. We had everything from sunny Florida skies to 3" of snow, and the car was a champ throughout.
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Cool. Any pics?

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Dad and I just finished a 2000 mile road trip in my Astra, and have no complaints. We had everything from sunny Florida skies to 3" of snow, and the car was a champ throughout.
Glad you had a great trip. How did the car perform on the highway? I hear it's quite the high-revver when going 60+ mph. I am buying the manual transmission but I read somewhere that the manual transmission is actually higher on the highway than the automatic....thought it should have been the other way around...I am waiting for mine to be shipped (live in Canada), so I'm actually quite anxious that I'm going to hate this little car on the highway because of an unneccesarily high revving engine.

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Glad you had a great trip. How did the car perform on the highway? I hear it's quite the high-revver when going 60+ mph. I am buying the manual transmission but I read somewhere that the manual transmission is actually higher on the highway than the automatic....
The car was fantastic, even in 6" of driving snow. (yes, I know I said 3" earlier - that was when we got home. the 6" was in KY)

The engine turns just under 3k around 60, which is about the same as the old S-series twin cams (I'm talking about the manuals - I won't own an automatic until I have to). It isn't unpleasantly loud, and is in a nice part of the power band to make passing easier. We had to cross the Smokey Mountains, and the car did it all in 5th gear.

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Old 10-24-2009, 01:31 PM   #9
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I can contest to the Astra being amazing on the highway. I did a 600 mile trip to Florida - averaged about 75mph on the highway, topping out at 80mph on some stretches. I think the engine was running near 4000 rpm around the 80mph mark, but it wasn't too loud or irritating. My wife and I were able to keep up normal conversation without any trouble. I think I was running about 29.6 mpg going at 80mph.

I've also done the opposite - mountains. I did a trip across the Blue Ridge Mountains back in 2008 after I bought the Astra. Some roads were so steep that I was running them in 2nd or 3rd gear. The car handled beautifully around the corners too. I was passing people left and right.

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Old 10-24-2009, 02:11 PM   #10
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I've taken mine to New Jersey about 325 miles each way. Ran great on the turnpike which if you know you have to drive about 90MPH or you'll get run over. I also drove my daughter and her friend to Charlotte N.C. for a car show. They slept the whole way there. We had pleny of room for all our bags in the hatch area.
I love driving my Astra on the road. Most of my days are driving around city streets making deliveries so twhen I get it on the Hwy I like to roll.
Also the Onstar was awesome helping me get around in cities I wasn't familiar with.

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Old 10-24-2009, 04:44 PM   #11
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I got back from a 4400 mile trip to Seattle and San Francisco a few weeks ago, taking mostly two-lane roads through Moab, SLC, and the Bitterroots on the way up, and weather ranging from snow in the Cascades to 100+ degrees in the desert.

Could not have had a better experience with the car.

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Old 10-24-2009, 04:52 PM   #12
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I can contest to the Astra being amazing on the highway. I did a 600 mile trip to Florida - averaged about 75mph on the highway, topping out at 80mph on some stretches. I think the engine was running near 4000 rpm around the 80mph mark, but it wasn't too loud or irritating. My wife and I were able to keep up normal conversation without any trouble. I think I was running about 29.6 mpg going at 80mph.

I've also done the opposite - mountains. I did a trip across the Blue Ridge Mountains back in 2008 after I bought the Astra. Some roads were so steep that I was running them in 2nd or 3rd gear. The car handled beautifully around the corners too. I was passing people left and right.
So your engine didn't sound like it was going to give out at 4,000 rpm? KevSC1 (a few threads above) said his was great at about 3,000 rpm. I rented a Toyota Yaris today that runs about 2,500rpm on the highway with the automatic, and I could hear tire noise and wind noise like you wouldn't believe. Just hoping the Astra will not deafen me when I'm on the freeway. All the professional reviews make a point about the lack of power, but it doesn't seem to be as big of a problem with the 'normal people' reviews....hm..

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I got back from a 4400 mile trip to Seattle and San Francisco a few weeks ago, taking mostly two-lane roads through Moab, SLC, and the Bitterroots on the way up, and weather ranging from snow in the Cascades to 100+ degrees in the desert.

Could not have had a better experience with the car.
Wow, 100,000 mi on your 2008!? Do you end up driving all day? haha

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So your engine didn't sound like it was going to give out at 4,000 rpm? KevSC1 (a few threads above) said his was great at about 3,000 rpm. I rented a Toyota Yaris today that runs about 2,500rpm on the highway with the automatic, and I could hear tire noise and wind noise like you wouldn't believe. Just hoping the Astra will not deafen me when I'm on the freeway. All the professional reviews make a point about the lack of power, but it doesn't seem to be as big of a problem with the 'normal people' reviews....hm..
Let me remind you that most testers test automatic astra.

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Let me remind you that most testers test automatic astra.
Yea true, and most say they would hands-down buy the manual. I'm just having a hard time figuring out why the automatic has a more acceptable rev on the highway 2500rpm vs. the 3000 rpm for the manual. I've posted a few other times about that so won't get into it here..

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Yea true, and most say they would hands-down buy the manual. I'm just having a hard time figuring out why the automatic has a more acceptable rev on the highway 2500rpm vs. the 3000 rpm for the manual. I've posted a few other times about that so won't get into it here..
High revs are not a big deal. Yesterday I was driving for an hour with cc set just below 150 km/h with revs around 4500 and that wasn't extremely loud.

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High revs are not a big deal. Yesterday I was driving for an hour with cc set just below 150 km/h with revs around 4500 and that wasn't extremely loud.
That with the manual or automatic?
And where were you able to cruise for 1 hour at 150km/h without getting a huge ticket?!

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That with the manual or automatic?
And where were you able to cruise for 1 hour at 150km/h without getting a huge ticket?!
Manual.

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Manual.
Great, thanks I'll try to keep it a bit lower than 150 Can't afford the fuel and the tickets that generates.

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So your engine didn't sound like it was going to give out at 4,000 rpm? KevSC1 (a few threads above) said his was great at about 3,000 rpm. I rented a Toyota Yaris today that runs about 2,500rpm on the highway with the automatic, and I could hear tire noise and wind noise like you wouldn't believe. Just hoping the Astra will not deafen me when I'm on the freeway. All the professional reviews make a point about the lack of power, but it doesn't seem to be as big of a problem with the 'normal people' reviews....hm..
Yeah, 4000 rpm sounded fine. It seems scary at first to run at that pace for hours on end, but it takes it with no problem. Just keep in mind that you still have over 2000 rpms to go until you red line it. Using 2/3rds of the spectrum shouldn't be a problem.

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