16th Jan 2002, 13:31

You may be an expert engineer, but the vectra is still a pile of junk! Read all the other reviews, how can all these unsatisfied customers be wrong?! (look at all the blue faces!) Vauxhall are well behind Nissan, Toyota, VW, etc.

15th Jul 2002, 07:41

I wish I had connected to this site before I purchased my vectra 2.0 gls auto.

In 10.000 miles the alternator /air-con failed, Now the car is cutting out whilst driving with the effect that power steering is lost.

The car has only done 31.000 miles and the price you pay for parts is a joke.

I Feel like selling it and buying an old banger as there is just too many reasons not to trust this car to get you from A to B.

1st Aug 2002, 17:08

I originally went to buy a Ford Mondeo, but came back from the garage with a 1997 P Vectra LS. This was at the beginning of July. In the space of three weeks, I have had to spend near on £500. First the car kept cutting out. (£236 to put right), then it would rumble in 2nd/3rd gear with again the ecu light coming on again. This was due to crankshaft sensors going (£97), then my temperature gauge packed up. The garage did this free of charge dues to seeing me so many times in the short space of time.

26th Sep 2002, 13:59

Ah Crankshaft sensors, Both mine and Brother-in-laws failed within 3 months of each other. both are just over 3 years old. My revers switch has just gone.

19th Oct 2002, 14:33

1997 vectra 1.6 GLS, in first year the engine had to be reamed 3 times and gearbox replaced twice. Along with numerous other faults I would strongly advise people to avoid this car unless they have plenty of time to go back and forth to garage and bottomless wallets.

9th Dec 2002, 15:11

Why you lot don't pay the extra and buy a Vectra through Vauxhalls Network Q is beyond me. I had an R reg 1.6 16v Vectra Hatchback and had nothing but trouble with it.

The total cost of repairs in just seven months ownership, was 2000 pounds, but it didn't cost me a penny, because the warranty covered it. I now own a vectra Estate, which is very reliable and better to drive, and it's a Network Q job as well, HA, HA.

30th Apr 2003, 14:00

The biggest problem seems to be the contacts on the engine management wiring loom oxidizing with this model: if you have engine management problems buy some contact cleaner from a good electrical store and clean contacts before replacing components, particularly those to the main ECU.

If you need to buy components, then go to AutoVaux on the web: they do so many parts at half to one third of dealer part costs.

Otherwise a reliable car (no other problems after 85,000 miles) and very economical (41 mpg) on long runs at between 75 - 80 from a 2 litre petrol car!

27th May 2003, 14:30

Every fault on this web site, every one, has happened to my Vectra CDX R Reg, as well as rattly roof. This car is a nightmare, if not death trap. Need to be on £30,000 a year to own one of these babies, yet have lots of free time to pay visits to a local garage.

6th Jun 2003, 07:11

I have the 1997 Vectra Estate 2.5 V6, put it in for a service and got a bill for £510.00. The little engine light was eliminated on the dash. I wanted it fixed, turned out to be a petrol valve, cost? £250.00. Plenty of other little bits to with more to come latter. I wan a little annoyed, but as the car is so lovely to drive and the performance is so good, I decided it was worth it. I would recommend the Vauxhall Vectra 2.5 V6 Estate to anyone. Lovely car. If you own a car expect to pay out.

4th Jul 2003, 07:46

Hi all, I bought a '97 P Vectra 1.6 Arctic for what seemed like a very reasonable £1700 with a years MOT. I had been told high mileage models were OK and as I had a 100,000 N-reg Astra before, wasn't put off by the 103,000 on the clock. However, I've had nothing but grief with it. After about a week the engine management light came on. Diagnosed as a duff ignition coil, I had it replaced at £180 but the light was back the next day. Since then, the engine has good days and bad days. On a good day nothing happens, on a bad day the car jerks so much at 2500-3500rpm doing 70-80mh that anyone asleep in the back after a long day is woken up thinking that there's been a crash! Today, it started making a high-pitched hissing coming from somewhere behind the manifold. If anyone's got any ideas they would be much appreciated, cheers, Neil.

2nd Oct 2003, 14:41

Ref Vectra engine cutting out at junctions etc. I had similar problem with my 1997 2.0 litre CDX. I have cured this problem by unblocking the small vent tube orifice on the fuel carburetor. The small vent tube runs from the camshaft cover to the carburetor unit, clean out the pipe and also the small opening at the cam cover end and also the very small opening at the carburetor unit. Flush through complete run with dry cleaning fluid (aerosol). Also clean out larger vent pipes. Idle valve should have an "x" at the end of its part number, this one is OK, this valve and its housing should also be cleaned. This problem will reoccur so will need re-cleaning approx every 4-6 months.