. . I might have to rid myself of my now 12 (or is it 13?) year old mk2 Astra. It's served well, but it's getting to the stage where repairing it is costing more than the car's worth. Not to mention the fact that the driver's side arch is just beginning to show some rust, which is meaning that the cancer of the motoring world has arrived in my Astra.
Still, it's been a pretty good performer for a 1.6 8v, on my private duel carriage way it's managed 119mph and yet still manages to do about 50mpg at 80mph on the motorway (I tested it once on a long-haul journey).
However, I'm not sure what to replace it with - any ideas? Bearing in mind I'm 18 so I can't exactly go and buy a 2.5 Veccy or anything like that. I've been looking at (please don't hit me :roll: ) a Civic 1.6 VTi coupe recently. I can get a good deal on that model (both car and insurance via my father who has 10+ yrs no claims), it's got 159bhp in standard form and being a 1.6 should still be reasonably economical if drove carefully.
Are there any Vauxhalls I can be thinking about that offer similar performance in a sub-2 litre package before I look to the Japs for a solution?