I have the estate model. I've had the car a year and covered 37K miles. It's chiefly a load carrier and I use it for work. In that respect for the price the car can't be beaten. People space inside is excellent. It cruises along motorways quiet and relaxed. The tall sixth gear is at home here, as it ticks over at 2000 rpm at 75mph ish.
I am disappointed by the spec on the Club: no cup holder, extra storage ia blanked off up by the rear view mirror, no rear internal lights, no sun screen at the top of the windscreen etc and the horn is embarrassing to sound (best just to flash your lights) and the radio is adequate at best.
The dash and plastics, is well just fuctional.
It left me stranded once, when the fuel pump failed. Five weeks later I got my car back (thanks Sherwoods , master at incompetence in car fixing and customer service, you wont see my car again). I now have an ABS warning light. It's just the light because I tried the brakes! So I can't say the car has been reliable.
I still look back at my old VW Passat estate with fondness. We did 100k together and it never missed a beat. It was nicer inside and the engine was better. The only problem was that the boot was not big enough.
I own an almost immaculate '56 plate (1 yr old) Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 CDTi, 150bhp, SRi estate. I bought this car from a car supermarket after the previous owner swallowed the initial 43% depreciation hit. Ouch!
The car has a very smooth, quiet and torquey engine with plenty of pull across all gears. Traditional 'diesel rattle' is minimal at low speeds and virtually non-existent when under way. It keeps visits to the pump at a minimum and my wallet happy. There have been no issues with reliability thus far.
The ride and handling is very sure-footed indeed. Since the Vectra is destined for the UK have undergone specific 'tweaks' compared to their European counterparts, the ride and handling is every bit as good as the highly acclaimed Mondeo.
The boot is simply cavernous and will devour all that you care to put in it. Legroom and headroom in the cabin is fantastic. The seats are firm, yet comfortable with good quality trim. Standard equipment levels are very good, featuring all the toys most people would be happy with. The majority of fixtures and fittings seem very well screwed together but there are a few areas which let down the over all level of quality (nothing major, though).
I have the 1.8 pre-facelift model in basic LS trim. This is an 04 model which I purchased neraly a year ago now with 22k on the clock.
If you need space at a bargain price with sensible economy then look no further. The estate is huge and practical and has good strong securing eyes to keep the load still.
This is a quiet car, excellent cruising at the legal limit and very comfortable. Economy is good at 37 mpg mixed driving and upto 43 mpg on a continuous trip to the south of France. The tax on this is high at 190kg/m3 but later models are less I believe but have a higher revving 1.8VVTI engine (not tried one).
Its true that the car is a little bland inside and out but it does grow on you and is very receptive to adding some subtle styling (bigger alloys, small spoliers, extra chrome etc.) which is available from a host of outlets.
Reliability is so far 100% - first MOT and service due shortly (fingers crossed)
Overall excellent, visit http://www.vectra-c.com for some enthusiastic vectra owners - a great support network at no cost.
After 3 years and over 100,000 miles what do you replace a Vectra estate with? Another Vectra estate. It may not be the sharpest drive but I've never had another car that has been so reliable or well put together. The space inside is just awesome, what ever you need it to be it does well - long distance business cruiser, family hold all, builders van on a DIY weekend, tow car, - it does the lot. Looking forward to the new one coming in mid life crisis SRi XP spec!
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