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Vauxhall VXR8 / Monaro

Discussion in '2 & 4 Wheels' started by simpleearth, Oct 17, 2013.

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    simpleearth

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    I wasn`t sure where to post this, please move it to the correct place.

    Does anyone on here own a VXR8 or a Monaro?
    I am thinking about buying one and would like some user and dealer feedback.
    There is only 1 VXR8 for sale in N.Ireland so I will have to travel to find one and I want to be as sure as possible I am talking to the right dealer.

    Thanks.
     
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    You're gonna shoot me for asking this but you're going for a fast car (that got panned on Top Gear but that's irrelevant to this discussion) and spend good money on it so why a Vauxhall?

    It doesn't matter about the spec its still..... a Vauxhall.

    *grins evilly*
     
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    I have a Vauxhall Insignia Touring and love it. I only do approx 3500miles a year so fancy something different.
    I also have 2 Land Rovers as well - I love vehicles :)
    The vxr8 is a great car that with the correct mods can put out 600bhp+.
    Have a look on you tube at the Bathurst version.
     
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    I'm a petrol head too Dave.

    Maybe I'm a bit of a snob too when it comes to cars but I look at that and I can't get my head away from "it's a Vectra."

    They were also vastly overpriced for what they offered. Having said that we each have our own choices in cars, I like mine to be able to hold the road when you put the power down and to only turn when you're going round a corner :)
     
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    The vxr8 is a Holden with a Vauxhall badge. I am open to suggestions as to what I should buy?
    I can buy the vxr8 for £15k so anything in that range is good.
    After driving my Land Rovers everything else is luxury :)
    My mate is importing a Skyline with 550bhp so I need to keep up with him.
     
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    Well if that car is as low as £15k already then heck go for it!

    Seems to be a lot of bang for your buck if I may be so crude. There's an awful lot of talk about BHP these days with very little attention to whether or not it can be used.

    I've got two lads work for me who are into seriously souped up Nissans and yeah they have a great "whoosh" when the turbo bites but the tyres light up and they cant even get moving.....

    Maybe I'm getting old. I don't care about the "driving experience" of an M3, because you can't really do all that stuff on a main road. (I actually do have an M3 E36 Evo coupe "on ice" watching the value go up weekly so I remember the days...)

    Now I'll take a combination of power, refinement, and handling. 450BHP+ normally aspirated and revving to 8300 works perfectly for me. With 4 wheel drive. I would be suicidal to turn off the traction control for every day use.
     
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    I know what you mean, I had a 911 twenty years ago that was awesome but nowadays I would like a Charger or something with a Big block.

    For me its about straight line power 0-60. I am older and slower :) I used to have bikes that did 155 and I enjoyed every second of them but now i am happy in my defender doing 20 in the mud.
    I am restoring a 1972 lightweight land rover that has a max speed of 50!

    Before I spend any ££ I will have a drive in a couple to make sure I like them.
     
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    Cars are like porn. Extremely personal in what floats your boat :)

    The Landrover sounds great- a Defender?

    Best of luck finding the car mate, I understand exactly how you feel.
     
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    I used to drive Holdens, back in New Zealand, awesome cars.
    If you can lay your hands on a Holden VXR8 for 15k, I would grab it.
    As far as I know they don't import the 'real' Aussie ones into europe anymore.

    H- Hope
    O - Our
    L - Luck
    D - Doesn't
    E - End
    N - Now

    and Fords
    F - Fix
    O - Or
    R - repair
    D - Daily

    sometimes even Fiat
    F - Found
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    Yes a defender fully restored and a lightweight that I am restoring from the ground up.
    The defender was great in the snow last winter with mud tyres and a winch.
     
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    I have my eye on a SWB HiLux in a year or so's time. Proven indestructable so I hear!
     
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    Top Gear trashed one and it still worked but if its a newish one make sure you get a full service history.
    OR buy something like mine:
    `SIBIL the Defender`

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    `Lucy the Lightweight`
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    That now looks like this:
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    I'll assume you don't drive Lucy around in the Westies? ;) ;)
     
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    :lol::D

    So far I have only driven her from Manchester to Liverpool and the rest of the journey was on a lorry :(

    When she is finished she will be blue/grey in RAF colours but I will be very careful where I drive it.
     
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    Cars are deeply subjective. I have worked in and around the motor trade for a long time, and seldom attempt to give advice - simply because it is so personal.

    I always try to choose a car that makes me smile, and that has meant no consistency at all in the cars I have chosen to own!
     
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    I am the same except I seem to collect them :lol:
    I have been looking for a Series 1 Land Rover for the last 2 years with no luck, it will make me smile and cry all in one go.
    Smile because I think they are great and cry because the seat and suspension are as hard as a concrete block :cry:
     

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