1998 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Still brilliant today
Crank shaft sensor at roughly 120k.
Big leak in the boot.
Rust on the rear arches and sills.
Rust on the bottom of the doors.
Always wanted one, love the look.
The pre-facelift Vectra B looks best, from a rough and ready LS, to a SRI V6 that I own. I like to think it's a car you can rag about, rushing to and from work, then throw a bucket of water over it on a weekend, and it looks brand new.
Engine is OK, got to deal with the annoying flat spots every now and then on the motorway, which ain't much fun when your foot down, trying to overtake; it puts me off booting the thing.
Sounds mean, but it's thirsty; I average 26mpg combined, get up to 30 on the motorway, but you don't buy a V6 for economical motoring ha ha.
The driving experience is average, gearbox is a bit ropey, steering a bit sloppy, cracks and rattles from the dashboard.
Inside the car is good. Seats are great, keeps me snug though comfortable, with plenty of adjustment. On-board computer is cool with lots of useful information. The buttons and controls are easy to work.
Cup holders are cool, but don't use the one in arm-rest or you'll have a nice mess. Glovebox picnic tray is useless; never understood that, and the ashtray likes to spring out at me, usually when it's full!
Front electric windows do take some time getting used to, as they're not in the usual place; instead they're on the floor.
The 90s was the decade for great cars. Today's cars make up for it in reliability and economy, but they lack the style and character.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st February, 2012