2004 Vauxhall Signum Design from UK and Ireland - Comments

17th Sep 2007, 07:03

I've had all the above problems + more, failed Handbrake (crashed into wall). Fog lights (condensation). Battery lights, engine management problems. 1 month out of warranty and more serious things start to happen. New Ignition Coil.

I advise no one to buy a Signum.

Vauxhall also reckon its normal to use a litre of oil every 1000 miles. They don't tell you this when buying.

Vauxhall are a corrupt company that cover themselves at every turn and the Signum is a can of worms.

Does anyone want to try and recover costs for failed handbrake damage? please contact me si1003@btinternet.com.

7th Oct 2007, 14:14

05 Vauxhall Signum 2.0Dti - infrequent problem is now becoming more regular so much so that last week after driving about 75 miles the engine "died" five times, each time resulting in me having to free wheel onto hard shoulder of motorway, switch ignition off, restart after 30 seconds and drive away. 5th time was its last chance so I called recovery service and was towed home.

The engine management light comes on - seems to be when engine has warmed up and coasting, ie not accelerating. Engine quickly fades and stalls. Can anyone help?

Am I covered under 3 year warranty despite non Vauxhall servicing? Car has done 24k miles.

30th Oct 2007, 11:07

I am looking at purchasing an 04plate 2.2 signum elegance. Is it economical as far as petrol is concerned and is it the right car to be your first car? Advises please as I will be doing the deal by next week.

31st Oct 2007, 17:58

Nice sized family car and comfortable for long distances. It's a big car for your first car and all round vision isn't great, particularly over your shoulder. Good car for tall/big people!!

Make sure you give it a decent test drive, going thru the gears, braking, etc. Check handbrake on steep hill - Vauxhall have just issued a warning to leave in gear when parked.

Mine's a diesel and fuel economy is reasonable.

Overall I'm pleased.

7th Nov 2007, 00:13

Just recently test drived a used Vauxhaul Signum 2.0 Petrol. The car seemed to have it all especially because it was a 'full house' with features such as Heated leather seats, climate control to name, but a few. The engine looked good from a 'naked eye' point of view. My question is how reliable is it especially if it costs £5800. Appearance, comfort and size was just what I was looking for. I have heard about hand brakes with the 2.2.What other major problems to look out for? The truth is, I m keen on purchasing.

31st Dec 2007, 07:49

I have 2.2 design 04 plate Signum, 37000 miles. The nearside front coil spring has failed. Heard a loud bang and then as the car was going along could hear a rattle when going over small bumps. I found that the lower end of the coil spring had snapped off, about four inches long. Now in for repair. I have never had a coil spring break in 45 years of motoring. Has any one else had the same problem?

9th Jan 2008, 14:08

I recently purchased a 04 2.0 Turbo Signum with only 54k, am appalled at what I am reading on this site and will shortly be putting the car in gear, just to be on the safe side!!!

The sad thing is, I was looking for any complaints concerning Signum suspension faults. mine sounds embarrassing when going over speed bumps, terrible sounds are coming from all four corners, took it to the garage, paid a fortune for various bits (on one corner), anyone else have the same problem?

..promised myself over 10 years ago that I would never buy another Vauxhall or Ford, liked the look so much I thought that it would be worth giving the company a 2nd chance... maybe MG-Rover were the WRONG company to go bust

20th Jan 2008, 11:23

I bought a Vauxhall Signum 2.2 16v Design '04 plate' in April 2006. Initial impression a good car, plenty of room for family and comfortable to drive. At around 42,000 miles the faults started: fog light condensation n/s 'this has been replaced twice now. Cruise control working when it wants to, ' new stalk fitted problem solved'. Car developed knocking sounds at the front,’ revised radiator mounts fitted'. When hitting a speed bump the suspension creaks, getting annoying now. When travelling home with family the engine management light came on and then the car died, engine restarted, but could only achieve 25mph and misfiring badly. Dealership tried plugs 'not cured' coil pack 'not cured’ then at the third visit the fuel pump was faulty not delivering the correct pressure of fuel 'replaced car now working.' However, I do think that the fuel consumption has dropped a little. A water leak has been found behind the drivers seat, 'still being investigated' possible door seals? The in-car information screen keeps displaying o/s/r brake light out (it is not); however I have fitted a full set of bulbs to that side and the light is still coming on.

I like Vauxhall and the Signum is neat, stylish car. Buying a newer car, the parts should last longer. The fun goes on!

22nd Jan 2008, 13:24

Searching for help! My signum needs a new engine so vauxhall tell me,it's an 04 plate and has done only 32k.The car is currently at the dealers garage dept and I don't know what to do. Anyone help???

27th Jan 2008, 16:52

Get your doe back and get a new car mate.

15th Mar 2008, 01:26

I've had my 04 2.0 Elegance DTI for almost 3 years now. I love the look and drive of the car, but it's been off the road more than on it.

Had all the problems above: not starting when parked on slight incline, engine cutting out on motorway, engine management light more on than off, 4 months waiting for Vauxhall parts after an accident... and the latest; the handbrake failed last night in a busy car park whilst I was in the cinema. Apart from the fright of discovering my car wasn't where I left it, two poor people now have bashed cars and my Signum is badly damaged.

Has anyone tried to recover costs from Vauxhall?

I'm taking the advice of whomever is sending all these signs and getting rid! If anyone will take it!

8th May 2008, 07:23

Hi there has anyone had any problems with suspension. I have a 04 plate 2.2 Dti elegance and I love my car,it has done 40,000 miles on the clock and my shocks are leaking oil this is the second set already.Vauxhall are not going to do anything about it.Has any one had the same problem I have had lots of cars and never had to renew shocks thanks.

29th May 2008, 17:02

Our Signum CDTI 3.0 litre now needs new shocks at 45 thousand miles. Have known others need them at 20 thousand. However, if you look at the comments on other sites from vectra owners they seem to have similar at low mileage.

Let us know what shocks you replace them with as there seem to be very few on the market.

15th Jun 2008, 10:30

New to site, 04 Signum 2.2 DTI Design with leather and colournav 46000miles. I have loved this car for the last 3 3/4 years but it failed its MOT this week. Both front springs snapped 4 inches off the ends and both rear shockers expired. Had to buy vauxhall shockers as apparently there were 21 changes to shocker specs in 04 alone and it took the dealer with all codes 45 minutes to order. Total cost through Vx including fitting was going to be £650. Vauxhall claim they have never heard of this before!! In the last week I have heard of 15 cases of people I work with having this issue with 04+ Vectras and Signums. Anyone contacted Watchdog? as I am telling the car mags.