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    Default Thinking of Buying a Vectra! 2.2 Petrol or 1.9cdti??

    Hi, I am new to this forum and have been looking at it a lot over the last few weeks and I am really impressed!

    I was an Astra owner and am a member of the Astra Owners Network forum which has helped me a lot over the years.

    I have just sold my Astra 1.9 cdti Sri (120) as am thinking of something bigger and I really like the Vectra's but not sure on which one to go for.

    I have been on Autotrader over the last few days and there seem to be a few nice 06/56/07's Sri's going with the 1.9cdti (150) and the 2.2 petrol engines.

    I don't do loads of mileage but was toying with the idea of the 1.9cdti and getting it remapped but don't know how that would compare to a 2.2 petrol version, pickup more than top end (great for the windy roads in North Wales)? As far as I am aware my astra was a standard 120 and it went really well but I did miss the sound and power of the astra 2.0turbo coupe I had before it!

    I also like the car in red but is it the same old story with it turning pink after a few years or is there better protection available now?

    Sorry for all the questions but I want to get my purchase right so I thought I would ask!

    Thanks. Dave.

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    I'ts a difficult choice, I went the CDTi 150 route despite all the "lore" about the issues and I adore the car as it provides very sound performance all in.

    The 2.2 has a timing change issue factored in but as an engine is a sound enough we thing too. It all comes to personal choice as it could well be that a 2.0T and a 2.2 will deliver very similar economy.

    As for purchase price the diesel will always hold a premium over petrol to the tune of about £1000>1500 on a 2007 car so that saving should be worked in as you can buy a far younger petrol,,,,,,

    Anyway, Welcome to Vectra C mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    I'ts a difficult choice, I went the CDTi 150 route despite all the "lore" about the issues and I adore the car as it provides very sound performance all in.

    The 2.2 has a timing change issue factored in but as an engine is a sound enough we thing too. It all comes to personal choice as it could well be that a 2.0T and a 2.2 will deliver very similar economy.

    As for purchase price the diesel will always hold a premium over petrol to the tune of about £1000>1500 on a 2007 car so that saving should be worked in as you can buy a far younger petrol,,,,,,

    Anyway, Welcome to Vectra C mate
    You won't go too far wrong with the CDTI,I know you will read about the problems it can develop,but believe me,the performance is incredible,the torque is sooooooo impressive and the handling,for it's size beautiful.It has great lines and you can do so much with it compared to other types.All in all,the 1.9 is a great motor.FELIXX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countduckula55 View Post
    I don't do loads of mileage
    I would go for the petrol then, given the rising variance in the cost between petrol and diesel (likely to increase further from 2013)

    This is probably be the last diesel I will own, for various reasons
    The manufacturers appear to have pulled LPG cars, it's almost impossible to find second hand ones, so my next may be a LPG
    They weren't very reliable in the late 1990s, but all those issues appear to have been sorted now

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    The 150 CDTi certainly pulls well, Vectra is good value for a car of its size and capability, generally lower specced than equivalent Mondeo's however. The red still goes pink, looks great when new or if you have the time to put the effort in, but if you don't and know the car will be a few years old by the time you are changing, I would avoid red.

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    I've owned both - 2.2i direct and now a 150 CDTi - I much prefer the CDTi and the performance is actually on a par, but having the turbo does make it feel quicker, less gearchanging too. I'd steer clear of 2.2i direct, laced with issues.
    Only plus for the petrol is that the front end is weighted better and feels more sharp and precise in corners than the heavier diesel engine. But a small price to pay... diesel!!

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    i'm also getting nearly double the mileage from my diesel over the petrol too despite the cost of diesel being higher - I fill up once a fortnight whereas the petrol was every five days or so

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    if mileage isn't an issue mate. Then you cant go wrong with a 2.0t more reliable than either the 2.2 or the 1.9 and pretty good on fuel too. Also with most tuning potential if you are that way inclined.

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    Engine : 1.9 CDTI 150

    Year : 2007

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    I went from a 2.0T to a 1.9 CDTI 150, and because of them both being turbocharged there are similarities in performance and power delivery (which has more to do with torque than power) which put them both above the 2.2 petrol.

    Overall, it would appear that the 1.9 CDTI has more problems than the 2.2, but there are owners of both who would say otherwise.

    If you get a good 1.9CDTI it is a 'win-win' situation.

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    Many thanks for all the replies and the welcome to the forum.

    I thought the 1.9cdti might be a better option, I know I don't do loads of mileage but I still want to be able to afford to run it but it is also nice to know that the 2.2 direct and 1.9 cdti are similar when it comes to performance. Having owned the 1.9 cdti (120) I was worried that the 2.2 might not have the same pulling away power that the turbo diesel will have.
    As Derek Mc points out, there can be quite a difference in purchase price between the petrol and diesel models but in the long run the 1.9 will be cheaper to run.


    There seem to be + and - for both models so I suppose it is down to what is available at the time with the spec that I want.

    I was looking for one with xenons but after reading on here they seem straight forward to fit so this is hopefully not a problem.

    Thanks again for the help and I will keep you posted when/what I buy which will hopefully be in about 4 weeks time.

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