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    Hi,
    My car is a 2003 Vectra 1.8 SRI
    I was at some traffic lights, at the green light i drove off. The car drove fine, i was driving with a purpose but not thrashing it (normally i drive like a nun and i get 38/40 mpg!!!) because i wanted to get home and have a pee. Changed to second and put my foot down some drive/power then nothing! I coasted to a stop in a lay by.
    I can get all gears, the clutch pedal goes up and down but there seems to be very very little pressure, there wasn't before though ?? (i think??)
    There is no grinding noises and the car will not actually engage a gear, i can put tyhe lever into a gear though

    I have looked at some threads which seem to point to gearbox and diff etc but does anyone have any idea? there was no oil that i could see.
    Please help, i've got to use her car, it's a **** ....major

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    Sounds like a gearbox or flywheel failure

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    Sounds like clutch failure to me, although the F17 is known to spit its diff from time to time, although if it did this id expect to see box oil on the floor. Either way the box needs to come out me thinks. You could take the bottom plate off the gearbox to check the diff though.
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    Was there any warning when it happened? A bang, crunch, or any other noise?

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    Will it go into gear if turned off?

    Try taking up the drive again

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    What's the linkage on a vectra? If its cables one of those might have snapped. Happened to me in a master van once.

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    Hi, Thank you for all the replies. It goes into gear fine engine off or running. I did not hear a bang or a crunch my son was with us and he says he heard something, like a thump but we were driving over a very poor road surface (as is usual.....)
    I turned it off and on but it wouldn't drive. I have been back to have a look at it, i hate to leave it in a lay by but....
    Looks like i'm going to have to get a tow to a garage

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    Hi,
    In the interests of the forum and for future problems other owners might come across etc...... It's the drive shaft!
    The guy at the garage has cleaned the planetary gears up and cleaned the diff out and he is fitting a new drive shaft later, no mention of cost but at this stage i'm pleased it's a GM product and not something Uber expensive or for that matter molto expensive
    Still i hope it's nothing silly like £400!!! gulp!
    Thank you to everyone who replied!

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