just bought a *spares or repair's* '99 astra van, at £350 it was worth a punt...
it has got issues, like the engine light's on any its very low on power, feels liek im driving my old 1.6D mk1 caddy... before i put in a 1.9TD AAz engine it it....
its currently at a diesel specialists, as its engine light problem is somthing to do with the infamous EGR valve problems all VX's seem to have, i did all the basic checks that ive borrowed from this site.... mainly checking vac lines to the sensors, checking the maf/map sensors/connections, making sure the inlet manifold is tight and the shiney top hat is tight too, checked all the above still no turbo noises, and still as slow as a goat.
now im hoping the diesel specialist will be able to at least pin poist the issue for me to replace, im just wondering is it worth messing around with 2nd hand parts, ie ones on ebay right now, or a local scrap yeard has a vectra in, with the same engine, which has all the sensors/egr valve still in situ... writern on the windscreen is 'engien in good cond' so i asume all the sensors would be too..
anyone fitted cheap 2nd hand EGR related problem parts and fixed the issues, with no probs 100 miles down the road??
the smaller probs its got, one of the glow plugs is snapped off half into the head, im sure it'll be fone glowing on 3 plugs right thu winter, but how common is this? if it does begine to be an issue starting it'll have to get pulled/removed or possibly heli-coiled etc... anyone had this problem before?
the next issues arent worth thignking about till its in good runnign condtion, but i know for a fact that ill want the best out of this van once its reliable and on the road etc...
now i k n ow the 2.0l 16v DTi engines were exsactly the same bar they had a intercooler, which ive already sources, but not bought, i know they are defiantly worth it, are there any other performance gains eaisly done while im there? possibly re-mappign it? i'll be hopfully changing the exhaust with more or less a stright thu' 2" pipe, which a 'performance' back box, that alone should help the turbo spin up quicker....
what is the stud PDC on these 5stud wheels? i notice its got disc brakes all round, that alone would say its ment to be quite nippy right?
any help on the above issues would be brilliant
only other things ill be doing is fitting elecritc windows up front, which ive looked up the info on here... goign as low as possible on coil overs, tinting the rear screen, and a full insulation/ply line in the rear, as i plan on sleeping in this at some VW shows next year