first post on here, hope it's not a stupid one.
I've told my friendly local car dealer to look for a 1.9CDTi 150 for me (or a 2.2 Direct petrol if one comes up), I am very impressed by the economy and the performance, seems like the perfect balance to me. However, looking at this site for a while, seems to be a huge number of faults have come from the 150, which having come from a Poogeot 306 I am more than keen to avoid buying into something that is not all that much better in reliability.
I realise asking on here is something of a loaded question but, given the number of faults, is this due to the number sold, as the two threads comparing forum ownership vs engine reliability suggest, or a long list of niggles that enthusiast owners are more likely to put up with than the general buyer and therefore see as no issue? I used to work in a workshop, and I know that it's only the bad ones that get talked about, so maybe I have just been given the wrong impression.
So, if you were to look at a Vectra tomorrow, what would you be looking for? I can see the EGR valve and turbo pipes splitting are both common themes, as are flat spots under 2K revs and alternators across the range seem to be something of an issue. Is there anything else that is a common fault on these that any buyer should be aware of? I'm not trying to avoid doing research myself here, I have been doing a lot of reading up on this but I guess you guys would know more than any review etc and I really need to cover all the bases.
I fear this is proper egg sucking instruction here, or if I am opening a can of worms feel free to shut the lid.