I own the 1.7 TDs which I find to be a good work horse. The Isuzu Engine was the main reason I chose the 1.7 over it's larger siblings, it's the same lump that resides inside most of the Fork Lifts where I work (cheap parts & servicing ;-)) During it's lifetime (now on 113,000 Miles) it has returned an average of +45mpg & is large enough to hold 2 Adults, 2 teenagers & an assortment of camping equipment. The only thing I can fault it on is the reliability of the Electrics, last year the Alternator packed up & last month the Starter threw it's hand in, resulting in me being stuck on the ground floor of a multi story. Overall an uninspiring Motor but good enough for plodding around in while sipping the Diesel.
Sadly as of next week we will be parting company as the old dear (P reg) is being replaced with a 2002 Mondeo TCDi.
My parents bought a green/silver Vectra when it was just a year old in 1996. Since then, we have moved on to a Jeep Cherokee 2.5 TD Sport.
Having the Vectra for eight years, it had a few more downs than ups. With two new clutches, three exhausts, five tyres, new spark plugs and a new battery, the Vectra was pretty expensive to keep.
However, when it came to filling it up at the garage it was an angel compared to the Jeep. The Vectra was very comfortable and very spacious, and the boot space was big enough for regular trips to the dump.
The final years of the Vectra (around 2004) was when the car started to play up. The car wouldn't start most mornings (even on hot days) and the exhaust was blowing for the fourth time. By then, we decided to get rid of 'Moffy,' as we used to call it (because of the reg. plate being: P*** MOF).
The Jeep was a drastic change from the Vectra, with it being higher up, which I prefer, although the Jeep could do with the extra legroom in the rear that old 'Moffy' had.
Overall, the Vectra was a very good family car, and we enjoyed its company. It's just a shame that it started to fall apart in its final years.
This is an update to my review dated 21/10/2005.
I decided to keep this keep this car a little longer as my second car because it wasn't going to do many more miles. It has now done about 132,000 miles. The problem is that the timing chain has just broken and completely mangled the engine.
At the 120,000 mile service I asked for the cam belt to be replaced, but I was told by Vauxhall that this engine didn't have a cam belt, it had a timing chain and it should last for the life of the engine.
Upon doing further research, I've just found out that this was a known problem because there is a spray jet that lubricates the timing chain and it gets blocked because it's not big enough.
Apparently it was fixed in these engines from March 2002 onwards, but mine is October 2001. There should have also been an engine recall to fix this. But when I explained all this to Vauxhall, they said that my chassis number was not in the right range for the recall, so tough!
So beware, if your car is pre-March 2002 and has not had this fix done, you are sitting on a time bomb!
This is a thoroughly practical and reliable car. I even managed to get it well below the book price.
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