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    Hi All

    To keep Vauxhall in the family I have just bought my wife a 2.2i 16v Astra soft top. And really am just looking for some advice from anyone who may have had experiance with the Astra soft top and indeed the 2.2i unit as I know some on the Veccys on here use the 2.2i unit. I use the Cdti unit in my veccy so it will be interesting to have a big 2.2 back in the garage!!

    Thanks for any advice

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    We've just got rid of a Megane soft top after 2 years. My only advice is to keep on top of cleaning the fabric roof. Its very easy with our weather for the edges of the roof to get the green mold and its a b******d to get clean. Even using things like AG Convertable roof cleaner, I still struggled.
    As for the engine, I'm on my second car with this engine and they have been faultless (knows he shouldn't have said that). Just regular oil changes, say 3 months or 5K.

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    Nice motor, the missus has a 1.8 soft top. The drive and handling is fantastic and with the extra power of the 2.2 you'll have great fun with it. The only problem I find is that the seats are too narrow, they dig in the sides of my thighs and after about 2 hours my legs go numb. Being 6'4" and a 'wide load' i'ts a bit of a squeeze all round, but other than that they are an excellent motor.

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    I travel to work in a 2.2 convertible everyday as one of my work colleagues has one, it is a nice car but if you re over 4ft 11 in in height and cannot put your legs over your head you may find the back a bit of a squeeze

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    I've sat in an Astra convertible, and the top of the windscreen was almost in line with my eyeline, which scared me quite a bit.
    I'm a big bu99er, though!

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil
    I've sat in an Astra convertible, and the top of the windscreen was almost in line with my eyeline, which scared me quite a bit.
    I'm a big bu99er, though!

    Phil
    That's another problem I forgot to mention, also the windscreen wipers are totally pathetic, swap them for the Bosch ones with spoilers.

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    Thanks for the feedback all

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    I used to have a astra coupe 2.2. great car, never had a fault, ran perfect everday. I found the engine gutless at low revs and the box quite notchy, but forgiving this, and with a few revs, the car went very well.

    you should have lots of joy with the car.

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    PTE: What was the 2.2i like on fuel in your Astra?? I've been told the Soft top does like the go go juice round the houses!

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    used to get around 33-34 mpg on a steady run, and came down to the mid to low twenties around town.

    have an astra coupe turbo now and driven carefully returns better mpg (had it at 40mpg on a motorway run sticking to 60mph!).

    Overall though i could never complain about the mpg.

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