2004 Vauxhall Signum Design 2.2 petrol from UK and Ireland
Smart looking and good second hand buy
Radiator mounts 4,000 miles
Rear shockers 12,000
Alarm System 13,000.
I got a signum 2.2 petrol Design 6 months old with delivery miles in 2004. In general I am very pleased with the car. The seats are very comfortable, but the dash is dull and straight out of the Vectra. As with some of the other comments I soon had this loud rattle from the front of the car, which was traced to the radiator mounts.
Even with the sports suspension I find the car is more of a cruiser than sporty with regards handling. It certainly is not a patch on the Primera GT I had before this.
As with other comments the servicing interval on the display popped up after 10,000 miles not the 2 years or 20,000 I expected. It is just over a year since the service (just 14,000 on the clock) the local Vauxhall dealer phoned to say that the car required servicing.
At 12,000 I had to have both rear shockers replaced as they were both leaking. This is not covered under warranty if the car has done more than 3,000 miles (so the dealer said).
Just before Christmas I had to get the alarm system repaired as the display was saying "check safeguard". This was repaired under warranty and traced to a faulty switch inside the car. However, I have now just noticed one of the air conditioning buttons no longer works.
Another thing I have noticed is that the car is totally useless in the snow even when there is virtually no slope. I could not get out the street which is probably about a 2 degree slope. I could not try switching of the traction control as there no way to do this as there is in the Vectra GSi.
The signum is in my opinion a smart looking vehicle and unusual, as there are not many about. I just wish Vauxhall had done something with the front end.
It is roomy and although not as big as the vectra estate in the back, it will be big enough for most folks.
In retrospect I would probably go for the 150bhp CDTi, if I were to get another signum in the future. For all its faults and I would never get one new, but it is car that should be considered as a good second hand low mileage buy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th January, 2007