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    Hi,

    I'm currently on the lookout for a new car after my previous one became, er, indisposed. Without really having intended to consider the Vectra, I've found myself giving one some serious thought - I hadn't really imagined that they would be in my price range.

    As far as I can tell, I need to make sure the handbrake has been recalled and serviced so that it doesn't roll away when I park it, but is there anything else particular that I should be looking for when browsing, aside from the usual spec?

    Thanks for any help.

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    What engine are you considering, petrol or diesel, and what type of everyday motoring do you do? ie short round town trips or distance work?

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    Below 57 year, ask if it's got the modified manifold and swirl flaps if it's diesel, check the 3rd injectors been done, (think it's blue wiring if so). Make sure all springs are intact. Sure others will have some for you.

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    listen for any rattling noise when using the clutch. dmf over £500 to fix. good service history ,is a good start. always do a hpi check before you ,hand over the money. some good bargain,s out there,just keep looking flebay/autotrader/local papers.....

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    I'm tempted to say if it has the 1.9 CDTi 16 valve, then stay clear, but there are a lot of members who have never had any trouble with this engine, thing is when it is OK, it's a cracking engine and the performance vs economy can't be beaten, the handling is good as well due to it only being a 1.9 therefore liteish compared to other engines.

    It seems the actual engine block etc is fairly robust and you really have to push it to break it i.e. Nutron's 260+BHP mods,
    but the rest around the block is questionable to say the least, i.e. the flywheel!!!, but it seems that most cars with DMF's are suffering problems, it's just so much work to remove the gearbox on these cars.
    The whole EGR business!. Oh dear, what idiot came up with the idea of sucking soot into your inlet is good for the engine, again, lots of cars suffer because of this, not just the Vec
    The whole engine breather system. The 1.9's seem to suck a hell of a lot of oil into the inlet which is bad enough on it's own, but mixed with the soot from the EGR is catastrophic, eliminate those two and you should have relatively smaller bills with this engine.
    Injectors, to be watched once 100k miles has been covered, also the Turbo, this is mostly down to how the car has been switched off thoroughout it's life, if allowed to tick over for a minute or two and cool down then you should be alright, if thrashed and switched off frequently, then beware.
    Springs, most cars these days seem to suffer with broken springs, it may be worth wile replacing the springs and shocks when you buy the car, Eibach Pro springs and Bilstein B4's seem to be one of the more popular upgrades on here, and I can cerainly vouch for how well the car handles after this.
    The battery is prone to failure after 24months so expect to have to replace this.
    The standard brakes are marginal, get a 314mm upgrade if it hasn't already had one fitted.
    Throttle body electronics can fail due to oil getting into them from the breather system, this causes shuddering at switch off, and can cause intermittent loss of power whilst driving.
    No3 injector wiring can fail due to heat from the turbo cooking the plug, easy and cheap to fix.
    Thermostat can stick on earlier models, but costa about £50 to replace.
    If there is oil around the vaccum pump (Front right hand side of the engine block), it is a simple fix for about £5, you could haggle on price of buying the car saying that engine needs stripping to replace gaskets etc )
    These are the most common things to watch for.

    Hope this hasn't put you off, as these cars go really well etc.

    And welcome to the forums.

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    If you want trouble free motoring, buy a 2.0T petrol. Yes you will use more fuel than a diesel, but any fuel saving from running a 1.9CDTi is lost in having all the repair work done .

    The 1.9CDTi is actually a Fiat engine - say no more...

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    I'm inclined to agree with David

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