2001 Holden Vectra GL 2.2
Nice car overall
I bought this (station wagon) from a guy who had virtually owned it from new, he was happy with it for years until it started to break down on a regular basis. He took it to a local garage; they scanned the ECU (electronic control unit - engine management light was showing continually). They couldn't find the fault because basically their testing equipment wasn't up to it.
The previous owner gave up on the vehicle after this and parked it up for three years. I acquired it and have to admit it's been a challenge finding the fault/faults (I'm a retired auto electrician) and must admit I've learnt a lot about modern vehicle electrics since owning this car.
Eventually I found someone with a decent scanner which immediately picked up the fault (crank angle sensor). I fitted a new sensor (buried under the air conditioner pump); very difficult job but well worth the effort; started the engine and it ran perfectly, and the warning light was immediately extinguished.
Recently it started to surge and jerk; I did research on YouTube (electric fuel pump fault). Replaced the pump myself, an easy job (under the back seat); now running better than it's ever done.
I love driving this car, it's very comfortable... heaps of power... very quick... handles beautifully... easy on fuel.
Basically a very nice car with some inherent problems.
There is much information about them on the net.
If you can do your own maintenance and repairs, you'll save heaps.
Mechanics do not like working on them for various reasons.
In Europe they are an Opel Vectra, South America Chevrolet Vectra, England Vauxhall Vectra. Were used as Police cars in the UK.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th August, 2016
13th Aug 2016, 21:38
Good review, you are right about this car, I'm from the UK and the Vauxhall Vectra does not have a good image here, which I think is a little unfair. Yes the Ford Mondeo is a better car, but only beats the Vectra on handling - generally they are good reliable cars just as much as any other if you look after them, electrical gremlins aside.
Still lots around from the 90s, but most people have moved on to the newer shape models from 2002 onwards, which again, pretty decent cars but far from perfect in regards to reliability. I'd much rather take a chance on a good 90s example than a more modern car of this type; the older car would be cheaper in the long run.