I have an Opel Astra 1.4 litre petrol. 2008 model. 40,000 km.
Grand car. No problems.
However, for a small car with 1.4 liter engine, it seriously lacks a bit of kick, when trying to overtake, or when there is more than 2 people on board.
Is there an easy way, to retune the engine to get a little more response?
I'm not by any means looking for high performance or super speed capacity. Just want to be confident, it can respond, and overtake sharply and safely, rather then having to think about it for 10 seconds, when I give it a bit of accelerator?
Appreciate any help I can get.
Get the car serviced,other than that not much you can do.
It could really be a number of things: worn tyres, blocked air filter, broken or crimped vaccum hose, blocked fuel filter. Maybe something else.
If the car is only 2 years old I take that it's still under the manufacturer's warranty. Bringing it to the Opel Garage to check it out. It should cost you nothing.
Do you have it from new ? If so was it ever any faster ? If not there is nothing you can do really. I drove a 1.4 Astra last year, found it not too bad really but I had no passengers.
TBF, that car has what, 80-90 BHP? Short of stripping the entire interior and most of the body work you're not gonna be able to make it particularly quick.
Small engines make for small perfomance.
It could be dirty idle air control valve/egr valve or faulty air flow meter.
I had very much the same symptoms on my car and and it turned out to be a combination of all.
Especially if the car lacks the power when there more then 2 people in the car that would indicate to me that there s a problem with iacv. If cleaning it doesn't help it might be faulty.
Also if there is a problem with idle air control valve you would notice that steering would sometimes feel more heavy and sometimes more lighter.
Is the car hesitant under acceleration like a little delay when the accelerator is pressed. If so then the EGR might need a clean or a faulty MAF.
Yes, that is the main issue. Press accelarator, several seconds later I get a response, even then it's an anemic response.
Not too bad, if only me in teh car, but if I have few people, then it's pretty unresponsive when I push the throttle.
But has it always been like that?
How are you driving it? One of the girls in the MINI Club I'm in had a Clubman, she thought it was slow. Then we showed her that to make the car go fast, you need to get it close to the redline, and hold the lower gears for longer.
If you're puttting your foot to the floor in 4th/5th, you're not going to get much of a response.
A 1.4 is far too small an engine for that size of car, it's is only sold because of the stupid Irish mentality towards paying an extra few quid a year in tax.
It is too underpowered for that size of car, a 1.4 is the norm elsewhere in cars the size of a Corsa or Fiesta etc.
If it is extrememly slow then the EGR valve getting stuck is a common fault on those engines, and I wouldn't rule out checking the MAF either.
Does the car run badly at idle or feel very anemic when revved?
Edit: PD is right about petrol engines, especially small capacity low torque engines like yours; they need to be revved to make decent progress, if you change up at 4-5000 rpm when accelerating you'll find that it will cope with overtaking etc much better.
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Has it been allways like that. Yes! It's the wifes car, so I didn't take much notice, till I have had to drive it myself a bit of late
Bought as a demo car at €8k miles.
Is it anemic when being revved? Not really. Just slow response when you tell it "go".
Took it for a good old drive last week end. Yes of course holding the low range for longer, helps, BUT not like I would expect.
Guess I will have the MAAF / EGR checked out.
Guess I was expecting to see the engine management light tell me if there was an issue with those systems!!!
Daughter had a Corsa, The light was constanly coming on due to the mass air flow getting dirty every 10k miles!!
Do an 0-60 test. Fast as you can, and compare it to the manufacturer's claims. If it's within a second or 2 either way, you'll know the car is okay.
Sometimes a good service is all thats needed, but as the good captain said a pissy 1.4l engine is far too small for an astra, tho i dunno much about the "stupid irish mentatlity" towards tax when its a disgusting fee but anyway. 1.4 is fine up to a medium size hatchback (Fiesta, Mazda 2, VW Polo) but above that 1.6 is the way to go.
13.7 seconds is the claimed spec, not exactly grease lightning