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    Default I'm new... and need you advice!

    Hey all,

    I am in the process of trying to buy my first Vecra and thought I would joint the site in advance to get some advised and guidance on what i should be looking for...

    So background on me... Well i am a bit of a Vauxhall nut. I have had Nova’s, Corsa’s Astra’s etc. At present i and drive an Astra SRI XP 120 Astra which is Tuned with the Regal EDS IPF mapping system and a 10 year old Tigra 1.4 which is mint and have only 42k on the clock.

    After some recent family changes (the wife is pregnant ) I have decided to sell the trusted Tigra to get a much bigger and more practical car... Hence why i am now getting a Vectra.

    So here is what i am looking for...

    Vectra 5 door, decent spec, 6 speed diesel (so i think it will have to be the 120 or 150 1.9 as i think the 2.0 and 2.2 are both 5 speeds) with under 70k on the clock... I have a budget of around £4k... Although closed £3 would be preferable...

    Is this possible or do you think i will have to pay more etc...?

    Am I right about the gearing numbers in 2.0 and 2.2 models or are these also 6 speed?

    Anthing you recommend i should look for when buying a car like this... (I know to look out for clutch juder, smoking, EGR issues etc on the 1.9 12 and 150 engine but is there any body things i should be looking for etc?

    Looking forward to becoming very active on the site...

    Colin


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    Welcome matey,

    Although the 2.0 and 2.2DTI have 5 speed boxes there is nothing wrong with them. It's actually the F35 GSi box thats in the 2.2

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    Welcome to the site. I would have thought you would have got the sort of motor you are looking for for the money you memtioned, might be a bit nearer to the 4 grand though.
    The 1.9 150bhp seems very popular on here.
    I must admit I don,t know too much about diesels, as I am a bit of a petrol head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Welcome matey,

    Although the 2.0 and 2.2DTI have 5 speed boxes there is nothing wrong with them. It's actually the F35 GSi box thats in the 2.2
    so the 5 speed in the 2.2 is ok and has enough reach in the top end of the rev / speed range? Not planning on driving flat out but am looking for some good economy from the machine so had presumed the 6 speed would have been better for this...?

    Can the 2.0 and 2.2 be tuned via a tuning box like the 1.9's or is it a remap only?

    Not so sure if i am willing to spend IPF money again on a remap for a Vectra and had wanted to go for a smplie tuning box (something like the DTUK box) instead hence why the question on box tuning is a factor for me.

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    The 2.2 although it isn't the most tunable will respond well to certain tuning boxes (steinbauer ones are honestly the best ones)

    The 2.2 will also do around 50mpg on a long run and although most will disagree with me the 2.0/2.2dti is stronger than the cdti (although not as refined)

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    The final ratio is basically the same so you don't gain much with a six speed box.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    The final ratio is basically the same so you don't gain much with a six speed box.
    Cool... so when i am looking of a vectra (my present favourate google search) i should widen my search to include the 2.2...

    Does the 2.2 give the same level of poke of the accelorator as say the 1.9 120?

    I am not able to access the fault/problem section of the focum yet so other than engine wise what other things should i be checking for when buying a vectra (body wise, common faults etc)...?

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