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General => Calibra Chat, Discussion & Debate => Newbies & Hellos => Topic started by: Raffles on October 29, 2016, 15:37:12 PM

Title: Hi...
Post by: Raffles on October 29, 2016, 15:37:12 PM
Here is the Calibra I picked up at the start of the month after years of promising myself I would have one, one day. I have also snuck in a pic of my other 21 yr old.  ;D ;D
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Post by: tristandimond on October 30, 2016, 10:34:06 AM
Looking good. That colour is very modern looking ;)
8V engines are bullet proof. Should have many miles out of it.
Love the Cav. What engine is it?
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Post by: Raffles on October 30, 2016, 14:53:30 PM
Hi, it has an X20XEV.

It is on its second one after no.2 piston started passing oil because of stuck rings. Car has done 173K and the current engine has done around 70K.
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Post by: tristandimond on October 30, 2016, 15:22:19 PM
Great engine same as in my 2.0 calibra. Nice to see them still around
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Post by: sealeysonic on October 30, 2016, 17:28:41 PM
welcome to the club mate...any questions....just ask
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Post by: FruitLoop on October 30, 2016, 19:00:26 PM
Very nice cars! Good to see a nice condition Cav, most seem to be people's rust boxes to run around in until they die.
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Post by: will on January 27, 2017, 11:23:32 AM
Very nice looking cars indeed  :)
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Post by: chargerbandit on January 27, 2017, 11:55:24 AM
Welcome, nice cars, take care of them :)
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Post by: Raffles on January 27, 2017, 21:19:04 PM
Very nice looking cars indeed  :)

Thanks. I also have a 2001 Vectra SRi 150 but need to shift that soon.
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Post by: Raffles on January 27, 2017, 21:20:21 PM
Welcome, nice cars, take care of them :)

Thanks. I am trying to. Quite a few jobs to do on both of them. Expensive stuff, having old cars.  :)
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Post by: sealeysonic on January 28, 2017, 09:52:01 AM
oooh sounds intresting lol
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Post by: sealeysonic on January 29, 2017, 20:36:29 PM
any progress ?
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Post by: Raffles on January 30, 2017, 20:10:15 PM
any progress ?

Well.. so far, it has had a few hundred quid spent on bits and pieces. Usual stuff: Plugs, oil, filters, rocker cover gasket, transmission fluid, coolant flush, new radiator (the old one had a blocked bottom half). Have also replaced the aerial base and side repeaters. Interior light replaced (thanks to Joe's breaker) and heater control panel bulb done too. Door check strap washers have been replaced so I have quiet doors now. Sadly found out the NS check strap is not attached to the door though...

Heated rear screen works now as well (thanks again to Joe).

The car only ever did short trips and barely ever got warm I guess, so it is getting used to being out and about. Have put about 700 miles on it since October. This is just below what it has done every year for the last 10yrs or so.

Stuff coming up:

Headlining - Have sourced a replacement material and got a firm that will fit it and hopefully sort out the tray.

Locks - I have never known a car that locks this way but it has two keys. One key unlocks the driver's door and starts the car. That key won't lock the door though - for that, you use the key that locks the boot. Anyhoo, got a full lock set on the way.

Parcel shelf - nasty crease down it so it is sagging badly. Replacement on the way.

Thermostat - Managed to find a brand new Vx 92 degrees one for £12. I think the current one might be stuck open as it takes a while to warm up and I don't see the tell tale drop in temperature when it opens.

Windows/Sunroof - Windows are temperamental so need to look at the mechanism. Had a similar problem with the Vectra recently. The sunroof needs a new seal as the current one looks a bit tired (thankfully the sunroof works fine). Vx can get one from Germany for £116. Seen one over here for £107. Ouch.

Would love to have a Vx CD300RDS radio in there but the original tape player will do for now. Aside from that, the interior needs a deep clean but that can wait until summer.

