Opel Vectra Review from United Arab Emirates

1997 Opel Vectra CD 2.5

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52300 kilometres
Most recent distance61442 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A good car, but spoilt because of the spares situation in the UAE

Faults:

Had a missfire and subsequent loss in power at approx. 58K. This was fixed.

Lumpy tick-over at approx. 61400. This has been a major problem which resulted in the replacement of HT leads and coil.

When this work was being done it was noticed that the engine bay wiring harness had perished. Apparently this is a common fault on all German manufactured cars that are not GCC specked. It gets very hot out here in the summer 50C is not unusual. As this is a Japanese specked car, we could not source a wiring harness locally through the GM dealer and had to have one made up.

When that was fitted, I had to have the ECU reprogrammed, as the techie told me that the coil was only receiving one pulse, so the engine was only firing on 2 cylinders, not good for acceleration.

It now appears that I might have a problem with the timing. The tick-over is fine, but pulling away the acceleration is very poor (flat) feels like it is a 4 cylinder.

My biggest problem here is getting spares. As this is a Japanese specked car, the local agent does not stock and is not interested in stocking spares or even trying to fix or service the car. I have to rely on the Mr. fix-its that we have in abundance in this country.

General Comments:

The car itself, when everything is working, is great to drive. We have excellent roads in the Emirates, most are dual carriageway 4 lane highways and as a cruiser, this car is great.

It handles quite well, but I can't really test it on these roads.

I find that adjustment for the seats is quite adequate with all the minor controls easily to hand.

I don't want to get rid of it, but I might have to because of the spares situation.

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

Review Date: 15th May, 2006

13th Nov 2008, 21:23

Totally agree with the article, but Opel does not bother with the customer's spares problems.

GM should have a good spares inventory. If so, Opel sales can boom.

I love my Opel Astra, but to keep it good condition a fortune is being spent.

29th Dec 2008, 14:25

Opel Vectra B is absolutely a piece of crap. In the past 2 years I've had to replace snapped timing belts four times.I'm wondering what is causing the timing belts to snap without any reason. Any time this has occurred it has caused damage to at least two valves. The engine head had to be opened to put the car on the road again. I'm tired because I'm spending a fortune and finally decided to dispose of it. Meanwhile, the car has done only 120km and supposed to be fairly new.

Francis, Ghana.

Average review marks: 2.8 / 10, based on 1 review