1998 Vauxhall Vectra Reviews - Page 7 of 15

1998 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Not a bad car, but being Vauxhall lets it down

Faults:

Oil leak from cooler, 50p seal, 250 pound repair.

Speakers blown

Clock display top line missing.

Rust, rust and more rust. Poor paint finish.

Spot welds on rear a frames split (design fault vauxhall repair)

General Comments:

Car is too long through gears, who needs 107 in 3rd gear, if you manage top speed, it will be on an airstrip... a long one.

What a hassle to get an aftermarket exhaust to fit. Jetex do one now.

Cannot yet find a detachable towbar to fit due to being Gsi.

Will not be back to Vauxhall for a car.

Vauxhall ask for 200pounds for brake pads, can be bought cheaper else where.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2003

29th Dec 2003, 08:11

Bloody hell £200 for GSi brake pads?

I can get them in Luton for £29 trade price at Central Auto's nr where I work!

1998 Vauxhall Vectra GLS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

Do not buy this unreliable car

Faults:

The car stalls regularly. This happened twice within one year. The first time it cost £50. The second time the dealer said it will cost over £370 but would not guarantee that the problem will be solved.

General Comments:

It is very difficult to park the car as the mirror is not very useful for parking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2003

1998 Vauxhall Vectra LS 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Built by a Ford Spy

Faults:

Both Camshaft & Crankshaft Sensors need to be replaced twice.

Petrol Leak.

Exhaust Manifold Gas kit and many more things.

General Comments:

My first car was a Vauxhall Cavalier and I've owned another three since, I loved them, they were full of character. Then I made a BIG mistake and bought a Vectra, the car has been nothing but trouble, Its unreliable, uncomfortable and very, very thirsty.

I would have taken on Jeremy Clarkson any time to defend Vauxhall, but after owning a Vectra I'm on his side. The car is a Shed and not even worth talking about.

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

Review Date: 5th February, 2003

16th Feb 2003, 19:56

Totally disagree with this comment! I Have a Vectra and i'am very satisfied with the car, probably it's one of the best cars Vauxhall ever made.

1st Mar 2003, 21:09

"Built by a Ford Spy". Nice joke!

23rd Aug 2008, 10:58

Very unreliable, expensive to repair main dealers pathetic not nice to drive electronics rubbish would never buy another one. dangerous in wet keep rear tyres in top condition cos you will need it, wish i"d listened to Jeremy Clarkson lost a lot of money time and confidence with that car.

1998 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.0 140 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 140 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Value for money reliable motor

Faults:

Back box (Irmisher) failed after 4 years. Not too bad, but would cost £346 to replace with similar part.

Corrosion around rear door strike plates.

General Comments:

Very reliable car. Servicing costs reasonable, and if the right dealer is used, a pleasure to deal with, if the wrong one is used then it becomes an expensive chore.

Not that fast, but certainly above average. Takes roundabouts and corners with confidence. Very easy to drive, but not a fantastic motorway mile chomper. The ride is quite noisy. Very stable in high winds and passing tucks.

The standard cassette deck/radio is nowhere near as good as the later model Cavaliers. An upgrade revealed it is the speakers that are the weak link.

Economy wise, on a normal work commute 32-34 mpg is average. If driven hard, 28-30 mg is about right.

Seats are comfy and supportive.

The hatchback is very practical for trips to the tip and DIY centre. Loads of just 3m can be carried and the boot still closed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2003

4th Feb 2003, 02:55

Corrosion around the rear door striker plates is a known problem, and Vauxhall customer service paid for mine to be treated on four occasions. Final fix involved completely stripping back the panels and re-fixing the striker plates - they tend to wobble and eventually rub the surrounding metal, allowing it to rust.

1998 Vauxhall Vectra ENVOY 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Be prepared to spend money at your nearest vauxhall dealer!

Faults:

My steering rack had to be replaced at 28,000.

Was not covered by my warranty as Vauxhall said it was worn and not broken???

Looking into this problem. How can it be worn after two careful owners, low mileage and full service history.

The car has been looked after.

General Comments:

The car is a comfortable family estate.

Very good for motorway driving.

Good, reliable car when nothing wrong with it.

Taking it for an MOT is a nightmare, even when looked after there are always faults.

My F reg fiesta used to pass more often!

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

Review Date: 2nd January, 2003

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 62 reviews