Very good value exec saloon, avoid the tatties
I purchased the car with a noisy water pump, this had to be replaced with two worn idler pullies and a serpentine belt. This cost about £300 to sort. Air conditioning was also not working at purchase, a common failure that I am not prepared to pay large sums to rectify. The heater and fan controls were also malfunctioning, unbelievably Vauxhall can no longer supply these parts. Specialist breakers were asking about £120 for the parts I required, luckily I found a scrap car and paid £5 for about £300 worth of specialist goods.
Other than these faults that were knowingly disfunctional at purchase the car has since been A1 reliable.
A very comfortable and capable cruiser, which is relatively quick considerimg it weighs just over 2 tonnes (130mph apparently). Excellent for motorways, does 80mph at 3000rpm and gives reasonable economy, this however is not so good around town, mainly due to the automatic holding on to gears for longer than you would in a manual. Long distances are pleasant with extremely comfortable seats and an excellent 10 CD sound system. Full of toys and electric gadgets and more bulbs than Blackpool illuminations.
Insurance is relatively cheap for the size of car, I am 20 and with two years no claims bonus I pay £580 fully comp.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th June, 2000