On top of that the Cavalier needs some paintwork and a couple of new tyres amongst other things (new fuel tank).
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Post by: sealeysonic on January 31, 2017, 11:16:01 AM
lol Sounds like a plan....fair bit of work there mate.
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Post by: Raffles on January 31, 2017, 21:05:47 PM
Yeah... not in any rush though.

Parcel shelf arrived today so got that sorted.

One down...
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Post by: tristandimond on February 03, 2017, 18:59:22 PM
Locks - I have never known a car that locks this way but it has two keys. One key unlocks the driver's door and starts the car. That key won't lock the door though - for that, you use the key that locks the boot. Anyhoo, got a full lock set on the way.

This probably means there was a problem with the steering lock / immobilizer in the past, I have the same with my car as the previous owner had the ignition barrel and steering lock replaced because it was not disengaging.
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Post by: Raffles on February 13, 2017, 19:40:30 PM
Found another fuel leak last week.  :(

The first one was the feed pipe jsut in front of the OSR wheel. There are two rubber hose sections and one fo those had split and was chucking fuel over the drive. Replaced both pipes with some 7.6mm ID fuel hose.

The latest one (and hopefully last) is at the back fo the engine bay where the fuel lines come up from under the car. The short section on the feed one before it goes into a damper was leaking so, as I had enough hose left, replaced that too.

Then, flushed with success, I went at the thermostat. Got the old one off and tested it to find it opens in a bowl of hot tap water, confirming my suspicions. So, on with the new one and took the heads off two (I know... can't believe it either) of the bolts. Got one out but the last one is a bit of a challenge. Hopefully will have that sorted later in the week.

In lock news, got a blank key from eBay and got it cut. Once the weather settles down a  bit and I have a free day, I shall attack that job.
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Post by: tristandimond on February 14, 2017, 07:12:15 AM
Excellent...
Sheared bolts can be a pain though  >:(
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Post by: Raffles on April 23, 2017, 21:48:57 PM
Good news everybody...

The thermostat got sorted with a bit of help from my brother who did a spot-on job of drilling out the last bolt. Car now sits nicely at 93-94 degrees on a run. Doesn't hang about getting warm in traffic though. To be fair, we lost a lot of coolant in the process and flushed it through whilst the thermostat was off so it only has water in right now.

I got the nice weather and free day I was looking for to change the locks and now one key does everything (bar the glove box - still got that to do).

I also got rid of the remains of a sticker that was on the boot. It had been bothering me since I bought the car so went at it with an ice scraper. 15mins later and with the glue cleaned off with IPA, you would never have known it was there.

Next up... the headlining. That'll be a few hundred quid but I want a proper job done so won't be doing it myself.

Also on the list is a desperate attempt to get some reasonable mpg from it. I managed to average 32.7 over a full tank (with injector cleaner) and this was restricting it to long runs. I drove carefully as well so I have got a new lambda sensor to go on in the near future. If that doesn't work, then goodness knows what else I can try.

Answers on a postcard...
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Post by: ALZ1307 on April 24, 2017, 10:13:26 AM
32 mpg, is that bad on a 20 year old engine?
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Post by: Raffles on April 24, 2017, 18:23:04 PM
32 mpg, is that bad on a 20 year old engine?

Fair point. I was just a little alarmed that a full tank of sensible (not necessarily slow) driving couldn't return more than 35mpg (I am sure the book suggests 48mpg (I know, I know.. not real figures). Yes, it is an old engine design although the mileage is low for it's age. I can push 40mpg from the Cavalier (X20XEV) and the Vectra (Z22SE) would return more than 40 if I tried.

Admittedly, they were both manual.

We'll see. If it improves, it improves. If not, I shall accept it.

