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    Default Our Vauxhall History - Cavalier, Vectra and Insignia - All taxis.

    Our Vauxhall story started with the Isuzu-powered 1995 'M' Satin Red Cavalier which was great and covered 270,000 trouble-free miles as a taxi with only a new clutch being needed - nothing else.

    Then came a T-reg. Vectra B which never brought any problems, followed by two more Vectras - an '03' and a '54' which were also good cars.

    I reckon the Silver Lightning SRi was the best looking of them all.




    The '54' was replaced with a '58' Design 1.9 120 which has been an absolute nightmare with £5-6k being spent on it in the last 12 months.

    If it wasn't already an unlucky car with all its problems, things weren't helped when somebody took the back end out of it earlier this year...


    This car has been by far the worst we've ever had, or even known of - so much so, it's being replaced a year early and the Insignia SRi Nav 2.0CDTi 160 Auto will be arriving on Friday.


    We had an Insignia SRi as a demo for a couple of weeks earlier in the year and it was very nice, but it was a manual and not the Nav model.


    We've still got the two black 2008 SRi 1.9 150s and they've been great, so we'll try and keep them as long as possible. They still look good and drive well.






    So, apart from being unlucky with the silver Design, we've had a good run with them all and they've covered some serious miles. Lets see what the future brings with the Insignia.

    > Best of all though has to be my old Fairway purpose-built taxi. It's 17 years old, looks and drives great and is still running its original Nissan 2.7 diesel engine and has covered over 400,000 miles. This one is retired now but it's not going anywhere





    The London taxi and its Nissan engine are bullet-proof and will probably outlive me!



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    going to keep an eye out for these two vectras seem quite local to me from the pictures

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    Trim : Riva

    Engine : 6.0 V12

    Year : 1954

    Mileage : 567890987

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    Nice to see your sticking with the brand, even though your 120 was clearly a bad example. Has the Fairway been restored it looks very clean for 400k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antowens View Post
    going to keep an eye out for these two vectras seem quite local to me from the pictures
    Wirral-based mate, but we're always out and about all over Liverpool.

    Quote Originally Posted by Das View Post
    Nice to see your sticking with the brand, even though your 120 was clearly a bad example. Has the Fairway been restored it looks very clean for 400k?
    A lot of people may have been put off the brand by a car like the 120 we had, but we've had plenty of others that have been great. The 'Sig is a totally new direction and no doubt it'll throw up its own problems; but with any luck we'll never come across a car like that particular 120 again.

    The Fairway hasn't actually had an awful lot done to it, but it's in great condition. A lot of them (and many newer cabs too) are absolute rust buckets, but this is 90% how I want it to be. They're fast disappearing now and it'll be good to have a nice example in a few years time.

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    Love the old Fairway, my Father in law was a black hack man with (when I knew him) an 88, 92 bought on a whim s/h, then a 2000 TX1) They were all double shifted cab's that racked up galactic miles.

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    I wouldnt have thought an Insignia hatch would have made a good taxi, as the rear headroom is appalling....anyone anywhere near 6ft wont be able to sit in the back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadOnVaux! View Post
    I wouldnt have thought an Insignia hatch would have made a good taxi, as the rear headroom is appalling....anyone anywhere near 6ft wont be able to sit in the back!
    There's not as much headroom in the rear as we would like, that's definitely true. Having said that, though, we did run one for a few weeks and didn't find it to be a massive problem. This could prove to be more of a problem on nights when picking up people who've had a few drinks, but this one's a day car. We'll see how it goes anyway.

    Taxi radio fitted this afternoon:



    ... and bye bye to the Design 120:



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