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    Hi,

    I've virtually made up my mind to get a late model Vectra. I've gone cross-eyed reading up on the problems that could befall me and now believe that the 1.8i vvt engine would probably be the least troublesome. Am I right in this?

    But it does seem that there are a couple of problems that will come my way: suspension springs and coil packs.

    Would it be worth immediately getting all four springs changed for stronger ones? And, if so, what make and model springs should I have put on?

    I dunno what coil packs are so I can't ask a question about those - unless it's should I have those changed straight away too.

    What I'm asking is the best way to prevent trouble rather than cope with it afterwards. I hope someone can help me here, please.

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    The 2.0T is at least as reliable as the 1.8 (as it was engineered by Saab, rather than Vauxhall/Opel or Fiat), and unlike the 1.8 doesn't have a cambelt to replace (or snap), nor oddities like camphaser replacement or whatever it is that I keep seeing 1.8 owners asking questions about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flighty View Post
    Hi,

    I've virtually made up my mind to get a late model Vectra. I've gone cross-eyed reading up on the problems that could befall me and now believe that the 1.8i vvt engine would probably be the least troublesome. Am I right in this?

    But it does seem that there are a couple of problems that will come my way: suspension springs and coil packs.

    Would it be worth immediately getting all four springs changed for stronger ones? And, if so, what make and model springs should I have put on?

    I dunno what coil packs are so I can't ask a question about those - unless it's should I have those changed straight away too.

    What I'm asking is the best way to prevent trouble rather than cope with it afterwards. I hope someone can help me here, please.
    Just get a decent car and don't worry about what will happen, sometimes things last, not all the springs/coil packs go, just enjoy your car and if things go then replace them.

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    Thanks for replying. A couple of points: I'm 77 years old and would rather prevent the obvious if possible: and the 2.0T seems a rare beast and is probably something of a rocket.

    I'm not arguing here and am pleased that you answered my post.

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    Yes the 2.0 T is much faster than the 1.8, reliabilitywise they're roughly the same although the 2.0 litre has a turbo which could also go wrong but as mentioned before no cambelt to worry about. If you enjoy the higher performance then the 2.0T is a good choice but it'll be a little more expensive to run, ie insurance tax petrol consumption..etc.

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    Thanks for that. I'll stick to the 1.8 vvt. There's a lot of those on Autotrader.

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    Remember any car will only go as fast as you press the accelerator. Pkus the 2.0T will be nicer when drivibg fully laden or up hills.

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