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    Default New Astra, pants auto box ...

    Got one for a day or two, while the Vec's in to have it's O/S doors aligned in an attempt to cure the wind noise it suffers from.
    I had one before, when the Vec was in for service, but it was a manual box.
    Given the choice today, I opted for an auto one, my Vec's an auto, and given the choice I much prefer them.
    At least I got a decent car, given the bodyshop is a shared main dealer one, I could have got a poxy little Fiat !!!
    But god, is this auto box awful !!! I cant believe such a modern car has a box like this, it is not a patch on the Vec's box, and the Astra is a newer design of car !!!
    I seriously think Vx had a few auto boxes left over from the old 80's Cavalier, and they've chucked them in the Astra's to use em up !!!
    Give me back my Vec, lol !!!



    Oh, and it's silver, god I feel so common.....

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    Yep, it is a four speed (the Vec's a five speed), but it is soooo clunky, and the sports mode is scary, damn right dangerous at times if you ask me.
    My old Vec B was a auto as well, it had a far better box in it than this Astra, the manuals are ok, but this auto is absolutely pants.
    Couldn't really afford to stretch to a Astra when I was looking to buy, even though it is plenty big enough for me really, ended up with the Vec C, and sooo glad I did now !
    Driving this makes me realise why so many people are put off auto's, I certainly wouldn't buy one of these.

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    Still not got the Vec back.

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    In my opinion, and experience, an automatic car needs a reasonably large engine if it's to be any good. There may be exceptions, I don't know, but I wouldn't personally consider an auto with less than 2.0 litres.
    Something to do with rice pudding and skin.

    Hope you get the Vectra back soon, and without wind noise.....at least without wind noise from the windows!!!! Can't comment about other sources!!!
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    Lol, what other sources you could mean, I have no idea !

    Well, performance isn't to bad to fair, it's just the box, it is soooo old skool !!!
    Last edited by Green Growler; 25th October 2005 at 22:46.

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