2009 Vauxhall Insignia Exclusiv from UK and Ireland - Comments

14th Jan 2011, 13:26

I have just had to replace the front discs on my 2.0 CDTi Insignia Exclusive (160psi). This was following the development of a judder when braking. On taking it to my local Vauxhall dealer, they identified 'warped discs'. They could not find anything that could have caused the warping other than to say, "they get hot and cold" and that they would only be covered under warranty up to 18000 miles. The mileage on my vehicle is currently 28000 (17 months old from new). There also was 40% wear left on the front pads.

I feel that the discs should not have needed replacing (cost to myself with new pads of £384) at this time, and they would appear to not be fit for purpose. I can't remember the last time I had to have discs changed, even on vehicles with 70k miles on the clock.

I am a life time Vauxhall owner (my present vehicle being the 9th consecutive), and have previously not come across a failure like this.

Will be contacting Vauxhall Customer Service about it.

15th Jan 2011, 03:46

Re: discs.

Had this problem time and time again with Vauxhall discs overheating, and found a way of making it happen less.

The discs warp due to excessive heat, and this happens more easily as they thin, as they get more worn.

I was told to never hold the car on the footbrake when the brakes were warm, as the heat could not dissipate easily and evenly from the disc. Whenever stationary, I began to never hold the car on the footbrake, and always used handbrake, which put the warping off for much longer into the life of the disc.

Upon replacement, it is possible to use better discs than Vauxhall, and your own choice of pads; go onto forums to see what is recommended for your car.

I changed to EBC discs and pads, and found these better.

Cheers.

Footnote: these cars are getting more and more complex, and more and more issues are getting reported; dual mass flywheels and clutches for example; why design cars to fail so quickly - is that a sound Eco principle? No.

27th Jan 2011, 09:37

Took my Insignia to local Vauxhall dealer because my clutch had gone at 17,000 miles. My car is a 59 plate CDTi. I have been told that there are no Insignia clutches available in the U.K. at present, and the earliest there is likely to be one available is 4th Feb. I am lucky my clutch is under warranty, as my car is covered by Network Q, as I purchased it at 4 months old.

24th Feb 2011, 05:13

At last, body shop resolved left-hand pull by a wheel align I am told. Why the previous 4 have not worked is beyond me.

Scored discs on rear were replaced at no charge and wheels re-balanced. I have to say, Salford's general manager has been excellent. He gave me a brand new replacement to run around in while the body shop got on with their fix.

I can honestly say that I have grown into my Insignia and like it a lot now that the bugs are ironed out.

Drinks fuel though.

18th Mar 2011, 07:43

My car also has a wobble or vibration between 70 and 80mph.

Feels like holding a power drill in each hand, and gets tiring after 50 miles.

Will report back after car goes in for checks on Monday 21st March.

22nd Mar 2011, 14:41

With the last winter, the Insignia 1.9 diesel takes in excess of 5.5 miles to reach 90 deg C, during which time the heating is non existent. The dealer is adamant there is nothing wrong. Has anyone else had this problem?

I have works vans that are better than this.

2nd Apr 2011, 10:42

Absolutely agree, have had similar problems with the rear set of discs. Went through a full new set of pads by 20,000, and have now just gone through another at 38,000. Seeing as 90% of my driving is motorway, I'm really at a loss to explain this. Dealers and Vauxhall HQ don't want to know, and put it down to fair wear and tear... Rubbish... Fronts are still the originals and have at least 50% left on them. Rear doors leak like mad during heavy rain, and handbrake auto-adjuster doesn't seem to work.

4th May 2011, 14:51

I've recently bought a one year old Insignia SRi (160) Sports Tourer, and have also noticed it pulling to the left. When I told the sales person who sold it to me about this, the reply was "it's designed to do that as a safety feature in case you fall asleep at the wheel".

It goes in next Friday for a check. I'm also of the opinion that it's wheel alignment or something similar.

I don't recall any motoring reviews praising the action of it pulling to the left as an innovation of car safety!

5th May 2011, 07:58

I had the same wind noise on my front passenger's door but it was an easy fix. I took the n/s door mirror off and when it was off there are 5 holes - 3 for the bolts and 2 for locator pins to ensure the mirror fits correctly. What I did was place a small piece of butyl tape, approx 3mm wide, right around each of the 5 holes and put the mirror back on. This sealed up all the holes when the bolts were tightened so air could not flow through. Problem solved. Only tools required were a 10mm socket and ratchet, all in all a 1/2 hour job.

9th May 2011, 11:13

I have a 2.0 diesel Elite 2009 reg.

The exhaust valves have been changed under warranty, the Vauxhall dealer from where the car was purchased said that the wrong exhaust valves had been fitted when the engine was built, scraper valves should have been fitted (they had changed valves on several cars).

The dealer rang Vauxhall technical with the engine number and they confirmed that this engine was one that was affected. Tell your dealer to check your engine number with Vauxhall.

When I asked the local Vauxhall dealer they didn't even know about the problem.

19th May 2011, 05:51

I just bought a 09 Insignia 1.8 SE just a little over 2 months ago. The car has just turned 2 years old with 37k on it.

I have just had the car towed back to Vauxhall because it lost all drive. The car isn't getting looked at until tomorrow, but from what I have been reading on the net it is likely to be the clutch and/or the DMF.

Secondly I am getting ridiculously low fuel consumption averaging 23 MPG in town and 35 MPG on the motorway. This is far worse than my previous 1.8 Vectra. Is this normal?

2nd Jun 2011, 12:39

This is in reply to anyone who has had gearbox and or clutch problems with their Insignia.

We have an 09 plate that we bought last year when it was just 1 year old and had done 21000 miles. All had been OK, had it serviced last month - fine. Then 10 days ago, it started making a dreadful noise and had to be towed to garage by the AA. Dealer garage are now saying they think it is the gearbox/fly wheel/clutch issue (that seems quite common from what I've read?) and that we may be liable to pay around £1500 if it turns out to be wear and tear and not a manufacturer fault.

We have only driven it 8000 miles since we bought it and are not heavy on the clutch. We would appreciate any advice, particularly from anybody who has had a similar situation in the past - how did you resolve it?! I don't understand why Vauxhall just don't honour their warranty. It's obviously a common issue?!

Help!