1999 Holden Vectra JS from Australia and New Zealand
If I knew then what I know now...!!!
The car has since last year, several times had the engine cut out whilst driving at 60-70km hour in traffic, which is extremely frightening and deadly. No acceleration, and no steering. I have had the car serviced regularly, and the mechanic cannot find the problem!!!
The coolant hose system split, dumping a complete reservoir of coolant all throughout the engine, and immediate overheating of the engine, requiring the full main coolant hose system to be replaced. Coolant hose system they call 'an octopus'. Complete removal of the engine is required to remove, replace and fit the hose system. Hose unit itself costs over $650. All up, including labour, almost $1,000.
Remote central locking no longer works, so use the key, however central locking on the rear doors is also intermittent if at all.
With no accountability being acknowledged by Holden for the engine cut, or recall to replace, or advice to resolve the issue. I am driving a death trap, which I cannot wait to get rid of!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th January, 2011
I wouldn't buy another Holden after my old Camira - terrible. Similar story to you. I've now got a Toyota, which is light years ahead.
I am dying and crying on every drive, since 3 years I brought Holden Vectra 99 model. By mistake, I got this car without reading blogs forums. Now, yesterday, it broke on a drive and smoke started coming out of it. NRMA came and told me that there was no water and oil.. God knows how it got emptied, as I do get the regular service done.
After taking it to a mechanical shop by NRMA towing service, the mechanic says the engine is cooked and it almost looks like a new engine needs to be replaced, which is going to cost around $5000. I am F*in freaked out with this car.. No words to express.. I have already spent more than what I have purchased it for over 3 years. Dammit... if time could go back 3 years, I would not have taken it for free either... what a crap lemon...
Anyway, can someone suggest to me please where to go from here? My aim is spend the minimum possible to get the car up and running.
Some people have bought these cars, and they have been nothing but trouble. Others have gone on to do hundreds of thousands with little issue at all.
I recommend you get some prices from different auto dismantlers for the engine itself. The price can vary dramatically, depending on the number of kms the engine has completed. Personally I would go as low as possible, but that is more expensive.
All other associated parts for the job should really be purchased brand new.
Good luck mate.
I would cut my losses and sell it. I own a Vectra, and within months of purchase I had to have the engine rebuilt. That cost me $3,000. Since then it has had the central locking break down, radio goes on and off as it pleases. Continuous stalling, makes a ticking noise when I drive it, a foul smell coming through the A/C, and a host of other problems. I've had it serviced regularly, yet it has cost me more than I initially paid for it.
At the moment it's sitting in the garage undriveable as it won't start. I took it to the mechanics about the problem and all he did was change the battery. The following morning it wouldn't start at all. Now I don't know whether to take it to a mechanic or auto electrician. It's been sitting in the garage for 4 weeks, and I'm going to get it up and running when I have money saved up and sell it as a "lemon". I will be buying a Toyota next.