At 106000 miles a cambelt tensioner wheel disintegrated allowing the belt to come off and destroy the engine.
I had been told that it had just been given a full service, but there was no real proof as it turns out and the dealer wriggled out of the warranty on the grounds that it was a serviceable item!!
So I would recommend a cambelt and tensioners change if you don't know the exact history of your car!!
A local garage fitted new valves, pistons and a rebuilt head which cost £900.
Vauxhall would charge much much more so be warned!
At 120000 miles it failed its MOT on emissions, so had to have a new exhaust system fitted as the cat converter had failed.
The engine management light had begun to flash periodically, but was sorted out with a new lamda sensor (checks emissions apparently). This was £69 fitted.
At approximately 130000 miles the alternator packed in.
I have had problems with the front discs warping, even though I do mainly motorway driving and rarely touch the brakes. I am on my 3rd set now, so I don't know if it's a problem with the car or that I'm not getting Vauxhall discs and these ones are cheaply made.
I have lowered the car by 30mm, fitted stiffer suspension and fitted 16" Oz racing wheels which I feel makes the car look and feel a lot more sporty. The lower stiffer suspension makes the car much more agile, but of course makes the ride a little harsher over bumpy roads (but not nearly as much as I thought it would!)
Since its first major engine problem back over 50000 miles ago, it's been almost faultless and a joy to own. It still looks fabulous inside and out and has no rust at all!!
The only signs of wear and tear where the gear stick and handbrake gaiters, which I replaced very easily, making the interior look as good as new.
One of its more practical features is its cavernous boot. With the back seats down as well, it will easily take several mountain bikes and all your gear!
I often take 3 bikes plus all our stuff in comfort, which I think is amazing for such a sporty car.