Hi again folks.
Joined the forums and posted a while back with some questions on the Veccy 3.0 CDTi SRi after deciding to go for one later in the year.
That time is now getting closer and I have a few questions more for you so I am well armed with info when it comes to deciding what particular car to go for when the time comes.
I'm planning to purchase in about September, possibly earlier. Been in to my local Vauxhall dealer and they have my details entered into the Network Q system. Salesman is going to start looking for one for me next month onwards.
Done a bit of research online both here and elsewhere about the 3.0 V6, so I'm getting to grips with what to look for but I've got a few further questions if someone could take the time to answer for me.
First of all, I'm looking at spending £10-11k on the car. Think thats putting me in the 2004/early 2005 age range?. From what I've read on here, there was a point in the V6's production run where later cars were "specced-down" somewhat by Vauxhall. What timeframe am I looking at there?. In other words, what year should I be going for when it comes to the better specced cars and indeed, when were those "specced down"?.
Im slightly confused about power outputs too. Am I right in saying that there were two versions of the 3.0 V6 CDTi engine around?. One with less power than the other?. Again, what year did this happen?.
The automatic box, available on all models from the start?. I'd prefer the manual, but if the "right" car came up and it was an auto, it wouldn't put me off.
The only three features about the car that I consider to be pretty much "must haves" are cruise, aircon and Xenon headlights. I'm thinking aircon and cruise was standard on all V6's, but when did Xenons become available for the car, whether they were optional extras or standard?. Can you tell by looking at the car whether it has Xenons fitted?. I think I read somewhere that the light units would have a dark background behind the glass if Xenons were fitted?.
Nearly finished for the time being at least!!!.
On another forum I frequent, there was a discussion going about the merits of the Vectra 1.9 CDTi SRi 150, the Mondeo 2.2 TDCi ST and the Vectra 3.0 V6 CDTi SRi, with varying opinions.
When it came to the V6 Veccy a lot of people commented that the performance wasn't all that much more noticeable over the 1.9 CDTi 150 ( which frankly, I find hard to believe ). There was also a few comments that the 3.0 V6 didn't manage a particularly good fuel economy figure.
I've seen many threads here with people claiming some excellent mpg figures for the V6. What is a realistic day to day figure to expect? ( How long is a piece of string!!!?? ).
Would be interesting to hear some comments from you folks on comparisons between the 1.9 CDTi and the 3.0 as far as performance and fuel economy go. The wife would rather we go for a 1.9 as she see's the figures 3.0 V6 and instantly assumes it will be a fuel guzzler. This stems back to the days we used to own a Carlton 3.0 GSi 24v, and I cant seem to get over to her that there is actually a substantial difference between the two despite sharing a similar cubic capacity!!!.
I find myself more drawn however, to the V6 rather than the 1.9. It looks like exactly the car I'm after and you may well be able to tell by now that I've pretty much made my mind up already anyway.
Thanks in advance for any advice and suggestions. The more info I have when the salesman begins calling, the better placed I will be to be able to decide what cars he suggests looking at will be worth doing so.