Opel Vectra Reviews from Finland

1991 Opel Vectra 1.6 gas

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 gas Don't Know
Previous carOpel Vectra

Summary:

Apart from rust, it is a cheap reliable car

Faults:

Timing chain broken in the parking hall, luckily speed is so low, otherwise it will destroy the whole engine. Then the car is history.

Timing chain and water pump replaced at 300 Euro.

Otherwise this car is no problem.

General Comments:

Good car, apart from well known parts need to be replaced on time, other wise it goes very well.

Good size. It is a real car. Easy on feul, average 6.5 liter per 100 KM, even in city use never go over 10.

I got this car from friend as a gift, so far I drive it 5000 KM, repare cost is 400 Euro. It seems is going to last a coupe of years more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th April, 2006

1998 Opel Vectra GL 1.6

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres
Most recent distance78000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A car with a lot of problems

Faults:

This car was really a Monday car.

The air conditioning is not working.

The front spring just broke down.

Ice cold air comes into the cabin in winter time.

You have to add oil 2 litres every 8000 kilometers.

Sometimes there is not any pressure in the engine so it`won't start (valve problem?).

Once a month you have change one of the lamps. And so on...

General Comments:

This car is nice to drive when it is OK, but this is very seldom.

Does anybody have any experience about the new Vectra with 1,8 l engine and automatic air control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th April, 2003

1989 Opel Vectra GL 2.0i

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired162000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres

Summary:

Comfortable yet speedy family car

Faults:

Power steering started to leak at 180 000km, repair costs were approximately 200 euros.

Front wheel bearings started make noise at 190 000 km, repair costs about 100 euros.

General Comments:

This car has very good performance rate for a family sedan, 10 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km/h and top speed of 200 km/h.

Vectra is very enjoyable and silent to drive.

Very good car for summer trips and even better for winters.

This one starts even on a -30 degrees winter night.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2003

1998 Opel Vectra 1.6 16v

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 120Y

Summary:

Nice, but a bomb

Faults:

Timing belt broke at 62,000 kilometers breaking valves. This means a major repair with about 2,000 euros cost. Interval for belt change is 120,000 km in the owners manual, but has been reduced to 60,000 km in the Nordic Countries by a letter to all owners.

Air-conditioning bleed at 55,000 km. Repair cost was 100 euros. Stopped working again at 58,000 km. Does not work anymore.

Front window cracked at 50,000 km. Replacement cost was 240 euros.

Hand brake needs too much of power to use. Many peopel pull it and think it holds, but...

General Comments:

Very nice car to drive. Even the small 1.6 litre motor is powerful enough.

One cannot see the mileage indicator directly from drivers seat, a minor mistake.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd April, 2002

22nd Aug 2006, 13:02

I just want to share my first experience with a used car.

August 16, 2006 I bought an (OPEL VECTRA 2.5 V6 1998, the spelling of OPEL VECTRA 2.5 V6 is written at the back of the trunk cover) color dark red.

When I drove the car for about 15 minutes it was good. The color and the looks were good. After documentation and payment, I took the car home, but within 45 minutes it was overheating. The radiator cap was worn out. So the next morning I went to the shop and bought a new replacement radiator cap. I was really surprised - one main reason they said, why it overheats is because the auxiliary fan was inverted, the auxiliary blade is blowing out, instead of blowing in, facing the engine.

The electrician is sick. I am scheduled tomorrow morning cause they said it needs an hour or two to repair both the radiator and the electricals.

I replenished the ceiling with a semi leather cause it was bad. Then I've changed the power steering hose in and out, we replace 1 piece tie rod bar at the left side, replace 2 PC's. Safety boot front. But still noisy at the back, so I went to another shop and I found out that the 2 lower suspension rubber bushing left and right needs to be replaced.

I still have my first major problem for the overheating since they just directed to the auxiliary, plus I order the sensor as the mechanic said for the radiator.

2nd major problem is the timing belt, since it's already 46,000 kilometers, and I don't know yet what exact kilometers before replacing the timing belt. A minute ago I read from the auto data articles it stated 60,000 kilometers.

3rd major problem is the lower suspension bushing, which the mechanic said even we have the special tools, but the sensor is very dangerous because of the brakes.

I bought this car for 240,000 pesos plus the additional 50,000 pesos spare parts and labor equals 290,000 pesos - more or less $5,576.00.

I'm planning to resell the car because the maintenance is so expensive, plus I don't know yet what time I will have to replace the timing belt - 6,000 pesos for the parts and 4,000 pesos labor. plus the lower suspension bushing. There is something wrong with the quality of this unit.

10th Mar 2009, 08:19

There seems to be a serious problem with the windshield quality for this car, since it has cracked twice since I own this car (50000 km)... Luckily I have insurance to cover it :)

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews