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    Hiya,

    Going to have a look at a car tomorrow

    Its a 05 plate 1.9 CDTi SRi, with 105,000 miles. Is there anything I should be particularly cautious about? If the clutch/DMF hasn't been done, should I bother looking?

    Body work wise, it seems ok in the photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meridian9 View Post
    Hiya,

    Going to have a look at a car tomorrow

    Its a 05 plate 1.9 CDTi SRi, with 105,000 miles. Is there anything I should be particularly cautious about? If the clutch/DMF hasn't been done, should I bother looking?

    Body work wise, it seems ok in the photos.

    Thanks for any help!

    Dave
    well you"ve got no swirlflaps on 120 model so thats a bonus.yep i think the clutch is the one to listen for - see what history / bills owner has.make sure car still drives well and revs nicely.120 still has egr valve and when clogged can make it a dog to drive. also this model is great with a tuning box on - had mine for 30k and with box on completely transformed car in terms of performance and mpg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeydave View Post
    well you"ve got no swirlflaps on 120 model so thats a bonus.yep i think the clutch is the one to listen for - see what history / bills owner has.make sure car still drives well and revs nicely.120 still has egr valve and when clogged can make it a dog to drive. also this model is great with a tuning box on - had mine for 30k and with box on completely transformed car in terms of performance and mpg.
    no swirl flaps?! excellent! I was told that the 120's still had them lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by meridian9 View Post
    no swirl flaps?! excellent! I was told that the 120's still had them lol
    no not on the 120 - no inlet manifold problems to think about.

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    what tuning box do you have

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeystitch View Post
    what tuning box do you have
    i had a dtuk early green box on - big difference. but my egr went a couple of months later....coinsidence ???? changed that and went on for a further 25k miles...no problems.

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    cheers fella, might have to give one a try

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeystitch View Post
    cheers fella, might have to give one a try
    well worth it , its amazing how much extra performance is available with box on.also my mpg went up slightly if driven normally !!! but the temptation to put your foot down a bit is always there but equally knowing you have it on tap if required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeydave View Post
    no not on the 120 - no inlet manifold problems to think about.
    Not strictly true

    Apparently there were a few vectras that came out with a detuned 150bhp engine but for the life of me can't remember where I read that. The only difference was that It was mostly software that brought the power down to the 120 mark so with a remap it would be back up to the 150 or even 180/190bhp mark.

    Few things I would say to look out for, would be the occasional twang from the front springs, when steering left or right. Try turning to full lock in both directions, could indicate a broken spring which these are renowned for

    Another thing that I have noticed more and more just recently is brake creep (when pressing the brake peddle it will depress to the floor after a few seconds. Which could indicate corroded pipes/servo or rubber grommets in master cylinder allowing air in. Not hugely common but starting to notice a few threads about it on here

    Other than the Clutch/DMF or EGR issues they are quite a reliable car

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    other than the DMf i'd say next is cambelt/waterpump change , this is a must as they can go without warning and the waterpump does not always get done when it should , so check service records , cold starting can be a pain too , so make sure it fires straight up when ice cold

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