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So I sold the explorer about a month ago, and decided I wanted an Saturn astra as my daily driver.
what I didn't know is that the production #'s of the astra were actually lower than the Sky (the astra in the US was only made for technically one year as in 09 they were just trying to sell off the 08's If I understood what I read correctly)
So I found one in Rockford Illinios and I'm going to pick it up this weekend (its supposed to be -6 there on saturday so I'm going to die since I'm a florida boy) But at least I'll die owning to satur-opels :lol:
flying up on saturday and driving down saturday/sunday, I hope to pass by many skys in their garages where they should be in this weather.
Intend on passing by, Chicago, Indy, Nashville, and ATL.
 
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You are nuts.

I have heard parts for those cars are hard to find and expensive as it is an opel and did not come from the GM parts bin, so most parts are pretty much unique to it.

I hope you did your homework before hand.
 

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You crazy Hydro Blue guys always needing something unique...LOL ;)

Seriously though, I see very few of the Astras on the street and that would explain it. The Sky was supposed to be the flagship of the "new" line of Saturns...really all just rebadged Opels...and the Astra was part of that "new" Saturn lineup.
 

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As far as I know Illinois uses road salt, so you may want to get it inspected when you get home and possible check into some anti corrosion treatment if available. I have to replace my 97 Cherokee due to road salt and all the Jeeps I've been looking at have been in southern states. Though the downside of looking for vehicles in southern states is that older vehicles usually have very high mileage.
 

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Good friend of mine had an Astra. I loved that car. Didn't realize they built from GM parts. It was dependable as all get-out. He's a car guy, so he didn't have it long: that and he got changed jobs so he could afford a whole different league of car.

Have a safe trip. There's nothing like testing the car's mettle quite like driving it hundreds of miles home. Godspeed...
 

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I'm quite fond of the following generation of the Astra, especially the OPC. I've considered buying one a few times myself.



Good luck with the car.
 

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So I sold the explorer about a month ago, and decided I wanted an Saturn astra as my daily driver.
what I didn't know is that the production #'s of the astra were actually lower than the Sky (the astra in the US was only made for technically one year as in 09 they were just trying to sell off the 08's If I understood what I read correctly)
So I found one in Rockford Illinios and I'm going to pick it up this weekend (its supposed to be -6 there on saturday so I'm going to die since I'm a florida boy) But at least I'll die owning to satur-opels :lol:
flying up on saturday and driving down saturday/sunday, I hope to pass by many skys in their garages where they should be in this weather.
Intend on passing by, Chicago, Indy, Nashville, and ATL.
FWIW, I have two Saturns, one is, of course, my Sky Redline, and the other is a 2003 Saturn LW300. I have 170k on my LW300 and it's still going strong and my DD and I am still averaging 24 mpg with its 3.0 V6. The LW has been the most reliable and trouble free car I have ever owned. So if you like the Astra, go for it regardless of the board's naysayers, or maybe that's bored naysayers.
 

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If the Astra has an ECOTECH engine......GO FOR IT
Only one engine was available: a 1.8 L U18XER inline-4-cylinder gasoline engine with variable-valve technology producing 138 hp (103 kW)

 

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Love the wheels on the Solstice. The Solstice is growing on me.

As for the pictured Astra, it looks great. I don't know how much it sells for, but there are other great looking hot hatches out there. Mazda ones look like that to me. For utility's sake though, I want 5 doors...
 

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Got it home and it was a fun drive love the rain sensing wipers and there are so many quirks, 5 points to the first person to go test drive one and tell me how the cruise control works. I know now but it is different than I was used to. No googling!
 

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Got it home and it was a fun drive love the rain sensing wipers and there are so many quirks, 5 points to the first person to go test drive one and tell me how the cruise control works. I know now but it is different than I was used to. No googling!
Is it not just a standard system with the rocker switch at the end of the stalk?
 

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As for the pictured Astra, it looks great. I don't know how much it sells for, but there are other great looking hot hatches out there. Mazda ones look like that to me. For utility's sake though, I want 5 doors...
When I was at the Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago I looked at all of the hatches. I still think the Opel is the best looking, but the overall winner in my eyes is still the Mazda3--handsome design, lots of interior space, very clever layout, very high quality fit and finish, and excellent driving dynamics, if not somewhat underpowered.

Looking at photos and reading about it, I thought I would really love the new Honda Civic hatchback, but it was really uncomfortable, the interior was low quality, the stereo system was incomprehensible, and the shifter feel was shockingly poor, I used to own an old Jeep that had more positive shift feel. I haven't had a chance to drive it yet, but based on first impressions it's amazing that a brand new car could compare so poorly to the much older Mazda.

My other old favorite was the previous generation Renault Megane, but the new car just looks odd and I think they've taken a big step backwards with the interior. It's a real shame because the old car looked great, especially the Renaultsport models.
 

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When I was at the Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago I looked at all of the hatches. I still think the Opel is the best looking, but the overall winner in my eyes is still the Mazda3--handsome design, lots of interior space, very clever layout, very high quality fit and finish, and excellent driving dynamics, if not somewhat underpowered.

Looking at photos and reading about it, I thought I would really love the new Honda Civic hatchback, but it was really uncomfortable, the interior was low quality, the stereo system was incomprehensible, and the shifter feel was shockingly poor, I used to own an old Jeep that had more positive shift feel. I haven't had a chance to drive it yet, but based on first impressions it's amazing that a brand new car could compare so poorly to the much older Mazda.

My other old favorite was the previous generation Renault Megane, but the new car just looks odd and I think they've taken a big step backwards with the interior. It's a real shame because the old car looked great, especially the Renaultsport models.
I have an 07 Mazda 3 wagon. I plan to drive that thing til the wheels fall off. For what it cost to buy, for what it costs to run it, its utility, and for the fun of it, there's not really a daily driver I'd rather drive right now. Sure, it's starting to show its age - but I have now reason to get a different one. I completely agree with you on Honda's offerings: I wouldn't ever have another Honda, AND that Megane (like 2012 gen?) was gorgeous. That's a car I'd have if I lived in Europe.
 
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