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    Hi all, i have a 2003 Vectra 1.8 sxi, 68,000 on the clock. Nothing really wrong with it apart from the obvious lack of power with it only being a 1.8, and the poor mpg for the engine size.


    I am looking at swapping it and wanted some advise please....


    I have been toying with the idea of getting either a 2.2i petrol or a 2.0T (around 2006 model). Both of which i know have their own common faults. Which do you guys think would be the better choice? I am swaying towards the 2.2, as i just see the a turbo as something else to go wrong on a car, though i know the 2.2 has many 'common faults'


    Or on the other hand, do i just stick with my trusty old 1.8 (or swap for a newer 1.8) as i have had a couple of these now and never really had any issues with the engines. Just fancied a change that's all.


    So what do you think guys? Anybody had any really bad experiences with the engines i have mentioned?

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    Personally I'd go for the 2.0T mate. My first Siggy was a 2.0T, its a cracking engine and pretty much bullet proof. 2.2 tends to have fuel pump issue's which can be very costly.

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    But id still be inclined to stick with the 1.8, the newer vvt is just as reliable as the 16v, vvt solenoid filters look like the only known fault, but easily and cheaply fixed..
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    i've got the 1.8vvt and now i've been dumped im tempted to swap it for a 2.0t as I bought the 1.8 as thought it would be cheap to run etc but round town i'm now down to 29.6mpg thats only a few mpg worse than the bm I had and my mates getting 25.7mpg from his e90 330i auto so not that much of a saving. I love the car just no power. I could live with the no power if I was getting 35-37mpg round town.

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    If mpg is an issue why not consider a diesel? I'm fairly confident that a good mapped diesel will outrun both the 2.2 and 2.0t and return good mpg

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    know what you mean about the mpg philsh, i'm thinking i may as well have something with a little more poke and still returns around the same mpg than the 1.8. But the 1.8 is a reliable engine. And PORKBALLS29 i have heard the 2.0t has quite a few turbo/boost/vacuum issues?
    Wanted to stay away from the diesels XPCobra, my car is used mainly for knocking around in and from my xp of working on vans at work i see what this does to modern diesels. Does the 2.2 diesel still have issues with oil burning?

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