1999 Opel Vectra Reviews

1999 Opel Vectra CD 2.0 4 cylinder from Iceland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

A good car for long trips

Faults:

Head gasket and valve gasket had to be replaced, as expected I suppose.

Ghosts in the electrics. Sometimes, when idling, the engine would just turn off on its own. I replaced sensor after sensor, some wires, had the computer diagnosed, but nothing would seem to fix it.

General Comments:

It had all the frilly-bits a man could want: steering wheel buttons for the stereo, AC, a snow driving button, TC button, seven or eight cup holders, and a cassette storage unit, which is funny, because it had a CD player.

It handled like a bus when driving in town; heavy steering and HARD suspension.

But when going just under 190 km/h on new asphalt, the car would just glue itself onto the road. That was the sort of driving this car was made for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2012

1999 Opel Vectra GL 1.6litre 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6litre 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles

Summary:

Great car for its class when at its best

Faults:

Air conditioning hasn't worked since I bought the car. (I haven't got it repaired)

Coil pack went at 35,000mls (cost 200 euro to replace excl, labour)

Water pump bearing Started to fail at 50,000mls (Complete failure would have meant that timing belt would fail too, meaning serious cylinder head/engine damage)

A few minor electrical faults, Such as:

Fan control/Heating panel lights stopped working at 55,000mls (think it's a loose wire??)

Driver electric window switch gets sticky at times (needs to be taken apart and contacts cleaned)

General Comments:

When car has no problems it drives very well.

Very comfortable on long journeys, nice smooth ride and good handling.

Very reliable if looked after, and as long as any faults are repaired before they become too serious.

Can be a bit heavy on petrol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2006

1999 Opel Vectra CD 2.0 16V petrol from Turkey

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 16V petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance233000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Vectra

Summary:

A good choice for those who drives much on motorways

Faults:

1. Evaporator of the air conditioning has developed a leak and been changed.

Other than that, nothing really wrong, except standard maintenance.

2. But I don't exactly realize why the water pump must be changed with the timing belt (every 60 000 kms). Why not only the timing belt??

General Comments:

1. It is very good doing 125 km/h at 3000rpm in fifth gear, when driving on motorway.

2. Requires more gear changes when not driving on the motorway than a 1.6 compact car (e.g. Golf), because of long gear ratios.

3. Engine is too noisy for a car of this segment at low speed, but OK when driving faster than 80 km/h.

4. Bad driving position in my view (steering wheel too low, seat too high, and I am 190 cm.). The Vectra A that I had before this one was perfect on this point.

5. Very good automatic air conditioning.

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

Review Date: 22nd April, 2005

10th Sep 2006, 04:30

Hi, I think that the water pump needs to be changed as the timing belt drives it. I have the same model as you do and at 48,00km the timing belt snapped on a highway. I was very unimpressed... I took it to a dealership that I had not been too (closer to tow). Anyway, GM fixed the whole engine as the timing belt has an international warranty. While I was unhappy about the whole situation, I was impressed that it only took one day for GM to agree to pay for the repair. I done some investigation and it turns out that when the 99 vectras were being made a change was made from a HD to STD belt, so some models have double timing belt life.

1999 Opel Vectra CD 2.0 DTi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 DTi Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A comfortable, high specification, imported bargain

Faults:

Airbag warning light came on after about 11 months (14000 miles). Dealer fixed this under warranty.

'ECO' button light stopped working after about 18 months (20000 miles). Asked for it to be fixed during service, but dealer didn't do it.

Accelerator pedal started to 'squeak' around the same time. Dealer charged over £30 to fix this - pedal had to be removed and lubricated!!

General Comments:

Overall I think it is a great car and the things that have gone wrong have been minor and only slightly annoying.

I bought this car as an import from Republic of Ireland and saved £6500 on the new price... so I can't really complain!!

On the negative side, I was horrified recently when told the value of the car after less than two years..£9500. You lose so much money so quickly, it really doesn't justify buying a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews