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    Hopefull new owner

    Afternoon all have just signed in the hope of getting some info on the mk4 astra, hopefully buying one in the next couple of days.

    The car is a red 98 R reg, i think one of the earliest of these models. Couple of things i would like to know are as follows:

    :where do they usually start to rust,
    :what noises to keep an ear out for,
    :how much is a cambelt change likely to cost
    :and any other general things to look out for.

    I also own a V6 Calibra which i've owned almost 4yrs, with a baby on the way i need something a little smaller and easier to get things in ie: baby and baby seat.

    Any help wold be much appreciated.

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    Welcome to the site mate.

    what engine size are you looking at? 1.6 8v?


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    Welcome to the site matey.

    I would *but will probs be corrected* say arches for rust, check and see in the history for the cambelt but the norm IIRC is ever 40k. Check the suspension and springs as there prone to f'ing up (like mine did) and the normal knocking noises from the engine etc

    I'm sure someone with a little more knowledge will be along soon to give you answers to everything
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    Cheers for the welcome, sorry forgot to say it's a 1.6 16v.

    Should have guessed the arches, seems to be a common VX rust zone. My calibra has just started to show a few signs of rust there.

    I'll keep an ear out for any knocks and rattles, i'm guessing that a cambelt change wouldn't cost to much at a garage, got it done on the v6 a few months ago for £280. Do you reckon around £150 inc parts?

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    Not too sure as i managed to snap my belt and forked out a hell of alot to get the bugger fixed a couple of months back lol. Would say around £150 £200 at a guess pal.
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    Welcome to AOC fella....

    Things to look out for on an 98' Astra G are rust on the rear arches, front underside of the bonnet (around grill). These however shouldn't be too bad if the car has been looked after.

    Usual wear and tear on the interior.....

    Drop links, CV joints and the usual suspects.....


    The suspension as already mentioned and depending on the mileage of the car, the 1.6 may have had a hard life/driven hard (ragged), so check for signs of blue smoke, noise from the top end mainly..........

    Depending on your insurance, I'd go for the 1.8 16v......... better spec

    If its got pistons or tits, its gonna be expensive!!






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    Quote Originally Posted by Davee View Post
    Welcome to AOC fella....

    Things to look out for on an 98' Astra G are rust on the rear arches, front underside of the bonnet (around grill). These however shouldn't be too bad if the car has been looked after.

    Usual wear and tear on the interior.....

    Drop links, CV joints and the usual suspects.....


    The suspension as already mentioned and depending on the mileage of the car, the 1.6 may have had a hard life/driven hard (ragged), so check for signs of blue smoke, noise from the top end mainly..........

    Depending on your insurance, I'd go for the 1.8 16v......... better spec

    Cheers for the response, not to bothered about the spec just need something with 5 doors and easy access for getting a child in and out of. Originally wanted a MK3 but it's a bit to small for my liking and the MK2 a bit to old, but used to have a MK2 as my first car and was quite a nippy little thing until some chap in a land rover ran over the front of it.

    I'll keep an eye out for the previously mentioned items and will hopefully have one by the weekend, and then be here to find out how to fix things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegeth View Post
    Cheers for the response, not to bothered about the spec just need something with 5 doors and easy access for getting a child. Originally wanted a MK3 but it's a bit to small for my liking and the MK2 a bit to old, but used to have a MK2 as my first car and was quite a nippy little thing until some chap in a land rover ran over the front of it.

    I'll keep an eye out for the previously mentioned items and will hopefully have one by the weekend, and then be here to find out how to fix things.
    You're in the right place for advice...

    Get some pics up when you get a car sorted

    If its got pistons or tits, its gonna be expensive!!






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    Ended up not getting the mk4 due to seller not answering his phone.

    Now looking at N reg mk3 1.4, it has done 56,000 miles and had cambelt, tensioners, water pump etc done at 50,000.

    The chap is wanting £500, which it think is a fair price considering the price that small engined cars are going for at the minute.

    Do you guys and gals think this is a fair price?

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