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by nsanderson
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: Who loves the Astra K?
Replies: 32
Views: 1851

Re: Who loves the Astra K?

Yep, still liking it. The big screen sat nav version is a definite improvement over the normal version and along with the 1.6T's extra shove and the extra sound proofing it makes a very quiet & agile car. It's relatively cheap to own and insure. There are a few niggles; the steering could be heavier...
by nsanderson
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: steamy windows - missing elite feature imo
Replies: 11
Views: 779

Re: steamy windows - missing elite feature imo

Corsa can have an actual heated front screen but it's never been an option on the Astra. Odd. The front screen button (on all Astras since th J?) next to the rear window (and wing mirrors of course!) demister works really quickly. You don't need to press any other buttons as it will max the fan spee...
by nsanderson
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: 18 inch rims.. pothole.. THUMP!
Replies: 13
Views: 784

Re: 18 inch rims.. pothole.. THUMP!

Yes, the 18" wheels are 225/40 and the 17s are 225/45 so the tyre+wheel diameter/circumference is the same so the speedo should be OK. Personally, I found the 18" wheels to be better than the 17" ones (both on CrossClimate+ tyres) but it could be down to having a Watt's Link on my current one which ...
by nsanderson
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Chat
Topic: Winter driving fun
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Winter driving fun

It's not much fun - but the CrossClimates do work! :)
by nsanderson
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: Black headlining
Replies: 17
Views: 1674

Re: Black headlining

Reminded me of the old Sport Hatch SRi - somehow felt a bit more special!
by nsanderson
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: 1.6T engine stutter when cold
Replies: 18
Views: 1811

Re: 1.6T engine stutter when cold

Normally I drive off after a few seconds, just depends on how long it takes for my son to stop faffing around and plug his seatbelt in, tuning the radio, turning off the ****ing parking sensors, setting sat nav destination, etc. The 1.4T dropped in about 5 seconds - the 1.6T seems to take quite a wh...
by nsanderson
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: 1.6T engine stutter when cold
Replies: 18
Views: 1811

Re: 1.6T engine stutter when cold

Can't say I've noticed the problem and mine's running on Sainsbury's Super 97 RON (which I think I'm right in saying might still be supplied by BP...?)

The only issue from cold is how long it takes to drop the revs to normal tickover - the 1.4T took no time at all. Must be the cast iron block?
by nsanderson
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Engine splutter at 3000rpm
Replies: 382
Views: 58203

Re: Engine splutter at 3000rpm

Make sure it's got the latest ECU update and the correct oil (Dexos 1 Gen 2) and it should resolve the problem.
by nsanderson
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: 1.6 turbo petrol
Replies: 11
Views: 1375

Re: 1.6 turbo petrol

It'd take about 2 to 3 tankfuls before you've diluted whatever was left of the 98 RON petrol with the 95 stuff before you could notice any difference. My old 1.4T definitely seemed to run better on Sainsbury's Super Unleaded 97 and it's my fuel of choice for the 1.6T.
by nsanderson
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Bird Poo
Replies: 10
Views: 3030

Re: Bird Poo

If it's particularly stubborn, I find that a wet piece of kitchen towel with a quirt of washing up liquid placed on top for a few minutes works wonders on breaking it up and allowing it to be wiped off without scratching the paint.

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