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  • Got my VXR today....

    First day with the VXR!

    had my Astra VXR delivered this morning and have duly done 200 miles out and about visiting clients delivering pressies etc. and I have to say my initial impression is a good one

    car feels very solid, its no BMW inside but its a pleasant place to be with excellent seats, a decent stereo and best of all a push button start which really does feel great each time you press it the dials go through a nice little routine on start up to like defi's which is also cool. One annoying thing is the way the indicators work they don't click in place you kind of push them through 2 stages and sometimes you're left wondering whether they are on or off. you then cancel them an end up indicating the other way which is a bit embarrassing

    Motorway cruising is very calm and sedate with 80mph only pulling 3K rpm or so with plenty of heave hoh without having to go down the box. Now I haven't caned it at all yet as I'll give it 1,000 miles or so to bed in but I have tickled it a little and its a great drive, the whole car feels very frisky and eager brings back memories of my RS Turbo S2. I don't think there is any traction control if there is I haven't found it and its brilliant its simply a case of pressing the loud pedal less which I like, the wifes Clio 197 dies a death when the traction control kicks in which is a tadge intrusive, the Astra has none of that that I have discovered??? there's a good hill near me which was slightly damp and I span the tyres up in 1st, 2nd and 3rd great fun

    so onto torque stear, the Astra VXR has received a battering on this subject similar to the Mk1 Focus RS but for me I haven't found it difficult to live with at all, balance the throttle right coming out of bend the front tyres hook up and you are catapulted forwards, if you're a heavy footed goon with no finesse then I guess the car would become a little more unruly but I personally don't see this as a problem with the car more with the person behind the wheel

    THE "SPORT" BUTTON
    now my initial feeling on this was that this would be a load of old marketing tosh BUT.....

    it's quite good when tinkering around town the car is a little more docile the chassis a little more compliant making the ride very comfortable, hit the sport button and everything tightens up the throttle becomes more responsive, you get no more power but it really does feel like you've gained 30/40hp its superb!

    the car can be a little snatchy on throttle which I have heard the stage 1 map sorts out but apart from that its a performance bargain at £15K A stage 1 bluefin map sees 270hp with 280lbs which I would imagine is very quick as the 240hp it has feels like a strong set of horses to me anyway!

    but then you lot knew most of that anyway

    looking forward to the drive to work tomorrow

  • #2
    Originally posted by AndyBrew View Post
    First day with the VXR!

    had my Astra VXR delivered this morning and have duly done 200 miles out and about visiting clients delivering pressies etc. and I have to say my initial impression is a good one

    car feels very solid, its no BMW inside but its a pleasant place to be with excellent seats, a decent stereo and best of all a push button start which really does feel great each time you press it the dials go through a nice little routine on start up to like defi's which is also cool. One annoying thing is the way the indicators work they don't click in place you kind of push them through 2 stages and sometimes you're left wondering whether they are on or off. you then cancel them an end up indicating the other way which is a bit embarrassing

    Motorway cruising is very calm and sedate with 80mph only pulling 3K rpm or so with plenty of heave hoh without having to go down the box. Now I haven't caned it at all yet as I'll give it 1,000 miles or so to bed in but I have tickled it a little and its a great drive, the whole car feels very frisky and eager brings back memories of my RS Turbo S2. I don't think there is any traction control if there is I haven't found it and its brilliant its simply a case of pressing the loud pedal less which I like, the wifes Clio 197 dies a death when the traction control kicks in which is a tadge intrusive, the Astra has none of that that I have discovered??? there's a good hill near me which was slightly damp and I span the tyres up in 1st, 2nd and 3rd great fun

    so onto torque stear, the Astra VXR has received a battering on this subject similar to the Mk1 Focus RS but for me I haven't found it difficult to live with at all, balance the throttle right coming out of bend the front tyres hook up and you are catapulted forwards, if you're a heavy footed goon with no finesse then I guess the car would become a little more unruly but I personally don't see this as a problem with the car more with the person behind the wheel

    THE "SPORT" BUTTON
    now my initial feeling on this was that this would be a load of old marketing tosh BUT.....

    it's quite good when tinkering around town the car is a little more docile the chassis a little more compliant making the ride very comfortable, hit the sport button and everything tightens up the throttle becomes more responsive, you get no more power but it really does feel like you've gained 30/40hp its superb!

    the car can be a little snatchy on throttle which I have heard the stage 1 map sorts out but apart from that its a performance bargain at £15K A stage 1 bluefin map sees 270hp with 280lbs which I would imagine is very quick as the 240hp it has feels like a strong set of horses to me anyway!

    but then you lot knew most of that anyway

    looking forward to the drive to work tomorrow
    Hmmm... You sure you've not been thrashing it?!?!

