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    Default Advice on buying a VXR8

    Hi,

    I am looking at buying a VXR8.

    I need some advice on what would be best to go for on my budget of £16k - £18k.

    It seems having looked at quite a few models the lower end of my budget can get me a 2007 LS2 model with around 50,000 on the clock or I could get an 2009 LS3 with around 70,000.

    I would be looking for cars from dealerships with FSH and warranties.

    What would be the best deal from my example given?

    Thanks

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    If you can find an LS3 within your budget, go for it. There's not a huge amount of difference, but the LS3 has a better spec engine and all things being equal the s/h market has determined the difference is worth about £2k on the asking price. Try and find one with a Catback exhaust fitted, its considered almost a crime on here to run the standard exhaust. Most dealers don't know a VXR8 from their elbow and I include so called Vauxhall VXR specialists in that. Whether you buy from a private seller or a dealer, get a full RAC inspection on the car. This will tell you how much life is left in the tyres, brakes and consumables, if they all need changing in the next 1000 miles that is some serious cash and you should be able to negotiate on the asking price. To give you an idea of the market i paid £14,895 for a 57 plate LS2 with 43k on the clock 3 years ago. It took me 2 years to find one within my locality and my price range.

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    Call James at Elite near Bordon. He has a very nice red, 09 plate LS3 with 74K on the clock for sale. Full history, Walkinshaw bi-modal exhaust and it goes lovely. I should know, I owned it until I sold it to him 10 days ago.

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    These engines will go for 150k miles so I wouldn't worry about 70k on an LS3
    VXR8 LS3 - PHANTOM BLACK. WP Power Pack Remap, Bi-Modal Exhaust, WP Cats & Headers, 20" Alloys, Lowered Suspension, HSV ID Kit, WP Wheel Centres

    GONE ------- Zafira VXR - Power Red - Stage 3 / Zafira VXR - Arden Blue / Astra VXR Nurburgring - Stage 2 / Astra VXR - Power Red

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    150k miles, only just run in lol

    V8, not for everyone but 10/10 for your effort.

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    I have a 170k 2 litre diesel BMW on the drive. A 70k 6.2litre V8, pffffft, not even delivery miles!

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    Mine was £20k, 30k miles, '09 LS3. Those were the 3 things I wanted and it took me a year to find one that fit all 3 of those requirements. Then I took it to Walkinshaw and did the thang with the power pack and bimodal and remap but that was just a treat for myself lol

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    On the question of how many miles is high miles for a VXR8, according to the GM book the 6.0 V8 LS2 engine was built to do so many hours which apparently translates to 300,000 miles.

    But it's about perceptions, a new buyer probably won't know much about the LS2 or LS3 engine so I think perceived second hand values and the reality of engine life might not be the same.

    A good indication however is Vauxhall themselves who commissioned Walkinshaw to produce the Bathurst S edition and with 550bhp and 700 lb ft torque they offer the same 3 year warranty so they are obviously confident.

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    Buy one, drive it, have no regrets lol. I've had my supercharged one about 6 weeks now and love it. (Might be longer but time flies when your having fun haha)

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    Ha, thought I'd put 250k miles ����
    VXR8 LS3 - PHANTOM BLACK. WP Power Pack Remap, Bi-Modal Exhaust, WP Cats & Headers, 20" Alloys, Lowered Suspension, HSV ID Kit, WP Wheel Centres

    GONE ------- Zafira VXR - Power Red - Stage 3 / Zafira VXR - Arden Blue / Astra VXR Nurburgring - Stage 2 / Astra VXR - Power Red

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