I'm a newbie and hopefully posting this in the correct place...
Where to start
I bought my Astra from Network Q 2 years ago and have had various major problems with it. First they sold me a 1.6 16v Club - only for it to be discovered it was 8v. Then the brakes completely failed after 3 months and needed complete new brake system. Then there was a problem with the exhaust which, although the car was still under warranty, Network Q refused to fix
Anyways 2 weeks ago the gearbox blew up on the motorway and had it towed to my usual Garage. My car has only done 50K and there were no warning signs the gearbox was about to go. Turns out the coded parts were left somewhere on the motor way so I couldn't replace the gearbox with a recon/2nd hand gearbox - so only option I was left with was to have it rebuilt at a cost of £1000. The gearbox specialist told me that there appears to be an inherent fault in Astras the age of mine. The Garage looked at the clutch and said that although it was worn (to save me more costs) the clutch was still useable.
I picked my car up on Friday and noticed when driving home on the motorway that a) the changing gear felt slightly different - but I have had a hire car recently so may be just my imagination b) the revs were really high at 3500 and the engine was almost screaming in protest when I was in 5th gear and at 65mph. By the time I got it up to 70/75 I was pushing past 4000+revs and the engine was struggling and sounded like it needed to go up a gear.
Having called the Garage this morning to explain the problem .. NOW they are saying the clutch has gone???? Obviously I could now potentially have to fork out a further £300 for a new clutch but I'm NOT CONVINCED that it is the clutch as it seems fine when doing less than 65mph etc
Could it be a gearbox problem? Having just paid a final bill of £1400 I 'll be extremely annoyed if I have to fork out more on a car that was 5 years old in Dec with only average mileage on the clock.
Hope someone can shed some light for me