Been meaning to start one of these since this "diary" forum went up but really couldn't bring myself to go through everything I've done to the car and try and document it all (again)
But thought I should make the effort, so, I thought a thread with pics of each stage finished and links to other threads of mine showing the full detail of each stage would resolve that, so here goes (this may be a bit of a novel, sorry)
I bought the car (2.0T SRi estate) brand new in May 2004 and it was delivered to the dealers in August and I collected it on 1st September (so I got a '54 plate on it instead of an '04 one). I ordered it with quite a few factory options so it was built for me as there were none in stock anywhere with the right options fitted.
Factory options fitted were:
Electric tilt/slide sunroof.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Electric powered tailgate.
Front and rear parking sensors.
Twin audio system.
Roller sunblinds in rear door cards.
Tinted rear windows.
Ultra Blue Metallic Paint.
Total paid for the car was £22k including the trade in for my old Vec B (which I hated and was glad to get rid of).
This was it sitting on the dealers forecourt waiting for me to pick it up.
I was under strict orders from my then partner (Kerry) that I wasn't allowed to modify it (she knew what I was like) so I ended up buying another second hand Vec C as my play thing (a lot of people on here will remember my old ex-police '03 plate 2.2 moonland grey SXi saloon) and the estate stayed standard for the first few years of its life.
I won't go into the history on the grey saloon as I don't own it anymore, but I did love that car.
This is the two together just after I'd bought the second one.
Then Kerry and I split up back in December 2008 and I agreed that she could keep the estate as it was bought as a family car and the kids were staying with her. However it was agreed that if she ever couldn't afford to run it I would get it back rather than it be sold. My life moved on, Amy and I started seeing each other, quickly moved in together and got engaged and I didn't really think much about the old estate, that is until early to mid-2010 when my ex started making noises that she couldn't afford it anymore and I started getting my hopes up that I may get the car back. Near the end of September 2010, I gave Kerry the saloon and she used that to trade in for an Astra she'd been looking at and I got the estate back (un-taxed and un-MOT'd). The two years of being used as a tool/not being cleaned and having kids in the back constantly had not been particularly kind to it and it took a hell of a lot of time and effort to get it back up to any kind of standard. I stripped the inside out and Amy attacked it with shampoo and hot water and lots of it whilst I went round repairing any bits and pieces that needed doing that I could do there and then, she was a bit of a sorry sight. On top of that, there were all sorts of errors showing up (all four tyre pressure sensors triggering, parking sensor system failure warning, bulb warnings etc etc), I pumped the tyres up, replaced bulbs and generally sorted all the issues apart from the tyre pressure monitoring system error. It passed it's MOT the next day with two advisories for low tyre tread on the front but other than that was fine and an hour later she was taxed and road legal again.
Pics in this thread here http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=119291
We took a spin down to see Dean & Ian a couple of days later and Dean kindly diagnosed the problem with the parking sensors (passenger rear sensor was faulty) and enabled the heated seats and rear electric window options for me at the same time. Dean also gave her a full service while we were down there.
After a couple of mad cleaning sessions and a fair bit spent on replacement plastics inside, she was starting to look better on the inside but the outside was in a sorry state...
Step in my two heroes, Bob & Khalid, on the 7th October 2010 the two of them drove up to Stevenage and spent about eight hours going over every square inch of the cars paintwork with DA's with pretty amazing results, there were still a couple of small dings in the paintwork that needed respraying but most of it was starting to look like a decent car again.
At the same time as they were doing this, I also fitted the rear electric windows and chrome fog surrounds.
More pics in this thread here http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=119863
On the 9th October 2010, the car was taken up to MIJ in Walsall for it's new exhaust system.
The end result was this
More pics in this thread here http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=120093
One thing I'd noticed since having it back was that the sunroof was leaking, again this was through lack of general maintenance and the seal had just rotted. I made a quick call to my local dealer to discover that you can't buy the seal seperately, you have to buy the entire glass panel complete with seal attached at a TRADE price of £450. Having made my mind up that I would just use some mastik to sort the leak, I posted about it on the forums in disgust and sol pointed out one he'd seen on Ebay that looked kosher.
My original thread is here http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=119562
I double checked all the part numbers and contacted the Ebay seller to confirm it was new and came with the seal and sure enough it was and it did. Expecting it to go over my limit (we'd decided we couldn't afford it but we'd pay up to £150 if we had to for it) I sat and watched it carefully eventually winning it for the grand sum of £32.98 delivered!! Turns out the seller was a Vauxhall dealer and sure enough it arrived a couple of days later.
On the 18th October 2010 I decided to have a go at fitting it, it was a bit fiddly, but easier than I thought it would be.
Pics in this thread http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=120709
Come the 25th October 2010 and I'd bought the next thing on the list, a set of Angeleye headlights, after a mix-up from the suppliers (sent me Corsa-C ones initially) I had them and fitted them on the 1st November.
Finances then took a bit of a plunge as Amy lost her job and spending on the car went on hold for a while so we could get sorted and get through Xmas and New Year without going bankrupt.
Told you this would be a serious novel, that's chapter one "2010", I'll type out chapter two "2011" shortly, this could take some time, if you made it to the end of this post you've just wasted a good few minutes of your life