Brought this car to replace wifes company car in 2006, its a 55 reg 120hp plate car. at first great car, fantastic cruser in sixth gear and even better when we got it chipped. great space in the boot for double buggie and still loads more room for shopping. but within the last 12 months has started to fall apart in front of our eyes. dash rattles and creeps, bits have been worn down and scuffed by kids feet. but the biggest expense we had when the exhaust started to blow, told it was the cat and needed replaced as bracket split, £600 lighter now plus another £300 for service and new brake pads. tyres always need replacements every 10k. the car has only done 55k miles but feels 10 years old oh and the wiper bracket inside the scuttle holding the wiper connections are being held together by tywraps NO LIE! had to do this last weekend, they kept falling off the motor. this is the first and last Vauxhall. my Mondeo is nearly 6 years old, no rattles or big bills, 100% better car. will be getting rid of the vectra by newyear hopefully and getting either nealy new focus, Golf or if funds allowed A3.
I have had this car for just over a year and cannot wait to get rid of it.
Problems started soon after purchase, with a banging from the back when going over bumps. Back bushes needed replacing. The dash lights and central control unit have gone.
The engine is as powerful as a canal barge.
Ive got no motivation to get them fixed, just putting up with them. The quality of this car is rubbish. Do not get one.
ONE year left on the bank loan, then it's going.
This is a lovely looking vehicle, with all of the gadgets and toys that will keep the most discerning button pusher happy.
The ride is superb, as you would expect from a top-end Vectra. If you want power and performance from a diesel, then this Vectra will be hard to beat.
Unfortunately, this car is severely let down by technology. The engine management system is developed around the CAN-BUS, and it continuously throws up spurious faults.
Sometimes this activates the LOS (Limited Operating System), and performance is severely impaired. Getting fault codes read and reset is an expensive old game.
There also appears to be a common fault on the variable-vane turbocharger that causes a boost pressure fault. The only rectification appears to be a replacement turbo. For me, to top it all off, the gearbox failed at only 70,000 miles!
No-one was able to inform my garage if the clutch fitted to this model was the conventional version or the extremely expensive dual-mass type.
All in all, the luxury of this car is severely offset by the amount of money you will need to keep it running. Look to keep a couple of thousand pounds set aside for that inevitable rainy day!
I currently have the Vectra SRi on a 07 plate. I find it to be very vague in the steering and feels like it needs a 6Th gear to do it justice. I have just ordered a new Mondeo and can not wait to see the back of this car.
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
Owned for 1 year, as family runabout Pros good size, general build quality, powershift gearbox, good to drive, low costs Cons handling slighly…
Had this car for 90k from new. A 56 plate. In over 2,000,000 miles driven this one has broken down the most of any car I have had. DO NOT get a 2.0…