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Astra GTE

Discussion in 'The Cool Wall' started by gixer, May 27, 2008.

  1. gixer
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    [May 27, 2008]
    not many good standard ones left now. Mine loves sitting in the garage doing nothing. shame really dont have the time to ues it more.

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    I loved my old 16v.Didnt handle very good but i still loved it.
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    Brilliant car, got to have the 16Valver !! great straight line pace but arse nipping in the bends. I love to have an immaculate one sitting in the garage.....pity they rusted so badly !!
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    [May 27, 2008]
    My Dad use to own one of these, but in Red and it was the 8v version, so I have a soft spot for GTE's. despite not being a fan on Vauxhalls.
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    Fond memories of my old Red GTE - spax adjustables and Milli Miglia (is that how your spell it) 5 spoke alloys and twin pipe performance exhaust....just lovely! Gotta love that digital speedo !
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    My brother had one as a runabout for a bit 8v though. Was good fun. Always struggled for grip though.

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    Mate's just bought a bog standard and very clean red '84 mk1 GTE. If I had a bit of spare cash I'd be buying it off him!

    I liked the digi dash on the mk2s - thought it was well cool when I was a nipper!
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    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

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    [Jun 10, 2008]
    My uncle used to have a mint Mk1 years ago, Black B reg one, was fully tuned up and was DAMN fast!!!

    Really like them :)
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    [Jun 11, 2008]
    White G plate 16v, Jamex lowering kit, K&N Cone, Jetex Exhaust, rusty arches...handled like a pissed rollerskate.......but still brilliant!

    Tried the 8v Cab too, slower more camp version of the same car...
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    [Jun 13, 2008]
    I had the SR version (poor mans GTE) but someone kindly wrote that off for me so then i opted for GTE though it was in the guise of a Nova..... full GSi conversion, fast road cam, adjustable spax all round, 15" compomotive rally rims. It was better than a go cart, was flapping rapid when it could find traction.... had it about 5 yrs and watched it rot away :sadlike:
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    I remember my mate had one brand new in 86ish which was white aswell & it rocked my world:yahoo:, my next door neighbour has one tucked away in his garage & has done for the 8 years we've lived here, he's convinced its gonna be worth a mint anytime now.....he'll have to do a canny bit of restoration before that happens tho' !!!!

    Cool car
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    I bought a million mile 16 valver for £200 a couple of years ago as it had 6 months tax and test left, and it was the best fun I'd had in a car for ages.
    It would keep up with most things in a straight line and then you would soil your pants as you realised the corner was coming up fast LOL
    Ended up selling it on with 4 bald tyres, no tax or test for £300! result LOL.

    I'd say their breaking into cool, they've survived the boy racer stage and are slowly becoming classics.
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    Supercool!!!!........but then I'm biassed :)
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    Might be a good investment.A friend of mine has an immaculate D reg S1 RsTurbo locked away in a garage.Very low miles and looks bloody brand new.
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    I had an H plate 16v, like people have said superfast - crappy handling. I also had a MK1 SR, a MK2 GTE convertible, and one of my favourites, a Nova Sport, complete with twin 40's and race cam, and more.....
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    I've had two genuine Sports and a replica built :)

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    Good to see them kicking about still although not very often!

    My brother owned a mint SRi, after he sold it was involved in a hit and run, stolen, dumped in a carpark, torn to pieces and then appeared in the local paper behind a politician talking about the problem of people dumping unwanted cars....Was amusing at the time.

    Cool cars.....these days.
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    Ooh! Wonder if I can get a MK2 GTE digi-dash into my A4?

    *gets out hacksaw*
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    [Nov 19, 2008]
    Love the mk2 GTE's my first car was a 1.3 replica one. almost as cool as the Mk1's ;)
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    I had a Astra GTE16V Mistral Grey in my opinion the best colour and only available in the 16V,traded it in for the A4 few years back now.

    When i went to look at the 16V with a view to buying it the dealer selling it took me out 1st with him driving it, he F..in scared this **** out of me at the time boy i loved the sound of it, really miss the straight line power, dont get that with my lazy V6 now.:yes:
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    My last one was that colour :yes:

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    I keep seeing a Mistral Grey GTE in Lincoln,still looks nice.
    Wish i had some video clips of my Gsi turbo,loved that car.
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    still got mine, had it 10 years now , metalic silver 1989 8v,im half way through a full restoration and ive got a 3l v6 with piper cams and superchip to go into it, i absolutely love these cars awesome fun to drive, you just dont get that sort of drive from newer cars
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    My pal had one years back, resprayed in baby blue with a massive bodykit on it. It was his first car and bought it for £900. Cracking fun!
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    There used to be a MK1 GTE near my house and i always wanted one but by the time id done with Novas they were even harder to find. I fancied a MK2 GTE as well as the dash was proper cool but again not easy to find one which hadn't been knackered by chavs or weather.

    Interestingly if you can find a early Daewoo Nexia it is the same car! Remember reading on the forums that a guy got hold of an early one and transplanted all the bits into it from his rotten MK2 GTE was a fair bit of work - now he's/was a honorary member of the Vauxhall Clubs
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    These are soo ugly but I always wanted one.

    Can somebody stick up a pic of the digital dash never been in one.

    Cheers
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    Here you go :-

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    The car looks a bit ugly now, especially the front end, but back in the 80's it was considered very aerodynamic and modern looking !

    I owned a five door Carmine red one for two years and really enjoyed driving it ... quite smooth and refined engined too :)
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