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    Default preface 1.8 temp dial slow to get moving

    probably a daft question, but does the temp dial only get moving once the car is warm? only reason i ask, is compared to other cars i have had with the blue base at bottom of dial, its starts moving within a couple of mins, but the vec c doesnt get move for at least 10-15 mins. car blows warm no problem at all, and drives fine, just wondered why it takes so long for the dial to move? is the range on it much higher than the older vecs as there is no blue band only the red?

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    Taking a while to get moving isn't such an issue, just keep an eye out for the needle dropping off the bottom of the gauge when you drive at motorway speeds, after the engine has already warmed up. If it starts doing that, it means your thermostat is stuck open.

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    Vec gauges don't start to register until 70 deg C.

    How long does it take to show 85 to 90 deg C? If at all?

    Maybe your thermostat needs replacing.

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    probably about 15-20 mins. not had the car long, and alot of it is local journeys at the moment, so havent a true idea of what its upto, but will keep an eye on it on longer motorway journeys, if it is the stat, how difficult are they to replace? (preface 1.8)

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    Should heat up quicker than that mate. Mine usually only takes a couple of miles.
    They are really easy to change I just did mine a couple of weeks ago. Same motor!

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    THERMOSTAT!!!!!! LOL, how many have we now seen over this winter After changing mine I have heat through the blower in less than a mile and the temp gauge moves in 2 miles and is at 85 degrees within 3 miles. Dead easy job, less than £10 for the part, another £3-4 for gasket seal, 45 minutes work will solve the problem. I'll find the how2 I did for the 1.8 for you, very easy DIY job, or expect to pay about £100 from the dealership.

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=122762
    Last edited by Das; 7th February 2011 at 22:34. Reason: How2 added.

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    cracking how2! will definatly have to look towards replacing that. if the stat isnt working correctly would that effect mpg? sure its using more than it should for a 1.8, i assume if thats not reading correctly it will be overfueling thinking the engine is cold?

    where did you buy the part from?

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    I never found any difference in MPG as I mostly do motorway miles, what are you getting? I bought mine from ebay, i'll get you a link.

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    its mainly local mileage at the moment, so town driving, but about £20 for 90 odd miles, i know its not doing as good as my vec b gsi i had (2.5 v6) which done about 120 miles to £20 but i sold that in october, and the way fuel prices have shot up its hard to tell whats good and what isnt at the moment lol

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    This is the part here Sorry its gone up since I bought mine. You'll need to get gasket seal, dont go mad when adding this or you could end up blocking the heater matrix, as VX dont sell a gasket seperatly. If you go to VX for teh thermostat they will sell you one including the housing and a new gasket, but its around the £50 mark. 90 miles out of £20 sounds about what most are getting for town driving, I just got 186 out of £30, but that was mostly motorway driving.

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