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    Wondering if anyone has had thsi before... For the last week, the battery light on the missus' car (56 reg, CDTi SRi 150 Vectra), comes on when driving. If you stop and start the engine, it goes off. The same happens about 10 mins later. This is constant. Seems plenty of power, car starts well and lights are bright. Any ideas?

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    alternator on its way out mate... they can actually start to supply too much juice... then they just pack up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntSSSS View Post
    alternator on its way out mate... they can actually start to supply too much juice... then they just pack up.
    Have to agree - get the alternator and battery checked out next thing will be the power steering packing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntSSSS View Post
    alternator on its way out mate... they can actually start to supply too much juice... then they just pack up.
    we have both done ours lol

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    Well, you's were right!

    Driving down A1... Battery light, then TC light, then ABS light, then Power Steering light, followed by all warning lights, loss of power, then engine cut. Got a tow home. Will start with jump leads, but only 7v at battery when running.....

    Strange, as my car (in the pic, older Vec), is more reliable than her newer CDTi

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    dont start that war lol
    VXR IS FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR THRILLS !



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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisvectra View Post
    dont start that war lol
    Lmao!! She tried to say her's is newer and more reliable. How wrong she was. My pre-face has never gone wrong yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony-1977 View Post
    Lmao!! She tried to say her's is newer and more reliable. How wrong she was. My pre-face has never gone wrong yet

    The CDTI's alternator was upgraded in '08 m8 as they couldn't keep up with up the demands of the steering pump on a few. Mine was recalled for it in May '08.
    Insignia VX-Line Nav CDTI 170.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    The CDTI's alternator was upgraded in '08 m8 as they couldn't keep up with up the demands of the steering pump on a few. Mine was recalled for it in May '08.
    Thought so. The power steering actually cut off before the engine. I'm getting a new alternatorfrom VX tomorrow morning. It's lasted 126k miles so can't really complain

    Need it in a hurry as she's off on a 150 mile trip to Edinburgh in the afternoon, otherwise would've ordered off the 'net and waited. Not sure on Trade Club price though, hopefully not too much

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    Not sure how much tbh.
    Insignia VX-Line Nav CDTI 170.

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