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.