Hi guys, this is my first thread and I'm new to vectra's. I was hoping for some guidance from those of you in the know.
I bought a cdti 120 last month and as it is on 110k miles I was quite nervous at buying a vehicle with this mileage, but the car seemed sound and most of the cars I looked at just didn't seem in good enough condition. Love the MPG and it has a nice bit of boot when needed.
I've bought the car for my business I want to start up so a vectra seems to give a good image/impression to have as I turn up at my customers. Prior to my last vehicle which was an LDV Convoy campervan lol. I'll leave the reasons to swap to your imagination, but if a stranger turned up to your home in an old ldv van, you'd run a mile right. and struggle to trust him..lol..
To cut a long story short; I love the car but I'm wondering if I've discovered the reason why the previous owner wanted rid.
As I've acclimatised to my car over the last couple of weeks, I've started to notice some things that are niggling me. Remember I've been driving an LDV van in the past so driving this car even if it was pulling a caravan without wheels would seem like a better driving experience than my convoy van.
Anyway, I'm so glad to be in the land of the car again and here are my questions....
The gearbox is clunking into 2nd and 3rd. There is also a slight vibration which seems to pulsate at low revs and disappears as the car revs reach 2k etc. The vibration is very subtle and you can only feel it through the gear stick. I.E. the passenger can't feel the vibration. I'm not familiar with this from previous vehicles I've had and was wondering if this is a fault or pending doom of my gear box.??????
Is this common from vectra gear boxes to be a bit clunky in the lower gears or has my car got a fault.?
I've had this problem before on a car and it was remedied with a thicker gear box oil.
Does anyone know of a procedure to check the gear box is ok.? And if I was to give a thicker gearbox oil a try, what oil would the more knowledgeable of you advise?
My second issue is a two parter:
1. Are there any known issues with using a slightly thicker engine oil. I'd like to use a 5w-40 to help see if it will smooth the engine running. I can see that it's okay according to the service history states 0w-30 or higher. But does anyone know different.??
2. the second part is 'What is with this so called synthetic oil?' As from what I've learned today, you will find it hard to actually buy real synthetic oil. Here is a couple of links for those of you interested in oils. It's quite surprising to learn.
And if I do go down the slightly thicker oil road, then the spec sheet on Mobil Super 3000 x1 5w-40 This is what I'll use and for those interested is here and rated safe for our cars http://www.opieoils.co.uk/pdfs/Mobil/Mobil-3000-x1.pdf
My third issue is the engine runs smoothly enough, I can't fault it. But it sounds a bit tappety when first started. (I used to drive an audi coupe 20v and that had noisy hydraulic tappets) and this car sounds like the same thing. after a short while of driving and the engine warms up, the engine sounds smooth. I'm thinking that slightly noisy tappets are not serious, but is this tapping noise indicative of another fault I should be aware of.??
Lastly, starting sounds a bit laboured, but I've put this down to the battery is not in great condition; it isn't holding a strong charge and if it is left a few days then it doesn't start until the battery is charged (via A/C) and then it starts fine. The Alternator is pumping out 14vdc so seems fine.
Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Great site guys and I hope to be able to give as much as I take in the future as I become a more experienced vectra owner.
Or maybe I should get out while I still can...lol...