2005 Vauxhall Vectra SRi 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Last Vauxhall I will own; shame as really nice looking car!


I manage an estate agency, so my car is in constant use. I purchased this car four months ago (with 12k miles on it) and have had constant problems with the handbrake disengaging (luckily this seems to alway happen whilst the handbrake is being applied); however my car is never off the road long enough to have this sorted out. I find it very disconcerting to hear many other owners have not been so fortunate. This has prompted me to ring Vauxhall and have the car booked in for early next week.

The other problem happened at Thursday just gone lunchtime. I have noticed a little play in the gear knob, and it has come away in my hand and shot across the car. It won't stay on for very long; quite annoying apart from the fact I never intended to buy a manual anyway (can't stand changing gears)

On the upside the car does run well, and seems effortless to drive. This is definitely the last manual for me though; back to a stick shift!

Can anyone else let me know if they have had the same problem with the gear stick falling off?

Email Nroberts@fastmail.fm

Regards and thanks for reading this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2007

3rd Nov 2009, 11:48

Like all modern 'high-performance' diesels, I see it almost everyday.

What you save in fuel and tax over a more powerful petrol, you more than make up for in parts and breakdowns!.

A modern diesel might still be quite quick and economical, and under the idiot governments tax scheme cheaper than the equivalent petrol model, but the petrols are almost superior nowadays reliability-wise, not because petrols are getting better especially, its because of how much more over complicated and such the diesels are becoming, hardly instills much confidence really.

The old diesels were slow, clattery and got smoky with age, but my god they last forever, and are still running with no problems, that's Peugeots, Fords, Rovers etc. because there simple, easy to work on, and the turbo is about the most complicated part on it! (and that's simple mechanics).

I think these modern diesels need to go back to the drawing board for another 5-10 years at least until the manufacturers have worked out how to make them perform 'AND' be reliable, something they have yet to achieve.

2005 Vauxhall Vectra Club 1.8 16V petrol from UK and Ireland


The car is totally not good at all!


The handbrake well you might as well not use it and honest the car is totally cr**! I'm going back to my original Vectra SRI 140 as its 100x better.

General Comments:

The handbrake, you might as well not have the performance. It's like a Nissan Micra`s performance!!!

So I will be selling the car and getting another Vectra sri 140 or 150 as the performance on them are super they fly!!! And they are sporty looking cars.

Be warned about the hand brake on the 2005 Club models as I'm not the only 1 who is having trouble with it and Vauxhall do not want to know!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2006

26th Sep 2006, 02:43

Then why buy it. It was rather obvious that the 1.8i club was going to be slower than your 2.0 SRi. The 2.0 SRi isn't that fast Try the 2.2i SRi that ius much nippier.

27th Sep 2006, 14:54

Or the 150ps 16v 1.9cdti..almost equals the 2.2 Direct's 0-60, matches top end.. much more mid-range acceleration & average 45+ mpg!!

1st Nov 2006, 16:45

Hi, thanks for advice, but have upgraded totally to a 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR and have modded totally the engine. Power is 800 bhp and have got it up to 168 mph on private property, and it would have gone faster, but too many corners. I think 0-60 in 4 or 5 secs, but not sure. If you want a nippy ride, a GTR is the one.

21st Nov 2006, 11:39

Vauxhall Vectra 2005.

What is this thing you call handbrake?

The one I have in my car is as much use as an ornament.

25th Nov 2006, 11:11

What do you mean you have an ornament as a hand brake? Is it because how crap the hand brake is or what?

I have had a Vectra 2005 but the handbrake is not good at ALL.

14th Oct 2009, 09:26

The 1.8 is slow, but sips fuel and cruises really nicely on the motorway.