Hi just joined the forum after being a member of the ford owners site for the last year. Since passing my test 18 months ago i have owned 2 Ford Focus's and they have both been very reliable and make a great first car.
Now i am 24 i have decided to get a better car and have always liked the Vectra's they look worth alot more than they cost.
My local mechanic who i have known for ages has told me to stay away from Diesel's as they can have lots of problems compared to the petrol. He told me to stay away from Vectra's all together lol but i like them so i am going for the Vectra C in petrol.
Now being young i am wanting either the 1.8 or 2.2 SRI in Black so i wont be accused of driving my dad's car lol.
I only know the basics of cars and have searched Google for what i can on Vectra's but i would appreciate some help on the following please:
.Is there any difference in the Vectra C models 52-55 plate and the 55-08 plate apart from the facelift at the front?
.What basics should i look for when buying? like the timing belt being done? or are they chain? When do the clutch or other major parts need changing on average?
Is there any common problems i should watch out for?
I am only looking to spend around £3500 max which private will get me between an 03 and a 55 plate "face lift model". They mostly have around 60,000 to 85,000 miles on for that price range,
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me on what to look out for when buying the SRI model.