A big hello from NORTHERN IRELAND!
Hope all is well with everyone! Sitting in on a saturday night, was on another local car forum, decided to check out this Astra forum after owning my astra a couple of months, so here I am! I'm Matty, 19 and from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Second vauxhall in my life! Started off with a Corsa C 1.2 SXi when I passed my test! Loved it, gave me no bother at all. Drove it for a year then decided it was time to move on! Bought myself a Glanza, kept it for 6 months, then sold it, and in the space from June to September I had bought and sold a VTR and a Civic. Had a few problems with each of the cars apart from the corsa, so I thought to myself, lets go back to Vauxhall! Was sick of chopping and changing cars, so went for something newer, less miles, and due to my age for insurance - something that looked well instead of going fast! I'd looked about Golfs, Leons etc, but my mate had just bought a red 07 Astra SXi and I loved it. Hunted everywhere in Northern Ireland for a white Astra, as I wasn't going to settle with any other colour! After a lot of searching, It returned no joys! I was devistated that I couldn't get a white one. Every dealer I went to told me they were like hens teeth to get, gutted! Decided it would have to be black, grey or red! Didn't want a red one as my mate had just bought one, had just sold a black civic so wanted something different. Found a nice 2009 1.6 SXi Astra in grey with the XP kit on it and loved it. Pretty much decided on buying it when my mates brother (who works for Vauxhall) rang me and said, "Don't buy anything until you come to see me". So I waited out, went to see him the next day. Couldn't believe my eyes when I pulled up and seen a white Astra sitting there. Turned out it was 2008, 1.4 SXi. Yes, a year older, and yes .2cc smaller engine but very similar miles to they grey one. It also had the kit on it. Thought to myself, I might aswell go for the white one as I prefare it, will be keeping it a few years, so no point getting the grey one just for the sake of a bigger engine and a year newer! Had to go for the white! Here she is when I got it!
Sorry about the thumbnails just click them to see them full size, when I tried to upload the pics they were massive!
Before I go on I'd like to appologize for the bad quality pics, they are just taken on my iPhone.
Shortly after buying the car I decided the chrome wasn't for me. Took it upto a friends body shop and got the front V grill and the back chrome strip sprayed black. Pretty chuffed with how it turned out.
Felt it was then time to get rid of the rest of the chrome on the car, out came the hair dryer, credit card, white spirit, polish and clothes!
Side SXi badge before
Time for some wheels I think? Didn't want the usual what everyone else had, so thought I'd try these. Wanted the car lowered, but wanted to do it properly with insurance and all, so I thought I'd just leave it until I had more cash. Ideally I wanted Black VXR wheels, but couldn't find any around, so instead I went for 19" Vectra VXR snowflakes, refurbed in Gloss black. After fitting them I decided that it looks ok with the 19's and not lowered, so the lowering is going on hold for a while. Unsure to keep these wheels or not as I really need the cash, might put them up for sale on here - pm me if interested!
Underside of the bonnet was extremely grubby looking, so out came the white spirit and then polish. Turned out pretty well! Just due to me being very fussy!
Thats pretty much how she stands today! Waiting on a professional shoot from my cousin, but he's moving into his new house etc and is very busy! I'll get the pictures up eventually!
Thanks for looking, keep coming back and checking out my progress! Not sure if anything will be done for a while, but anyway!
Let me hear your comments and critisism, hopefully more good than bad, but lets make it constructive