1997 Vauxhall Vectra Reviews - Page 13 of 13

1997 Vauxhall Vectra Arctic 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Engine management system light - turned out the vacuum (?) hose was loose - fixed at dealers, 5 mins, no charge.

General Comments:

Would come back again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

1997 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Steering play (after 3,000 miles).

Gearbox oil leak (corrected by tightening bolts).

Paintwork prone to rust on stone chips.

Noisy suspension.

Windscreen washer packed up.

General Comments:

Engine is willing but isn't smooth.

Could do with a 6th gear.

Lower gears too high.

Jittery ride in back.

Good fuel economy (>30mpg average).

Crap dealers.

High service charges.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

1997 Vauxhall Vectra LS 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

Engine mounts vibrated.

Radio replaced due to poor reception.

Light on odometer went, labour cost high, wished I hadn't bothered.

General Comments:

Poor handling, comfort for such a modern car.

But....we have 1st class vauxhall service agent, so thinking of Omega to give more comfort to old bones<g>

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1997 Vauxhall Vectra LX 1.8 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far in 3 months.

General Comments:

Top Gear did not rate this car at all. I had to hire a car and this was what I ended up with. It is a real pleasure. I am not sure if that is because of low expectations. The seats are comfortable, the aircon is std, fuel consumption is okay.

The road noise can be a little intrusive if the road surface is rough.

Other than that a good car for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1997 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10

Faults:

Wiper arm changed due to 'clunking'.

Alternator failed and burnt out wiring harness when it went.

Clutch replaced at 12,000 miles.

Mud flaps fitted incorrectly by dealer - rubbed on tyres.

Persistent rattle from rear hatch, (tightening the lock helps but doesn't cure.)

Persistent rattles from interior, driver door, passenger door, facia and passenger seat.

Left hand door speaker distorts sound or rattles when played moderately loudly.

Steering/final drive transmission prone to 'clunking' when pulling away and simultaneously turning round a corner.

General Comments:

The drivers seat is uncomfortable - almost impossible to get the driving position 'right'. I have installed a right upper leg support 'pad' - I'm 6 ft tall slim/average build.

Previously owned Vauxhalls - over the last 15 years - have been sound as a bell with no mechanical faults. This is the first GB built I've had. What a let down! It just hasn't been screwed together properly! Even the smooth engine is hampered by highish ratios, it can get to 70mph in second gear! Perhaps they were chosen for economy, or with more power in mind?? It could have been really sporty - perhaps with a six speed box?

At its best between 70 and 120 on long straight roads, not quite right for the UK!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th February, 1998

1997 Vauxhall Vectra Arctic 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Driver's side air vent control u/s but replaced without fuss. Also a slight knock on the steering when coming out of lock.... Told the garage who were aware of the problem and fitted shims.... Can't understand why they weren't fitted in the first place but the car is fine now.

General Comments:

A lovely car. Much more solid feel to it than my old Cavalier and better performance too for the same engine size.

The air conditioning is wonderful.......

A very satisfied customer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 1997

1997 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

CD Autochanger failed after six months (warranty).

Persistent rattle from rear of cabin.

General Comments:

Engine smoother than Heineken Export - but with surprisingly good economy - seems a shame to drive it hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 1997

1997 Vauxhall Vectra GLS 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

The front speakers rattle if CD is played above moderate volume. Some jerk in a BMW went up the back of me!

General Comments:

Excellent fast cruise car with good economy. Mine hasn't got air con which it could do with as it gets hot in summer!

Seats nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 1997

1997 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

None so far apart from a small fault with the Air Con which was put right under warranty.

General Comments:

Superb performance and an ideal tow car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 58 reviews