If you HAD to own 3 Vauxhalls

If you HAD to own 3 Vauxhalls

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pablo

14,629 posts

220 months

Monday 21st October
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Monaco
Nova GTE
30/98


LuS1fer

35,454 posts

192 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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5490 said:
My post is true though. Vauxhalls are st. Always have been and probably always will be.

Name me a Vauxhall you'd want to buy that hasn't had help from another company.

Come on.
The Droop Snoot.

The image of Vauxhall has faded like many middle of the road, bread and butter cars but the Cavalier was always a good car compared to the Cortinas and the Astra was a better car than most of the Escorts. Indeed the Viva had better handling than most Ford's. The amalgamation of Opel and Vauxhall designs was inevitable. It was just unfortunate that Ford had a Teflon quality that let them survive in a shrinking market, despite some quite dire cars clinging to leaf springs.

Like many companies, Vauxhall used outside help like Ford did with Lotus and Cosworth, without whom the Ford line-up would also have been dull.

The Insignia Grand Sport came of age in its current iteration and is held up as best buy in its class. The main problem Vauxhall have had, IMHO, is the names. Grandland FFS... Adam when it's not an Opel...

Dapster

3,297 posts

127 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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And am I allowed the prototype-that-never-made-production Omega V8?



jimbo761

177 posts

29 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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If I had to own three Vauxhalls I’d want to point a Glock 9mm at my face, ensure it was fully loaded and pull the trigger!

The worst cars ever built, yes I have owned several, and they cost me dearly, utterly ste cars that should all be burned.

A1VDY

914 posts

74 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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5490 said:
It's tough, as Vauxhall is the turd of the car world. No one actively wants to own a Vauxhall. Those who do, I don't want to meet.

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You sound a right brainless up your own arse bellend.


Wacky Racer

31,851 posts

194 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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jimbo761 said:
The worst cars ever built, yes I have owned several, and they cost me dearly, utterly ste cars that should all be burned.
So if you owned "several" why did you buy the others when the previous ones were so "ste?"

Very strange.

jimbo761

177 posts

29 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Wacky Racer said:
jimbo761 said:
The worst cars ever built, yes I have owned several, and they cost me dearly, utterly ste cars that should all be burned.
So if you owned "several" why did you buy the others when the previous ones were so "ste?"

Very strange.
I didn’t buy them (nor steal them). Just had the misfortune to OWN them...

Mr Tidy

9,587 posts

74 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Easy!

LC.

Monaro.

VX220 Turbo.

Klippie

1,643 posts

92 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Once upon a time I owned an Astra for three months, since then I've never had the inclination to ever own another Vauxhall.

I can understand why people like them though it must be the same for those who like Fords...funny old world.

Saw this at a car show a while back...very nice.



Edited by Klippie on Tuesday 22 October 01:53

NDNDNDND

794 posts

130 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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A1VDY said:
5490 said:
It's tough, as Vauxhall is the turd of the car world. No one actively wants to own a Vauxhall. Those who do, I don't want to meet.

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You sound a right brainless up your own arse bellend.
Aah, that explains everything.

You're a Vauxhall enthusiast.

Don Roque

16,751 posts

106 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Vauxhall have in recent years recovered themselves from a very serious mire of making utterly crap cars (the Vectra C and Astra H era). Their current range has some very good models in it.

I even surprised myself recently by breaking away from Honda to buy an Astra GTC SRi 2.0 CDTi as my daily runaround. I think it's a great car, that ticks all the boxes I wanted it to tick. It's reasonably quick for a diesel too, and a really good steer with the HiPer Strut suspension. I will probably do a detailed RR thread on it sometime.

up_shift

180 posts

54 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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vxr220
monaro vxr
annnd a lotus carlton..

if we're talking road cars at least, otherwise the calibra above would feature somewhere..

Jasey_

1,766 posts

125 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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I've done my time with Vauxhallsmile.

Had Astra GTE, calibra 8V and astra VXR.

Co car vectra SRi.

The vectra really was awful. The others were great at the time.

Only one I'd consider now is the 6 litre super charged vxr8 but not brave enough smile.

wormus

10,827 posts

150 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Schmed said:
If I had to own three Vauxhalls I would genuinely try to burn my own eyes out with a gas lighter.
Would you though or would you actually see it for what it’s likely to be - an unpretentious perfectly means of transport. These days I’d feel less embarrassed driving a Vauxhall than many German cars.

For me
Manta GTE
Cavalier SRi 130
Monaro (supercharged obviously)

Edited by wormus on Tuesday 22 October 07:09

Tyre Smoke

12,375 posts

208 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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jimbo761 said:
Wacky Racer said:
jimbo761 said:
The worst cars ever built, yes I have owned several, and they cost me dearly, utterly ste cars that should all be burned.
So if you owned "several" why did you buy the others when the previous ones were so "ste?"

Very strange.
I didn’t buy them (nor steal them). Just had the misfortune to OWN them...
So you had them given to you?

If so, a spoilt brat that's 'entitled '.

IanJ9375

978 posts

163 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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5490 said:
Right, thanks. That's a Chevette that wasn't really supposed to be a Vauxhall but was and a Nova. I'm sold.. There's several Peugeots, RenaultSports and Fords I'd already be through before I even looked at a Nova.
That "Nova" as you say was certainly good enough for some proper rally drivers - go see which car McRae started rallying in.
Oh and if you want to see how a fwd car should be driven take a look at Dave Metcalfe on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns0700HdiW4


Interesting to see the vast field of cars entered and also how he managed to split the pack punching above his weight!

https://www.ewrc-results.com/final/1617-manx-inter...

R8Steve

4,034 posts

122 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Gameface said:
Apart from possibly the door skins i'm not sure you could really call that a Vauxhall any more.

irocfan

21,073 posts

137 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Jasey_ said:
Only one I'd consider now is the 6 litre super charged vxr8 but not brave enough smile.
why not 'brave enough'? I'd imagine that the reliability of the Corvette V8 would assuage most reliability issues

RazerSauber

469 posts

7 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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If we stick to road cars then I'd have:

Tickford Calibra with the "Red Top" (Before you go googling this, it had special leather bits and some badges)
Manta GTE
That new Grandland Hybrid thing that's meant to have several hundred BHP and several hundred MPG just for something big and comfy to potter about in.

Nice to see my beloved Calibra getting some love on this thread (between the people murdering themselves). Perhaps I should start a thread for it.

CX53

2,167 posts

57 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Mk2 Astra GTE
Insignia Grand Sport
Astra GTC VXR

I’d also happily own other Vauxhall too. I always liked the Calibra when I was a kid. I had the newest Astra Elite 1.4 Turbo from new in March ‘17 until March this year which was great value and drove really nicely, I’d happily have the 1.6 200bhp version as a daily driver, or the 1.6 Bi-Turbo diesel.

Not long ago I replaced my Golf R with a 12 plate diesel Astra. Obviously it’s dull as dishwater but it was very cheap, reasonably frugal and I don’t mind piling 25k miles a year on it and abandoning it anywhere, having the dog in the back, using it as a small van for tip runs etc! Truth be told I’d probably prefer the equivalent Focus but couldn’t find a good one for my budget close by.

Vauxhalls do the job most of the time, parts are cheap, it gets you where you need to go, I don’t quite understand the level of hate for them.