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General Chat Thread, Astra VXR in General; Thinking of getting one of these before the end of the year. Does anybody have one and they are any ...
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    Astra VXR

    Thinking of getting one of these before the end of the year. Does anybody have one and they are any good? :P

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    The only VXR I'd recommend is the VXR8 it's a beast of a machine and great fun to drive - if not a bit too thirsty on fuel. Realistically though if talking about getting an Astra VXR, it's gotta be better than the Corsa VXR!!! Although I hear that they aren't too great on handling - but go very fast in a straight lines though.
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    which MK? I wouldnt bother with an MK5 as they will all be thrashed by boy racers since they became affordable

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    Haha, I am 19. and yes MK5

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    19?! Can you afford the insurance? They're a good car for what they are - far too expensive to fallen into the hands of most boy racers yet, and there'll be plenty of good examples about. I just can't see anyone covering you on that for less than £2.5k.

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    I got it to just under 2k when I turn 20 in September and have 2 years no claims

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    Erk, well if you're happy to pay it then there's no problem. Obviously there are some decent alternatives to the Astra which you should look into:
    Focus ST (although they're thirsty and possibly worse to insure)
    Alfa 147 GTA (brittle but gorgeous)
    Audi S3 (bit dull in the older models)
    Golf R32 (bit meh IMO)
    Megane 225 (meant to be awesome, perhaps brittle)

    Does it have to be a 5 seater/hatch?

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    thanks, No it doesn't need to be a 5 seater. I currently drive a 1.4 Astra SXI and just fancy upgrading that to the VXR :P

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    You may be just the age group to go for something far less practical then (unless you have a family!) Remember that a front wheel drive performance car is a compromise - you may be able to find something far more fun but with RWD/4WD that suits you. As an example (and not a recommendation, you're looking at far newer cars) I bought my MR2 as my impractical car (though I kept a daily hack). Perhaps something like an Audi TT Quattro coupe? Or an MX5!

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    +1 vote for the VXR8...

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    As much as I like my motors I can't bear the thought of paying more than 1k to an insurance company that means I'm still limited to what I can get even with 5yrs NCB

    Only thing with the Astra is that awful chunky centre console that gets right in the way of your knees if you're tall, remember looking at one in the Motor Show a few years back, really nice until I got to the interior. That said if you've got an Astra of the same shape now you're already used to it so won't make much difference

    Personally I'd go for the Civic Type R over the Astra but you won't get much change out of £10k

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    I wouldn't recommend a Focus ST. A friend of a colleague is having difficulty finding a garage that will part ex it, and they're very thirsty - 20mpg I'm told. My old Focus RS Mk1 did 28mpg and was similar performance. I'd love a VXR8, but again way too thirsty (17mpg I've seen quoted). I now drive a Subaru which is 316HP, 4WD and does around 24mpg. Also, high horsepower FWD cars suffer from torque steer. The Focus RS Mk1 suffered from it a little, but not as much as the Astra VXR. The Honda Civic Type-R Mk2 would be a good car. Looks good, drives well, and I'm sure there is a large modding market for it these days. A colleague has one with an aftermarket exhaust and it sound awesome!

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    EP3 Type-R is a good call of course - not the FN2 which isn't a real Type-R.

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    I've had a go in a friends renaultsport 225 and i can promise you it shifts. I've had it for a forntight when he was on hol, and it does certainly move.
    I've test driven and just ordered an alfa giulietta cloverleaf, which is meant to be the replacement for the 147 gta, and i loved that, but cant vouch for the gta.

    Something else to consider, though a bit brittle is the RX8 231ps - I've had an R3 for a few weeks (same engine different body kit) and that shifts too. Theres nothing like a car that will rev to 9k rpm on the red line that sounds like a bike and has rear wheel drive. If you can get your hands on one, test drive one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael2k6 View Post
    I've test driven and just ordered an alfa giulietta cloverleaf
    Good man! Gr8 car! Enjoy.
    I was gonna recommend that over an Astra VXR for a touch of class and style with a bit of raw power and great handling.

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