2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

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2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by P0WERSLAVE » Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:22 pm

I just bought this on Thursday. I've had mostly work cars over the years (meter reader by day, historical fiction author by night) which have always been small, low powered things like the Corsa or Citroen C1 so this is the most powerful, fun car I've had since my 1.6 Escort about 20 years ago!
I am loving it so far (apart from an odd issue with Spotify volume fluctuating when I go over 50 on the volume) but the day before I picked up the car I found this forum and noticed the issues with LSPI and so I thought I would ask the question:
What should I be aware of with this car?

I would like to think any issues it may have had would have been sorted in the past two years by the previous owner, but should I be staying in third gear below 30mph? Anything else?

I have upgraded from a 2015 Citroen C3 which had about 82 BHP so the Astra is really making me smile (and my 7 year old son too, he loves the turbo!). :)

What's the deal with the "SRi" designation? When I were a lad the SRi was the sporty model but this doesn't seem to have anything other models don't have. Nothing "sporty" about it other than the sport button. Not a criticism, I'm 43, not 17, just wondering what the point is in the SRi badge.
And on that! Why is there no SRi badge on the back of the car? I see some people have "TURBO" badges on the back of their Astras, but mine has nothing other than Astra on the left of the boot. Are you guys adding these other badges yourself or something?

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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by Shaky » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:39 pm

There have been a few updates made to the later 1.4T's to make them a bit less prone to lspi but I wouldn't let the motor labour regardless, it's good practice for a small gdi motor anyway The SRI is a trim level these days, nothing else really. Dunno if the later models have been debadged by Vaux ? Mebbe the previous owner did it ?

Got to ask, looking at your username.......Maiden fan by any chance :mrgreen: ?
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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by P0WERSLAVE » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:46 pm

Shaky wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:39 pm
There have been a few updates made to the later 1.4T's to make them a bit less prone to lspi but I wouldn't let the motor labour regardless, it's good practice for a small gdi motor anyway The SRI is a trim level these days, nothing else really. Dunno if the later models have been debadged by Vaux ? Mebbe the previous owner did it ?

Got to ask, looking at your username.......Maiden fan by any chance :mrgreen: ?
The SRi badges are there under the indicators, but nothing on the back.

Maiden fan of course! Listening to Nile right now, fine purveyors of Egytpian-themed metal in the tradition of Powerslave. :twisted:

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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by Gareth d » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:30 pm

Late 2018 all the turbo badges were removed, I took mine off my 2018 model as had too many idiots sitting on my back bumper when I was just having a relaxing drive home from work, looks a lot cleaner without the badges anyway

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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by Redman » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:52 pm

Hi
They don't put the turbo badges on anymore. I have a 19 plate from new and no turbo or trim level badges on rear of car.

If you are in 4th gear travelling at a constant 30 mph and below 2000 rpm and the car feels comfortable, to me that is fine. It is if you harshly accelerate in too higher a gear large amounts of fuel enter the cylinders along with boost. Direct injected petrol is atomised fuel (still wet) not vaporised fuel (port injected) and this can wash oil off the upper land piston rings which can promote lspi. Vx have improved piston design approx in late 2017. I have never experienced lspi in my 19 plate 1.4T elite nav. So don't harshly accelerate without dropping a gear or two. Always use correct oil and premium fuel.
These are my own thoughts/opinions of my experinces with my car. I had a 16 plate 1.4t from new and I got a few lspi incidents with that before the ecu update and the dexos 2 oil taken out of it. I mainly got the lspi incidents when harshly pulling away in 1st gear and a plume of smoke from exhaust would be seen from my rear view mirror.

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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by Boroboy » Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:02 pm

You have uprated seats from the design & tecline spec cars. You'll also have an arm rest, design spec not. Something to rest on when you are turning a corner :lol: You'll always get the horror stories on forums, most of the lspi issues have seemed to of been ironed out now with the later models, oil & software updates. A lot of manufacturers, not just vauxhall seem to have some new engine related problems during the earlier days of introduction, a lot down to the ever increasing emission targets they have to achieve. The 1.4t seems to be one of the most common engines too.
I'm also coming back to an Astra K, with the 1.4t engine, soon. My cars an 2018 plate, the turbo badge is present & it's staying put :lol:
My only very small complaint is that I'll miss having an exhaust tail pipe, as I do with my current J elite. Personally, obviously down to cost, I'd have preferred the sri to of had a sportier suspension set up, other models to have a comfort set up. Most share the same set up now.
Try not too worry too much about lspi, your cars still under warranty, common sense stuff really, just enjoy it.

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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by Old Codger » Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:54 am

I have nothing but GOOD things to report about my Astra K 1.4T (125), It's a 66 plate that I've for almost 3 years
It had the software update a couple of months later which definitely improved its performance from cold starts.

Current mileage is 35700 so I've done 21,000 which averages about 7,000 a year.
I consistently get mid 40s mpg with 50 ish on a long run and is a pleasure to drive.

I've read the horror stories on the forums, I may have been lucky and got a good one but I'm fairly convinced the problems have been caused by the way they've been driven. As others have said try not to "lug" the engine and at times I drop 2 gears instead of the customary one.
Hope this helps, I would gladly have another K based on my experience with this one.
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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by MrSM82 » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:29 am

I took the 'turbo' badge off mine as I thought it was a little bit embarrassing. Looks better with just 'Astra' or indeed no badges on the back.

As Shaky said SRi is really just a trim level but you do tend to have the option for the more powerful engines in the range.

As for advice I'd just make sure it is serviced, has the correct oil and you don't lug the engine. Extended warranty wouldn't hurt either if you keep it outside the manufacturer's warranty period.

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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by P0WERSLAVE » Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:31 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys! Must admit I didn't know about "Lugging the engine" until now, so I'll make sure I don't do that. To be honest, in all my previous cars, they've not had the power to overtake WITHOUT dropping a gear or two, so it's never been an issue for me until now. 43 and only just getting a car that can go remotely fast lol

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Re: 2019 Astra SRi 1.4T - what should I know?

Post by Shaky » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:41 pm

P0WERSLAVE wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:31 pm
To be honest, in all my previous cars, they've not had the power to overtake WITHOUT dropping a gear or two, so it's never been an issue for me until now. 43 and only just getting a car that can go remotely fast lol
Beat me by 11 years bud. My previous motors have all been basic run-arounds, or small vans - lol. Now comfort is my priority and a bit of extra oomph doesn't go amiss :D Got all my thrills on my bikes as tbh, I never felt that sure of my abilities going quick in a car.

Like me, you will prolly love the Astra. Quiet, reasonably well refined and pretty well equipped for the price :)
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