I bought it as a pre-reg in Nov 07 with 4 miles on the clock and have done 91k with it. Of the dozens of cars I have owned, this has proved exceptional. Superbly comfortable, excellent performance and fuel economy (45.4mpg including towing caravan and trailer). Certainly the best tow car I have owned by far. Have had only three repairs apart from routine: boot lock (warranty), evg valve (£110)and alternator (£315). Only criticism is rear visibility when parking and poor turning circle. Absence of comfort in middle seat in rear has been a very occasional problem. If you need to seat three passengers in the back regularly, then this is probably not your best choice of car. It is designed as an executive 4-seater. Also exceptional service from local Vauxhall dealer, Thurlby Motors in Louth, Lincolnshire.
This is an update on a previous review as we are now two years into owning our Signum. With 114,000 miles on the clock it still drives like new,only a snapped fan belt(Bosch £57 fitted),and the usual wear and tear things to report. One point to consider is the twin exhaust back box costs around £475 and ours is still the original vauxhall one - it just got through the MOT and will probably need to be replaced next time! Have read some dire reviews on the 2.2 direct petrol engine,we looked at one before buying our car and it seems we made the right choice.The 2.0 turbo is not a vauxhall engine which is probably why it's seeing less problems with higher mileage. We still average 26mpg around town and 37mpg on a long run and it hardly uses any oil, which again highlights just how good this engine is. As with all cars,servicing is everything,so walk away from one that hasn't been looked after - there are plenty that have been.
I bought an 05 plate 2.2i petrol Signum almost 3 years ago after opting to leave the company car scheme.
I had previously been driving a 1.9 diesel A4 but decided on a Signum for several reasons: 1. great second hand price - 11 months old, 3500 miles and only £10300. 2. rear passenger space - the problem with the A4 was that when the kids were in their car seats, the lack of rear legroom always meant they had their feet on the back of the front seats...and I hate dirty seats, whereas in the signum their feet came nowhere near. 3. level of kit - having the built in sat nav and (at the time) an mp3 cd player was really nice, also goodies like cruise control and flexible seating.
After almost 3 years and 63000 miles I can honestly say that it is the best car I have ever owned. Ride has always been incredibly comfortable, have only had one issue which was fixed under warranty (faulty fuel pump) and all in all it's proven incredibly cheap to own and run.
Needless to say, when parting with my 05 plate signum a couple of weeks ago I have swapped for a newer 57 plate signum, this time a 1.9 CDTI (150) Design. It's got full colour sat nav, auto wipers, auto lights, auto dimming mirror, half leather etc plus a much wanted aux socket to plug in the ipod.
Would recommend one to anyone (who only needs a 4-seater).
"The cabin is realy poor when you do not have the built in Sat Navigation in the middle and it shimmers when you have got the mettalic paint and the 18'' wheels. I think it is an OK car. lets see what you think"
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