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Forum: Astra General 09-26-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By tackepj
Re: Should I junk my '08 Astra?

I would say it really depends on how satisfied you are with the deal you can get on its replacement. It's a tough market, with scarce inventory and few incentives, but obviously it's very...
Forum: Astra General 09-15-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 888
Posted By tackepj
Re: Saw another Astra today...

It's funny how rarely we see others on the road. It's a pleasant surprise and I usually wave. I used to see two fairly frequently around my home (white with a weird roof rack and a blue one), and...
Forum: Astra General 07-19-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 36,758
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

I agree, parts will be available but just might involve a wider search and additional shipping time.

Windshield is too far gone to repair. Fortunately the crack is nicely hidden behind the...
Forum: Astra General 07-16-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 36,758
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Well, now you have me worried Ė I have no plans to move on from the car for years to come, but I also have virtually no safety stock. I might have a couple oil filters, but thatís it. Itís probably...
Forum: Astra General 06-15-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 36,758
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Sorry to hear that...hope the dealer takes care of the problem. With the car market what it is right now, probably won't be a better time to move on from it, so at least there's a silver lining. :)...
Forum: Astra General 04-16-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,003
Posted By tackepj
Re: Hello! New Astra owner with a couple questions..

Indeed. The mounting bracket bolts required some muscle. When they did finally come out, they looked almost pristine on the inside, with factory blue thread locker still visible. The dust shield...
Forum: Astra General 04-15-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,003
Posted By tackepj
Re: Hello! New Astra owner with a couple questions..

Just a quick note on the brakes. I just did the rears on mine (pads and rotors) and it was a pretty quick job, but in case you don't already have it the Lisle model 28600 piston retractor tool was a...
Forum: Astra General 03-17-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 32,083
Posted By tackepj
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

Such as? Just curious. Always wanted to have one on hand but didn't know what would be appropriate.
Forum: Astra General 03-16-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 32,083
Posted By tackepj
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

What code reader do you use for your Astra? Do you recommend it?
Forum: Astra General 01-29-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 768
Posted By tackepj
Re: Questions about my Saturn Astra

Neat decal. Must have been dealer installed. All NA Astras were sourced from Antwerp, Belgium (GM Europe); check the door tag for confirmation. W VIN code is indeed linked to Germany but the cars...
Forum: Astra General 01-27-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 36,758
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Beautiful car - hope you enjoy it!
Forum: Astra General 01-04-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,959
Posted By tackepj
Re: anyone know how to remove the steering rack ?

Nice! Congrats on the repair. What exactly is in this kit? Noticed that it is listed as "with quick ratio"...wonder if this is only for the XR, or if it would work on the XE too?
Forum: Astra General 12-08-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,165
Posted By tackepj
Re: I need a 2nd opinion on this Astra

Thank you SO much for providing that link on the rear seats! I've owned this car for damn near 12 years and could never figure out why those latches on the front edge of the back seat exist.
...
Forum: Astra General 11-20-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,165
Posted By tackepj
Re: I need a 2nd opinion on this Astra

Don't worry too much about the flex pipe repair. To date, this is the ONLY repair I've had to do on my car (other than the PS stop-leak, which really isn't a repair) in nearly 12 years of ownership....
Forum: Astra General 11-17-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,165
Posted By tackepj
Re: I need a 2nd opinion on this Astra

I agree - I see no significant red flags here. Carfax history often shows very little and is highly dependent on the facilities that worked on the car. I'm sure mine shows almost nothing since it's...
Forum: Astra General 10-15-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,959
Posted By tackepj
Re: anyone know how to remove the steering rack ?

I never got an exact number, sadly. The first shop (the pump diagnosis) wasn't confident in their diagnosis, to their credit, and they told me to take it to shop #2 without any charge. They said...
Forum: Astra General 10-14-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,959
Posted By tackepj
Re: anyone know how to remove the steering rack ?

Out of curiosity, I assume you're dealing with a leak? Did you find it in one of the lines? Had a leak about 18 months ago that I treated (not fixed) with stop-leak, but couldn't get a consensus...
Forum: Astra General 09-28-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,801
Posted By tackepj
Re: Replaced the Fishing Pole Antenna

Thanks for the link. The base on mine looks like it's spent, well, 12 years in the sun. Might think about replacing it.

Sadly I'm starting to see some somewhat significant clearcoat bubbling on...
Forum: Astra General 07-09-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,067
Posted By tackepj
Re: What car would you buy after Astra?

I've given it some thought but I never seem to dig up a consistent answer. I like the layout and utility of a small hatchback so will probably stay with one, but sadly there aren't many choices and...
Forum: Astra General 06-15-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,590
Posted By tackepj
Re: Center armrest/cupholder replacement?

I think the only options were aftermarket; I don't think there was a factory armrest, to my knowledge. I believe you could get one from Irmscher and Boomerang. I have a Boomerang in mine, and...
Forum: Astra General 06-02-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 36,758
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Don't ask why I remember such minutia, but I believe that color was called "sandstone". Nice color and not all that common.

Congrats on the purchase!
Forum: Astra General 04-20-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 16,517
Posted By tackepj
Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

The rims were missing the center caps when I picked them up, so just for fun (my 7-year old thought it was silly) I got a set of used OEM Saab caps on ebay and threw them on.

Surprised to hear...
Forum: Astra General 04-16-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 16,517
Posted By tackepj
Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

Good info on the black lug bolts. Those covers are indeed a pain. I gave up and they're in a bag sitting in the garage...

Here's the setup I just removed a couple weeks ago. I picked up a set...
Forum: Astra General 02-27-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,200
Posted By tackepj
Re: Manual transmission failure

Out of curiosity, can you tell me any details on your PS line problems? Back in June I started losing PS fluid to the point the pump was starting to make noise and steering effort was affected. ...
Forum: Astra General 02-17-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,200
Posted By tackepj
Re: Manual transmission failure

Even if the linkage turns out to be ok, I would be in the market for a used tranny rather than a rebuild. They are all over eBay in the $300-500 range, some with fairly low mileage. Maybe you could...
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