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I want a basic car which will get me from A to B, in reasonable comfort especially for long journeys, is enjoyable to drive and economical to run.
I would prefer a 1600cc engine as largest, but the 1800cc has more than enough power. I log all my petrol and am returning 40 mpg over the 10+ years I have had the car, currently predominately short journeys.
I prefer rear wheel drive (control the back with the throttle and the front with the steering wheel), but this car handles very well, has ample performance, has comfortable adjustable seats, good brakes (has ABS which I don't really need, have never used - I have rally driving skills) and the heating and demisting is fair, although the inside of the car easily mists up with 2 or more people in the car. The lights are good and the finger tip controls around the steering wheel are sensibly laid out.
I don't need lots of 'gadgets' in a car, just a radio and CD player, for music, have no sat nav, preferring to read maps. The 'boot' capacity is good and I am able to put a mountain bike inside after removing the front wheel.
Vauxhall need to improve their electronics, my major maintenance costs have been, sorting out a CPU problem (a bad earthing connection)and the ABS electronics, which cost me over £300 to fix, using used ABS parts. Also the lambda sensors (pollution control) had to be replaced and were expensive. Otherwise my running costs have been very low, mainly on the above and replacement tyres and exhaust.
It does its job well, and is economical to run. I am retired and my annual mileage is low (about 2k miles), but the road tax is £225 which is an idiotic rip off. I compare this with my neighbour who has a small diesel car which is used every day and does 15k+ miles per year with road tax of £20/£30. Barmy.
I've been driving Vauxhall cars since 1995, all my previous cars where Astras, this time I decided to change my car to a Vectra having taken several test drives in various models.
I have now owned my Vectra for 4 years, in that time I have driven over 50,000 miles on both country, town and motorways. I have come up with the following:-
The car is very comfortable, been over 6 feet tall and spending around 1 hour a day driving each way to work, comfort is very important as is it been easy to drive.
The most I have driven in 1 day was over 400 miles which took about 9 hours to do when I drove down to Cornwall last year for my nephew's passing out parade. (It took us 8 hours to drive back!).
The boot space is excellent as we do a shop every week and my wife also does extra shopping for her school's breakfast club, so quiet often we have 5 or more large bags of shopping in the boot, and there's still enough space for more.
Like most vehicles these days, the cost of petrol, insurance and wear & tear always adds to the joys of motoring. In those 4 years I estimate that I have spent over £1,500 on MOTs, Services and replacing parts worn out due to wear caused by the poor condition of some roads I drive on.
Insurance is reasonable and as ever 'shop around' for the best deal.
I spend on average £38.00 a week on petrol, a little less now prices have dropped below £1.30 per litre.
I will probably replace my car next year and will probably be an Insignia!
It was bought second hand as a replacement for a Ford Mondeo
1.8 Petrol that I had driven for the last 12 years. This had been a very good car and was only starting to develop electrical faults in the last 2 years. Eg. electric windows not working, lights failing etc.
I bought the vauxhall from a dealer with a six month guarantee. This was an ex rental car from Avis and had been well maintained, 50 k mileage, and was cheaper than an equivalent aged Ford Mondeo. It provided a similar level of comfort and space together with the benefit of cruise control for motorway driving. As we have family in Scotland and London we use it to commute a number of times per year.
motorway fuel consumption is excellent, Liverpool to London and back on a full tank of fuel, door to door in relative comfort and much cheaper than by train. Likewise travelling to the highlands, 425 miles each way on restricted roads (60 mph) on a tank each way with fuel to spare for local
travel. Very pleased so far. only complaint too many warning lights that activate at the slightest thing, usually re-set within minutes.
Although the 120PS Life estate can be a little under powered when fully laden, for normal day to day use the power is adaquate. The large tailgate opening and almost box like rear load area make the vehicle extremely practical. With the rear seats folded down I have been able to carry a double divan bed and matteress. The Life model being the lowest model in the range is resonably equiped with electrically adjusted & heated door mirrors, electric front windows, power steering, alarm system & cruise control. My particular example came with the optional roof rails, alloy wheels and colour navigation system. Although this facelifted Vectra C is a modern CANBUS wired vehicle it is possible to upgrade the cars equipment with equipment levels from higher spec models. (This updating is not endorsed by Vauxhall and you would need to advise your insurance supplier of any upgrades). Running costs I would say are on par with most other vehicles of the same specification. MPG is as usual not as good as stated in the brochure, but I am averaging approx 44 MPG with my driving style.
