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    HELP .. with my Astra (52) plate

    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

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    Personally I would speak to Trading Standards if you haven't already - did you get any compensation etc from NetworkQ r.e. selling you an 8v but told you it was a 16v? They were very very helpful when I had loads of issues with my owned from new 02 Astra, ended up getting lots of warranty work done that Vauxhall originally refused to do.

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    Hiya

    Once the 16v/8v error was discovered - I contacted Trading Standards who came out and inspected the car and then took it up with the Garage I purchased the car from (which then closed down)

    I've spoken with Trading Standards again about this fault and they advised me to get a written Report about the faulty gearbox ... based on the fact that an inherent fault isn't "Fit For Purpose" under the Sale of Goods Act and that I do have a claim against Vauxhall in that the gearbox - with average mileage the gearbox should last 6 years minimum. So will be taking this issue up with them as soon as this problem is solved.

    I've now had conflicting advice .. the Garage who fixed the car say that it sounds like the clutch is slipping and yet, I've just spoken with my local Network Q Garage and the Service Guy says it sounds like they've inadvertently used parts for the wrong type of gearbox .... which is EXACTLY the reasn we had the gearbox rebuilt because we were unable to tell which coded gearbox was needed ... so it seems this has been a pointless exercise if the gearbox specialist has got it wrong after all?

    The service guy also says if the clutch was slipping I would notice very high revs in lower gears but lack of power on the speedometer whilst it catches up .. which isn't the case?

    The car drives almost perfectly when going through the gears and up until 65mph - it's if I take it any higher the engine screams and it's as if the rev counter and speedometer needles are sychronised as they move round exactly the same.

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    Im no expert at cars at all, but ever thought it has been clocked? Normally a car with 50k on the clock runs smooth as out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dp88 View Post
    Im no expert at cars at all, but ever thought it has been clocked? Normally a car with 50k on the clock runs smooth as out...
    Nah that was checked out by Trading Standards when they went over it with a fine tooth comb .. they contacted the DVLA and everything. Plus it was an ex-mobility car so mileage was limited.

    Went back to the garage yesterday and they checked the clutch - which is fine - it's not slipping ... so it HAS to be the gearbox surely?

    I tested the car last night on the motorway .. 65mph - 3250 revs .... 72mph - 3900 revs ... 80mhp over 4000 revs and the car engine sounds like it's about to explode

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    Well whoever advised you seems to have advised you wrong. The 8v Astra engine uses the F13 box, there are only 2 versions of it the F13WR and the F13CR. Ones a wide ratio box and the other a close ratio. I suspect they've fitted a top gear out of the other version by accident.

    Take it back and get them to fix it.

    In hindsight you should have just bought one out of a similar Astra to yours and fitted that box instead.
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