2007 Astra 1.6 Design

I was in the market for a replacement for the trusty Focus and certainly not looking for (another) Astra, but anyone who knows me well will say I can’t overlook a bargain Vauxhall.  This was very much a ‘chance’ purchase as it was supposed to go for scrap (with no MOT) and was a non-runner after being parked up for a little over a year.  It’s rust free, pretty much free of marks and dings, low mileage and a nice spec, with half leather, front and rear electric windows, automatic lights and rain-sensing wipers.  What’s not to like?

There’s a bit of a journal here, starting with a few photos of it where I recovered it from and then a job list that details the work I’ve needed (or chosen) to do.

Outline costs:

DateDescriptionCost
23/2/2018Car£150
24/2/2018Halfords HCB063 calcium battery, HOF330 oil filter and SET101 front wiper blades£83.64
24/2/2018Cam belt locking tool kit (from Hong Kong!) £15.99
26/2/2018MOT Test fee£43.00
26/2/2018Mintex MDB2633 front discs and pads£50.50
26/2/2018Mintex rear brake discs and pads£51.90
28/2/2018Tailgate release switch (outside)£32.75
1/3/2018Cambelt kit (Genuine GM) and thermostat (Genuine GM)£127.20
17/4/2018OSF brake flexi hose£13.10
Total:£568.08