The Vectra 1.8 Club Estate has proved very reliable and economical from new (approx 40mpg average)with only tyres having to be replaced. The large carrying capacity has proved a great advantage. Comfort is good with sufficient leg room for a 6ft 4in driver. Now over eight years old the bodywork and interior are lasting well and it has always passed its MOT test first time. The car handles well, brakes are excellent and steering good. The vision out is slightly restricted by the rather narrow side windows.
The great disadvantage (adding considerably to the running costs) is the very unfair road fund tax system imposed by the government on this and similar vehicles based on what they think it may emit from the exhaust.
Since my annual milage is approximately 3,000 miles and the car is driven in an economical manner, my carbon dioxide emissions are far lower than average but I am still charged £250 annual tax. If I didn't have to justify this high road fund tax I would use the car less (for only emergency and occasional use and actually emit less carbon dioxide).
I bought my car used but only 10 months old, I've had some issues with the car most of which can be put down to general wear & tear, and some that lasted longer than they should due to inept mechanics! I aim to change the car within the next year but not through dissatisfaction, just because i want a change; and also to get one that costs less on tax as this does. generally It's been a workhorse and very reliable, economy is pretty good, can't quote MPG but I used to travel up and down the country from Somerset to Yorkshire every week which accrued around 500 miles, which was well within the range of the car. Space wise I'll struggle to match it when i replace it, the amount my wife can cram in on our hols to cornwall is phenomenal! Running costs are very manageable although I guess that's relative to your personal budget constraints, having said that the longer I have it the more things cost. All in all I'd be happy to recommend it as a good reliable and safe family car.
I have had my Vectra since 2005 and have always owned Vauxhall Cars. This one has been very reliable and has given me very little trouble. I had to replace the battery once. It drives well and is very comfortable. It also has a very generous boot.
I had a problem with the cam belt snapping unexpectedly. This might have written off the car, except that I found a mechanic who was prepared to get it back on the road. Cam belts on this model and all Vauxhalls of this period need to be checked at annual service. It is very important that they are replaced at regular intervals as one incident can totally damage the engine. I hope that newer models will revert to using a timing chain rather than a cam belt to drive the engine.It is the only fault with the model.
All Vauxhall cars have a tendency to let in water as they get older and the seals begin to go on the doors and boot. This one also lets in a bit of water, but it is nearly 12 years old.
My Vectra has let me down only three times in the eight years I have owned it.
You have to watch out for renewing the cam belt at major service intervals. This model is fitted with a rubberised cam belt rather than a timing chain. If that fails, it totally wrecks the engine and some insurers will write off the car. Mine failed because I didn't know about this.I was able to have it repaired, but better safe than sorry.
The clutch cable went on one occasion and I had to replace the original battery pack. The AA sorted both repairs for me.
This is a good car, runs well and starts easily. It is not quite as good as the SRi Cavalier which I owned before, but it is not bad. Like all Vauxhall cars, it has a roomy boot. The back seat folds down to accommodate almost anything. I have carried large armchairs, new house doors, chopped up conifer trees,mobility scooters and bicycles in this car. I would recommend it totally.
My Vauxhall Vectra is now seven years old and I have owned it for six. The mileage is average for the age (73,000) and running costs are reasonable.
It is a reliable car, with good m.p.g., and it pulls my caravan effortlessly. It is serviced by a Vauxhall agency regularly, and has had replaced the alternator, water pump and cambelt, windscreen wiper linkage, and the usual brake pads and discs. Tyres have also been replaced through wear and tear. It has also suffered three broken springs, but these were caused by the deplorable state of the roads.
All in all, I am very happy with my Vectra, and when the time comes to change it, perhaps Vauxhall's Insignia will fit the bill.
Vectra c sri 2.2 petrol had for nearly 7 years. Starts every day, no breakdowns. Great performance. loads of room and great workhorse.
Fully loaded with people, luggage, and dogs and no drop in performance or braking.
6 Speed gearbox with loads of torque, 60 mph in 2nd gear and 4 more still to go will cruise in 6th at low speeds.
40mpg + even when driven hard
Having owned cavaliers and the early vectra's, this has to be the best vauxhall ever.
Seats down can fit 6 feet x just over 3feet wide in the boot better space than the newer vauxhall's
No need to buy a new car when you can have this much fun and use from an 7 year old car
I have the SRi model (150ps with Sat Nav), which is fairly comfy and nice to drive when everything is working OK. However, poor design and manufacture have resulted in a long list of expensive repairs, which appear to be very common to Vectra owners (judging by posts of the Vec-C owners forum): Altenator, Boost Sensor, DMF & Clutch, EGR, Inlet Manifold & Swirl-Pot Actuator, Suspension Coils, Wiper Motor. A total of over £2000 - more than any other car I've ever owned. There are also several other cheaper parts/fittings that I've replaced/repaired myself (e.g. boot switch, fan thermal resistor unit). I would not buy another one of these cars.
