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    hi guys and gals.
    im new to the site so be nice.
    im looking for some advice regarding the vectra c.
    i currently drive a vectra b gsi saloon and im thinking on upgrading due to needing a hatchback or a estate for the kids pram.

    for the purchase of the hatchback im looking at either a turbo 100,gsi or sri 1800 0r 2.2.what do i need to look for?

    for the estate im not sure what model to hunt out. whats the best of these?i have had one as a hire car a few years ago and was amazed at the size of the boot.
    the budget is about 4 grand.
    im just looking for some advice regarding peoples experiences .
    i do about 12,000 miles a year but consumption aint a big bother for me.i just want something i can enjoy and thats practicable for the kids at the same time

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    baz

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    i did exactly what your doing fella upgrading from a vec b gsi saloon and when i drove the vec c i was hugely disappointed the vec c just dosnt handle anything like a vec b gsi
    the turbo vec c is probably the best engine out of the lot with the least amount of problems but i dont recall ever seeing a turbo 100 estate.
    the 1.8 engine is ok just a bit slow in this size of car the 2.2 is a cracking engine as well as the 3.2 but these can be thirsty
    then there are the diesels but that just opens a whole can of worms on here lol
    i have a 1.9 cdti (150) love it powerfull and good mpg too
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    buy a signum .............job done

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    A quick look in autotrader found over 500 Vec's in youy price range, best buy was an 05 1.8 club,, just over 5000 miles on it, £3,595,, I spend a lot of time searching cars, have found after a lull last year the 1.8 VEC's have gone up aprox 500 quid on last years prices, I also found an 07 1.8 for £4000 on 60,000 miles. as I have found some dealers will drop price quite a bit for no part ex, and a straight sale/cash. for your £4000 you have a lot of choice

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    thanks guys.
    my sister has a 08 plate cdti with the red tuning box from dtuk on it and it flies but i dont really want a diesel.
    would i notice a big difference with a 1800 sri and 2.2 sri? i mean also is the trim levels on par with each other?

    i did look at signums but i would need 3 seats in the rear(i know u can retro fit 3 in the back but is it pricey??)

    when you said thirsty? how thirsty?

    clomp. that is not bad what so ever but the club would be poverty spec??? althought cheap to insure

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    For reliabilty i'd stick with either the 2.0T or the 1.8. 2.2 petrols are know for problems with the fuel pump and can be very expensive to fix. IMHO I would go for a 2.0T. you'll get a great mix of power, fuel economy and reliabilty. The 2.0T engine has proven its self to be one of the most reliable engnes in the range and they are also very tuneable if you want to go down that route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PORKBALLS29 View Post
    For reliabilty i'd stick with either the 2.0T or the 1.8. 2.2 petrols are know for problems with the fuel pump and can be very expensive to fix. IMHO I would go for a 2.0T. you'll get a great mix of power, fuel economy and reliabilty. The 2.0T engine has proven its self to be one of the most reliable engnes in the range and they are also very tuneable if you want to go down that route.
    only the 2.2 direct have problems with the fuel pumps fella
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    Ok Chris my bad, but the 2.0T is still the most reliable engine in the range lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astra_baz View Post
    thanks guys.
    my sister has a 08 plate cdti with the red tuning box from dtuk on it and it flies but i dont really want a diesel.
    would i notice a big difference with a 1800 sri and 2.2 sri? i mean also is the trim levels on par with each other?

    i did look at signums but i would need 3 seats in the rear(i know u can retro fit 3 in the back but is it pricey??)

    when you said thirsty? how thirsty?

    clomp. that is not bad what so ever but the club would be poverty spec??? althought cheap to insure
    the 3.2's are thirsty if you have a heavy right foot id say they are on par with the vec b gsi mpg wise, the 2.2's are better but again depends how you drive
    ive not driven a turbo but they are highly rated on here fella
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    Quote Originally Posted by astra_baz View Post
    thanks guys.

    i did look at signums but i would need 3 seats in the rear(i know u can retro fit 3 in the back but is it pricey??)
    My Signum has 3 rear seats, I thought they all did, middle one wouldnt be good on a long distance though.

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