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    New Car ... Decision Time

    I've been debating a new car for some time, and last night decided to test drive an Astra Sport SXi 3dr ... very impressed.

    The car felt really good to drive, nice & safe and also benefits from (In my opinion) really nice looks. I negotiated a very good deal (4 yr 0% finance) for the 1.4 SXi...

    now a part of me wants a larger 1.6 engine, but I found the 1.4 an obvious improvement over my 1.1 Peugeot 106. It seemed nippy enough for my immediate needs.

    Need to let the dealer know by Fri afternoon at latest - otherwise deal doesn't exist any more Going to test drive it again on Thurs evening.

    Anyone else have one / driven one?

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    They are a very nice car (my better half drives one, albeit the 2.0). Can't really fault it for what it is, however word of warning - 1.4? Just don't. Massivlely massively underpowered for the size of car and if you ever need to take it on a long run it will cripple you.

    Apart from that, go for it, nice car.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Agreed, my nextdoor neighbour owns the 2.0 liter version also, 1.4 does sound underpowered for a car of that size.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    1.4 would struggle with the size of the car, 2.0 would be better option if finnances can stretch other wise the 1.6

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    There is no 2.0 version of the SXi anymore - its been replaced by the 1.6 VVT (Variable Valve Timing) - which is practically identical I believe.

    1.4 16v Sport Hatch: Max speed 112mph 0-60mph 12.7secs 46.3 Combined MPG.

    1.6i 16v VVT Sport Hatch: Max speed: 120mph 0-60mph 10.8secs 43.5 Combined MPG.

    Price wise...

    1.4: List price from Vauxhall was £14,765 - I was offered it for £13,500 - which I negotiated down to £13,300. (4 yr 0% finance).

    1.6: List price from Vauxhall was £15,415 - I was offered it for £14,150 - I didn't negotiate this down but I could try to get it for £13,950.

    Insurance wise the 1.6 is 2 groups higher, but I keep thinking to myself I should go for that one due to the new improved engine, plus to help "future proof" the car a bit longer.

    Does that make sense??

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Cars - PAH.
    Get a motorbike - much more fun.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Update: Just phoned car dealer & arranged an appointment to test drive the 1.6 (never driven it before) and the 1.4 again. Given the small sized difference in price, it may be worthwhile going for the 1.6.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Yeah, having had a 1.3 escort before, you won't notice it until you really need it or are loaded up (by which I mean 4 or 5 up not just baggage). Also hills will kill it and again if you are loaded up it will really hit.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Thats a good point - the motorway which I seem to spend half my life on is very steep in places & could place quite a strain on it.

    We'll see what happens tomorrow - going to phone insurance soon to see if there is much difference.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    i went from a 1.1 saxo to a pug 106 1.6 16V GTI then crashed it

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    My friend bought an MG a few years ago from new, he thought the 1.4 would be a good idea, since tax is cheaper, and insurance. 3 years on he regrets it, he has no over taking power when on the motorway, when 4 people are in around town its sluggish.

    I've never had anything less than a 1.9, but 1.4 does sound scary.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by mattx
    Cars - PAH.
    Get a motorbike - much more fun.
    Hmm I am off work today because I stubbed my foot at an awkward angle doing about 50 the other day, going round a bend. Didnt realise I was so far over else I would have lifted my foot onto the peg more :cry: I am assuming that is what did it but it didnt start hurting for about a day after and after a day hobbling round work yesterday it hurts so much now I wouldnt be able to drive my car

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    £14k for a vauxhall?

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Well if you lived close to me Chris I would let you ride bitch.....
    Hope your foot recovers soon.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by bishopsgarthstockton
    i went from a 1.1 saxo to a pug 106 1.6 16V GTI then crashed it
    you did the decent thing

    i test drove a saxo vts and lost the rear end on a roundabout, was like driving a go kart!. Difference between french cars and german cars in terms of brakes and clutch are huge!

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