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    Evening All,

    Been lurking for a while now, and you guys have a great site running!

    The title kind of sums up my dilemma. I currently drive Mk4 Golf (1.8t, 180 engine), but the arrival of a little bundle of joy and my advancing years (37, but in number only!) means that I have been considering something a little more family biased. The only problem is, I've always been a bit of a spicy hatch kind of guy (also had a Leon Cupra, Clio 172, and still own a Nova GTE that's gathering dust in the garage) and was wondering if anyone on the site had made a similar move car-wise? Positive and negative experiences would be great to hear, and I've been seriously looking at a facelift SRI 2.0t as a replacement for the Golf.

    We appear to be coming back to the Vauxhall "fold" as the wife has an Astra SRI 2.0t (170) after owning a number of French motors, but I believe it's a totally different engine to the Vectra - correct me if I am wrong!

    Thanks for looking!

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    cant believe no one's answered you bud i thought the engines your talking about are one and the same the only difference is the ecu i believe
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisvectra View Post
    cant believe no one's answered you bud i thought the engines your talking about are one and the same the only difference is the ecu i believe
    No the Astra engine is different to the Vectra engine, the 2.0T in the Vectra is the low pressure engine from Saab where as the Astra one is kinda like a de-tuned VXR lump which is a Vauxhall unit.

    Going by the threads and posts on here about the Vectra 2.0T you can't go far wrong with them and rather tunable too

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    My understanding is astra and vectra / signum 2.0T engines are completely different.
    The 2.0T 170 in the Astra I believe is essentially a detuned VXR engine.

    The 2.0T in the Vectra / Signum is a Saab derived unit as used on the 9-3.

    I have a Signum 2.0T and mine was on the rollers a week or so ago putting down 183BHP (Standard). The engines are great, very little lag and fast spool up. All depends what your after. I'd maybe have a look at Signums if your a hatchback fan, much like marmite, most people love it or hate it!

    If you were ever after more power its a fairly simple excersize to release a load more power from the engine with a remap. There are a few companies about doing them and I'll leave that for another discussion at a later date.

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    the 2.0T is a awsome engine and is very tunable, chain driven so it's one less thing to worry about. Car wise, it's a very nice car to drive (don't listen to Clarkson!!!). go for a test drive, you won't be a dissapointed

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    agreed try a signum - nice and different motor - lots of toys inside and plenty of space for child seat and pushchairs 2.0t turbo lots of fun and remappable for a completely different ride that will surprise most people when it leaves em for dead and irmscher do lots of nice bits to make it look even nicer

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    A friend of mine has a facelift 2.0T with the Xpack and 19" snowflakes and it's simply gorgeous.

    A reputable remap turns them into a bit of a weapon...

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    As above, 2.0T is a great engine with no major common problems. The only common issue that has cropped up is the auxiliary belt/pully twittering/juddering but that's a minor thing.

    No slouch in standard form but a remap turns it into the engine it should've been in the first place - and you can go further with more advanced stages of tuning (see my signature. )

    Certainly worth a look at a Signum - even if just to rule it out as not for you. I love mine and had it since 04 now! Normally I'd have changed cars by now but I can't think of anything at the moment that would fit the bill for me the way this has.

    I bought it when we had no kids and now with a 15 month old, and #2 due in January, I'm not in a hurry to change it. Great car if you have kids. With all the seats up, boot is smaller than the hatch but if you're carrying a whole lot of stuff (like going on holiday) then a roofbox will soon sort that.

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    I went from a Mk3 1.8 Golf SE to the Signum 2.0T, similare to what you're thinking. I loved my golf but I love the signum more!!

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    i have had a golf 1.8 t and i loved it!!!

    i found it abit small for kids so i got a astra coupe and again i got fed up having to get kids in and out back allow it was abit bigger than the golf...

    then sold coupe 2 weeks ago and have now got a vectra sri and i have to say its the best move i have made. just so easy getting kids in and out plus its keeps the misses happy.

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