I bought my 2004/04 Signum when it was about 14 months old for £9,500 with 9,500 miles on the clock.
Good Points: Good driving position, plenty of room, versatile boot storage area, reasonable service cost.
Bad Points: I can't imagine who would pay the list price of a new one at over £18.5k. The interior trim is of poor quality and the plastics appear cheap (my Skoda Fabia was of a much better standard!). The location of the fog lamp switches makes them invisible while driving and is potentially dangerous.
Performance: I expected the 2.2 litre 150bhp engine to have a lot more poke. The acceleration is not great - I suppose it's quite a heavy car for the 150bhp. I averaged 30-33 mpg in winter and up to 35 mpg in summer months.
Problems: Bootlid handle broke off. Dealer said it wasn't covered by the warranty. The sound system is poor. Mine had the 4-CD cartridge. Main problem is that you could only play original CD's in it. So if you prefer to keep only copies of your valued CD's in your car, then they won't play. I also had problems with radio reception. The suspension is terrible - far too soft for UK roads. It's great in a straight line, but if you hit a small bump in the road, it's liable to send the car lurching off to one side - pretty scary when driving at a decent pace.
Overall, I guess you get what you pay for - so long as you buy a one that's a couple of years old and pick one up that's depreciated by at least half.
I bought my Signum - 04/54 - when 4 months old with 4300 miles on the clock. It had come from Vauxhall and although a Design, had obviously been speced up with all the Elite bits plus, full leather seats, col.SatNav, 18"x 11 spoke alloys, and superb AFL lights that shine round corners plus lots else, but without the Elite ghastly wood interior trim! When new it would have cost £29000, but I paid a bargain £16000.
Over the last 28 months I have driven it nearly 20k miles, around town, all over UK and on golf trips in France with 4 up and all our gear in a top box, my mates insist we go in it!
What a great car, huge amounts a space inside and so comfortable, all the gizmos you could think off, and when you want it to go, it goes like hell. I get nearly 30mpg around town and over 40mpg on trips. Ins is only Group 12!! and servicing is very reasonable - £186.
I've had BMWs & Mercs but nothing has been as reliable and as good to drive as this Signum and it is so pratical with the hatchback and fold flat rear seats - why the lowly rating I don't know!
My advice to anyone - go out and buy a nearly new one - 3 of my mates have. Only negative is the stupid direction indicator controls which drive you mad!
If you buy pre-registered, these cars are great value for money.
I have the 2.2 automatic with the lowered and uprated suspension which gives a far better ride that the standard set-up. I have owned many different cars (Saab, Jaguar and Ford to mention a few) and this has to be one of the most comfortable I have had.
Don't listen to reviews that slate these cars - they are loaded with toys, have great engines and the build quality is as good as most cars out there. As I said earlier, don't buy new - buy a pre-registered. I saved nearly £10,000 on list price for a car that was nearly new.
The auto gearbox is very good and you have the option to use the semi-auto gearbox, too, and with 150bhp under your right foot, you are not sort on power. The kick down is very effective.
Having just parted with my BMW 318iSE after 4 years faithful service i have purchased a June 06 model with 6500 miles on the clock for about £11500 maybe i'm writing this review to early because we never got it off the forecourt when we went to collect because the air bag light came on.
When we did finally pull away the engine then switched to limp mode with a top speed of 60 m.p.h and another light lit up on the dash,we are due to collect the car again today after a week in the garage being worked on.
So basically i can't tell you anything about fuel,comfort or running costs apart from the car tax is cheaper than the BM and so is the insurance other than that i can't help.
First thoughts 'what have i done?'
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