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  1. GREYASTRASXi

    GREYASTRASXi New Member

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    As the title says,i know this might seem silly but as i am due to pick up a MK5 Astra 5dr SXi on Saturday every bit of help would be grateful,so what i want to know is where is the engine temp gauge? all i remember from last week when i had a look at it at the maindealer was seeing the rev gauge speed gauge and petrol,but didn't notice an engine temp gauge.
    It is 2006 registered.
    The other thing i wanted to ask was about the suspension,does it have the lowered sports set or not, the brochures seem to conflict them selves,in one it says yes and another it says sports hatch only.
    Many thanks.
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    Ruperts Trooper Geriatric petrol-head

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    Astra-H (mk5) doesn't have a temperature gauge, it must save all of 50p.

    The ECU monitors the temperature sensor output and puts a warning light on when the temperature goes too high - possibly too late.
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    GREYASTRASXi New Member

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    Thats a great idea then,so when you see steam or smoke coming from the engine then that is your gauge to say its to hot:eh
    Seems saftey comes second to profit.
    Hmm think i will need to ask for a decent test drive before i part with my money on Saturday.
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    Ruperts Trooper Geriatric petrol-head

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    It's only the same concept as an oil pressure warning light - by the time it comes on your engine is foobar.
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    I wasnt impressed to be honest with the astra mk5 as a whole, but in this day and age, a temperature gauge should be as standard. I cant believe that a mainstream manufacturer such as vauxhall have decided to leave it out.
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    There is plenty of cars like this the fiat range 10+ yrs ago were like this.

    I have the same car 56 reg sxi 3 door you get used to not having it but it takes some time!

    As said 50 pence gauge would be better at least for the piece of mind!
  7. GREYASTRASXi

    GREYASTRASXi New Member

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    I will have to make sure i have a decent test drive before i part with my cash,make sure the first thing that don't happen is the warning light comes on.
    Something i noticed when i asked to listen to the engine last week was the coolant fan came on as soon as the ignition was switched on, the engine didn't seem hot when this was done.
    I did call the dealership garage where i am buying the car to test it for me,they said the fan wasn't coming on,but then they would say that on the phone.
    I think i need to think twice now.
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    Dynamic Dave Qualified lego bricklayer

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    Was the air con switched on at the time?
  9. GREYASTRASXi

    GREYASTRASXi New Member

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    To be honest i couldn't say for sure.
    I know it will have 1 years warranty and the remaining manufacturers warranty,so if there was a problem i could get it checked out,but what i don't want is to be sold a lemon,obvious answer is to get the car mechanically and electrically checked out by the AA or RAC,but there a bit pricey,plus we need the car for Saturday which is when we are supposed to buy it.
    I do think common sense is in order really which is to get it looked over,might be a bit pricey to start with but i guess could be a whole cheaper in the long run.

    Also could anyone tell me if the SXi has lowered sports suspention or was that changed.
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    I made the mistake of buying an Astra G with no temp guage. I'm convinced that this caused the headgasket blow. You just can't tell if anything is beginning to go wrong with no gauge. I hope you didn't buy this car greyastra, the more I think about it the more crazy it is. The thing is, if Vauxhall think we can do without a temp gauge what the hell else are they cutting back on. It's a disaster for Vauxhall owners this one... and maybe for Vauxhall too.

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