I'm thinking about getting an Astra. I've currently got a Cav "N" 2L GLS Ecotec. I broke the cam belt (didn't change at it's 38K interval, you've been warned, change them!), I've fixed the engine, luckily I was going slowly when it broke and just bent 2 exhaust valves. Anyway It's up for MOT soon and if it's going to be semi expensive to get through, I'll scrap it.
So I'm thinking what next. I'm not mad about the base Astras, No offence, so I think for my money (upto 2K) I should be able to get an "R" (91-98 (MK3?)). As I understand it there is an Ecotec 1.6 16v twin cam, is this much the same as the 2L I have currently? I had a few problems with mine (lambda sensor, cam sensor, Idle control valve), is this much the same for the Astra version?
OK wish list
Colour coded bumpers
Electric windows, heated mirrors, PAS, ABS.
maybe aircon, not essential.
Any advice about what I should get, what's the most reliable engine available for the (91-98 (MK3?)).?
Any fuel economy/BHP figures would also be good, I do about 16K/year, so don't really want a gas gusler, although I found the 2L tolerable.
Or maybe I should go for an Escort, they seem to be cheaper?