2000 Vauxhall Vectra Reviews

2000 Vauxhall Vectra LS 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired109070 miles
Most recent distance112145 miles
Previous carProton Iswara

Summary:

Amazing and underrated!

Faults:

New exhaust (center and back sections).

4 new tyres.

General Comments:

Absolutely amazing car from when we bought it.

Repaired interior (repainted) to get rid of scuffs left by previous owners, but still great with full black interior, and neat black and grey seats.

Has beaten a few cars effortlessly at the traffic lights, including Audi's.

More legroom in the rear than a new Mercedes E class estate. Good for tall adults.

Reliable, just needs an oil change.

Far better than previous cars, especially my Ford Orion.

A complete workhorse, pulling a family of 3 every day since we bought it.

Easy to work on, everything is accessible.

Compared to the Proton, it was like sitting in a car from another century!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2012

2000 Vauxhall Vectra GLS 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Excellent value for money

Faults:

Manifold gasket blew at 80,000 miles. Whilst replacing it, I snapped 3 studs in the manifold, which was a pain. Was quoted £450 to have it repaired, but ended up buying the tools and doing it myself for under £30 including parts.

Front electric windows are slow to go down.

Slight power steering fluid leak from the bottom hose of the power steering pump. Will get round to fixing it soon.

General Comments:

I love Vectras. In fact I have now owned 5 of them over the years.

My wife and I currently have one each.

Mine being a rather nice low mileage 1998 SRi 2.0

They are easy to drive, Excellent on long journeys.

Automatics are more thirsty on petrol than the manuals.

Easy to work on for the DIY mechanic.

Avoid the 2.2 engines like the plague; they are prone to oil pump failure without warning, and will destroy your engine.

All my Vectras have been reliable, as I keep them serviced. Cam-belt replacement is a must with these cars, along with the water pump, as the bearings are prone to collapse, and that will make the cambelt jump and bend the valves in the engine.

They are better built, age better, and are more reliable than a Ford Mondeo.

Parts are cheap if bought from a Motor Factors and fitted yourself.

What more can I say? Oh yes, I have never paid more than £450 for one, including my mint SRi with only 60,000 miles on the clock and a full service history, which I bought from a well known Internet auction site.

There are bargains out there to be had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2011

13th Nov 2012, 03:54

My Vectra is overheating. It has had a new belt put on, but a mechanic has told me it will need new pump and belt before he even looked at it! Any advice?

2000 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 140 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

I would recommend this car to anyone

General Comments:

I changed from a 328i coupe BMW to my stunning Vectra 2.0 SRi 140. I prefer the Vectra by far.

Enough room to put your family in, enough uumph to take out most annoying boy racers, and I stuck her into a roundabout the day I bought it at just over 60, and she ate it up and still asked for more.

Fantastic car; great value and cheap parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2011

2000 Vauxhall Vectra GSI 2.5 24v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 24v Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles

Summary:

Thirsty money pit

Faults:

Cambelt tensioners died, causing engine rebuild.

Battery died.

ABS rings cracked.

Rose bushes on the way out.

Water pipe split in a hard to reach place.

Thermostat leaked.

Windows getting stuck.

General Comments:

A nice car with the GSI kit, Recaro's, and toys, but expensive to run. I could almost live with the thirsty V6 if it was reliable and had the performance to match, but the extra repairs killed any passion I had for the car.

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

Review Date: 19th May, 2010

14th Mar 2013, 16:21

You bought a notoriously unreliable 10-year old car (at the time). What were you expecting? These cars were problematic when new, and now they are clunkers.

2000 Vauxhall Vectra LX 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Great value for money, if not outstanding to live with

Faults:

Rear suspension spring lower mount failed.

Both front suspension springs broken.

Dashboard creaks.

Steering squeaks.

Drivers seat squeaks.

General Comments:

This is the third Vauxhall I have had in a row, and despite the above faults, it has not put me off having another. Until the rear suspension collapsed, which made such a loud bang and jolt, I though someone had hit the rear quarter panel! I didn't know the front springs had gone too.

Apart from changing the cam belt at a dealers, the car is easy to home service and great value for money.

Roomy, quiet, comfortable for all day journeys and not the sort of thing that is likely to get "keyed" if you leave it for five minutes in town.

I fully expect this car will go beyond the 200k miles point with ease, as have both previous Vauxhall's I have owned, a 1.6 Vectra and a 2.0 Cavalier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2010

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 37 reviews