Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Vectra hatchback?
Warranty Direct points to suspension and electrical system as causing the most trouble, and repair costs are higher than for some rivals.
Early Vectras suffered badly with wonky suspension and leaking coolant. Some rust badly, too - check under rear wheelarches. Face-lifted ones fare better all round, but knocking sounds from the engine or gearbox still signal potential expense, while squeals under the bonnet signal a dodgy water pump, but this isn't too pricey to fix.