2001 Vauxhall Vectra Reviews - Page 3 of 5

2001 Vauxhall Vectra LS 2.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A good family car with great motorway ability

Faults:

Crankshaft oil seal leak.

Drivers door lock sticking when using remote fob.

General Comments:

Very smooth, quiet and reasonably powerful.

Economy better than expected at 31-41 mpg.

No reliability issues and overall very good value for money.

Paintwork is very thin though and needs constant attention to stone chips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2005

2001 Vauxhall Vectra SXi 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance41500 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Insurance friendly yet sporty

Faults:

Faulty Power Steering Pump

Fault with the Engine Management

Leaking Back Window.

All the above faults have been repaired through the Network Q warranty.

General Comments:

Absolutely fantastic saw the car on the forecourt and knew I had to have it. All the looks and kit of the SRi, including the supremely comfortable sports seats, but none of the high running costs.

Performance is more than I expected from a 1.8 hits three figures very quickly. Fitted lowered suspension to reduce body roll and what a difference.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2005

2001 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 190 2.6 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

An absolute pleasure to drive

Faults:

The Air Conditioning system was in- operative at purchase.

The two front tyres were bald!

General Comments:

The car is an absolute dream to drive on motorways, so quiet, and when you ask for more speed, it delivers without a problem.

The car is so responsive and smooth from a standing start.

Both the exterior and the half black leather interior ooze quality.

The interior is far nicer and more appealing than in the latest Vectra 'C' models.

Every single detail on the car I love, from the smart 'box' chrome exhaust and the sporty 16" alloys, to the endless amounts of torque in the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2004

9th Oct 2005, 15:59

The vauxhall vectra 2.6 V6 is not classed as 190!

17th Oct 2005, 09:04

Yeah, it doesn't really matter about this owner referring to his car as '190'. It's actually 178, but 184 lb/ft is a lovely dollop of torque at a decently low rev range.

A lot of car manufacturers admittedly 'loosely' depict the variation of the model e.g. Vectra 2.2 DTi SRi is referred to as being '130', but it's really 125bhp in SRi form.

So, leave the happy & lucky guy off, with some indulgent artistic licence! Pedantry isn't that endearing!

2001 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 2.6 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.6 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

High performance to surprise the competition

Faults:

Nothing so far (touching wood)

General Comments:

This is definitely a wolf in sheep's clothing. My last Vectra was a 2.4 SRi which had poor acceleration in low engine speed, Vauxhall/MSD have sorted that out, its hard not to drive fast in this beast. The Recaro seats take some getting used to, but theyre electric, and can extend to support longer legs. It's a gas guzzler, but it doesn't wait around, be prepared to suprise Subaru drivers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2003

13th Dec 2003, 15:12

2.4 Vectra SRi? You mean 2.5 right?

Anyway, I liked very much your review and I agree with you. The Vectra GSi is a true wolf in sheep's clothing.

Mine is a 2002 GSi Estate 2.6 V6 24V. I would like to know, which one do you have? The hatch, saloon, estate?

Thank You!

3rd Jan 2004, 13:10

I agree, I have a 2.6 SRi 180, and it's a stonker, even as standard. However I have since modded it; Courtney lightened flywheel, Viper induction, increased fuel pressure, Powerflow dual exit exhaust, reckon it might be about 220bhp now, and it eats Scooby's and M3's for dinner.

Had some problems though. It drinks a fair bit of oil. Vauxhall say that up to a litre every thousand is normal, anyone know for definite? Front drop link bushes had to be replaced at 20 thousand, new intercooler, and that's it so far... going soon to be replaced by a Zafira GSi Turbo.

28th Jan 2004, 07:40

The standard 2.5 V6 in the Vectra SRi and CDX has 170bhp. The 2.5 V6 engine in the GSi was modified by MSD to give 195bhp. MSD made changes to the engine management system on the GSi and gave it different cams, that's why it's more powerful.

15th May 2009, 17:11

Well I think the 2.6 V6 GSi is a OK car, but as for keeping up with Scoobys, who are you joking. If you give an opinion, make it a right one. Maybe non-turbo Subaru Sports, but if you put any of the Vectra models up against a proper Scooby i.e a STi3, a Vectra wouldn't stand a chance. 0-60 GSi 7.7, 0-60 Scooby under 5; come on lads, get your facts right.

17th Jul 2013, 14:26

I completely agree, having owned a 1998 standard Impreza Turbo estate, and now having a 2.6 manual Vectra, it's clear the Subaru would completely toast it. The Vectra is not much better on fuel, but there is something good about it.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 19 reviews