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    Looking to by an astra 2.2 Coupe....

    Can any of you list some things to look out for?

    it's a 2000 (Y plate) with 67K on the clock and 2 owners.

    Any info would be appreciated

    Nick

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    In general they are solid reliable engines, but early ones did suffer from a crap oil lube system which can cause the timing chain to let go with serious consequences.

    So unless you can get categorical written proof that the engine contains the modified oil nozzle and tensioner then either get at least £400 off the asking price (and get the chain changed ASAP) or walk away and look elsewhere.

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    Awesome thats great. Thankyou :-)

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    Otherwise, I've had mine over 7 years now and TBH it's been 100% reliable despite me fiddling with it, and it's not suffered from the niggles that affect other engines in the range.

    Drive one... get it in 3rd... floor it... smile

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    I had one before and think it suffered from the oil lube issues, everytime i went over 5000rpm it smoked out of the back like a diesel, also drank about 10 litres of oil the month i had it. The coilpack also went on mine, and this was all in a month lol.

    Get someone to rev it hard, obviously when warmed upand see if theres any smoke etc out of the exhaust

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    If you are not getting a turbo. Then it is the only engine to get in my opinion.

    The problem ffoeg mentions was remedied by vauxhall and changing the timing chain will fix it.

    I got the same economy with a 2.2 as my 1.8 and very similar running costs. Infact the 2.2 will be cheaper, as the chain will not need changing (apart from curing the defect on early models), all the other engines have a timing belt and need changing.

    The torque is very good on these engines, they are great for motorway cruising and the engine is quite good for tuning. Have a look at ffoeg's auto bio.


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    There were a few that were assembled with the gaps in piston rings aligned, instead of 120 degrees apart.. this causes excessive oil consumption.

    Sound like you had on of those few mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffoeg View Post
    There were a few that were assembled with the gaps in piston rings aligned, instead of 120 degrees apart.. this causes excessive oil consumption.

    Sound like you had on of those few mate
    It was on a 02 plate mine and had a nightmare with it, bought it 2 years ago but was snowing so couldnt really give it some .

    Yeh i gathered that i was loosing oil through the piston rings but didnt really fancy paying for an engine rebuild. It was actually ridiculous, tried some sealant stuff u can put in your oil etc but didnt really do anything, performance was down a little bit too. Then driving along and all of a sudden went into limp mode, had a diagnostic check on it and the garage advised me to change the spark plugs, changed them and came out of limp mode but juddered under 2000rpm, later found out it was a coilpack .
    Sold it on for cheap in the end

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    Quote Originally Posted by npd View Post
    Have a look at ffoeg's auto bio.
    I deleted that a good while back Fella

    Click Opal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffoeg View Post
    There were a few that were assembled with the gaps in piston rings aligned, instead of 120 degrees apart.. this causes excessive oil consumption.

    Sound like you had on of those few mate
    Never heard of this before, but I think mine could be one of the former!

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