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    On my third vectra now and every one of them has had the front suspension knocking problem. First time it happened was on 03 model and the fault is now on my 05 Sri. Is there no quality control you'd think a known problem would be sorted in the intervening 2 years. Its the last one I'll ever buy which is a shame as otherwise its an alright motor.

    Because of this Opel are now regarded very badly over here now for good reason

    Any else having the same problems over and over again?


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    Your car should be under warrantee and a visit down the Vx garage to fix it should hopefully sort it. Seems a shame to put you off buying another one though....

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    Its under warranty but you'd think the manufacturers would sort out known problems. Instead its another fun day down the dealers praying the damn thing will exhibit the fault when the mechanic drives it. It'll be something Japanese or korean next time. Was just wondering if its just bad luck or are others getting the same problems over and over again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finty
    On my third vectra now and every one of them has had the front suspension knocking problem. First time it happened was on 03 model and the fault is now on my 05 Sri. Is there no quality control you'd think a known problem would be sorted in the intervening 2 years. Its the last one I'll ever buy which is a shame as otherwise its an alright motor.

    Because of this Opel are now regarded very badly over here now for good reason

    Any else having the same problems over and over again?


    I fully understand where you are coming from. There has been a alot of members with the same problems and never any positive answers. Others post popping up about creaky noises and wheel wobble and yes its annoying.
    Something should be done about it.

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    What kind of knocking is it ? mine had plastic collers installed within the springs in the front struts to stop them from turning around ! they get stuck and bang when trying to turn back to the correct position. More noticeable on the SRI/GSI versions with the lower/stiffer suspension.

    It was a warranty job and I was told it was a known design fault which, i agree, should be well sorted by now.

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    I had the same problem on an 03 1.8 Vectra, had it in the dealers and they just kept coming up with excuses.

    Finally had enough and traded it in for a Freelander, that was in April this year.

    The wife did not like the Freelander (to big), so I thought I would get another Vectra as she liked the style of the old one.

    So I thought spend a bit more get the SRI model.

    I am now gothing through the same problems I had with the first Vectra.

    To be totally honest the Freelander was a much smoother ride, not what you expect when compared to a Vectra.

    If the dealer can't or won't sort it out this week, I'm afraid it will be my last Vectra and I will also be going down the Japanese route.

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    just simply ask them to confirm if it has had the spring mod and has it had the later style of radiator mounts fitted..if it hasn't ask them to fit them to cure both the symptoms of the front end knocking..

    if you enter a dealership knowing what you're asking for then they will take you more seriously than if you go in and say your car is 'making a noise'..

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    Quote Originally Posted by simac
    What kind of knocking is it ? mine had plastic collers installed within the springs in the front struts to stop them from turning around ! they get stuck and bang when trying to turn back to the correct position. More noticeable on the SRI/GSI versions with the lower/stiffer suspension.

    It was a warranty job and I was told it was a known design fault which, i agree, should be well sorted by now.
    It'll be either the rad mounts or as you say the plastic collars both of which were done on my last 2 Vectras. Mechanics don't seem to be told what the problem is by a mere mortal like myself though. The last time it happened it was only by showing them this site and that this was a known fault did they relent so kudos for vectra-c.com

    Would be good if this and other owner sites got together and put pressure on them to sort these problems out. Its for their own good. As i said earlier Opel is considered muck over here because of recurring problems. The 96 Vectra practically destroyed Opel over here and it hasn't really recovered

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    I think the collar and rad mounts should have been a recall but VX won't do that because it's not safety related apparently


    I have to admit that my last vectra (an 02 plate B) had tons or problems but after looking around at other cars I came to the conclusion "better the devil you know"

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    Its booked in tomorrow morning so hopefully its one of the known problems!

    The Opel dealership is acquiring Honda on the New Year so I'd say it'll be the 2.2 diesel Accord for me

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