just bought this car recently. im a trader so got it for £500. its a 1997 (R) with 128000 miles. i know the car reviews arent good for the 2.0 di, sayings it an unrefined engine and not very powerful. but it does drive well, yes its noisy but it does shift it you want it to. im 18 so its quick for my age lol. things wrong with it is it does rattle and vibrate and again very noisy and unrefined. but its very economical and insurance is very cheap for my age. i must like it as ive just bought another one as well as this for my business. that is a 1.8 ls estate automatic. 2000 (W) with 88,000 for £600 so these are very cheap cars now to buy. i do recommend for a workhorse.
The most I've ever paid for a car, and one of the worst. Dogged by electrical problems, new cam sensors, spectacular oil cooler failure, stiff and whiny steering, disappointingly slow, this car has spent more time in the garage in the few months that I've had than on the road. And it's only done 65000 miles. Interior quality not that great for supposedly high spec car.It is off the road as I write. The only thing good are that it looks nice,it's comfy and sounds good. If you're thinking about one, don't. No more Vauxhalls, and this one is gonna get sold soon.
I bought a 1997 1.8 LS P-reg at 134,000 miles for £500 in 2007. For 10 months I had no problems at all - it always started first time, every time and was brilliant over the winter period. Nothing leaks or squeaks.
Just as it was approaching its MoT in May 2008, the engine management light came on and stayed on, and the car would cut out several times a day (though on some days, it never did).
It lost a bit of power, especially when attempting to move away from traffic lights and junctions. I was overtaken by smaller, less powerful cars which was embarrassing to say the least.
The door trim came off in my hands and I had to stick it back on with superglue (TRUE). The ignition jammed and the key would not turn, leaving me stranded at work. I had to have a new barrel fitted at enormous expense.
I've just been told the reason for the engine warning light is the cam sensor and that has cost me £120. The suspension coil spring fractured recently and that was £200. It was the only thing it failed on the MoT, apart from the exhaust leaking a bit.
The remote central locking stopped working two months after I bought the car, the driver's window keeps falling out when being wound back up (it's electric) and the offside rear door jammed and would not open. Now it is open again, it won't lock!
Finally, the radio LED display doesn't illuminate.
The clutch appears to be as strong as a lion and the brakes are excellent, but the wing mirror was torn off in the car wash.
Well, I am really going to struggle to find anything good to say about this car.
I got it about a year ago and since the day I bought it, it has been nothing but trouble, mainly engine-wise.
It is seriously loud and sounds like the exhaust is blowing all of the time. I put it up on a ramp and replaced the corroded parts and it just kept on getting louder and louder.
The engine has oil literally pouring out of it and when driving it all splashes back and hits the exhaust with a worrying burning smell wafting in through the car. I should mention at this point that the car has only covered 70,000 miles, so they're obviously not very well made.
The inside is cheap and plasticky and things seem to fall off in your hands, including the glove box!
I would never buy a Vauxhall again and after a year of owning it am now forced to sell it as spares or repair. Steer well clear of these.
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