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!