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Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:06 am

k....before you think....'what a piece of crap'.......I have a bit of a soft spot for this thing to the point I almost taxed it the other day instead of the Alfa spider.
As far as soft tops go....this is a really competent car. It's the 2.2 16V 150 BHP version so despite the extra 50 quid a year tax, it helps move the car along a lot better than the wheezy 1800. It's a great spec with really comfy oxblood sport leather interior, heated seats so you can freeze your ears off and keep your arse warm at the same time, CD, Aux in stereo, AC, full electric roof including remote closure, and it drives very well.....no real scuttle shake, far stiffer than you would expect. nippy, economical for engine size and when the roof is closed you would think it was a hard top.
It's had some Irmscher bit strapped on at some stage, the grill and rear bumper, tail pipes....it looks like it should have been a factory Irmscher and had some parts nicked.
However.....for under a grand....this is a lot of car.
£900.00 with recent MOT. Has to be the cheapest way to get a tan while on the way to work and back.....way cheaper than a tanning salon. And...you can get to look like a knob driving it in the winter with the roof down and a balaclava on....just like the Saab and Audi soft top drivers!

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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Rod Rammage @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:14 am

Me you certainly know how to sell a car.

I immediately though "what a piece of crap" like you said, then I thought, you know for under a grand that's not bad.

Silly Roddy - it's a piece of crap!
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:18 am

Look at the seats though!.....I love them. I almost bought another E30 BMW just so I could swap the seats into it...(the Vauxhall seats on these bolt almost straight into the old BMW E30 and are a very similar shape to the original BMW sport seats).
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Rod Rammage @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:20 am

Stop it. You're confusing me.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Rod Rammage @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:21 am

You know, if it was an auto it would be a supreme cruisy car for one of those continental banger rallies.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Rod Rammage @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:22 am

And actually, I recall thinking the coupe was a good-looking car when it came out. But Vauxhall.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by CJ+ @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:37 am

"nippy" = "actually slow, but accelerates quite well to 20MPH"

Sorry Me, you've put some lovely cars up here, but that's an old convertible Astra with an awful interior and a Halfords aftermarket stereo.

Verdict: VERDICT
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:24 pm

Rod Rammage wrote:And actually, I recall thinking the coupe was a good-looking car when it came out. But Vauxhall.



Yeah......but this is an OPEL! not a Vauxhall....made in the german opel factory then finished by Bertone. So not some halfwitted UK version. So worth WAAAAAYYY more, see?
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:25 pm

CJ+ wrote:"nippy" = "actually slow, but accelerates quite well to 20MPH"

Sorry Me, you've put some lovely cars up here, but that's an old convertible Astra with an awful interior and a Halfords aftermarket stereo.

Verdict: VERDICT



Yep.....but it's a convertible, with sport seats, heated seats, electric everything which still works........for the price of a half decent FRIDGE!
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Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:25 pm

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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:41 pm

I think that's a lot of car for £900 - I can't see you not shifting that quickly Me.

(Just not to Ceej, the rude bastard!)
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by ttwiggy @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:46 pm

Agreed. It doesn't appeal to me but it's a lot of car for the money.

On a semi-related note, I've got real hankering for an Audi cab (the one based on the 80). I'd want the 2.8 engine and banana yellow paint.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Strawman @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:49 pm

Yeah, and 150 BHP in one of those is enough to make good progress, flat out it's doing 134mph.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:23 pm

ttwiggy wrote:Agreed. It doesn't appeal to me but it's a lot of car for the money.

On a semi-related note, I've got real hankering for an Audi cab (the one based on the 80). I'd want the 2.8 engine and banana yellow paint.


I almost bought one in that colour (bought a blue one instead) and also a really funky orange paint job too......they are just so shit as soft tops though. I still have the Coupe 80.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by ttwiggy @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:29 pm

Me. wrote:
ttwiggy wrote:Agreed. It doesn't appeal to me but it's a lot of car for the money.

On a semi-related note, I've got real hankering for an Audi cab (the one based on the 80). I'd want the 2.8 engine and banana yellow paint.


I almost bought one in that colour (bought a blue one instead) and also a really funky orange paint job too......they are just so shit as soft tops though. I still have the Coupe 80.


I had a dark blue one many years ago. With the 2.6 engine. It was awful in almost all respects apart from cruising around really slowly with the top down. Hence it was a perfect London car. I'd love another one but like everything they seem to have had an undeserved price hike.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:50 pm

Yeah......for some odd reason. It would appear that most don't know how crap they were as a soft top. I've had almost every version of soft top there is and the Audi was the worst by far. Sad because the coupe is a great car.
Small soft tops are usually shit....and usually worthless. Take the soft top versions of Escorts, Golfs, Astras, old GTE astra, Saab 900, most are about a third of the value of the equivalent coupe version.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by ttwiggy @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:57 pm

I followed a 56-plate Ford Focus convertible yesterday. That must be in a class of one!
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:31 pm

ttwiggy wrote:
Me. wrote:
ttwiggy wrote:Agreed. It doesn't appeal to me but it's a lot of car for the money.

On a semi-related note, I've got real hankering for an Audi cab (the one based on the 80). I'd want the 2.8 engine and banana yellow paint.


I almost bought one in that colour (bought a blue one instead) and also a really funky orange paint job too......they are just so shit as soft tops though. I still have the Coupe 80.


I had a dark blue one many years ago. With the 2.6 engine. It was awful in almost all respects apart from cruising around really slowly with the top down. Hence it was a perfect London car. I'd love another one but like everything they seem to have had an undeserved price hike.

I had one too and it felt like it weighed twice as much as it should. I did quite enjoy it though, for a few weeks a year. Classic styling.
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Re: Opel Convertible

Post by Me. @ Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:40 pm

They did feel heavy, the V6 was nice as a cruiser but a bit lethargic.
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