I have a 06 1.9cdti design model and overall the car is brillient. At present i am haveing a few problems with it. At first it was the back lights on the interior lights buttons the kept coming on and off when the felt like it. after taking it to my local Vauxhall dealer and 5 visits later they finally sorted the problem. Tommorow its in again this time for a whizzing noise coming from the turbo loss of power and engin mounts. overall though the car is huge i have a 2 year old and she can't reach the front seats to kick which is great and the boot has ample room for pushchairs and other things
Purchased this car when it was 6 months old on a June 04 plate for £13k with 8k miles on the clock, not bad for a car that cost £23k new.
I average 28k miles per year and as the car approaches 3 years old I have yet to have a problem. Service costs are unbelievably cheap if you shop around with the main dealers. 20k service £120, 40K service £200, 60K service £120.
Fuel consumption is not what I'm used to with a desiel (36mpg), but for the size of car, auto box and my heavy right foot I can't complain.
On the road this car just eats the miles, it really is in its element on the motorways. There is vey little noise and the level of refinement is far superior than mondeos, passats etc I have driven in the past. The engine does rumble a bit on start up, but i've yet to find a desiel that doesn't. Around town you really feel the cars size, especially in the typical multi-storey car park. It is a good idea to get parking sensors, as judging the lenght of the car is a fine art.
The vectra really wins when it comes to interior space, I'm 6'2" and have a couple of teenage boys who have yet to complain once about knee room. The boot is vast, I can get my work things in the boot and my dog(bullmastiff) still has plenty of room to get in and lol about.
The car is now approaching 3 years old and it is time to change. The dilemma I face is what colour to get next time.
Well, where shall I start? Problem after problem after problem! I have bought two vectras, an 04 and an 05-plate model.
I've always had Peugeot 406 estates, but now that Peugeot only makes 407s (it has less rear head room and luggage space), I had to try a different make.
Vectras look great, have loads of rear passenger space and a huge boot. It's mechanically not up to the job of high-mileage use. The steering rack was replaced under warranty. In December 2006, the 05 Vectra broke down at 58,000 miles. It was recovered to a Vauxhall dealer; various parts replaced, and I eventually got it back for Christmas.
Then there was a fault with the valve on the inlet manifold. Fault lights are still on. It went back to the dealer in Jan 07. There were glow Plug faults. Luckily it was all done under warranty! Now it's February 2007 and the clutch has just burnt out. Be warned - there was no warning - it just went going up a hill at 64,000 miles.
I have questioned with a Vauxhall whether the estate body is too heavy for the running gear? I have just replaced the first clutch on a 406 estate at 147,000 miles! Big difference! Also, the Vectra tyre size is difficult to source and buy cheaply.
I took delivery of mine in Jan 06 & have clocked up 31000 miles so far.I change my Co car every 2 years,having driven various Mondeos, 406's,Saab 93's, Rover 620's etc etc. This Vectra stands head & shoulders above them all..in terms of being the most complete all round performer.The 2.2 Direct petrol engine is smooth, powerful & economical (Averaging 36MPG each month). The handling is good, although the rear end feels a little light & skittish if pressed through a tight bend. The cabin is solid & extremely roomy (albeit a bit bland)with enough 'bells & whisltles' to keep most drivers occupied!! The SRi front seats are a little on the firm side, as are the rear (according to the Mrs!!). The load area is simply massive & has, when required to do so; swallowed flat pack sheds,sofa beds & a young families holiday luggage with ease. The reliability has been excellent, with no issues at all to date. Rear visiblity isn't the best & manouvering in tight spaces in car parks has its moments!!If only as the rear window is SO far behind you....go for the option of rear parking sensors if available. I would have no hesitation in ordering another Vectra Estate, when the time comes to replace the current model.
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