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    Well my mate's Dad offered me his 2005 55 plate 1.8 Club with 64k for £3000.

    I know the car has been looked after very well as I have known him for some time, and this seems like a really good deal.

    Thing is, when you are just about to turn 18 (insurance MUCH cheaper now!!) £3k is a LOT of money. So is it really worth it?

    I will be selling my Astra next month and was looking at a mk3 Mondeo (cheaper than a Vectra C) to replace it with for around £2k but now this came a long.

    I could get a good price for my Astra, and I think I could talk my parents in to lending me the rest to get the Vectra. I would pay them back of course, I don't like my parents paying for anything car related.

    Do you think it is worth it? Should I convince my parents to lend me money to get this Vectra, or should I just spend less and go for a mk3 Mondeo?

    Thanks for any help

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    Vehicle : Vectra SRi Dual Fuel NAV

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    the club is pretty basic in spec matey. the price is good to be honest. my 1.8 sri duelfuel is £130 road tax a year, group 8 insurance. im pretty sure the 1.8 club will be the same, check it out on parkers.co.uk. i feel very safe in my Vectra as it has numerous air bags all round as standard, and with you being young, i would go for the safer car.

    PaZ!

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    I think the vectra would be a better long term bet for you if you would be happy to keep the car to return the investment as it sounds like it has had a good life, any used purchase can hide a multitude of sin's IMHO

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    I came from a mk3 mondeo TDCI zetec to my Vectra and to be honest i think it will just come down to which one you prefer the look of.
    They are very comparable and if im being honest the mondeo is a better drive and handles better but it is starting to look very dated and never really put a smile on my face when i looked at it.
    The insurance for my 2.2 SRI Vectra was actually cheaper than the insurance for my 2.0 TDCI zetec Mondeo.
    The interior of the vec is a better place to be than the Mondeo in my opinion but then i have the SRI model and im not so keen on the Vectras with the fake wood trim.
    With regards to equipment. The lower model Mondeos are just as poorly equipped as the Vectras.
    Even the Zetec i had did not have a trip computer or auto dim mirror etc. Although i believe this was changed on the late 03 (53 plate) models.
    If i was spending £3000 and i was you, I would be looking at a early Vectra 1.8 SRI. You get all the toys and the insurance will not kill you. You should be able to pic a good one up for £2500 on an 03 plate.
    A comparable Mondeo would be a Zetec S and the smalest engine size is 2.0 and the insurance is higher.
    With the SRI you get
    Auto wipers
    Trip computer
    Auto dim mirror
    Sports interior
    bodykit
    cruise control
    steering wheel audio and sports steering wheel etc etc etc. And more luck with the ladies.

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    Engine : 2.0 cdti 160

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    how about a nice 55 facelift vectra sri 1.9cdti 120ps


    what astra have you ???
    2011 insignia elite tourer 2.0 cdti 160 manual,silver

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    Well I am looking for a newer car that is reliable, as I will be doing a lot of motorway going back and forth to uni at weekends come September

    Unfortunately I can't insure anything more than a 1.8 petrol, and I haven't checked the diesels. I can get insured on a Mondeo 130 TDCI though, so I suppose a 120 CDTI Vectra is not out of the question.

    Doubt I could afford the facelift 55, £3k is really pushing it!

    I have a 2000 1.6 16v SXI 3dr. It is my first car, but am getting rid of it as I need something bigger, and have had a few problmes with it which I can'e be doing with at uni.

    Is a nice car though

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD1992 View Post
    Well I am looking for a newer car that is reliable, as I will be doing a lot of motorway going back and forth to uni at weekends come September

    Unfortunately I can't insure anything more than a 1.8 petrol, and I haven't checked the diesels. I can get insured on a Mondeo 130 TDCI though, so I suppose a 120 CDTI Vectra is not out of the question.

    Doubt I could afford the facelift 55, £3k is really pushing it!

    I have a 2000 1.6 16v SXI 3dr. It is my first car, but am getting rid of it as I need something bigger, and have had a few problmes with it which I can'e be doing with at uni.

    Is a nice car though

    Stay well clear of the TDCI and CDTI. For the money you are paying you are in new Flywheel territory.
    My TDCI 130 was brilliant untill the flywheel started rattling which cost me £600 to fix and that was ****** cheap and mates rates. Ford wanted £1400.
    The Vecrtas are as bad and its not a case of if unfortunately it is when the flywheel goes.
    Then you have swirl flaps etc to contend with.
    The Mondeo likes eating injectors at £250 a pop + £75 coding at a dealer or delphi specialist.
    For the money you are paying a Diesel is a potential money pit and way to much of a risk to take.
    BUY A PETROL it will be cheaper in the long run. Trust me.

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    Ok, will stick to the 1.8 petrol!

    I really don't want to be shelling out for a new flywheel!

    What common problems should I be looking out for with the 1.8?

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    i had a very similar dilemma as you fella, went to look at a few mondeos and the odd vec, but the vec is prettier for a start, the mondeo is an impossible tuning option aswell, there are nigh on sod all bolt on mods for it (i appreciate your at uni so wont want to modify but should you feel the need theres a wealth of cheap upgrades ) the 1.8's are pretty bombproof i had mine 18months and it wasnt driven slowly anywhere and nothing, i mean nothing broke on it!! body scuffs seem to be common on vecs but apart from that not much to worry about!

    plus the best point of all:

    you get to talk to us bunch of loons

    i liked the vec so much i brought a 2.0T version and am now considering a signum 2.8T

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    Would go for the vectra (but you are on a vectra site)
    Go to a ford site and people would be moving the other way.
    Thing is you are spending more money, so a 3k vectra is going to be better then a 2k mondeo or even a 2k vectra, esp as you know the history and the seller.
    I would have loved a 2005 55 plate 1.8 Club with 64k at 18yrs old.
    I think at 18 I was driving a 100cc honda bike or at best it was a £500 vauxhall viva.

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