New Astra - Gearbox Problem

Discussion in 'Astra' started by Kevin B, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. Kevin B

    Kevin B Guest

    Today, I've struggled to get my 2003 Astra into 5th gear
    when changing up from 4th. The only way I could do it
    was to move the gear stick back to 3rd and then with
    a little force I could get it into 5th. There is no way it
    will go into 5th from 4th.

    The car is still under warranty, and I will be taking it into
    the dealer. But seeing I'm a little worried about this
    does anyone know what the problem might be.

    Kevin B
    Kevin B, Sep 30, 2003
  2. Kevin B

    Tom Burton Guest

    No idea, but other than this, i am thinking of buying one of these cars (
    see another post) what you think of yours, any other problems, niggles,
    Tom Burton, Sep 30, 2003
  3. Kevin B

    Me2 Guest

    Probably just wants the gear linkage or cables adjusting. 10 min job.
    Me2, Sep 30, 2003
  4. Kevin B

    Kevin B Guest

    Hi Tom,
    Just so you know, the model I have is the Astra 1.7DTi estate. It's the
    diesel I've owned and I'm VERY pleased with it. I've had no other problems
    and the only niggles I've found is that there apears to be very little
    engine braking
    with a diesel, so to slow down you have to apply the brakes. But perhaps
    that's down to my driving style. Similarily, is engine management system
    takes over at low revs to prevent stalling, it's a pain in bum at times. I
    to crawl along on tick-over, but the engine management increases the revs to
    950 - 1000rpm which is sometimes to fast for just creeping along.
    Would I buy an Astra knowing the niggles, YES. It's a brilliant motor,
    and very economic.

    Previously I had always driven Ford's and my first choice was to buy a
    But on a pound for pound basis, I thought the Astra won hands down.
    Ford seem to be hell bent on pricing themselve out of the reach of the
    wage earner.

    Kevin B

    (still worried about the gear box )
    Kevin B, Sep 30, 2003
  5. Kevin B

    Kevin B Guest

    Fingers crossed Mark, Fingers crossed.

    Kevin B
    Kevin B, Sep 30, 2003
  6. Kevin B

    Tom Burton Guest

    Well wattya know!

    im looking at the 1.7DTI perhaps estate if the right one comes along!

    How do you find it on power?
    i currently drive a 1.7D (non turbo old style diesel) Corsa and its rather
    rapidly breathless and is a little ( well a lot) gutless pretty much refuses
    to do more than 68mph up the M62 towards huddersfield either way.

    How do you find the MPG?

    BTW 1.7Corsa D for sale 88'000 Miles 12 Month MOT 6Mth Tax
    Tom Burton, Sep 30, 2003
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    John Horobin Guest

    I've had a MkII Astra for 16 years, 332,000 miles and still on the original
    gearbox. Hope the new ones are as strong!

    John Horobin, Sep 30, 2003
  8. Kevin B

    Guest Guest

    Sounds a bit like a clutch that needs adjustment?
    Guest, Sep 30, 2003
  9. Kevin B

    Abo Guest

    Tom Burton raved thus:

    :: No idea, but other than this, i am thinking of buying one of these
    :: cars ( see another post) what you think of yours, any other
    :: problems, niggles, etc?

    It's a great car. Rachel has a 51 plate Astra 1.8 SRi with about 12k on it,
    ans we've had no problems with it at all. It's been serviced when it should
    be. She tends to use it for short journeys; to work and back, and general
    bodding about and it's been trouble free so far. Minor niggle: the mechanism
    for retaining the dealer mats keeps detaching on the drivers side...

    I've got a company 51 plate Astra 1.8 SRi (lol, no imagination; they're even
    the same colour...) with 54k on it, and again; no problems. It's serviced
    properly and it runs great. I do plenty of long distance driving and the
    seats are comfortable, and have plenty of adjustment. They are Recaro-type
    seats in the SRi though (are they actually Recaros like Vauxhall used to
    use?), and I know from when I had a Mk4 1.4 Astra as a hire car the seats in
    it were damned uncomfortable. The lumbar adjustment was in the wrong place
    for me, but I'm 6'2" so that could be the problem... It has a decent amount
    of go, and the handling is pretty good although obviously it's no sports
    car... You get cruise control with the 1.8 and above which I find useful.

    One overall niggle: the cup holders are crap! They are in the door pockets.

    Abo, Sep 30, 2003
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    Glen Guest

    Hi there Tom...

    We recently acquired a 2002 1.7dti estate and are very pleased with it.
    Moving from a larger engined petrol car, it has taken a bit of getting used
    to changing gear a bit more...i.e. it dies in 5th at relatively low speeds!
    I have found it more fun to drive than I had imagined...and the turbo gives
    it enough of a kick for our needs....though took a bit of getting used to.
    Worst part of the car? For me it had to be the seats, I really dont like
    them at all. Range of positioning is really good...just the ergonomics of
    the actual seat build are not the best. Best part of the car? It HAS to be
    the economy! Currently we are averaging around 61mpg, which you really can't
    be arguin with!! :O)

    Glen, Oct 1, 2003
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    Michael Shaw Guest

    If of any use,

    Similar problem on my MKIII Astra TDS, wouldn't go into 2nd from 1st unles i
    really wiggled and worked it.
    Went into Vauxhall dealer and cheekily asked if there was a part which went
    faulty a lot in the gear linkage and he produced a hollow bolt.

    I looked for a similar part on my car and found the original in 3 pieces.
    2nd every time! 2 or £3 to fix!
    Michael Shaw, Oct 1, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    Alan, Oct 1, 2003
  13. Kevin B

    Kevin B Guest

    My fuel consumption figures found at:
    I believe the hatchback gets much better mpg

    As this is the first diesel I've own it difficult to assess it's power.
    All I can say is that I find it ok on power. You definitely know
    you have a turbo onboard as you can easily spin the wheels
    without trying, but its no ferrari so it isn't that dramatic.
    The turbo comes into it's own on hills, and will easily sail up
    any on M62 accelarating all the way.

    Kevin B
    Kevin B, Oct 1, 2003
  14. Kevin B

    Kevin B Guest

    The Gearbox problem has been solved.

    Guess who has a big red face........ME

    Geuss who is going to look a complete knobhead...... ME.

    Guess who will have explain to the dealer why he's cancelling
    the bringing in the car......... ME.

    Tonight, on the way home when trying engage 5th gear I heard
    the sound of plastic cracking. I looked down at the gear stick
    and found the problem turned out to be my cigarette lighter that
    had fell into rubber moulding at the base of the gearstick. It was
    hidden from view by the folds in the rubber but was prevented the
    gearstick from moving over to engage 5th gear.

    Upon further examination I found the lighter had cracked and all
    the gas had leaked out. Suspect it aint covered by the warranty

    Go on have a good laugh, just think about me tomorrow when
    I have to tell the lads at work.

    Kevin B
    Kevin B, Oct 1, 2003
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