1999 Vauxhall Vectra Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1999 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Well spec'd car, but too many faults

Faults:

Rear suspension squeaks when going over speed bumps.

Front sway bar link rods needed replacing.

Welds broke on catalytic converter heat shield, causing it to rattle.

General Comments:

I really like the way this car looks in the SRI spec, which I have. The interior is very nicely laid out and made with good quality materials. The seats are very firm, but also supportive and comfortable on long rides.

The steering is a bit too heavy for my liking, and only has tilt and no telescopic function, which makes it difficult to get a comfortable driving position.

The gear shift on this car is bad, it's awkward to use, too heavy and too far away from the driver.

This car has a great stock sound system, the A/C blows ice cold and mine also has an electric sunroof, which is nice. The trip computer is also a good feature.

The 2.5 V6 is a good engine. It squeaks a bit when cold and has a few flat spots in the rev range, however it is very smooth, revs easily to the redline, and will also pull from low down. It is also not too bad on fuel, it can achieve over 35mpg on the motorway at 70mph.

I have metallic paint on mine, and it is in good shape and still has a good shine to it. The car does have a few rust spots on the front doors, on the corner of the rear arches where they meet the bumper, and one on the roof by the windscreen. I don't think this is acceptable for a car that is only 10 years old.

This car handles very well. I have Yokohama tires on it, there is lots of grip with minimal understeer and body roll, even when pushed hard. However the suspension is too stiff and doesn't feel solid when going over any ground that isn't smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2009

1999 Vauxhall Vectra LS 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carVauxhall Tigra

Summary:

Very stylish

Faults:

Mine makes a lot of noise when pulling out on the road.

General Comments:

Great family car, and reliable apart from the problem mention above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2009

1999 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 2.0 litre petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance76400 miles
Previous carCitroen Xsara

Summary:

Poor build quality, ideal boy racers car

Faults:

Please help, I have recently bought a Vectra 2.0 SRi V reg. I have had the car for 3 weeks now, but fuel consumption is terrible, I am only getting around 22.5mpg.

Have done a service on it and changed the plugs, but not changed the fuel filter as yet. Any ideas?

Another problem is the car just dies on me when revs are low, been told it's the breather pipes, but not too sure.

At around 45mph I get a whining noise coming from the back, sounds like a wheel bearing, but it's not. I checked the bearings and they're OK. Could it be the tread off the tyres, because there is plenty of it?

General Comments:

The car is awesome to drive, I'm well impressed.

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

Review Date: 18th March, 2009

25th Mar 2009, 07:54

If you're driving it around town you can expect about 23mpg. Other than that, and assuming you're not flooring it everywhere, expect around 30mpg. Changing the fuel filter and putting a fuel system cleaner in it will probably free up some mpg's, but not many.

29th Mar 2009, 13:05

I have a 1999 2.5 SRi Vectra and mine too averages 23mpg around town and 29mpg otherwise, just try not to floor it bud.

31st Mar 2009, 15:41

I owned a Vectra B 2.0 Sri for 6 years and encountered a similar problem with the car 'dying', especially with the A/C on, on hot days - eventually got round the problem by every 10,000 or so miles removing the large throttle housing hose, and cleaning out the throttle housing with fuel system cleaner. Be sure to start the car and rev the engine regularly if doing this though, to avoid flooding the engine.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 36 reviews