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General Chat Thread, New Car ... Decision Time in General; I drive my 1.8 16v xantia, and i can't imagine driving anything smaller, maybe a 1.6 considering the performance now ...
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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    I drive my 1.8 16v xantia, and i can't imagine driving anything smaller, maybe a 1.6 considering the performance now would match my one these days, but even though i drive town mostly, knowing if i need to hit the speed that I can is reasuring. Also when boy racers think their little 1.0 106 can outrun mine, they get a bit of a shock. :evil

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Appart from the raw power disadvantage a 1.4 astra would have, remember that smaller engines tend to need "working" harder, i'm always swapping cogs in my 1100 metro if I want full power, a 1.6 would be a much better bet.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Do yourself a favour - get the bigger engine!

    I just upgraded from a 1.2 old-style Clio to a 1.4 New Clio - the 1.4 costs quite a bit more than the 1.2, and tax and petrol is more, but the extra power is worth it.

    As far as I can see, the bottom engine rating in most models is pushing it if you want to move much faster than a milk float.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by crc-ict
    Do yourself a favour - get the bigger engine!

    I just upgraded from a 1.2 old-style Clio to a 1.4 New Clio - the 1.4 costs quite a bit more than the 1.2, and tax and petrol is more, but the extra power is worth it.

    As far as I can see, the bottom engine rating in most models is pushing it if you want to move much faster than a milk float.
    Indeed, a perfect example was the 1.3 Ford Sierra or the 1.4 Cavalier, just enough power in either to move the car...

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    Have Agree with the comments about engine size. Currently have a Seat Leon SX (05) which is 1.6 and that feels the strain when its 5 up and has a full boot. Wouldn't go for anything less. How I miss my V6

    Now this will have all the power you need. Test drove it on Friday :twisted: Awsome!
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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Is this a new one? If so you have a bit longer than Friday to get the 0% finance offer that the dealer is bullshitting you with..

    http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/vx/retailo...=astra&offer=0

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    TeddyKGB yes, it's a new one I'm interested in.

    I know the deal is on for longer, but I have managed to get the dealer down to an even lower price - which I really didn't expect due to the 0% finance. This is the deal I meant is open until Friday.

    I'm going tomorrow (today) to test drive the 1.6. If the price is right for that one, the cheque book will be coming out!

    By the way, TeddyKGB thanks for pointing that out to me anyways - much appreciated.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    i have an astra sxi aswell mate.

    mines not the same though, not a sport hatch as its 5dr and its a 1.7 diesel instead of petrol.

    goes well though, but you can notice a difference between 1 and 4 passengers in the car.

    handles brilliantly, and for a car so common still gets a few looks.


    ive driven the 1.6 petrol aswell, i didnt like it too much. it didnt have the power or fizz that my rover 400 had (also 1.6) so... if i didnt think much of the .6 then id dread to think of the 1.4 mate.

    try them both though!

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Jesus £14k on an astra? I'm looking at spending that on a 3yo 5.7L Monaro.
    Get the bigger engine, you will very quickly tire of being tailgated onto the motorway up sliproads by people with cars that can actually do 70mph

    I started with a 1.5L Diesel 106 (around the same power as the 1.1L) and moved onto a 2.2L Pug Coupe and still want more power for quicker, safer overtakes. I couldn't imagine how scared I'd feel trying to overtake whilst in a 1.4L Barge like the Astra.

    If you really MUST get an astra (there are much better cars out there) get a 2nd hand 2L Turbo SRi (2006 for ~£10-11k).

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    mmmmm monaro... DOOOO EEEEET!!

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    STOP TALKING ABOUT MONAROS!
    I'd just managed to talk myself OUT of getting one (after I talked myself out of getting a VXR8.. defo can't afford that)

    *sob*Iwantone*sob*

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    I am now the proud owner of a 1.6 SXi 3dr

    Can't wait to get it now! Thanks for all the advice everyone ... last night I tested both the 1.4 & 1.6 litre engines & decided there and then to get the 1.6.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    It's silly to compare getting a brand new 1.4 or 1.6 Astra to getting a 3 year old Monaro (or anything). The new car comes with warranty, no MOTs needed and will be a lot cheaper to run than a Monaro. Imagine the prices for parts for them!

    As for engine size, I had a 1.6 Astra as a courtesy car, really liked it and went well, stuck to the road.
    I think car engines are like computer specs. It may say one thing on the box but we all know that will barely run Windows alone nevermind the software on top.

    Personally I'm a big Seat fan. Loving my 2004 Cupra Tdi and blows most things away I come across while still maintaining 45mpg when trhashed round town, and a good 60mpg cruising on the motorway at 85mph.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    recently got myself one of these babies



    Best bang for your buck and dam it looks good

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Do they do it in Girly Pink too? :P

    Funny how on one topic we have folk telling us how they are paid pathetic salaries circa £13k, then we have folk spending that on a car. Mad world.

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