2005 Vauxhall Vectra Life 1.8 litre from UK and Ireland


A good car


About 3 months ago my Vectra was recalled for the hand brake going, as were a lot of others, but just last week the release button went on the hand brake, leaving me with no way of putting it on and it staying on. It still worked, but you had to hold it on in person.

After taking it to the dealer for investigation, they told me it was nothing to do with the recall, and would cost me £212 for a new hand brake.

On picking it up, they then told me that they would pay half the bill, so it only cost me £106 pounds. But to me this is an admission it was a fault, and I am going to pursue it further.

If anyone else has had this problem, it would be good to know about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2008

2005 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 1.9 CDTI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Nice, but have no faith now


I've had the car barely 2 months (55 plate Vectra 1.9 CDTi SRi), when one night I parked outside a friends house on a street which has a incline and applied the handbrake as normal. Witnesses saw me get out, and 10 minutes later I heard a loud bang and a car alarm. To my horror, my car had suddenly rolled down the hill and hit another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2008

2005 Vauxhall Vectra Elite 1.9 CDTI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Very good, comfortable and refined car, let down by poor quality parts


Battery gone dead immediately after purchase, but it was replaced under warranty.

6 CD Changer was not working so it was replaced under warranty. It took dealer to 3 months to get the new CD-Changer from the factory (is someone walking from China with one CD-Changer??).

Dual zone climate control was not working as expected, so it was shown to the dealer and they did a reset of computer. After that it was acceptable, but still not as good as my old Avensis.

Handbrake recall done under warranty.

Now most recently one day, the alternator light on dash came on while driving, so got it booked with the dealer, and while driving there it broke down. Called AA recovery. Alternator was completely dead. This time it was out of warranty and the total bill came as £600 (parts + labour).

Rear brake 70% worn out by just driving 7k miles.. strange.

General Comments:

This is my first diesel car and the car is very good to drive, with all the high specification toys.

As being the top end Elite model it gets all leather seats, under seat heating, cruise, dual zone climate control, 6 CD-Changer, reverse parking sensor etc.

The cabin quality is quite good. It's all black soft leather. But I think it could have been more interesting.

The car is quite spacious from inside; guess it's because of the all electric things.

Strange electronic indicators takes lots of getting used to, but still sometimes I make mistakes.

The pick-up is very good and it is an excellent motorway cruiser. The car is quiet and wind and road noise minimum. Certainly it is lot better than my old Avensis where you can hear lots of tyre/road and wind noise.

On uneven roads surface the suspension is quite good, and I don't feel much coming in, which is at par with Avensis. Just don't try SRI models where you will feel your back broken out.

Fuel consumption is very impressive. On motorway run I get 55-57mpg using cruise control. Around town it easily gives 35mpg.

So overall this is a nice car with very high spec, good fuel consumption, comfortable ride, refined and nice quality feel inside.

It's only let down by the low quality components used by the Vauxhall/GM, or may be all these new cars which got too much electronics have got similar set problems? Don't know.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2008