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Thought I'd just post to say that I've recently found this site.

I've recently bought my first car, and 100% certain I wanted a Vauxhall. At first I was after a corsa, but preferred the old shape. My budget increased so then naturally, I started looking at various different models but with it being my first car I wanted something that wasn't too big but also something substantial as I don't plan on ragging it round for a year and then P/X'ing.

Ended up going for an Astra 1.4 Active in Black. I didn't think I'd ever love an inanimate object so much!!

Not passed yet, but got my test in 3 weeks (fingers crossed), so sorted my insurance last night and went driving today with the mother. I'm currently learning to drive in a **** Fiesta 1.5 Diesel, and I've noticed since my first drive in my Astra today that the biting point is much lower on the Astra, is that due to the fact that it's a petrol engine rather than a diesel ??

Anyway, I'm Seb, 23, work in a transport office and know barely anything about cars :'D








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Welcome to AON. Generally diesels and petrols do bite differently but the chances are that the clutch in the Fiesta is *******
 

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Thanks guys! Yeah also noticed that I'm having to rev a lot more when moving off! Guess it's just going to take some getting used to, or am I doing something wrong there? Lol


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The 1.4 has a lot less torque than a 1.5 diesel so needs more effort to get moving
Just sounds SO much louder when moving off, don't want people to think I'm just revving for the sake of it


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Welcome aboard AON Seb. You seem to have found yourself a nice motor there fella :D
Thanks man!
Yeah took a bit of searching, but wanted something that will last. Just over 85,000miles, 1 owner from new, no fails, 5 advisories all sorted within the year, recently had a cam belt change and a full Vauxhall service history. Feel like I hit the jackpot!


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Once you get used to the clutch you'll be able to drive off without much effort, like most things it comes down to experience, the driving test will always tell you to give it some throttle when pulling off to stop stalling but once your out on the road on your own you'll find you'll need very little if any throttle input to get the car moving steadily unless on a steep incline but even then can be done ((Y)

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Thanks @Stevie

Yeah I went out agin yesterday for a couple of hours and definitely felt more relaxed than the first drive in it. Only stalled it twice! frustrating because I don't ever stall in the Diesel and never had an issue! Just going to take practice I guess!

Thanks man (Y)


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Diesels are excellent for learners as they are definatly harder to stall, I passed my test in a corsa b 1.5td, jumped in my nova 1.3 Sr the next day and kept stalling it ..... yes showing my age with the cars mentioned.
You will get there it's just practice.
 

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Diesels are excellent for learners as they are definatly harder to stall, I passed my test in a corsa b 1.5td, jumped in my nova 1.3 Sr the next day and kept stalling it ..... yes showing my age with the cars mentioned.
You will get there it's just practice.
Yeah I've gotta say I'm glad I'm taking my test in the Diesel despite what it is. Done almost 100 miles in my Astra so far and it's definitely making me feel more confident on the road anyway. Fingers crossed for the 1st everyone :D


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