I purchased the car to tow my caravan and for camping trips.
The performance is very impressive from the 1.9 diesel engine.
The space in the car is excellent and the running costs are very good considering the size of the vehicle.
The reliability however is very poor, my car has 65k on the clock and I've had numerous problems with this car.
No3 injector wiring loom (misfire symptoms)
EGR valve and inlet manifold replaced
Throttle housing replaced
Crank shaft sensor replaced
Rear springs replaced
Heater controls replaced
I would not recommend this model as all the items listed seem to be common faults with this vehicle.
I have been very pleased with my 08 vectra estate. Its a 1 .9 sri diesel. After 2 years of ownership it has performed well pulling easily up thesteep hills around here. Good firm cornering, comfortable ride. Economical on A roads, not so good around lanes and short journeys. Fantastically roomy especialy with rear seats down. Only problem is the gap behind front seats when rear ones down as the dogs can fall down it so we have made a little removable table like gadget to fill the space when required. This carhas a lower then average rear window which improves visibility immensly when reversing in awkward country lanes.
comfortable car the road noise is higher than expected.
The built in sat nav is adequate but not a projection view only map based and you are offered an annual update costing £90.
The rear seating folds flat to give a large space for goods.
There a vulnerable component the air conditioning condenser, this is located in front of the engine radiator and lower, there is a plastic grill that should protect it but has holes that allow stones through, I have had the condenser damaged and it is expensive, the garage also fitted an extra piece of mesh in the front of the manufactures grill.
I bought this car as a stop gap replacement for my previous larger estate which had expired. My intention was to replace it after a year but change in financial circumstances means I will have to keep it for longer. I find the ride a bit firm but road holding good. One fuel pump failure fixed under warranty has been the only major problem but starting to have a few minor niggles with electrical bits eg broken fog light, rear door sticking and random alarm faults. Handy for transporting equipment ( 3 + golf gear on various trips) and rubbish to the local tip. 32mpg not the cheapest.
I bought this car second hand as a stop gap after my previous larger estate became too expensive to keep on the road due to its age and engine problems. Apart from a failed fuel pump and an occasionally sticking electric boot, it has performed OK. The ride is a bit firm but road holding is good. Rear view vision could be better. I get about 32 mpg which is not that good by present standards so I am looking to downsize in the near future. I find the estate useful for transporting rubbish to the tip,furniture removal and taking friends on golf trips with all our bags and trolleys.
The Vectra 150BHP is the perfect format for a car to meet all the requirements of my lifestyle:
1. Plush saloon for comfortable long distance driving with four passengers and their luggage.
2. Performance to deal with all terrain and all loads.
3. Very economical for a high performance car.
4. A serious load carrier for furniture and any other large objects.
However, all the good things I have listed have been compromised by the poor reliability and very expensive engine failures. I am therefore unlikely to buy another GM car in the near future.
I bought my car with 130,000 miles on the closk and over the last 3 years put over 50,000 more on it. It has been reliable, comfortable and extreemly economical (50mpg is my usual average - diesel)
It is a saloon, so not quite as pratical as I ideally want. Great design touches throughout though and good kit - cruise control, elecrochromatic rear view mirror, rain sensitive wipers, 6 air bags, stability control, ABS, adaptive rear lights, and an indicator on the dash for when a bulb has blown. I just hate the stupid electronic indicators!!!
I did get my new Vectra at a healthy discount by using the web and originally was very pleased with it. I was less happy with its reliability especially having to have the clutch and dual mass flywheel replaced at 70,000 miles. It cost nearly £2000. Even though it was just out of warranty, GM agreed to reimburse part of the cost BUT then halved the sum and denied having made the original offer. Car is now performing well but I am still nervous about the possibility of more problems.
The car does have a massive amount of space.
Large and roomy interior compared to the previous Vectra. The Electronic Computer Unit has had to be replaced, as has the clutch assembly and a new Dual Mass Flywheel, Alternator and drive belt/tensioner. All of these have been costly repairs. The headlight bulbs and tail/brake light bulbs fail fairly often but the computer display alerts me when this happens and I replace them fairly easily. I have had this car from new in 2002 but am considering changing it for a medium sized newer car during the next 12 months.