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    Cool Signum Service, Cambelt and MoT...

    As you all probably know from my constant ramblings on here, my 2007 Signum Elite 3.0 CDTi was due some work on it about now. It's a month off turning 3, and just clicked over 90,000 miles so I decided to kill three birds with one stone and book it in for the 100K service, cambelt and first MoT all in one go so I could relax for a year and not have to worry about it.

    Based on his waxing lyrical about Marshalls in Leicester, I contacted Maverick and enquired about booking it in there as a Vauxhall dealership I could trust to do it properly and look after the car. It was duly booked in for today, and I made sure I was on leave. This unfortunately meant I was at home up near Preston, and thus required a 3 hour drive leaving as early as possible to get there at a decent time... Alarm for 0530 it is then...

    I'd got a few bits sorted with the car in the days preceding, borrowing Andy W's garage after we fitted his HIDs to finally fit my final Goodridge braided hose to the pipe that it had siezed on to, and replaced all the brake banjos and washers with a full bleed to ensure the brakes were completely serviceable. A few bulbs replaced and my front grill finally completed left only a thorough clean in side and out with a good snowfoam, polish and Collinite wax to finish it off. Alloys and tyres sorted courtes of Autobrite with some Very Cherry cleaner, Very Berry wheel was, then the Endurance gel on the tyres.

    A brief flash on inspiration pointed out to me that the engine covers were black to, so gave them a quick rub with the tyre gel and they came up a treat - lovely dark, black and shiny. Looks are everything in this business...

    I arrived at Marshalls at 10am on the dot, having listened to the whole Chris Moyles show on the way which helped pass the time. Brief introductions to almost everyone associated with Vauxhall were followed by a coffee at Starbucks then an introduction to Steve at CCS for discussions about doing somethign with my incredibly drab black leather interior. On the way in, I spotted this familier object loitering outside:



    A quick picture message to the owner had him thoroughly confused for a while...

    Back at the garage I watched the technician setting to work on the car, and took a few more snaps as the day went along. I apologise for the quality, my phone was all I had on me...

    Nice shiny car up on the ramp...



    I could almost do the work myself from the viewing area with it raised fully up...



    Wheels off, check the brakes...



    Visited by another Signum Elite with a few toys and the beige interior...



    A few bits removed - it gets scary after this...



    This is the cambelt itself. It is driven by the fuel pump in the centre, which in turn is driven by a series of gears from the crankshaft at the bottom, which also drive the water pump. To change the belt and tensioner only takes about 20 minutes, and removing the parts required to get to it maybe half an hour or so. A suprisingly easy job, but not one I'd attempt myself due to it's importance and the consequences if anything went wrong...



    Along with this were all the filters which were black as sin despite alledgedly being changed in July last year, and the oil which took a lot more than he was expecting as he had to go back about 4 times before it finally got to the right level. I think it takes almost 8 litres...

    No problems with the MoT, and 100 mile drive back to Oxford passed without incident. Won't tell you how much it was for me, siffice to say their prices are very competitve, and customer service is second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone for any work, however far you have to travel.

    While in there, I had a look round all the models on display, and have to admit to loving the Insignia VXR in white. Sitting in it was a great experince, very comfortable and the dash is very inviting...

    The new Astra also caught my eye with a few nice features I might look at copying - namely the LED lighting around the gear stick and door handles...





    I have a cunning plan...

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    Watch out, number plates visible in those photos!

    There is no way my dealership would have managed a "full service" and cambelt change between 10:00 and closing time!

    Athough the cambelt itself only takes 0.5 hours, what do you reckon the total job time is?
    I suspect my dealership made an error and quoted for the 1.9 (as seems to be typical for my car!), as they advised when the cambelt was changed they could easily do it in three hours, possibly two

    Also surprised you weren't aware the oil capacity is so much
    The handbook states about 7.75 litres, and on all my previous services the invoice has been 8 litres

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    I knew what the capacity was, jsut think it caught the tech by suprise.. Either that or it's now very overful...

    The cambelt is not tricky - remove airbox and ECU, remove engine cover, remove engine mount, remove plastic cover for the belt. That's all there is to it to get to it and twenty minutes to change the belt and tensioner. It really is surprisingly simple. Also, he didn't really start it till 12 so it's all three jobs in 5 hours or so, by himself...

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    Haha that properly confused me when you sent me that pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by danBoy View Post
    Haha that properly confused me when you sent me that pic
    My mind works in devious ways...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penfold101 View Post
    My mind works in devious ways...
    My blond mind, well............didn't work as I'd completely forgot where the Vectra was at that time its not good misplacing your own car.

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    I knew I should have swapped your wheels and hoped you hadn't noticed....

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    Glad you had a good stay Martin,

    i'll pass the compliments onto the service manager tomorrow

    0-Large smile ......every time it's driven

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    Quote Originally Posted by deztroyer View Post
    Glad you had a good stay Martin,

    i'll pass the compliments onto the service manager tomorrow
    I didn't know you were around there mate - although without your green wheels I suspect I wouldn't have seen you...

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    How's it running at 90k miles mate? I've no experience with the Z motor and mum's thinking of getting rid of her DTi for something like your Siggy

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