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    Default Just bought a 1.8 03 elegance, any ideas of improving power, cheers

    need help with trying to get the best out the engine, owned a wee mk5 fiesta before big difference, lol any help would be appreciated

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    Little or no chance of getting any extra power worth mentioning. 10bhp at most with an exhaust change and a K and N filter. Had a 1.8 myself and its was a little under powered for the size of the Vectra C. You will need to spend a couple of K before you get anywhere near a decent improvement in power. I sold mine and got a 1.9CDTi and and a BSR remap, exhaust and panel filter and am happy with about 190bhp. If I remember My 1.8 was 122/125 bhp fitted with twin exhaust and K and N cone.
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    only been driving a year so should be notice a difference to a 125 zetec then lol

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    It's a bit pedestrian at the lower revs, but open up the 1.8 and it's reasonably pokey.

    Also, a nice reliable engine in the Vectra range.

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    Trade it in for a 1.9CDTI

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruicky27 View Post
    only been driving a year so should be notice a difference to a 125 zetec then lol
    I found the 1.8 engine to be good if you pushed the revs and it was solid as well. I did 40K in mine with no trouble at all.

    I would suggest looking at the suspension rather than the engine for more power. The drivability can be improved allowing go to go round corners that bit faster. Would suggest a set of Bilstein B6's with Eibach pro springs or if money is tight B4's. you will notice the difference with either especially as yours in an elegance model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruicky27 View Post
    only been driving a year so should be notice a difference to a 125 zetec then lol
    Ideal engine size for a new driver as well, get used to it first before moving to more power/bigger engine in a year or so's time.
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