2006 Vauxhall Signum Elite 2.8 V6 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland
Thirsty! But, fast!! (not as fast as an Octavia vRS though!)
Brake light bulb needed replacing.
What a cheap luxo barge this thing was.
I bought it as a 3rd owner for £3,800, full service history.
It was pretty mint inside and outside, and just needed 2 new front tyres!
Now, if you listen to Jeremy Clarkson, then my Signum was sh**e, because it's basically a Vectra Estate with a different back end!!
But, it wasn't, at all. Yes, it didn't offer the last word in steering feel, but it went extremely well, with loads of torque right from the word go from its lovely 2.8 V6 Turbo, and a responsive 6-speed auto box.
They say it could do 150, which I didn't want to try and test, I did race my wife's Skoda Octavis vRS, which was the latest shape fitted with the DSG auto box, and I lost, but that was a properly quick car!
What my Signum offered most of all was very comfortable, refined, fast motoring, it was very much a lazy mans car, what with its auto lights, auto wipers, auto box, built-in satnav, heated electric seats. Mine even had the xenon active lights that turn as you corner!!
All for peanuts to buy because of one slightly inconvenient thing, and, erm, the reason I got rid of it... a VERY uneconomical engine that puts out way, way too much CO2, resulting in something stupid like £450 a year road tax and 22-23 MPG on average.
So, although I regret it, I got rid of it and bought a brand new Hyundai i10 1.2, which does 40 MPG and costs £30 a year to tax! Then I bought a 99 Audi A4 2.8 V6 Quattro for £900 to satisfy my quest for thirsty, fast cars, so I've got a cheap, actually quite fun to drive noddy car for every day, and something fast for other days!!
Sometimes wish I still had my luxo turbo barge though!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th February, 2013