    Glad you're enjoying it mate.
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    • #3
      Hope you enjoy it mate, im sure you will

      Ive had my vxr for 2 months now and still love it! Had stage 2 on for 3 weeks and the power is amazing, standard without the sports button and then its like an animal with the sports button on............. so much fun!!

      PS had an escort S2 many years ago aswell with T4 turbo, now that was fun

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      • #4
        Hold Sport button in for 5 seconds to disable TC. You have been going semi easy it seems so mightn't have noticed the TC, but when off you will notice a massive difference when caning it round the bends.

        TC ON - rev's been steady and not rise for a second even though throttle is planted. Light appears on dash.

        TC OFF - understeer into a ditch unless you drive it with common sense and know the limits.
        Last edited by JB_VXR; 22 December 2008, 08:19 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JB_VXR View Post
          TC OFF - oversteer into a ditch unless you drive it with common sense and know the limits.
          oversteer?
          dont you mean understeer, thats what mine does, apart from the ditch bit anyway
          Whats next?!?!?

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          • #6
            Why sir I don't know what you mean ....

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            • #7
              mmmm weird when going up the hill it was quite slippy front wheels were defo spinning and I don't remember any light

              I'll have another look/go tomorrow LOL!

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              • #8
                Congrats on the new car. Get some pics up.
                I see dumb people.......
                .....they're everywhere
                .....they walk around like everyone else
                .....they don't even know they're dumb

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AndyBrew View Post
                  First day with the VXR!

                  had my Astra VXR delivered this morning and have duly done 200 miles out and about visiting clients delivering pressies etc. and I have to say my initial impression is a good one

                  car feels very solid, its no BMW inside but its a pleasant place to be with excellent seats, a decent stereo and best of all a push button start which really does feel great each time you press it the dials go through a nice little routine on start up to like defi's which is also cool. One annoying thing is the way the indicators work they don't click in place you kind of push them through 2 stages and sometimes you're left wondering whether they are on or off. you then cancel them an end up indicating the other way which is a bit embarrassing

                  Motorway cruising is very calm and sedate with 80mph only pulling 3K rpm or so with plenty of heave hoh without having to go down the box. Now I haven't caned it at all yet as I'll give it 1,000 miles or so to bed in but I have tickled it a little and its a great drive, the whole car feels very frisky and eager brings back memories of my RS Turbo S2. I don't think there is any traction control if there is I haven't found it and its brilliant its simply a case of pressing the loud pedal less which I like, the wifes Clio 197 dies a death when the traction control kicks in which is a tadge intrusive, the Astra has none of that that I have discovered??? there's a good hill near me which was slightly damp and I span the tyres up in 1st, 2nd and 3rd great fun

                  so onto torque stear, the Astra VXR has received a battering on this subject similar to the Mk1 Focus RS but for me I haven't found it difficult to live with at all, balance the throttle right coming out of bend the front tyres hook up and you are catapulted forwards, if you're a heavy footed goon with no finesse then I guess the car would become a little more unruly but I personally don't see this as a problem with the car more with the person behind the wheel

                  THE "SPORT" BUTTON
                  now my initial feeling on this was that this would be a load of old marketing tosh BUT.....

                  it's quite good when tinkering around town the car is a little more docile the chassis a little more compliant making the ride very comfortable, hit the sport button and everything tightens up the throttle becomes more responsive, you get no more power but it really does feel like you've gained 30/40hp its superb!

                  the car can be a little snatchy on throttle which I have heard the stage 1 map sorts out but apart from that its a performance bargain at £15K A stage 1 bluefin map sees 270hp with 280lbs which I would imagine is very quick as the 240hp it has feels like a strong set of horses to me anyway!

                  but then you lot knew most of that anyway

                  looking forward to the drive to work tomorrow
                  Nice little read there mate, hi and wellcome and your initial thoughts were the same as mine, the indicator thing is bizzare at first, you soon get used to it and find the old way a pain, if you lightly press it it will only flash for three flashes.

                  PS get remus its a must then go for the tuning of the engine, lot quicker with the remus and sounds really nice!

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                  • #10
                    hi Congrats on the new car

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                    • #11
                      Another useful tip for you

                      To cancel the indicator, press it the same direction again, not the opposite

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bryan View Post
                        Another useful tip for you

                        To cancel the indicator, press it the same direction again, not the opposite
                        great tip
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                        Astra VXR,Focus ST,Astra VXR Burg 326,Focus RS,Bmw 3 Series Convertible
                        And now have an
                        Astra GTC VXR in Arden Blue
                        Aero kit, AFL premium forward lighting, Sat nav, Dark rear tinted windows, Electric folding mirrors and Rear parking sensors

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                        • #13
                          When you park up, if you are parked on a street and want to light up one side of your car if you turn the car off and take the key out and pull the indicator down to what ever side you want to light up and the park light function is on. Pretty sweet as you can make them wink from side to side, all chavy and that innit...

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