Anybody drive a Vauxhall/Opel car? (in Off-topic)


Wasp [Demon Forging] January 9 2007 7:24 PM EST

Does anybody drive a corsa/nova or astra? If so let me know, I need a bit of help with my car, seems to be a problem with it cutting out when cold. Think the problems down to the idle stepper motor or something along those lines. If you have had any of these problems then write them down along with what you did to fix it :P Cheers!!

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] January 9 2007 9:49 PM EST

Sounds like you need the SWEDISH MECHANIC bork bork bork

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] January 10 2007 2:00 AM EST

We never really had a problem with any of our Cavaliers although they did tend to be susceptible to icing up in the winter.
All we needed was some anti-freeze and to leave the car running for a little while before we drove anywhere.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] January 10 2007 3:14 AM EST

I had that problem with my first car. A champagne gold Ford Escort! :P

I was told it was due to dirty sparkpulgs, but I didn't trust that diagnosis. ;)

QBJohnnywas January 10 2007 3:29 AM EST

My dad used to have a Nova years ago. I'll ask him if he had any problems. (Although he's never owned a new car, so he's had lots of problems with lots of different cars!) In the meantime here's a link to a Vauxhall drivers forum. Having browsed it a little it would seem that you're not the only one to have problems with their motor....

http://www.cavweb-forums.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=83

TheHatchetman January 10 2007 3:38 AM EST

no, that's a url... This is a link... :-P

QBJohnnywas January 10 2007 3:41 AM EST

Lol, it's early in London, I'm not awake yet

Wasp [Demon Forging] January 10 2007 6:55 AM EST

Heh. Thanks for the url and the link. I've trawled through forums and signed up to one myself. It's an old 93 corsa (first car :P) but it just has that little cutting out problem, it's all a mystery. Will have to carry on reading!

AdminShade January 10 2007 7:01 AM EST

Sounds to me you should buy a Toyota :p

Wasp [Demon Forging] January 10 2007 7:08 AM EST

What would I want with a toyota? Wouldn't be able to afford the insurance on that. Selling the corsa in March. Going to go for a nice astra... 1.8 litre :P

AdminShade January 10 2007 7:13 AM EST

Heh, Toyotas more expensive in insurance? Not here, and they break down much much less often :)

Wasp [Demon Forging] January 10 2007 8:06 AM EST

Yeah but they lack street cred. Maybe the yaris is okay, but it lacks that sporty feel! The other toyatas, like the corolla and the avensis are quite chunky, and expensive to buy!

AdminShade January 10 2007 8:09 AM EST

Corolla shouldn't be much more expensive I think, at least it isn't here.

But what about the MR2 or the Celica, or even Supra? too expensive, too bad :\

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] January 10 2007 11:29 AM EST

Man keep the car and shoe horn a Chevy V-8 into it. That is a small car right ? He he

Wasp [Demon Forging] January 10 2007 11:39 AM EST

V8. Would be nice... but can't afford the insurance costs. I'm 20. Insurance companies rip me off.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] January 10 2007 12:20 PM EST

A Chevy motor would kill a Vauxhall.
I wouldn't suggest anything other than actual Vauxhall parts.
They are generally very reliable cars (as that is what most English cars are about or were at least).
The main point against them is that they run at temperatures far exceeding any other motor and for any of those others it would destroy them.
I suggest that if you feel the need for a new motor, go get a used Cavallier, very modestly priced, good rate of insurance while very reliable plus more space and not as ugly as the other Vauxhall's :P

Wasp [Demon Forging] January 10 2007 12:35 PM EST

Cavalier's are huge lol. I don't fancy driving around in a tank! I never knew that Vauxhall's run quite hot? I fixed my exhaust with some holts gun gum : ). I think the astra mk4 looks pretty nice. 3door 1.8 SXi. Thats what I'm gonna get. Insurance group 7, whereas a 1.6 toyota (which is less powerful) is in insurance group 9. The cavalier would be a hefy car to insure as they have big engines. I'm also looking for a more modern car, but not too modern as to pay out a lot of cash, I'm only a student! The cavalier is old. The astra I want is well, 5-6 years old. The engine is a more modern design, this is what I'm looking for. I like the Peugeot 306, but it's engine is dated and not as refined as the vauxhalls. The 1.8 astra has a 123BHP engine, compared with 112 from the Pug, the astra can also do 0-60 2 seconds faster, at 9.5 seconds. They all make a difference!! Saying that, the pug is cheaper to buy and insure (Group 6) Anyhow. I take it that there's no mechanics around :P

AdminShade January 10 2007 3:27 PM EST

Vauxhall >> Peugeot... hands down

Shooto January 10 2007 4:19 PM EST

I think he was referring to a chevy/toyota cavalier which isn't an expensive car by any means.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] January 10 2007 4:33 PM EST

No, I meant Vauxhall.
Wasp, fair enough you're only 20 so you want a run around that you can show off in too, yes?
Only bad thing about the Cavallier for you would be the cost of petrol but the cost of everything else will still be dirt cheap in comparison to a lot of other stuff.
The car is also very practical for anything you may need and is far from outdated (yes, registration will be more than a few years but they can do the job well for hundreds of thousands of miles)

Wasp [Demon Forging] January 11 2007 4:05 AM EST

Cavaliers are ugly in my opinion. I wouldn't want to be seen dead in it. Driving one would be like driving a tank down the street. Sideways.

I want a sleek car, a hatchback. Not a saloon. Fair enough, cavaliers are okay cars, they get done up to look nice and you get a lot of mileage out of them, they just aren't for me :P

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] January 11 2007 7:04 AM EST

I agree, they are tanks but a decent one always gives a great drive :)
I never thought for a moment you'd want anything more than a box at your age anyway ;P
My father switched to a Sintra couple of years back because he manages a junior football team and he needs space for goal nets etc., now that's a monster of a car :P

Wasp [Demon Forging] January 11 2007 8:00 AM EST

Being a student in only a part time job, means my funds are limited. Looking to spend around 3 grand () on the car, and not more then 1.3 grand on the insurance. So my shortlist had to have cars which are powerful, look sporty(ish) and have cheap insurance : )
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