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    Default Newbe after advice, lots of advice!

    Hi guys

    I have just joined as I'm hoping to join the Vectra driving club soon and was after some general buying advice.

    I have about £3500 to £4000 to spend on an estate but were to put my money is getting really confusing. Clearly I will be looking at the newest car possible however, do I opt for a lower mileage pre facelift (2004 ish) or a higher mileage post facelift (2006 ish). If I do look at the higher mileage option what are the main things to look out for? Lastly any advice on the engine choice as in my price bracket there seems to be all 3 diesel choices?

    Many thanks for any advice recieved.

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    What will you be using the car for and how many miles will you cover a week?

    As for the age, well it depends on what you prefer, does the preface look better to you than the facelift?

    As for what to look out for, that will depend on the engine you are interested in buying, do not be put you off but the 1.9 CDTi (150) Engine, it seems to have more issues than its (120) counterpart, but if these faults are fixed before buying it is not an issue.

    Maybe do a bit of reading around here and see what the common faults are. But it really does depend on what you want the car to do in the long run.

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    hi rb199:welcome
    this is a very useful forum with a lot of peoples experiences
    have a look at this thread



    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=131788

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    Cheers for the rapid reply, it well be used by the wife as a second car and do maybe 10'000 miles a year and occasionally tow a carvan. I'm not to fussed about looks, was there any real change over in 2005?

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    In march 06 they changed the front end, you can tell by the angled headlights on the facelift model, this is all that changed.

    (Well changing the lights included new bonnet, wings, grilles etc)

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    and the facelift comes with a lot less than a prefacelift
    Vectra vxr custome remaps egr deletes dpf and diagnostic work all remaps are custome bench tuning avalible all genuine equipment PM for info

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulvectrac View Post
    and the facelift comes with a lot less than a prefacelift
    what do u mean less

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginge7289 View Post
    In march 06 they changed the front end, you can tell by the angled headlights on the facelift model, this is all that changed.

    (Well changing the lights included new bonnet, wings, grilles etc)

    Well thats got me a little worried as mine is a 55 reg (think registered in Dec'05) and mine looks to be a facelift

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    i had a 52 plate SRi and now have a 56 plate SRi and the spec is identical as far as i can tell ?? sure the dash in the facelift is slightly different but thats about it

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    I have the facelift
    But the pre looks just as nice to me and with a few simple and fairly cheap mods the pre looks really nice.
    With your budget I would go pre-facelift with low miliage. It should get you something rather nice.
    Not keen on diesel, so can not comment.

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