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    Default Just called into VX and spoke to a few of the guys about the 150 cdti

    I just had a chat with some of the guys at my local VX about the cdti 150 and got a few good replies. Parked up at the side and noticed a few of them at the back so went round and just walked into the service area. Ended up having 4 of them come over and talk to me.

    They all said in general the engine was sweet but problems with it gunking up are its down fall. 2 of the guys said they have 150's, astra and a vec and both of them say its essential that the inlet manifold is removed once every year and totally cleaned along with the egr and all pipe work. Both of the state they have oil catch tanks on theres also. Without this they say the crap that gets into the intake will clog it up causing all sorts of issue including swirl flags becoming stiff making the bar wear down and baring on the flaps die and the egr rusting up inside.

    Could a lot of the issues i have read on here while looking for a cdti 150 be down to people not keeping there engines as clean as they need to be.

    Is there anyone who regularly cleans out the intake side and can confirm if problems still happen.

    I have a 2.6 vec B that has a clean complex. I have to spend a bit of time cleaning a few bits out to make it run sweet as if left i know issues will happen.

    PS anyone know what tools i need to remove the engine cover. Going to look at another C tonight and want to remove the engine cover and check out a few bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin2.6 View Post
    I just had a chat with some of the guys at my local VX about the cdti 150 and got a few good replies. Parked up at the side and noticed a few of them at the back so went round and just walked into the service area. Ended up having 4 of them come over and talk to me.

    They all said in general the engine was sweet but problems with it gunking up are its down fall. 2 of the guys said they have 150's, astra and a vec and both of them say its essential that the inlet manifold is removed once every year and totally cleaned along with the egr and all pipe work. Both of the state they have oil catch tanks on theres also. Without this they say the crap that gets into the intake will clog it up causing all sorts of issue including swirl flags becoming stiff making the bar wear down and baring on the flaps die and the egr rusting up inside.

    Could a lot of the issues i have read on here while looking for a cdti 150 be down to people not keeping there engines as clean as they need to be.

    Is there anyone who regularly cleans out the intake side and can confirm if problems still happen.

    I have a 2.6 vec B that has a clean complex. I have to spend a bit of time cleaning a few bits out to make it run sweet as if left i know issues will happen.

    PS anyone know what tools i need to remove the engine cover. Going to look at another C tonight and want to remove the engine cover and check out a few bits.

    Good info there mate....engine cover just pulls off

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    If it the big black cover on the top of the engine ...it just pulls up....it on rubber gromets...make sure they go back on before re fitting......

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    Great info, going out to check mine now, thanks!

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    If your thinking of buying a cdti dont buy one without it having the modified manifold!, fitted as standard around 07 onwards, if its not got one allow for a new one and maybe a new egr, manifold £550 ish fitted egr diy for around £100. will post pics of what to look for. http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=97406


    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=92554 (this pic points out the difference in the modified part, arrowed)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin2.6 View Post
    I just had a chat with some of the guys at my local VX about the cdti 150 and got a few good replies. Parked up at the side and noticed a few of them at the back so went round and just walked into the service area. Ended up having 4 of them come over and talk to me.

    They all said in general the engine was sweet but problems with it gunking up are its down fall. 2 of the guys said they have 150's, astra and a vec and both of them say its essential that the inlet manifold is removed once every year and totally cleaned along with the egr and all pipe work. Both of the state they have oil catch tanks on theres also. Without this they say the crap that gets into the intake will clog it up causing all sorts of issue including swirl flags becoming stiff making the bar wear down and baring on the flaps die and the egr rusting up inside.

    Could a lot of the issues i have read on here while looking for a cdti 150 be down to people not keeping there engines as clean as they need to be.

    Is there anyone who regularly cleans out the intake side and can confirm if problems still happen.

    I have a 2.6 vec B that has a clean complex. I have to spend a bit of time cleaning a few bits out to make it run sweet as if left i know issues will happen.

    PS anyone know what tools i need to remove the engine cover. Going to look at another C tonight and want to remove the engine cover and check out a few bits.
    Trouble is that (I believe, as never havin done it ) that it is a major job to remove the manifold!!!, I think that the injection pump and cam belt need to be taken off also, so not really sure if its worth it, hopefully someone will come on here and say its a 5 minute job, but I suspect not

    Cheers Ian

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    Makes you wonder if the fact that I always ran on shell V Power with my 4 1.9's had something to do with the fact none of them ever went wrong?

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    Well as you could see from some of my recent posts its not a five minuite job!, would i do it again ? YES!, If your handy its not to bad!, you dont need to remove the cam belt AND half of the stuff people have posted b4, 1 diesel pipe, NOT the fuel rail, jack under the sump, remove air box, remove l/h engine mount, lock derv pump sprocket + remove pump (easy), remove vacum box + oil seperator, remove small amount of pipes,remove manifold! not bad But fiddly and you DO! need to be handy and know what your doing. AND! going on what other members are doing I AM ALSO RUNNING V-POWER OR BP ULTIMATE. Im also looking into how and why oil gets into the intercooler, therefore goes into the manifold via the throttle body.

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    Since I had the new inlet manifold fitted I have always run on premium diesel, usually either V-Power or Total Excellium.

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    Interesting info, my 150 seems fine so far, it used to be a lease vehicle so I'm guessing they didn't do this to it otherwise it would be in the history I have. So the 07 onward manifolds dont suffer the swirl valve/EGR problems?

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