1996 Vauxhall Vectra LS 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Motorway muncher - NOT a cheap runabout!



Cam belt changed at 40k. Parts somewhat expensive, as you have to replace the whole assembly & not just the belt.

General Comments:

Handling is somewhat unimpressive, but not incredibly so.

An absolute joy to drive on motorways - cruising is brilliant, though you will have to watch your tracking quite carefully.

Fuel economy less than brilliant. 30 mpg, on estimation - an optimistic estimation!

Very comfortable inside, and the inbuilt speakers are pretty good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2005

1996 Vauxhall Vectra CDX 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Very nice car, but with niggly faults


Idle Air Control Valve, kept clogging up causing idle problems.

Camshaft cover gasket leaked causing oil to run onto exhaust manifold.

Near side Wheel Bearing.


Handbrake Cable snapped.

Water pump broke up.

General Comments:

A very nice car, very comfortable and smooth, nice to drive with plenty of equipment. A good sized car felt safe and sturdy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2004

1996 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


Fast and effective (at times)


The central locking motors failed on three of the doors, locking them shut, which cost £260.

The knuckle joint in the steering system needed replacing; cost of £155.

The rocker cover gasket was replaced as a condition of sale, and is leaking again.

The rear bushes are banging, and need replacing at a cost of £50 per corner.

The main display screen has pixels missing all over.

The dashboard creaks and moans over bumps, and the driver's seat has loud squeak from the lumbar support.

General Comments:

I spent a good couple of months hunting down a decent vectra as I was all to aware of the abundance of problems associated with the car, until I came across a 1996 SRI with 68000 miles and a fully stamped up service book.

It is a practical family car with loads of room in the boot, loads of room in the back, and lots of storage paces, while also appearing sporty.

The trouble with the car is that is not sporty. It handles very poorly with lots of body roll and no feel to slow steering. The brakes are effective though, and the traction control system helps standing starts. My other car (Corsa Sport 1.4) would beat it on any country road, or any corner/roundabout/vague change in direction! It does cruise on the motorway very well though, with minimal wind noise.

I choose the 2.0 over the larger V6 engine for insurance reasons, but I am impressed with the engine. It lacks torque at low revs, which calls for lots of down changes, but does fly when revved hard. In a straight line the car does feel fast, and will hit 60mph in second and 90mph in third gear. It is quite thirsty though, and I don't believe what the trip computer tells me about the fuel consumption!

I recently went down to Cornwall with a roof box, and even fully loaded, it managed a 100mph cruise with ease. I covered over 1200 miles without problem.

The problems on Vectra have been expensive to fix so far, but a lot of the smaller ones I have sorted myself. If you are capable of using a screw driver and some WD40, then research the problem and the solution, and have a go at fixing it yourself. I have found the car easy to work on, and some of the 'more expensive' problems are an easy DIY fixes. E.G. instead of paying Vauxhall to plug your Vectra into their computer to find a fault, simply remove the plastic trim near the handbrake and place a paper clip over two of the terminals and count the number of flashes. This will indicate what problem is.

The Internet forums and Vectra websites (www.vvoc.com) are fantastic sources of information for the Vectra.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2004

30th Apr 2006, 03:55

Hi... please can you give me some DIY tips for these problems?

Just recently replaced the engine for my Vectra SRi 1996 manual gear, and now the ABS light stays permanently on, the air flow meter causes high revs, even when car is in neutral (in parked position), and the radio, speedometer, and temperature gauge are not working. The car is consuming a lot of fuel too.