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    Well, back in December I went to my local dealer to change my (t)rusty mk4 Astra for a 1.8SRi Vectra. I looked at a couple of pre-facelift cars sitting on the forecourt for £9995, but drove home a few days later in a Mk5 Astra 1.9CDTi-150 Design that cost me £10500.

    Today, that Mk5 is remapped to 200hp, VXR 322mm brakes, and Bilstein B12 35mm lowering/damper kit.

    It's pulling 44mpg, it'll do over 140mph, and it'll outdrag a VXR off the lights.

    But, I really am not at all happy with the car. There's nothing particularly wrong about it, I just don't particularly want to go drive it. I got to work, I come home, I park it. I don't even wash it.

    I do a 25 mile commute, about 5 miles stop-start, 20 up free moving motorway. 50 miles a day, plus whatever other mileage I do basically means I'm doing about 24k a year.

    So, I'm thinking of changing the Astra, and I'm kinda tired of diesel - currently the Astra is worth pretty much what I owe on it, so I'm looking to change it for a 2007 Vectra 1.8VVT SRi Nav.

    Am I mad?

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    why a 1.8 vvti ????
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    Well, I want something reasonably economical, and I don't want a diesel this time.

    Is the 2.2Direct that much better considering it's only 10hp up on the VVT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchp View Post
    why a 1.8 vvti ????
    Thats what I was thinking. Wouldnt you miss the power and all that torque??

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    imho with both the 1.8 and 2.2 you would prob not be too happy after a few month's...i might be wrong but as your motor is tuned i too think you will miss the torque and power you are going to loose
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    My dad has a Mk5 astra design although his has got the 1.6 turbo and I totally understand what your saying about the astra, although having the power is nice, when I took his out I much preffered the veccy. The astra just seemed a bit boring IMO.

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    Nothing Wrong With The 1.8vvti

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    not saying there is anything wrong with either vectra engine, but what about a 2.0 turbo and the softly softly driving style
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    This is it - I lowered it, I chipped it, and I still don't want to drive it.

    I see the dealer has a SRi XPII 1.9 in black, but it's quite a bit more than I want to spend...

    OK, another question - is the swirl flap issue fixed on 2007 Vectras? My Astra is suffering a little with it despite having only 39k on the clock...

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    Behave yourselve ZS, you will miss the CDTi, unless you buy a GSi or VXR vectra

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