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Guide: Differences between Phase 1 and 2 (Picture Heavy)

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Following on from the previous thread, I've decided to do a list, with pictures of the differences between phase 1 (92-94/95) and phase 2 (94/95-98).

Mirrors:

Phase 1 are a lot squarer and quite similar to Nova Mirrors and Mk2 Mirrors whereas Phase 2 mirrors are very different, a lot more rounded, the difference is obvious:


Phase 1 Mirrors:




Phase 2 Mirrors:




Grilles:

Phase 1 grilles have horizontal slats whereas phase 2 grilles are known as 'V' Grilles as they have silver trim in the shape of a V surprisingly enough!
Phase 1 grilles need phase 1 lights and phase 2 grilles need phase 2 lights, you cannot mix and match and the difference is only very marginal when looking at just the lights...


Phase 1 Grille and Lights:




Phase 2 Grille and Lights:



Rieger Grille, can be used with both phase 1 and 2 lights, rarely fits well but possibly the best look on the mk3,




Morrettes, unlike most other cars, mk3 Morrettes incorporate the grille too.




Gsi Grille:



Rear Black Panel,
The only phase 1 model that came with the boot panel was the GSi, all phase 2's did.

Panel:



No Rear Panel:



Indicators also vary, all phase 1's apart from GSi's had Ornage Indicators, All Phase 2's had Clear Indicators as well as Phase 1 GSi's,


Orange Indy's:



Clear:



Wheels, There were a fair few sets that came on the Astra, the two most sought after are the Phase 1 GSi 'Fanblades', and the Phase 2 GSi Irmscher Alloys. There were also several others, the most common were 6 spoke, as well as Softstars found on the convertible, and the Astra Sport Alloys


Phase 1 GSi 'Fanblades:




Phase 2 GSi Irmscher's:



SoftStars:



Sport Alloys:

 
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The mk3 came in a variety of Engines and a lot of Engine Codes, the most common are the 2.0 XE 'Redtop', the Ecotech Ranges, (1.4-2.0) and the 8v range (1.4-2.0), LET engines (2.0 turbo's) can also be fitted to mk3's but were never standard, originally from Calibra and Cavalier Turbos, 2.5 V6's can also be fitted from Vectra's and Calibra's

Ecotech Engine:



'Redtop':



8V:






Bumpers Also Vary, with the most sought after being the GSi Bumper, for the Hatch, there are four main bumpers, standard Ls grey poop, Colour coded, Sport and the GSi, for saloons and Convertibles, there is the TS bumper, which is basically a GSi bumper only for saloons/cabbys


Standard:



Colour Coded:




Sport (Difference between the sport and C/coded bumpers is on C/Coded the black are at the top of the bumper is slightly bigger)
Sport:



GSi:




Steering Wheels, there are three main types, the first, came on base models and was a non-airbag (see below)



Then there was the GSi 3-spoke which although non-airbag, was far sexier!



Finally the most common airbag 4-spoke wheel, Isn't going to win any awards for style but could save your life



As well as the above standards, a Corsa B steering wheel will also fit and its a relatively straight swap as it uses the same Boss, however, it can lead to the Airbag light coming on, but can be turned off of course!



Spoilers,
There are 4 main spoilers, standard base model, in black, debatable if you can even call it a spoiler, the sport spoiler, phase 1 GSi Spoiler, and the Phase 2 GSi spoiler,

Base Model Spoiler:



Sport Spoiler:



Phase 1 GSi Spoiler:



Phase 2 GSi Spoiler:



There are other differences too, some I can't see, but if someone could add to this list the differences from the list below:




Interior
door handles,
loom connectors
, e/w and c/l motors,
gearknobs,
rear lights,
side strips,
gear knob
basic models, roof aerial

Equally if you think I've written/posted something wrong, please PM me so I can change it!
 
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nice work there :) should be a sticky i think
 
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Yeah Sure Matt thats fine, needs a bit fo stuff adding though
 
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Being new to the mk3, this is a really useful thread, thanks KROW. Also thanks for being so helpful and friendly with info about the rarity of my cabby the first night I was on the site, really makes a difference if you're a first timer to a club!
 
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Your welcome Barbara, that's what were here for (am jealous of your leather though),
Dan, thanks, duly updated..
 

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the phase 1 cesaro had different alloys to the rest aswell
 
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I know mines a phase 2 but unsure on other categories, its a 1.4 LS 8v but i think it has the sport bumpers, i dont see my alloys on your pics so not sure about them, cant tell if i have the base model spoiler or the sport spoiler and other stuff about the car






 
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It depends what trim it is? The guide is only an outline really, there are that many different models and special editions, it 's impossible to get it right for each car, those alloys are really common, came on most models bar the base models, I can't see your spoiler enough to tell I'm afraid
 
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think ive found another difference between ph1 and ph2 with the bumpers on the ph2 gls models you get the c/c bumpers but on the ph1 you get grey/black
 

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