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    Hi - I'm new here and have just ditched a Ford Mondeo in favour of a Vectra purchase. The one I'm looking at is a 1.9CDTi 120PS (Energy) with 42k. I need something ultra reliable as I do around 12-15k a year and cannot afford to spend a lot on the vehicle to keep it on the road (the Mondeo turned out to be a money pit!).

    Are there any common problems that I should be aware of with this model? It has a full service history (the first service being at 17k) but this is not with a main dealer. Presumably this means the remaining 6 months manufacturer warranty will be no good to me?

    Any advice would be gratefully recieved - Thankyou

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    You don't have to have a car serviced at a main dealers to keep up the warranty but they do have to use genuine parts. HTH.

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    Try and get a 150bhp cdti, not too much difference in cost from a dealer but lots more attractive when selling on afterwards

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    Thanks - I can only just stretch to this one which is 6k so the 150 is definately out of my price range. I doubt the garage used genuine parts - sounds like a Bill and Ben garage - probably never seen a Vectra on a 54 plate before!

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    My main concern is the engine management system. On the Mondeo this was forever putting the car into limp home mode due to injector problems. Are there any known injector problems with this car?

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    A couple of members have had injectors changed along with numerous other bits but like any car, there are good and bad in every model.

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    too true, just because ours is bad..there are many more good one's out there.

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    Cheers - any idea what an average service costs for one of these things? Or a website which would tell me?

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    average vx service is about £170 ...

    about £130 for an oil service.. more if it's a 2 year service when it's air filter and brake fluid

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    If you do find a car with a service history you are happy with and it still has a few months warranty left you want to 'invest' in the RAC man to come around (last time I looked it cost around £250) and give the car a thorough check.

    Then with any potential problems he finds you can have all the work done under the warranty before it runs out.

    I will be doing this 3 months before my warranty runs out on my Vectra as I plan to keep it as long as I can.

    Oh and I have the 1.9 CDTi 120 and I really wish I spent another £500 on sourcing the 1.9 CDTi 150.
    Don't get me wrong, the 120 is a very good car, but the 150 has considerably better real-world performance, better resale value and no worse on fuel economy.
    Also the 150 is very easy to add a Tuning box to the 120 is trickier :-)

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