1999 Vauxhall Vectra LS 1.6
Driving your nan's lounge
Nothing... aside from...
I did have sporadic idling, and the engine cut out a few times after purchase. But after driving the car very quickly, the problem went away in a couple of weeks. Maybe I cleared something out?
In the cabin:
There is something very comfortable about this car. You just jump in, drive, and feel like you have exerted no energy in reaching your destination. It has very good road noise insulation, which is part of it, as I find this to be the most draining noise a car can have. The steering wheel is big and chunky, like a bumper car's, and the pedals are very well placed. The gear shift is a very comfortable shape. The colour scheme and soft dashboard make you feel like you're driving around in your nan's lounge.
Negatives are a slightly hard seat; not great after an hour of driving, and the steering wheel has no reach adjustment (IMO the biggest fault of this car).
The handling has nearly no feel. The steering rack is very loose, lots of turns are needed to do anything! However, this belies quite a grippy chassis with consistent safe and assured understeer. It's a heavy car, but very softly sprung; I like it!
Fuel economy is great for the size of vehicle, considering it's a petrol. I get 30 in town and 50 on the motorway (you do have to drive it sensibly, as petrols will rev easily).
I have enjoyed owning this car, and will run it until it breaks. Although it is showing no signs as yet. These are virtually worthless on the used market; I paid £500 nearly two years ago because it's a 1.6, but the 1.8's are even cheaper.
I do not understand why people would drive tinny little cars and pay thousands for the privilege?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th January, 2013