2001 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 2.6 V6 from UK and Ireland
Great alternative to the Scooby or old school BMW M3
Broken coil spring on the front right wheel. This was after a session on the track but the car behaved well and let me cruise to a stop. New coil springs for both front wheels cost me £140 including fitting.
Absolutely great car. The 2001 GSi was a limited run of 500 cars and Vauxhall finally got it right! If you can find one of these extremely rare cars and you're a Vectra fan... grab it!
Very quick but equally, very thirsty. Don't bother unless you have deep pockets for petrol! I average about 28MPG when driving "sensibly" and about 21MPG when going nuts...
The GSi will eat most BMW's for breakfast and spit out a Porsche Boxster or two. It will comfortably keep up with a Scooby. As for boy racers in their little Saxos' and Astras', you'll be showing them the error of their ways in no uncertain terms.
Reliability wise, I've had no issues with the car. Very solid and well built. Gear change is crisp and steering is immaculate. However, the steering is Power Assist, not full Power Steering and those huge tires can be difficult to steer in tight spots!
Check service history before buying! Pay particular attention to timing belt, if it wasn't done at 40k miles, steer well clear!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th April, 2008