Hi all, new member from downunder here.
I have recently had to limp my SRI 2.2 late 2001 model into the local workshop for some fairly major repairs. After being told by previous mechanics that the 2.2 had a timing chain that they doubted would ever need to be replaced, rather than the belt that the little 1.8 brother holds that should be changed every 80,000kms, I had hoped this wasn't going to backfire on me this time. Unfortunately it has, and coupled with a new throttle body, cracked coil pack and plety of other extras i'm up for a hefty $3k. This is before i even look at new discs, pads and tyres, the former needing to be replaced every time the brake pads are changed.
I have since also been told that the adjusters and guides inside the engine that house the chain are made of plastic and should never have been used as they certainly are not designed to last as long as other manufactured cars.
If this is true, I have almost certainly made up my mind not to upgrade to another Vauxhall/Holden when it comes time to find some new wheels.
I am told the original repair manual notes every 100,000kms it should be checked, and now there are updates available stating 60,000kms due to the poor wear and tear of the components.
Further, i have been advised that this problem is becoming far more common now as the SRIs reach 4-6 years of age. Everyone please get theirs checked as it can cause plenty of other problems if you don't.
I'm sorry if this club is an Astra lover's club and i am raining on parades, but to say the least, i'm not happy with mine as i expected a slightly better quality machine than the one i paid for, albeit 6 years ago.
Depressed downunder Oz Gunner Boy!