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  1. Hi Colbren, Sorry to hear about your cousin. Condolences to you and the family from us all here on the forum. The Vectra sounds very nice. If you can post a few pictures, it might help with the sale. I am sure there is someone on here who would be interested in keeping it, and enjoying its uniqueness, especially being an ex demo with all the toys added. Regards Andy.
  2. Sounds like you got a bargain there. I am guessing its an alloy wheel too that matches the rest on your car.
  3. Hi Stickyhair, and welcome to the forum. Feel free to comment or post any hints you might have, or help you might need with your Astra. Is yours the mk5 Astra? As I'm running the Astra mk4. Regards Andy.
  4. Hi Chubbs, and welcome to the forum. Firstly, is your light an actual gearbox, or is it a engine? I have looked on other Vauxhall websites, and they don't show an actual gearbox shaped light. but the orange engine light covers both. It states that it is a engine/transmission electronic fault. Secondly, are you experiencing any running faults at all that could be related? The RAC website suggests that it may indicate that the transmission fluid is either getting to hot,or that it might need topping up. Might be worth checking the gear oil level first. Regards Andy.
  5. I too remember them doing away with the old 4 star, luckily my datsun was OK with it, not needing harder valve seats like some cars had to have done. I just adjusted the carb mixture and she was good to go. The days where you could adjust manually, not have a computer to do it.
  6. Hi Trevor, The Astra seems happier on the old E5, but will see how it goes this week, as was only able to get the E10 today. And as it was quite low due to having the fuel shortage, beggars cant be choosers. I always believed that supermarkets got their fuel from the main suppliers, i.e., BP, Esso, and Shell, and it was just transported in the supermarkets own vehicles. Had to use Tesco today as our BP has not had any fuel for about a week. Glad that your Harley is ok with it, nice to know that you haven't got to spend on changing pipes and seals to keep it going, and you can get out and enjoy.
  7. Hi all, As we all know, the start of September was the roll out of the new E10 petrol. Now according to the DVLA website, ALL Vauxhall models can use the new E10, excluding models with the 2.2 litre direct injection petrol engine, code Z22YH, Vectra, Signum, Zafira. Which should use the E5. My Astra is a 1.6 16v petrol, and 19 years old. It was running ok to start with, but in the last week it has been quite gutless, and economy fell through the floor. Wife went out on Monday and put in £30 of E5, and it now is running sweet again, and fuel economy is back to where it used to be, which is good. Has anyone else found this with their vehicles? And have any owners of the afore mentioned models had any issues? Regards Andy.
  8. Hi Maurice, You will need to remove the cover underneath the glovebox, and then look up at the underneath of the heater motor. You should see some wires and a screw holding it in place towards the centre of the dash. It is a fiddly job, as I had the same problem on my Astra. Hope you get it sorted. Regards Andy.
  9. Hi Maurice, so far I've had no problems with using the e10 in my Astra. The only thing i have found, is that a local garage has put quite a price increase on it at the pump. I got caught out, so had to use them, but not again. 142.9 a litre. Whereas the garages in town are only selling it at 136.9. I do think there should be a set price for ALL retailers nationwide. I will stick with it for now. Regards Andy
  10. Hi grb27, welcome to the forum. A 1983 Carlton, sounds nice, feel free to post some pictures. I drove an 'A' reg Carlton saloon as a taxi back in the early 90's. A lovely car to drive, what colour is yours? my one was black, and I think it might have been a 2.2l. It did fly along fairly. Regards Andy.
  11. Hi Dave, welcome to the site. The Insignia seems to be a popular car on here. So if you have any questions, there is someone who would most probably have an idea. Regards Andy.
  12. Right you are. My vauxhall is a bit old for that technology. I was looking on a vauxhall website on Google. Thought it might have been helpful.
  13. Hi there, and welcome . I have been looking through google to try to find out about your warning light. What i have found is that it is something to do with a sensor that keeps check on the distance between you and the vehicle in front. Have you got forward facing parking sensors on your combo? Might be worth seeing if they are damaged in any way. Hope this helps, and keep us all posted on the outcome. Regards Andy R.
  14. Cheers Trevor, I did notice that it is 10w-40 that I put in, and it certainly seems to have improved. At 218500 miles on the clock, I'm keen to keep on top of maintenance. Andy.
  15. Hi Trevor. Thanks for the input. I did notice that where I'd put in the fully synthetic 5w-30, it did blow a little out when rolling in slow traffic. But it hasn't done it since I put 10w-30 in. Next oil change I might try the heavier 10w-40. I didn't know if there was an additive I could use with the oil. Regards Andy
  16. I forgot to add that she is running on 19 inch alloys too. It's amazing how much difference that 3 inches makes. Andy.
  17. Hi Teg2400, I personally would suggest getting a 19 inch steel wheel to have as a spare, if there is room in the spare wheel basin. My sister-in-law has a 2017 Astra 5-door. The space saver is a 16 inch wheel, it was needed a few weeks back, and the whole response of the car was totally altered because it was sitting so low on the rear corner. She is looking around to replace it with a wheel nearer to the size she is running with. I know the space savers are only supposed to be used to get you out of trouble, but they do make for a whole different drive, I can understand why there is a speed restriction on them. This probably hasn't answered your question, but it may give you an option of which to choose. Regards Andy.
  18. Hi there, I am looking to find what the best oil would be to use in my Astra. I am using 10W-30 semi-synthetic at the moment, as that is what has been used prior to me purchasing the car. I've noticed recently that once she's up to running temperature, there is a bit of a tapping sound coming from the engine. Now after reading into the different types of oil, and how they are used, I was wondering if a denser viscosity would be better for her now that we're sitting at 218,500 miles. I don't want to cause damage by using the wrong oil, but would like to stop the tapping when hot. Any help with this would be much appreciated. Regards Andy.
  19. Hi there, and welcome aboard. Is your Astra the mk4 or 5? I am running the mk4 Astra Club auto. Yes they are a great car to drive. Regards Andy R.
  20. Hi Scott, according to the internet, the port is underneath what looks like the coin holder, just below the cigar lighter. Or it could be just below the radio, which looks like the ashtray. It has shown me pictures of both, so hope this helps. Regards Andy R.
  21. Good to hear you've got it sorted, and at no cost. I wonder if this is on all Vauxhalls.
  22. Hi there, have you pulled the switch to see if its got power to it. Wondering if maybe a connection has either broken or come loose. Regards Andy R.
  23. Hi Andy, and welcome to the forum. Feel free to ask any questions regarding Vauxhall cars, I'm sure someone will have ideas to share. Andy R.
  24. Hi David, that's quite an unusual problem. You would have to contact the DVLA and request a replacement. They will probably require proof of vehicle, also you should find that the vin number is stamped into the floor pan just inside drivers footwell. There should be a plastic strip in the carpet, if you lift this there should be a vin number for the car. Hope this is helpful. Regards Andy.
  25. Good to hear it has gone to a good home.
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