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    Can i have a list for everything i should be checking when going to look at a Vectra please? Is there anything special i need to check?

    How do i check if the CV Joints are gone? Will it be OK to take a jack with me to jack the car up and have a look underneath if i am thinking of putting down the deposit on it?

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    CVs you can check on a test drive, find a open space / park park turn full lock left and drive slow then full lock right drive slow if you hear knocking / clicking they need replacing.

    check all fluids, check the dash for any engine management lights, try the fans on all speeds (1234) if only 4 works it needs a new resister if none work you need a new fan.

    general body work just look over, check for broken springs front and rear.

    check tha thier is no grinding nosie when lifting the clutch (possible dmf failure)

    im sure somoen will add another 100 items soon

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    erm from me i would deffo check :

    water ingress in spare tyre well ,poor some water over the top of boot if hatchback and in each rear side gutter

    and rev engine out of gear see if you get a rattle from the clutch

    and if when you put it in first gear you dont get a slight pull forward

    take a look at the engine and see if swirl bar is in place

    these was just somethings i had to contend with

    these are easy and cheap to fix except the cluch as it can be a sign of DMF on its way out ,although mine was rattling for years

    i cant see it being a problem having a look underneath

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    Check the springs, front and rear, they like to break apparently...

    If you can, take a code reader with you too (though ask seller if he minds you plugging it in)

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    Thanks for advice people

    Would it be a good idea if they have got a ramp ask them if they can put it up on it so i can have a proper look under it?

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    And check if the wiper linkages have been updated, if not insist they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    And check if the wiper linkages have been updated, if not insist they are.

    Gazza4
    How do i check for that mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyl55 View Post
    How do i check for that mate?
    The ball socket of the wiper linkage on the driver's side should be white (if you peer through the scuttle panel) if not it is the old linkage. Fail in that insist they have it change or get them to guarantee it has been changed if the car is out of warranty.

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    Thanks for that mate, noted it down

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    Different things to check for different engines.

    Which one are you looking at?

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