Hi people, question from a new member.
Its time for a new car and I can't decide which way to go.
I've had my mind set on a Mk4 Astra GSi Turbo, but at an average of £13k I feel I could have a car 'built' for less which will be faster.
This would consist of a Y2k Astra 2.0 16v SRi, (Approx £4200) with a partially rebuilt C20LET turbo engine supplied and fitted for another £3500. Then fit full new GSi suspention and brakes, approx £800. From here I could go EDS phase 2 (£280 + £500 for intercooler). So roughy speaking I could have a 270bhp 'wolf in sheep's clothing' turbo Mk4 for less than £10k.
I keep being told that the earlier C20LET (red top) turbo engine is the better lump, as it does not have to reach the strict emissions levels of the Z20LET. Also if you look at the cost of tuning both engines, the C20 is far far cheaper for better results.
And a mate of mine used to have one of these, beleived to be the first one done in the uk, and it was awsome. (You might have seen this at Santa Pod running 13 seconds 1/4 mile, its silver and has the reg 'V??? TAT').
I know it would be a hell of a lot easier to buy a GSi, but this might not be as much fun and certainly more expensive to make more fun. But on the other hand I'd like to hear from some GSi owners, what do you think of your cars? Would you recommend any particular tuning package etc?
Please help me out here, this decision is mashing my brain! :roll: