Great all round motor vehicle, a few problems with the odd rattle, it has the takeoff boom syndrome. Holden fitted later engine mounts, fixed most of it.
Air leaks, yep got them too..
Very very nice drivers car...
Glad every one agrees with me!!!
Had the car for over a year now - only one major problem which was it started to stall. Took it back to Holden and had the IAC replaced in March. No problems since then and it idles a lot better.
The rattle in the dash was fixed when they replaced the passenger airbag cover. Now it is completely silent going over bumps.
Radio reception is still very poor - will be looking at a rear roof mounted antenna conversion if it is possible. New speakers and head unit will be installed when the warranty runs out.
Although performance is still great, I am used to it and will be looking at getting more power when the warranty runs out with a different air intake and exhaust.
It is now the second best car I have driven in terms of handling - unfortunately my cousins 98 BMW 318i would have to take the cake for that, however the Vectra would leave it a few kilometers behind in terms of performance.
I have not and do not regret purchasing it. :-)
I have 2 problems with my Vectra. Firstly, the car holds on 2nd gear (under 60KM) when the engine is cold. Secondly, when I released the brake whilst the car is idle, I can feel a strong kick/knock as it reverts back to its drive mode.
Does anyone have the same problem?
Otherwise the car kicks ass!!
Thinking of purchasing Vectra CD auto, series II (Vectra is now apparently fully imported again, i.e. Sept/Oct 2001). But having doubts for the following reasons:
1. Friends having problems with the idle control motor, which apparently clogs with carbon and car stalls while stationery;
2. Opel have ceased making the Vectra in Europe and there is a new model due to come out in August 2002 making this one "old" and lack re-sale value.
Any comments would be appreciated!
To the guy above wondering about whether to buy a Vectra.
1. The idle air control valve (IAC) is a common problem in Vectra's. However, if it hasn't already been fixed under warranty, take it to Holden and get them to fix it. There is an "unofficial" campaign to get all Vectra's back to put an improved IAC that does not clog up.
2. As for the resale value, that is not just limited to the Vectra, but any car. If you are not one for looks, or you like the look of the new Vectra, then by all means wait for it, but it won't be available in Australia until probably late next year, and it will probably cost a lot more than the current model.
The guy above with the fuzzy rear window - its probably some dodgy tinting that was put on the car, you may have to remove it.
Don't count on the new IAC valve working. We have had the stalling problem addressed six times.
When the new re-designed IAC valve was installed, it lasted nearly one year, until our car stalled in the middle of a four-way intersection! This happened the day after the stalling problem had been addressed again by Holden dealer mechanics.
My radio reception is bob, air bag lights come on, and it cuts out for no reason, don't you love bloody vectra s!!!
I to, have a huge problem with the idle. I'm driving the 2001 Nov equip. very dodge it's stall over ten times now even after having a service!
I have been driving my 1999 Vectra for over a year now, and the only problem has been a faulty thermostat. I love the car except for a slight vibration at 90-100kph. Go VECTRA!!!
I have a November 2001 Vectra CD 2.2.. It's a great car, but it has stalled on me 2 times while in 2nd gear..
Apart from that it's great, and at the price I got it it was well worth it. Only thing is I'm looking for a cheap performance upgrade :)
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