Hi, this has been going on for about 2 weeks now, only just found these forums so apologies for my 2nd post being a cry for help but i don't know where else to turn!
I started off having the same problems as rocco with the car dying whilst being run, power steering/ABS/radio everything going. Took it to the dealers i bought it from as i had a 3month 50/50 warranty, they changed the alternator for me at a cost of £250, now i wasn't there to pick it up but apparently it had to be jumped b/c the battery was still dead, i presumed the battery was now totally gone and thought they'd changed the original problem with the alt so if i got a new battery it would be back on the road again.....
Got a new battery (bit smaller physically than the old but same power) fitted it and it started fine, ran fine all day on the saturday and then when i went to start it sunday morning it was dead again, so back to the dealers it went with a complimentary rover 45 loan car, at no charge, for me to get back to aldershot in (im in the army and based down there).
This week then i have been in touch with the dealer almost everyday, so far this is what he's done.
- Changed the battery and it started fine on the monday, he took it home monday night and it started fine tuesday morning, dead on the drive again on the wednesday.
- Had a look at it himself and checked out all the basics, no boot light on, glove box light etc etc, they all check out ok so off it went to their workshop.... who are stumped, its still draining batterys when off.
- Phoned an auto-electrician that he knows who has said that the vectra c has had issues with the cd player staying on over night (has it?? a google search has turned up nothing much) so now last night after i got off the phone to him he was taking out the cd player unit, he was told not to just remove the fuse but the whole unit, and seeing if that was causing the battery drain.
Has anyone had problems similar to this before? This is causing me some seriously restless nights, we've got it on a 3.5 year finance deal and 3 months in it looks like the cars completely done in already, i'm just about to leave the army in about a month, and for the jobs that i want to do i really need a motor to commute in, i'm dreading him getting back to me and telling me what its going to cost to fix this (if they actually find out whats wrong with it!)
Thanks for any help and advice