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    Default Need advice on buying a GSi

    I am going to look at a Gsi and would appreciate any advice on what to look for and where/what to check? Cheers guys

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    Check for date of last cambelt replacement and if water pump was also done.
    Try to avoid cars that have been fiddled with too much - as standard as possible is best... less chance of having to fork out for repairs.

    Switch everything on and off - all buttons / toys should work.

    Check for large amounts of whitish 'mayo' under the oil filler cap - signs of short journeys - engine not getting hot enough to boil off moisture.

    A good GSi should pull away easily in 2nd with a little gas and will happily get right down to 1000 rpm in 5th without struggling, then easily accelerate smoothly still in 5th with a little gas.

    The list can go on and on but all the normal points when looking at a car - panels, gaps, rattles, non-standard changes, etc

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    how do you put a post up please help

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmywhu View Post
    how do you put a post up please help
    If are you wanting to start a new thread, go back to the list of threads in a given section and above left of the top thread is a button for your needs.

    Choose an appropriate title... fill in your question / point / advice / whatever and when you are happy, click on the submit botton at the bottom.

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    yes look out for points that handyandy said dont get high milage look for any service history and basically enjoy

    jimmywhu to post go to the section you want to post in and click new thread

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    thanks alot 6009tristanb top man

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    The car am going to look at later on today has 73k on the clock with cambelt change at 63K not sure if water pump was changed along with it.
    Thanks for the advice, really appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectrasri-j View Post
    The car am going to look at later on today has 73k on the clock with cambelt change at 63K not sure if water pump was changed along with it.
    Thanks for the advice, really appreciated.
    sounds good at least cambelts been done
    a must in my eyes for the gsi is get rid of the bosch plugs buy denso ik20 for them and get a k&n panel filter and then tap the loud pedal and

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    My GSi has done 120k miles and is still pulling very strong, ive had it over 2 and half years and the biggest repair i had to do was a crank sensor... So mileage isn't always an indication of how good/bad a motor is, but obviously generally the lower the better.

    If you want pure power/performance, i'd opt for the manual over the auto. Mine is an auto, and although alot will claim the auto keeps up with the manual, it doesn't quite. Mine is remaped and still is behind a manual slightly 0-60 and over the 1/4 mile.

    If posible try find one with the extra toys like full heated leather (although extra weight i suppose!), satnav, sunroof etc. Although dont make the mistake i did, going for an example with all the toys as opposed to the transmission i wanted! lol. Auto's are also slightly heavier on petrol in general

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    just do the above checks that have been mentioned, but as a whole there pretty good for realibility. check round the rocker covers for any leaks as well pay special attention to the rear one as have a tendancy to blow and leak oil on ya starter motor but apart from that look forward to big fuel bill and big fun nothing better than a flagship vectra last of the GSi's

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