Reluctantly.  ;D ;D
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Post by: tristandimond on April 24, 2017, 22:14:33 PM
I would have thought 32 mpg is a quite low for an 8v. My 2.0 16v ecotec averages 38 mpg in commuting use (15 mile journeys) and i definetly dont drive slowly!
Can get over 40 mpg on a motorway run.
How are you measuring the mpg?
The 8v should get better economy than mine  ???
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Post by: Raffles on April 24, 2017, 22:52:28 PM
I would have thought 32 mpg is a quite low for an 8v. My 2.0 16v ecotec averages 38 mpg in commuting use (15 mile journeys) and i definetly dont drive slowly!
Can get over 40 mpg on a motorway run.
How are you measuring the mpg?
The 8v should get better economy than mine  ???

That is what I thought as the Cavalier does much better but the 8v is older technology and this is an automatic.

The figure comes from actual spend vs miles done over the full tank.

We shall see how it goes.
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Post by: ALZ1307 on April 25, 2017, 15:10:37 PM
Auto is the issue, don't worry about it :)
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Post by: tristandimond on April 26, 2017, 19:25:31 PM
Ah I didn't realize it was auto...
Manual cars you can usually get more than the average figure.
Autos are much less economical though. I cant get anywhere near the claimed economy on my Jag XJR  :(
The figures for the 16v (ecotec) engine are auto 28 & manual 32 mpg so there is a bit of a difference.
32 mpg from yours doesn't sound too bad considering it is auto.  ;)
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Post by: Raffles on June 28, 2017, 11:34:37 AM
Small update for now:

As far as MPG goes, just got 440 miles from a full tank (about 37mpg) by keeping it to longer runs so that settles that for me.

Got some new rear discs to go on and a new lambda sensor lined up as well. MOT is due in August so come July, I shall start going over it. The Cavalier passed so expectations are high for the Calibra.  ;D

I know this issue pops up a lot - it does seem to be running warm a lot of the time. Now, it has water in it at the moment after the issue with the thermostat and based on how blocked the rad was when it got swapped, I reckon the heater matrix won't be much better so that will get replaced as well. It will get some coolant flush as well before it gets the AF put in. Having the fan cut in a a two mile trip to the nipper's school makes me wonder though...

Other thing I noticed this week, was the check strap washer has gone again... I only replaced it a few months ago. I am thinking I should stock up on those, unless the bolt is knackered as well?

Aside from that, it does what it needs to without any fuss.  :)
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Post by: tristandimond on June 28, 2017, 21:34:11 PM
37 seems pretty good, the auto box will always sap some  ;)
Worked out mine for a full tank the other day and got 39.8 mpg! well pleased with that  :D
I use mine mainly for runs to work about 15 miles each way (on B roads).
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Post by: Raffles on November 12, 2017, 09:28:49 AM
Small update as I clear the first year with the Calibra:

Gave it a service with a few extras last week. It had new oil/filter and a new air filter element - that was the easy bit. Drained the auto box again and put new fluid in and dropped the coolant out as it need AF putting in. Whilst it was drained, I replaced the heater matrix and all my suspicions were confirmed - it was pretty much blocked solid. Not the nicest of jobs but got there in the end.

Gave it a new lambda sensor and rear pads as well.

It didn't exactly go smoothly - afterwards, the oil pressure gauge was all over the place, the AF mix was too weak and I put a bit too much fluid in the gearbox. Anyway, got them sorted with a second session on it and all seems well for now.

Next job is getting the headlining refurbished. Might ask them if they can do the same for the handbrake gaiter as well.
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Post by: calibul on November 12, 2017, 11:28:04 AM
Good job!
And any new photos are welcome!  :D
Title: My 1995 8v Auto (was, "Hi...")
Post by: Raffles on October 21, 2018, 07:36:08 AM
Two years in now with this and I love the fact it is such a trouble-free thing to own. I treated it to two new GM front speakers recently as the originals were shot and yesterday it got a new bonnet cable and oil pressure switch (when the recent oil change made no difference, I figured that was on it's way out - I was right).

Anyway, here she is just before the MoT back in July:
(https://i.postimg.cc/YSM2QxwL/20180723-141927.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zy21rKvq)

...and here she is at the Newbury show, back in August:
(https://i.postimg.cc/fLFhqc1K/20180812-175137.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ygF5kZ1g)