I've had one from new when they first came out (53 plate) – its a company car. Driving around town is average but is quite nice on motorways. Positives: comfortable to drive and seats are very versatile for passengers/luggage; steering is positive, reasonable acceleration and good for overtaking if necessary – I never use the semi-automatic gearbox as the auto and kickdown is sufficient. It has good heating and air-con; plenty of power points for kids in the back to be occupied with DVDs etc. Negatives: disappointing number of niggly issues for a new car and I do quite a modest mileage per year: ECU fuse failed whilst driving (within 3 weeks old) rendering the car without power, power steering or power brakes – frightening and no fault found!; the multiplexed electrical system occasionally shows faults such as brake failure and lamp failure which go after the car is next started up; rotary control on fan has intermittent fault; auto-rain detect wiper delay is hopeless; the rear-wiper is ineffective due to an air void at the rear of car when at speed which covers the rear window with spray. It has also had replacement rear shocks at 3 years old and a harness fault repaired at the dealer at 3 years old after it refused to start one day. I don’t like the 4-way CD interchanger either as this is awkward to use – impossible to change CDs when driving. Not sure I’d ever have another !
Where to begin? I bought this car Sept 2005 from Network Q. I have had the following replaced; turbo, intercooler, cat, EGR valve, autobox, fuel pump, injectors, boost pipe, radiator mountings and other bits. Over £8k of work under warranty, the car being so bad Vx have given me £500 to go and buy a 3rd party warranty. The car is now at 70k and the spanner light is on again, meaning another trip to the dealers. Avoid the 2.2Dti engine like the plague it is hopelessly unreliable (See www.vectra-c.com for proof). If you have an autobox from 03 to 05 and it starts playing up - new gearbox at £3.5k. Missing on a run? New fuel pump at £1800 just for the pump! It is comfortable though, mine struggles to do 40mpg on a run. I guess it's a Friday car.
We have had our signum for 3 years now, the car was 6 months old and we couldn't belive the price £11,400 although we had to buy the car from a list and hadn't seen it. To this day its by far the best car we have ever owned the comfort is fantastic the speed never ceases to amaze the fuel ecconomy isn't the best point but we love it and to cut a long story short ive a new job and have to do 50k a year so we are swaping it in for another signum 1.9cdti 150. but if you dont do that many miles this saab engined 2.0t is a real rocket !!since we bought the car we have had to spend £ 130 on a tyre and £ 160 on a service and thats it we had a problem with the rear suspension and vauxhall replaced it free under waranty
Bought a 68000 miles 04 plate 150 cdti, having covered over 1000 miles in just over a week was over the moon with the comfort and level of equipment...paid £7500 for the car. have since had her ECU remapped by VXR Performance...what a difference, power all the way to the red line, with no adverse fuel economy. 300 mile round jorney sat at 85-90 mph and still getting 50 mpg. Over taking perfomance in 4th is excellant combined economy is around 45 mpg. Children love the space and comfort in the back, the jump seat when flipped over provides a useful storage tray and keeps them apart!.
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