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goatrutar

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#1
Opel have started importing to Oz. Astra , Corsa and some other thing. None seem to appeal at the moment. However they're bringing over some high performance 280hp model next year in the Astra. Is this model in the UK now? If so any opinions?

We had a 2 litre turbo 08 Astra which was quite impressive. It'd be interesting to see if the new ones are as good.
 

Ravers

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#4
Yeah we've got it over here, it's called the VXR.

If you own one, you have to get your ear pierced and buy a baseball cap.

It's the law.
 
#5
Even though Jarrod has already pointed this out, I shall reiterate - Vauxhalls are SHITE. I have driven the 240BHP Arsetra VXR, and it's less fun than being dead, which incidentally is what you'll be if the drivetrain decides to put all the power through the shorter driveshaft at an inopportune moment.

Get a hairy Ford Focus instead. Or an MG Maestro.
 
#6
Thirded. Vauxhall haven't made a decent car since the 3300cc Viscount in 1966.
 

jarrod248

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#7
Thirded. Vauxhall haven't made a decent car since the 3300cc Viscount in 1966.
You've just reminded me my eldest brothers Vauxhall Viva, my dad welded that so many times I think it was just weld and vinyl seats.
My boyfriend had three Astras as company cars, all shit. I was chuffed to **** when he got a Toyota Avensis this time. I can get in and not have my knees on my chin.
Bedford made some nice lorries though.
 

Joker62

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#9
Stick to the Holden, same car (but better made), different badge.
 
#10
The only Vauxhall/ Holden/ Pontiac I have driven and seriously wanted was the Pontiac G8 GXP w/ 6spd stick...shortly before Pontiac was shut down for good by GM when s**t hit the fan back home in the U.S.



They even almost bought over the "Ute" version, which I was pretty sure of snapping up, but they never did due to the brand deletion. Would've been my first GM product bought by me - so far have always owned Fords.



The irony is that Holden sold the utes with Pontiac styling as special editions in AUS since they already made the body kits etc. for the U.S.
 

Joker62

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#11
I'm sure the Holden Ute was tested on Top Gear, it was a fkin beast!
 

Joker62

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#13
I'm sure the Holden Ute was tested on Top Gear, it was a fkin beast!
It was and it is.

Also, there is no way most people (incl. me) can afford to run that here in the UK/ EU with the insane gas prices. Back in the U.S. is a different matter.
Then why would anyone in Oz, and in their right mind, want a fkin Vauxhall?
 
#16
Then why would anyone in Oz, and in their right mind, want a fkin Vauxhall?
That's because some products are not made by Holden. Stuff like Astra and the Insignia. And because Vauxhall makes the RHD versions, the Aussies get them.

I don't know about the Astra, but I think the Insignia VXR with the 4WD is pretty decent. It's sold as the Buick (the FWD version at least) Regal in the U.S.
 
#18
For all these miserable twats moaning about Vauxhalls being shit, don't seem to point out that the Astra has been the top selling car for the best part of the last 10yrs.
Built by Scousers not withstanding, they are what you pay for, cheap and dreary, however good honest solid motoring. In the UK parts are dirt cheap too, all my Vauxhalls have done over 120,000 miles in the end and not one has cost more than £1800.
 
#19
I nearly bought a VXR 2 weeks ago...but soething was nagging me, something not quite right. I ended up with a Volvo C30 T5 in Polestar blue. Awesome car and so solid. I think thats what the VXR lacked.
 
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