Being the newbie here I thought Iíd say hi.
Until a couple of months ago, I had an Astra mk3 M reg, for more than 3.5 years (167k). On the way home from work one Friday, a white van driver decided to plow into the back of me (while I was stationary) causing a 4 vehicle accident and writing my car off!
Last Monday, I went down to Blackbushe car auction and bought an Astra mk4 1.6 8v 5d club. Itís an 03 plate and with a previous disabled lady owner (no seriously) had only 23k on the clock. I got it for £4,300 which I think was good money.
After driving the car home from the auction, I noticed a loose metal-on-metal noise every time I went over a bump. After a bit of digging around, I noticed the front coil spring on the drivers side had broke and one turn was loose and knocking around the arm! Got spring changed and my car is now 100%.
Iíve never done any kind of modding before, but looking though the galleries on this site, the Astra really has potential for some extra styling. All the pictures Iíve seen on this site look top quality and nothing like some of the bodged jobs I see on some cars (although I guess you have to start somewhere).
ChristÖ this post is getting long and I donít think Iíve said anything yetÖ
Anyway, after I give my car a proper clean inside and out, I might start at looking to mod things up a bit. Already thinking / looking for a nice set of alloys and a CD player that will work with the steering controls. Iíll definitely be looking for some advice so please help the newbie out!!!