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    Eek My Vectra has gone MAD!!

    Anyone experienced this?

    -6 when I left work last night, car started normally but has to sit around for the ice on the inside of the windscreen. On the way home this started to happen:

    -Battery light came on and the car was idling fast (1k rpm)
    -Next, the stearing was feeling heavy and starting to sound a bit rough as I pulled away at lights etc.
    -Next, the power steering went completely and the ABS light came on.
    -Next, ABS light off and the stearing & airbag lights went on.
    -The blower / heater, and a few random electricals went off.
    -The spanner light came on (I already suspected a problem!!).
    -I pulled over and stopped when the dashboard display died (speedo etc).

    The car wouldn't turn over immediately but I got it to turn over again after 5 minutes and back to normal, for 30 seconds, then the above started again just much quicker. Ended up with nothing inside the cabin working except the sat nav/ main display which was rapidly switching between day & night mode.

    When I pulled over the Police, who has been following the suspicious 'Disco Car' (I could't see them as the rear heater was not working either), said all the lights were flashing on the outside! The police, by the way, were extremely helpful and got the jumpers to start me up and help me park up somewhere safe near my inlaws. Didn't make it home.

    Still waiting on the RAC today, anybody got any advice? My suspicion is that it is simply the battery (it wouldn't turn over by itself) and this is what happens when a computer is in control of your car??

    I'm scared to go near it this morning as it might see me coming and attempt to run me over!

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    Close encounters of the Vec Kind.

    As you say sounds like your ECU was in the process of shutting down due to lack of power

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    Sounds like the alternator has went and then the battery has died. Let us know what the rac say good luck mate.

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    Alternator, 100%, it's exactly the same as my old one did (two weeks before I sold the damn car lol).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    Alternator, 100%, it's exactly the same as my old one did (two weeks before I sold the damn car lol).
    same thing happend when mine went classic vectra problems

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    confused The world hates me!

    RAC are messing me about; they allegedly came an hour after I called them when they had quoted me 4-5hrs; now I'm behind 11 roadside breakdowns in my area!!

    Went to check on the car, still not turning over and somebody has smashed my wing mirror!!!

    AHHHHHHH!!

    Cheers for the replies, seems the alternator is the consensus, might just have to find a garage tomorrow.

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    Check the fuse box in the boot area for water thats a free check ;-) play attention to blue fuses remove them an check for water and refit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    Alternator, 100%, it's exactly the same as my old one did (two weeks before I sold the damn car lol).
    When you get rid of your old one, you are meant to let it all go, not just some of it!!!!

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    deffo alternator - exactly the same symptons with mine a few weeks ago. Called AA who confirmed alternator was not charging battery.

    sourced a new (reconditioned) alternator from ebay for £110, car now almost fine but I suspect the battery is now knackered, as I have a strange cold start problem!

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    I'll agree about the alternator.

    Easy thing to test, you should know for sure before you stump up the cash.

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