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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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150 reader reviews for Vauxhall Vectra Hatchback.
  • 1.8i 16v Club 5dr

    Steve Ramage Date: 21/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I covered 35K last year (having bought the car with 20K on the clock); a mixture of work and private mileage. This is a car that does not deserve its bad reputation. Indeed there is nothing amazing about the car but the cabin is a lovely place to be on long trips, and the car has a great sound system. The drive is good and I have had NO problems in the 35-40K of driving I have done in it. It grips on corners really well and when I have slipped its always controlled.

    You get alot of car for your money, the club is a low spec and you still get Cruise control, auto dim rear view mirror, auto windscreen wipers, air con, cd, lumbar support, alloys and the boot is big.

    I have found the 1.8 petrol to be a little guttless on hills at times but generally powerful enough (in lower revs) and it always has plenty of pull for overtaking if you drop a gear and use the high revs. The fuel economy is good on the motorway and I have seen 500 miles out of a tank of petrol. Generally, I get 460 miles per tank. Although, I have recently moved to Scotland and the lack of motorway driving and increased number of hills has reduced this to 420miles per tank.

    Depreciation is a hard pill to swallow, i need a 4x4 these days so I will be changing; so I would advise those who are considering buying to look at keeping this car for long time...

  • 2.2i 16v SRi 5dr

    Adam Morrison , Bucks . Date: 30/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What a heap of junk!

    I have owned this car for 18 months. 3 months after purchase the transmission light came on and the car repeatedly stalled.

    The high pressure fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator were changed under warranty, which ran out the following month.

    For the following year the car has run fairly well, only needing a standard service and MOT.

    However, 14 months and 10,500 miles since the repair, the same issue arose.

    Vauxhall have refused to recognise this as a repeat problem and will not repair the car for free or even make a donation towards the repair.

    The customer service of Vauxhall is awful, no personal skills at all and they are all built to get past warranty then die.

    I will never buy a Vauxhall again, although I do like the styling of the Vectra, the build quality and after care leave a lot to be desired!

    The car has totalled 43,300 miles and is currently dead on my driveway!

    If you buy a Vauxhall, don't get a Vectra or Signum 2.2 Direct 16v with a Z22YH engine, they are prone to this issue and Vauxhall know about it but have never done any recall on it.

    You will spend far more on it than it is worth.

    Next time, I'm buying foreign! Probably German or Japanese! It might last a bit longer!

  • 1.9 CDTi Club 5dr

    Ibrahim Ravat , West Midlands . Date: 11/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Might of given the car a better rating had i driven a better spec car

  • 2.2 16v DTi LS 5dr

    Neil Porter , Warwickshire . Date: 29/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    This is the 2nd Vectra I have had (previously had a 1998 1.8 16v Petrol) and was hoping that this new (at the time) model would be different enough as the previous one I had fell apart after 90K...how wrong I was. It had 35000 miles on when I got it, and has just passed 100K mark, and has been serviced as per schedule. This is the worst car I have ever owned, even worse that the 1300 Austin Maestro I started driving in! Since buying in 2005, I have spent upwards of £1000 on some expensive repair every year without fail (Turbo/Airbag ECU/Oil Leaks/Rear Brakes snapped) Problems that still need repairing: 1. Engine Management constantly coming on (cuts out turbo) 2. Untraceable Electrical Fault that causes speedo counters, radio and wipers to stop working until I turn ignition off and on! 3. Alarm constantly going off for no reason. 4. Tracking keeps needing to be set every 6-7 months.

    This leaves me with a car worth £2000(in good condition!) and a repair bill of around £1500, after all I have already spent. This car is going to the great big scrapyard in the car as soon as I can scrape together enough to buy something else, and I will never ever ever buy a Vauxhall again. Without exception, I would say steer clear of this car at all costs, even if someone offers you money to take it!

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