I'm new to this site and have been trawling around for the last couple of days trying to unearth as much info as possible on the Astra CDTi SRi 150, which I am considering buying in the coming months.
I'm changing jobs very soon and it will involve me having do considerably more mileage each day and so my current 2.5 V6 MG ZS180 (modded to 200+ bhp ) is likely to kill me on petrol costs (and tax next year ).
It will be my first diesel car and so I'd like to try and get something that doesn't cost the earth to buy but will satisfy the boy racer in me and won't cost a fortune to run.
Anyway, some questions (hopefully not too many )...
What is the standard security on the 150 ? Cat 1 Alarm & Deadlocks or something else ?
Is the "Exterior Pack" just an optional extra or is it fitted to some models as standard ? How much does it cost ? Are the 18in 5 spoke alloys part of it ?
What are the official 30-50 and 50-70 times ?
Does the SRi 150 come with leather (or half-leather) sports seats or just cloth ones ?
Do they offer decent support ? (i.e. lumbar, side support)
What does the "Sport" button on the dash do ? Does it make more power available ? Does it change suspension/chassis settings etc ?
The service intervals of 30k/2yrs do seem rather long for a car. Is it okay to leave it that long or should you really look to get it serviced more regularly ? Also, what's the best oil to use ?
What are the key services in the car's life and what needs doing ? Which service(s) are likely to cost most ?
I've heard that EGR valves can be problematic. What are the symptoms ? What other stuff should I look out for on a test drive ?
With all that torque, how long do clutches generally last ?
What sort of fuel consumption do people generally get from the SRi 150 ? The official stats suggest 47.9 on the combined cycle, is this pretty typical ?
What's the handling like compared to say, a VXR ?
I've read that rear load space is poor due to the rear seats not folding flat. Is this the case on all mk5 Astras ? How flat do they fold ?
I've read the various mixed opinions on the boxes on here with great interest. Can anyone show me a pic of what they look like and where they go ?
Sorry for the long winded first post... hopefully some of you guys can point me in the right direction