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MrsE had a TS Astra, worst car we have bought and it also had the big chunky Pillar problem which obscured your view but that was the least of its problems.
Had the brakes replaced three times under warranty although Holden fought me the last time because we had Michelin tyres put on the car and removed their rubbish Goodyears,  and then the auto transmission planetary gear set failed just out of warranty and fecked the entire transmission sending metal through it. 3k later and consumer law complaints they still wouldnt come to the party so I had to get it independently repaired which was a full strip down a new gear set, torque converter and pump assy.
The dealer was going to get a transmission sent over from europe which was going to cost me 5k...couldnt wait to sell it once it was fixed and say goodbye to GM cars for good.
Isnt it funny how different people have different experiences. My mum has a 2000 Astra, my daughters both had 2002 ones as their first car. Three in our family, absolutely bullet proof was our experience. Normal fuel costs and services. I think mums had a coil pack issue which our mechanic fixed on the cheap (Holden wanted $1500, he did for $200-300). The thing is still going. My daughters have moved theirs on, drove them for 4-5 years and got the same money we paid them. I thought they were very solid and fun cars to drive, very heavy for their size but zippy. Didn't notice the A pillar on them TBH.
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream? 11th is better than last I suppose
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot
2022 - Real Deal or more of the same?
2023 - "Raise the Standard" - M. Voss

Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread

Reply #256
Isnt it funny how different people have different experiences. My mum has a 2000 Astra, my daughters both had 2002 ones as their first car. Three in our family, absolutely bullet proof was our experience. Normal fuel costs and services. I think mums had a coil pack issue which our mechanic fixed on the cheap (Holden wanted $1500, he did for $200-300). The thing is still going. My daughters have moved theirs on, drove them for 4-5 years and got the same money we paid them. I thought they were very solid and fun cars to drive, very heavy for their size but zippy. Didn't notice the A pillar on them TBH.
When it was running it was a nice car and zippy as you say, ours was Black with tinted windows and looked an evil little beast when it was on the road. Air Con worked a treat too and froze your jewels off but apart from that it was a piece of junk IMO and when we sold it for a better than expected price I felt guilty handing over the keys. Its had low ks because it was always at the dealers which probably helped the resale value......the pillar issue wasnt helped by MrsE only being a little lady at 5'2 and struggling to see over the dashboard much less past the pillars, think the rear windscreen also bothered her too being rather small.



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Reply #257
All later model GMs had serious issues, do some digging on C(r)aptivas....

Caveat emptor on MGs.

I also went from Toyotas to a Ranger.  Theyre so much more confortable and easier to manage but I'd be happier to chuck hay bales in the old Hilux.  Though I'd hate to drive that in traffic.
DrE is no more... you ok with that harmonica man?

Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread

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I also went from Toyotas to a Ranger.  Theyre so much more confortable and easier to manage but I'd be happier to chuck hay bales in the old Hilux.  Though I'd hate to drive that in traffic.
Thats the key, if you are out bush, or on a farm, then you go the hilux. You won't need all the bells and whistles that the ranger has and the ultra reliability is a premium.

If you are doing any decent driving on suburban roads or highways, go the ranger. More comfortable, easier to drive, can still go bush and do some hard work when you want it too.