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Old 05-16-2019, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default 2008 Saturn Astra XR

Any buying advice for 08 Astra XR, Manual transmission, 135k miles.

Are there specific items that should have been replaced by now? Problem areas to be aware of?

I do my own work on on my other cars, fluids, brakes, timing belts, struts, control arms, etc

There is one nearby for $3k.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:55 PM   #2
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Well the clutch and related is painful and difficult to replace. You can search here for lifespan but 100k is probably not a bad guess. My buddy babied the car but just had the clutch die next to his house without warning. $2k at local garage.

The timing belt interval recommendations are all over the place. I think the longest I have seen is 10 years/100k miles. But if you have no documentation, replace that as the z18xer is an interference engine. Get the timing belt kit to replace the idler and tensioner as some idlers don't fare so well.

Rear brakes tend to wear rather quickly.

There are a few cam wear issues to search for in the forums. If cold engine sounds a bit like a diesel for a few seconds at start you may have some new parts in your future.

Check condition of struts and drop links.

5 door check for water leaks inside passenger compartment. Difficult to fix. Also there is a rubber strip on the B pillar that is NLA; that will let water in when it fails.

The exhaust flexpipe needs to be replaced frequently. Get a welder to weld in a new section as the GM replacement is expensive

Roof antenna gasket fails and leaks water into car

Need to change spark plugs say every 25k miles else coil pack fails.

Horn CIM at steering wheel poorly engineered. There is a $1 clip from GM that sometimes solves the problem for some cars. Else this is a problem

Airbag recall program. Make sure that is still being replaced free and you can get the part.

Engine is sensitive. So you need to keep air filter clean, MAF clean, ThrottleBody clean, spark plugs replaced every 25k else engine is sluggish IMO.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:24 PM   #3
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AstraFasta as usual hit every nail on the head. He has a ton of posts with good info if you want to do some scrolling. As to the point about the airbag, I just had one replaced in mine at no charge by a local Chevy dealer. The service writer said they had no trouble getting one, which kind of surprised me.
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Thanks Eric - Trying our best!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:06 PM   #5
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I recently had the clutch replaced, along with some transmission bearings, at at cost of approx. $2,200. The clutch itself was $543 from Rock Auto.

Other than that, with 155K miles, basic maintenance type items, i.e. coil pack, timing belt, plugs, brakes, etc.
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