20th May 2002, 06:31
Why do people buy cars with such bad reviews? ahh well I wrote the review and unfortunately I'd brought the car long before I had discovered this site. However, on the up side, I sold it back into the trade last weekend which has ended two years of expensive ownership and if someone else has the misfortune to buy it.. more fool them they should have read the site!
I pick up a Passat 1.8 T-Sport on Friday so I'll post a review in a couple of months and with any luck a more positive one!
21st Mar 2003, 10:40
My company has three Vectra SRI's at present and quite frankly I can't wait to get rid of them. One in particular has cost over £3,000 in the past year to fix a number of faults ranging from a cam belt failure (some 10,000 miles before replacement was due) through to the gradual replacement of every sensor in the engine. I'm struggling to come to terms that one of the others is going to cost over £700 for a new steering pump and a couple of seals on the steering rack. The dealer must be having a laugh!
Congratulations Vauxhall! You achieve the dubious honour of being the only manufacturer that I have officially banned as a vehicle supplier. I object to paying top-rate for third-rate products and service. Your loss.
3rd Sep 2004, 15:27
Sounds like the vectra will never live up to the reputation of the cavalier, I have a 1993 cavalier 1.7 TD with 195000 miles on it which I have owned for 6 years without any serious problems & I do all my own repairs & servicing.
The way things look regarding newer cars, more problems, more expense etc, I think I will keep the good old cav for a few more years as it costs literally peanuts to maintain.
3rd Aug 2007, 16:09
Yes you are right, you spend lots of money on small things and all you've got at the end of it is a old Vectra that's not worth very much. But for all that, my SRi was very well behaved; got rid of at over 100,000, and have a Polo TDI now; it's cheap and nasty, so beware grass isn't always greener.
18th Nov 2008, 20:33
I just bought a Vectra with over 100K - 120K to be precise and the engine suffered top end oil starvation presumably from a faulty oil pump at 95MPH, by the time the oil light came on and I de-clutched it and stopped the engine it was too late - you can imagine the damage, lots of clatter from the front camshafts and loss of oil pressure along with rumbling and vibration. The engine was a write off.
It was a 1998 'S' reg SRi 2.5 V6, and now its on the scrap yard - I'm cutting my losses and not paying out for a re-con engine at over £1000
Very very disappointed and angry about it, to have a car for less than a day and the engine to go for a burden at 120K, especially a V6, is a real wrench, and I am now back to my trusty old 1994 'M' reg Cavalier 1.8 8v auto, which I am going to have to make do with until I can afford another car as I am now broke after losing all my money on the Vectra SRi.
What a load of crap - Vauxhall have gone down the pan as far as I am concerned. I had a 1996 Renault Laguna that did 258K before I scrapped it, and Renaults are not renowned for reliability either, but 120K from a 2.5 V6 is frankly unacceptable in my book. Never again will I buy a Vauxhall.