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Old 05-04-2019, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Convert US Saturn Astra back to Opel/Vauxhall

Hey! I just bought my '08 Astra XR 3D Coupe a couple of months ago, and I wanted to rebadge it to Opel/Vauxhall to really get some raised eyebrows. What are some resources and any information that I'd need to do this?

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Old 05-09-2019, 06:18 PM   #2
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Going to need something like this.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vauxhall-As...4AAOSwyhBcgR7z

Keep in mind it needs to be an Astra H grill, and MUST have the 7 clips that run across the bottom. Your best bet it to lookup "Astra H Facelift grille". I got mine from ebay, cost about $150 shipped. The one I linked is a little cheaper but it should do.

As for wheel centers, and other badges for the rear, I'm not sure as I just took the badges off the back, and the centers I left alone for the time being.

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Old 05-09-2019, 09:44 PM   #3
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The one thing that has stopped me for doing the conversion is being able to doi the entire thing. And the one thing that seems to be difficult is the centre piece on the steering wheel. Everything else you can just buy a ready fit replacement for. AFAIK there's no ready fit replacement for the logo on the steering wheel. I know some people have jigged something to work, but I'm not sure how to do it.

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Old 05-10-2019, 04:24 PM   #4
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The hardest part on the conversion is the air bag cover. I'm still running my original. Still need to have the recall done. Whenever I finally do that, I'm going to beg the dealer to order a non-saturn one. Highly doubt they can/will though.

Mine is currently running a pre-facelift Opel grill. It works. But required some modification to 'fit'. That was done 2 owners of the grill ago. Pretty sure it's been on 4 different cars in it's life.

If I can find one while in Brazil, I will be bringing back a facelift Chevrolet Vectra GT grill and switching my car over to that rather than Opel. Probably have better luck importing a Mexican Chevrolet Astra air bag than an Opel one. Not going to try to bring a Brazilian one on the plane with me.


For Opel and Vauxhall, I believe you will need the Facelift 5 door grill to fit. 3 and 5 doors had different bumpers and grills in Europe. Here ours are the same and more similar to their 5 door.

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The hardest part on the conversion is the air bag cover. I'm still running my original. Still need to have the recall done. Whenever I finally do that, I'm going to beg the dealer to order a non-saturn one. Highly doubt they can/will though.

Mine is currently running a pre-facelift Opel grill. It works. But required some modification to 'fit'. That was done 2 owners of the grill ago. Pretty sure it's been on 4 different cars in it's life.

If I can find one while in Brazil, I will be bringing back a facelift Chevrolet Vectra GT grill and switching my car over to that rather than Opel. Probably have better luck importing a Mexican Chevrolet Astra air bag than an Opel one. Not going to try to bring a Brazilian one on the plane with me.


For Opel and Vauxhall, I believe you will need the Facelift 5 door grill to fit. 3 and 5 doors had different bumpers and grills in Europe. Here ours are the same and more similar to their 5 door.
Just get a generic opel roundel from a center cap and use that. It's close enough. The biggest issue with a proper conversion are the EU spec bumpers...

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