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Old 04-23-2020, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Buy an astra?

So I was looking at ions, and a friend told me i should buy an astra. Never really considered it, as you never really see them. With that being said, how hard are parts to find? Do they share parts with any other cars here in the states? Specifically major components like the engine and trans? I've owned many many s series cars and love how common they were and how many things you could interchange over the years.
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Old 04-23-2020, 08:58 PM   #2
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The Z18xer engine is similar to that of a couple of Chevy compacts, but not the same.

Basics like tires, battery, brakes, filters, still seem easy to obtain new.

A lot of parts are available at the junkyard.

Parts supply in the US is slowly thinning out. You still can import most parts from Europe, but that takes time and shipping hassles.

Some people here have imported shocks and struts from Europe. I think some obtained clutch rebuild kits from Europe also.
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Default Re: Buy an astra?

The first gen Chevy sonic and cruze have an engine from the same family but the Z18XER engine is unique to the astra in north america. Not certain if they share any components. As far as parts go, I personally haven't had an issue getting OEM replacement parts from sites like rockauto that ship from the US. The only things I've had to get from overseas are cosmetic items like floormats. Junk yard parts are also a viable option, just don't expect to find anything locally like you would with any of the other saturn vehicles of the period.
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Old 04-24-2020, 09:37 PM   #4
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1 year car imported from Europe. 2008 took 2 years to sell the few they did. Its not for everybody youd have to really want it. The few that bought them seemed to like them but they are very different
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