Well I'm new on here, Josh from the Rhondda in South Wales, 18
Bascially it'll be a few months before I get (if I do get one) my Astra, I'll be 19 when I do with 1 years NCB and 3 points! I've had hypothetical quotes of £2100 for insurance which is high but I would be willling to pay if I could haggle down to below £1900
Anyway atm, I have a 1.4i C2 with some mods, nice car but low on power but it was my first car at 17 and couldn't get insurance on anything bigger
So anyway come September I really want an Astra 3 door 1.9 CDTi SRi 150 with the XP in red hopefully Had one as a company car for a week and fell in love! The torque on the hills in the Valleys was soooooo nice and just really like the car over all!
What I want to know is are ther any major reliability issues?
Also what sort of performance figures can you get out of them with remaps, intercoolers etc, I've heard a lot about the tuning boxes!
I'd also want to do some exterior mods such as black wheels and lights and lowering, any problems forseeable??
Finally what about exhaust systems? Can you get a diesel sounding really nice with say a new mainfold and straight through pipes?? And dare I ask about dump valves?
Sorry for the essay but any replies will be very appreciated! Thanks very much,