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    Been looking at a few over the last week or 2 is there anything a should look out for before I buy one? As ave had 4 diesels and 1 vvt c's with no problems but no clue of the gsi

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    the normal service history cambelt you dont see many post about them going wrong really

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    Cheers mate

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    the normal service history cambelt you dont see many post about them going wrong really

    i agree with above

    people just say they are heavy on fuel but it is a 3.2 v6
    and the tax is 260 a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by m20_swe View Post
    Been looking at a few over the last week or 2 is there anything a should look out for before I buy one? As ave had 4 diesels and 1 vvt c's with no problems but no clue of the gsi
    The grin on your face when you drive it

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    Make sure the mirrors are clean and in good condition..... that's where you'll see plenty of other cars..... unless you choose to be gentle on the loud pedal.....

    But seriously, as has been said really..... cambelt change history, signs of being on the wrong side of a hedge, if it's an early model check the front brakes for size - the early 302mm discs (caliper about size of a fist) were changed to larger 314mm (caliper roughly size of two fists) around 2003 I think. It's a personal preference, but original GSi alloys should be the ones as you see in larrySRi's avatar.
    Any toys fitted work. If you find 'mayo' under the oil cap but the coolant looks good, then it's commonly just a sign of short trips.
    All the usual stuff.... odd wear on tyres, shut lines, panel straightness, matching numbers (VIN plate,V5)...... and if it just 'doesn't feel right', don't be afraid to walk away.

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    Not seen that username in a few years, welcome back to the forum m8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    Make sure the mirrors are clean and in good condition..... that's where you'll see plenty of other cars..... unless you choose to be gentle on the loud pedal.....

    But seriously, as has been said really..... cambelt change history, signs of being on the wrong side of a hedge, if it's an early model check the front brakes for size - the early 302mm discs (caliper about size of a fist) were changed to larger 314mm (caliper roughly size of two fists) around 2003 I think. It's a personal preference, but original GSi alloys should be the ones as you see in larrySRi's avatar.
    Any toys fitted work. If you find 'mayo' under the oil cap but the coolant looks good, then it's commonly just a sign of short trips.
    All the usual stuff.... odd wear on tyres, shut lines, panel straightness, matching numbers (VIN plate,V5)...... and if it just 'doesn't feel right', don't be afraid to walk away.
    Cheers mate it's an 03 hasn't got gsi rims the 4 that's near me for sale none of them have them what is a shame as they do look good

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    Not seen that username in a few years, welcome back to the forum m8.
    Has been a few years mate but wanting bk in a c so hopefully bk on a lot more lol a lot has changed that ave noticed

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    Vehicle : Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

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    You want some advice? Buy a GSi!

    Look around, as has been said already, for a good one: service history, timing belt change, nice, clean oil, coolant, etc. and a good, "tight" feel to it. Look over the car for shut lines, creases in chassis legs, wheels in the middle of arches, etc. Drive the car and listen; it should be quiet and smooth. The gearchange is a bit of an effort in mine but it eases up when the car has warmed through. The shock absorbers don't last forever either; I had my rears done under Network Q warranty (which was brilliant, by the way ). Look for "corkscrewing" over speed bumps - front or rear.

    That's about all I can think of.

    Mine is an epically brilliant car! It really is! Okay, she drinks a bit too much but she make up for it with the pace, smoothness, quietness and general all-round competence with which she does EVERYTHING so well. And the fuel consumption isn't that bad at all, especially in view of the performance available. You don't buy a GSi for low fuel consumption!

    Really, they can be that good - if you get a good one. I really miss mine when I have to drive something else, like for work. It is also extremely comfortable, even for really long trips.

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