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Vauxhall Astra 03 problem - Any auto electricians or mechanics heard of this problem?

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8y, 1d agoPosted 8 years, 1 day ago
Bought and paid for a second hand astra club, 8v 1598cc 2003 an hour ago. Gave it a good check all over lights all worked ok, gears were smooth enough, it drove nice, checked the oil made sure it wasn't foaming on the dip stick for the head gasket on its way out. Everything seemed fine so handed over the cash etc and drove off home.
Litterally 500m down the road all the dashboard lights went off, the LCD clock display also went off. The speedo and rev counter died, the power steering also stopped working I pulled over and the red battery light was on and the air bag light as well.
I phoned the bloke and took it back he gave me back my money and said he'd take it to his mates garage tomorrow to get it looked at.
I would really like to have the car as it looks in really good nick etc plus i've forked out for the insurance changing over and also paid him £93.50 to get it taxed for 6 months which has now been done.
The bloke phoned me back about 15 mins later saying he'd spoken to his mate and his mate reckons he was 90% sure it was the alternator as he reckons on this type of car the alternator has got a safety feature that when it goes it still allows the car to be driven but kills all the other electrics that arent needed? Is this true as i don't want to still buy it after he's supposidly fixed the alternator and then in a few days it goes wrong again and then the bloke being funny about fixing it or giving me my money back again?
I've also been told by a mate of mine that Vectras have a similar fault but its caused by the Engine Managment System, could this be the same problem with this Astra as apparently if that goes wrong you may as well scrap the car as it costs a fortune to sort out?

Thanks for any help in this matter it will be much appreciated.
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8y, 1d agoPosted 8 years, 1 day ago
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#1
Why the airbag light? Did you do a HPI check on it? Does it start?
#2
Absolute rubbish about the alternator by the way. It is a very simple mechanical device which does not have control to shut down any electronics.

I would not touch that car with a barge pole. Electronic faults (especially ECU problems) are always very expensive (in the case of ECU fault) or time consuming (general electrical faults) to diagnose and resolve.

Look for another car. Buyers have a lot of power in the current economic conditions.
#3
Listen to this advice. Don't second guess it or wonder about it.
Get you money back. Get the refund on the tax disc. Walk away and count yourself lucky it did this when you were driving it away and not a week later.

It is a buyer's market. There wil be others, and by the time you have found one, it will also be a couple weeks, or moth's younger than this one.

WALK AWAY with your refund!
#4
Thought this would be the response but thought i'd ask incase the bloke wasn't waffling

I'll see what he says when he rings me back tomorrow, if he says he's had an auto electrician and he's found something other than the altinator would it be worth keeping it then? :?
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steevieboy4u
Thought this would be the response but thought i'd ask incase the bloke wasn't waffling

I'll see what he says when he rings me back tomorrow, if he says he's had an auto electrician and he's found something other than the altinator would it be worth keeping it then? :?


You are crazy my man.

He has already lied to you once. This fault is not caused by the alternator. It is likely to be ECU or more serious general electrical failure. The reason he is quoting alternator fault is because this is a minor repair and relatively cheap to replace. Why is he trying to sell in the first place.....perhaps because the ECU is faulty and this is a very expensive repair.
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Heavertron;3627000
You are crazy my man.

He has already lied to you once. This fault is not caused by the alternator. It is likely to be ECU or more serious general electrical failure. The reason he is quoting alternator fault is because this is a minor repair and relatively cheap to replace. Why is he trying to sell in the first place.....perhaps because the ECU is faulty and this is a very expensive repair.


Thanks for the advice, just spoken to my girlfriend and we're going to tell him we've got no confidence in it anymore and need something reliable so we don't want it. Like you said it may work for a few days then we're lumbered with a car thats gonna cost us a fortune.

Just need to thank my lucky stars it went wrong so soon :roll:

Thanks again.
#7
Run. Run away from the dodgy car. You were very lucky indeed. :)
#8
Got my money back for the MOT today but still £52 out of pocket from changing the insurance over but better than £100's i suppose.

The bloke showed me the car all working fine when i went back, he said it was definately the alternator at fault and he had changed it. But as others said he had lied on numerous occasions, so i still walked away from it.

Better to be safe than sorry, especially when my girlfriends 6 months pregnant, i dread to think what would have happened if she had been driving it down the motorway when the power steering etc had gone as i even struggled to steer it!

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