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    Default VVT or not VVT - help

    I'm a new memeber to this site and i'm looking for some advise from you Vectra experts.

    I'm in the process of purchasing a 2006 (55 plate) 1.8 sri Vectra from a well known car supermarket. The car is the facelift version, but i'm unsure if it has the VVT engine. The salesman (swiss tony look-a-like) said it had but i'm not convinced.

    1. The car is not badged VVT, which I don't think they are anyway.
    2. The V5 does not give exact specification.
    3. I did a basic check on the DVLA website using the car registration DN55JVM. This only showed basic details but it did show the CO2 emmissions rating of 173g/km which relates to the VVT engine, however, the car could have been registered incorrectly.
    4. I gave a local Vauxhall dealership the VIN no. and they confirmed the engine was a VVT. But i'm still not convinced.
    5. The car was registered on 27/01/2006. Press reports suggest the new VVT engined went on sale early 2006, therefore, has the car got an earlier engine. The car may have been manufactured months before it's registration.

    Can anyone advise if all the 1.8 petrol facelift models are fitted with the VVT engines? And, or if all the VVT engines produce 140bhp as advertised in recent publications? If it helps the engine number is 20GM6742.

    Or bascially, is there a simple way I can visually check the car to confirm it has the VVT (140bhp) engine.

    I'm due to pick up the car at the weekend, therefore, your urgent advise is sort. Please forward to email christophersanderson@hotmail.co.uk

    Cheers

    Chris

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    I looked into this for someone a few weeks ago. Facelift 1.8s are not necessarily VVT. As you say the early 2006 models are most likely to be the old engine. The only real way to tell is look for the engine code, stamped on the block somewhere and check it in the handbook...

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    Look for a white sticker on the side of the engine: Z18XE is 122bhp; Z18XER is 140 bhp.
    There is already a thread about this, I thought with pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sig63 View Post
    There is already a thread about this, I thought with pics...
    There is, but I cant find it

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectraV6CDTi View Post
    There is, but I cant find it
    Found it

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    Quote Originally Posted by sig63 View Post
    Thats the one....

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    Thanks for the quick replies so far.

    The car is in Preston so i'll have to ask Swiss Tony to see if can locate this white sticker. He hasn't been much help so far.

    My local Vauxhall dealer used the VIN and stated it was a VVT engine and quoted the Z18XER ref. However, off memory the engine head didn't look like the VVT 140PS shown in the thread referenced above.

    I've spoke to a number of Vectra owners and they can't help. This seems to be a bit of a minefield.

    More advise welcome.

    Thanks again.

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    Ring up Vx customer services on 01582 721122 and quote them the Reg no and engine no and get them to confirm what it is.....

    As it was registered in Jan 06 its borderline as to whether its the VVT, it could be......is there another older 1.8 you could compare it to in the dealership? Get a machanic to come out and prove there is a difference between the old and new engine if they are so convinced its a VVT.
    Print off that pic in the other thread and show it the salesman...

    Cant think of a lot else, I'm afraid.....

    HTH
    Last edited by VectraV6CDTi; 18th January 2007 at 01:03.

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    ........look at the enigne near the cam belt end you will have 2 brass / gold things sticking out with plugs on the end ...(one either side the enigne in the head)...if so its a vvt ....if not then it isnt a vvt ......

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    Contacted Vauxhall customer services who confirmed the car has a VVT engine working off the VIN No. But i'm still not convinced as the advisor recons the car is different coulour to the V5. The garage HP check states the car is it's original colour (misty grey).

    The salesman (swiss Tony) has since advised Vauxhall would not send him any confirmation in writing, however, swiss has agreed the contract is on the basis the car has the VVT engine.

    Pick the car up saturday so i'll post the outcome.

    It seems Vauxhall have been deliberatley cagey about badging / marketing the new VVT engine to protect prices of secondhand early facelift vectra's.

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