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    Default Low mileage diesel drivers may be wasting their money

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/ene...eir-money.html

    1. Injector #3 wiring loom: This is a blatent design fault, complete ****-up by vauxhall. Good news is it's cheap to fix, especially if you DIY.

    2. Throttle body: A manufacturing fault sometimes causes a solder joint to break. Easily and cheaply fixed with a soldering iron and some solder - usually no need to buy a new one.

    3. EGR valve: This can sometimes get clagged up and cause problems at 60-80k miles, maybe sooner if used on a lot of short journeys or around town. Usually cleaning fixes it, but sometimes a new one is required. This problem affects many modern diesels and is inflicted by EU emission regs. I don't consider this to be vauxhall's fault.

    4. Intake manifold/swirl valves: Swirl valve bearings wear out at around 80-100k. Crap design, blame vauxhall entirely for this one. Only solution is to fit a complete new one. Not an easy DIY job, so expect to pay a garage around £700 for this.

    5. Dual Mass Flywheel: Usually knackered by 100k miles, maybe sooner if abused (harsh gear changes, stalling, etc). I'm in the same camp as many others on this forum - this has to be considered a very expensive service item as the same problem seems to afflict most car manufacturers. Not an easy DIY job, so expect to pay a garage around £650.00

    6. Diesel Particulate Filter: Only fitted on Vectra Estate and Signum IIRC. Not usually a problem provided the car gets a decent run - at least 20 miles at high speed every few weeks. If it does fail, it can be removed and ECU remapped to disable it for around £150-300. Will still pass MOT test without it.

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    I do over 10.000 so not worried mate

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    and this is why i own a petrol as i only did 8k miles last year

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    This has been the case for years

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    Maybe I prefer the way diesels drive - torque is a lot more important than horsepower IMO...

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    I do about 12k a year, however, nearly 40 miles a day to work and back so I reckon I'm saving, I had my 1.3CDTi Astra H for 3 years and sold it at 125k apart from oil, filters, all it had done in that time was new rear disks and pads (not expensive) 2 coolant hoses and 2 tyres. I'm hoping the Vec will be the same, it's a 1.9CDTi 120 with 33k on the clock so I believe, no swirl flaps on the 8v engine, no DPF and with any luck with the milage on the car and the mileage I do a year, I'll be long shot of it by the time the clutch and DMF need doing.

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    That is true about the fuel - but mainly applies to people buying brand new cars - as soon as you get into the secondhand market the price difference between petrol and diesel decreases and hits that theory on the head.
    As for your other points re the engine ,clutch,etc problems - yes they are a pain - but would Vauxhall continue to fit this setup in Vectras and other models, for such a long run, if it was such a bad set up.

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    I would have thought most of the issues mentioned apply to all car brands not just VX
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    Quote Originally Posted by s_zigmond View Post
    This has been the case for years
    nothing new here.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    wonder how much that report has cost to tell us what we all know!!!

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