i have not owned the car long so i am still getting used to it road holding i find not as good as my older vectra sri witch was more seat of your pants and real whereas whith my new one it is more wooly and unpredictable unless in sport mode then it goes ok. the boot space and leg room are great as are seating position and the safety features overall not a bad modern car let you know more in time after the first service
I have just returned this car to the lease company after 3 years and 57,000 miles. In that time not one thing failed , not even a lightbulb. Just 2 services and 2 tyres were needed. Fuel consumption averaged 45.1 mpg over the 3 years. The car has excellent carrying capability for both passengers and luggage. There was never a need to compromise seating positions irrespective of the load being carried. It's an easy and comfortable drive capable of covering large distances without tiring driver or passengers. I have replaced it with another nothing else seems able to match its mix of space and performance and affordability.
I bought this car sept 2007 with 115000, it is a 1.9 cdti ls,estate, 6 speed. It is a brillant car, only fault i had with it, was the engine mounts that had to be changed. It has loads of power, and i have even towed a mercedes sprinter lwb off the duel carriage way near my home, and it weighed 3.5 tonnes, effortlessly, and continued another 14 miles on varied gradients to a local merc dealership,. The vehicle is awesome, fantastic on fuel and very powerful, and handles like a hatchback, which i also own, which is no way near as good, 1.8 life, with only 33000 on the clock, and drinks petrol in town, this estate. This estate is used for carrying almost anything, and i would hate to think what weights i have carried in the large estate,again, not a problem. This estate must be one of the biggest in its class, and does the job, admirably. But if you buy, make sure it is the 6 speed 150bhp version,
Everybody seems to have diesels these days, but I bought this petrol estate as a familly car and for my wife to use. I guessed that being low mileage it wouldn't cost much more to run than a diesel version which would have set me back another 2 grand. Economy is low (average 26 mpg) but no worse than the diesel C8 I owned previously! The 19 inch wheels cost £124 per tyre which wasn't a shock, but is still a lot of money.
This car looks great and it looks fast. It pulls away from a standstill slower than I would like, but second gear and upwards it really shifts. The pull in 6th gear on the motorway is very strong and you can easilly find yourself doing 100 mph if your not careful and that is in part due to the fact that you can hardly hear the engine. If you change down to overtake on a country road, you are pinned into the back of your seat. Generally, you don't have to work it hard at all to keep up with flow of traffic.
Having previously owned a large MPV, I can honestly say, what is the point unless you have more than 5 people to carry. The car easily transports our 3 kids all in car seats in the back and the boot swallows all the junk that a familly of five needs for weekends away. There is no messing around with seats and the performance of this engine doesn't seem dented by a full load, and I mean a full load.
It is the best car I have owned by a country mile.
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