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  1. New Opel/Vauxhall Astra

    General Motoring Discussion
    Hi Guys The new Astra just arrived in South Africa and since I've owned many Opel products in the past when there was nothing available from Alfa, I thought I'll go have a look. Here are my very brief first impressions. Styling - not bad, not bad at all. The front is maybe a little...
  2. Drove the Astra OPC

    South Africa
    Had a spin in a work colleague's Astra OPC! Its FLIPPEN FAST!! That car has a massive amount of grunt! And the seats are fantastic! Id happily take one.. Probably above a GQV TCT SC :depressed:
  3. Astra Brakes on a G 281/280

    Alfa Giulietta
    Hi all, Just trying to clarify something in my mind, having a look around for some fancy discs (drilled or grooved) I cant find anyone to supply some nice 281mm discs for the G as they all seem to be flat faced. Given the fact my car runs GM hubs I should be able to run Astra 280 discs...
  4. Almost OT, VX Astra gearbox noise

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hi Guys, As some of you on here will have the same gearbox I thought I'd ask your opinions. My wifes car is a 2008 1.9cdti VX Astra with the 6 speed 'box (M32 I think) with 81k miles on clock. The car has always been a bit stiff to get in and out of gear, this has not gotten any worse but I...
  5. Astra 2.2 Headlight Resto by Detailed Garage

    South Africa
    A work colleague asked if there was anything I could do to brighten up his Headlights on his Astra 2.2 Looked at his lights and said I could sort these out for him no problem :D This what they looked like before hand which is typical for the Astra G's :rolleyes: After I worked my magic...
  6. My 1.9 Astra Diesel

    South Africa
    I know its not an Alfa but they are related as we share the same engine as the 1.9JTD's :) Let me know what you think :thumbs:
  7. Astra OPC???

    South Africa
    Must I do it? I drove the Golf 6 R, that DSG change noise irritates the hell out of me...bwaaaaaaaaaaapaaaaaaaaaaaaabaaaaaaaaaaapaaaaaaaaahh...:mad: Megane RS is too small inside and I raced one and killed it off easily(GQV is getting better and better as miles add up!!!) Sat in G7 GTi, drove...
  8. From veloce to sportiva to astra!

    Alfa Giulietta
    Picked up my amazing 2l 170bhp veloce Guilietta on the first week of Feb. All seemed fine but the gears, especially first, was very temperamental. After reading the forum I contacted my dealer to express my concern. They could not have been better. Car was booked in the first available time and...
  9. Giulietta 2.0 vs Astra VXR

    Alfa Giulietta
    1. One of my colleagues isn't speaking to me any more. 2. I haven't told him that mine is a diesel. 3. He won't be posting about this on the equivalent Vauxhall/Opel forum.
  10. Astra GT OPC / VXR

    Motoring Images
    Very tasty is this. Come on Alfa, let Bertone loose on the G!!
  11. Question about hub nut on an astra

    General Motoring Discussion
    I've replaced a wheel bearing on a friends astra van. It has a cartridge bearing not a compression type. Took the old one off and fitted the new one. The shaft sits slightly further through the hub than the old one. This means that if I pinch it up the nut goes on further. But this make the...
  12. Astra GTC

    General Motoring Discussion
    I drive past a Vauxhall garage most days and boy does this little coupe look good....for a Vauxhall :lol: The 1.4 engines sound a bit naff though with the 0-60 times, the 1.6 looks ok though. VXR due later in the year i've read
  13. new astra

    General Alfa Discussion
    Just looking at top gears facebook page where a number of commentators are likening the new astra to the brera, can't really see it myself, what do you think?
  14. (Un-official) Alfa GT Meet - Astra Zeneca Alderly Park

    Meets & Events Images
    Wednesday's I play 5-a-side football with Bazza and others, today I got there early, parked up in the overspill and another GT turned up. Didn't make eye contact, but I was ready with my appreciative GT banter and AO recommendation. So instead I took some pictures of this impromptu Alfa GT meet...
  15. Alfa GT, Saab 9-3 or Astra SRI ???

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all I am new to the forum so please go easy on me :) I currently own a Saab 9-3 1.8T and love the car but new job means I am driving 100 miles a day so now needing a diesel. I have always been a big Coupe fan (Celica, Hyundai Coupe) and recently saw the Alfa GT on works car park !! The car...
  16. The new Opel Astra GTC "concept"

    General Motoring Discussion
    It's pictured in Autoexpress this week & it's stunning:wow: Along with the Insignia VXR, Opel / Vauxhall are building some seriously good looking cars at the moment (Evo love their Insignia VXR). Alfa, you could easily turn the Giulietta into a desirable 3 door / coupe so get on with it:mad...
  17. 2001 1.6 156 vs 2010 Astra 1.6

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Well, With both cars in the garage I have a choice of a Astra Hire Car we have whilst the beemers is in the bodyshop or a 156 on loan from Autolusso. Vital Statistics 156 1.6 Tspark Power (bhp/rpm) [email protected] bhp/rpm Power (bhp) 120 bhp Torque [email protected] lb/ft Maximum Speed (mph) 124 mph...
  18. GT V6 v Astra VXR 1/4 mile

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi guys, My friend has just bought a 2008 Astra VXR, looks lovely. Anyway he is going on about how in a quarter mile my GT would be crushed- I said otherwise!! His car is standard, mine has decat after manifolds and razzagon middle section. Any thoughts on how a quarter mile drag between the...
  19. Giulietta = a Vauxhall Astra?

    Alfa Giulietta
    Is it me, or is the new Giulietta a bit run of the mill? :confused: It looks suspiciously similar to a new shape Astra.....the teardrop rear lights hardly innovative. Dare I say it, but for £25K i'd want something that stands out from the crowd a bit more from Alfa.
  20. Vaxhall Astra (2010)

    General Motoring Discussion
    I had the dubious pleasure of driving one of these to Skye and back this week. The steering was far too light and indirect. The sight lines are terrible. The Windscreen is raked too much and driving position is too far back. The arrangement of the 'Pillar, quarter light and side window makes it...