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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : 2.2 Direct

    Year : 2005

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    Hi all,

    Just a post to say hello

    I'm now the proud owner of a very well looked after Vectra at 130,000 miles.

    I recently had a drunk driver crash into the back of my car while my 9 year old son was in the back of my BMW touring at 50 mph! and I was in the need of a family car to replace it.

    This came up on Autotrader for £975 with a full service history very tidy example with all the jobs done that seem to be common faults (Windcreen wiper linkage replaced, new thermostat)

    It will be used to commute 100 miles per day and am looking forward to it after never having owned a Vauxhall before in 24 years of driving

    No doubt I will asking questions as I get to know the quirks of the car, at the moment I'm still using the hire car but I will be using this for the commute soon.

    I see the book states 37mpg combined, is this realistic? my journey is a combination of A roads and motorways with no town driving.

    Regards

    Austin
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    good clean example there mate

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    Vehicle : Vauxhall Astra-J

    Trim : Elite

    Engine : 2.0 CDTi

    Year : 2013

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    Things to watch out for on the 2.2 direct.

    The high pressure fuel pump has known issues.

    As does the timing chain tensioner.

    My old 2.2 direct auto, I used to get approx. 28 mpg around town and approx. 34 to 35 mpg driving to the coast and back on a mix of A roads, bypasses and motorway. Same sort of mpg commuting from Oxford to Birmingham on the A34, M40, M42, M6.
    Expect better mpg if yours is a manual.

    You might think the 2.2 doesn't have much grunt. Get the revs up and it does.

    I had a flat spot at lower revs. Remedied by doing the air box mod. ie. unclipping and removing the trumpet inside.

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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : 2.2 Direct

    Year : 2005

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post

    The high pressure fuel pump has known issues.

    As does the timing chain tensioner.
    Thanks for the tips Dave,

    The Fuel pump has been changed to a different make, (I can't remember to hand which it was it's in the history somewhere)

    I'll keep an eye on timing chain tensioner, any odd sounds or behaviour (I'm used to own a BMW 318i with the N42 engine) so know a little about dodgy sounding engines

    Austin

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    Vehicle : 2.2 Direct

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : YH 2.2 petrol

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 106000

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    timing chain tension I used to replace mine was from a 2.0net engine as recommended by someone on here, as for the fuel pump mine lasted until 85k so changed to a Continental one along with the regulator, gearbox wine for the good old chocolate box, 35mpg around town and duel carriage ways, 15 miles to work and back daily, had mine for 8 years now and still enjoy driving it but you have to rev it, not so good as my vectra b 2.5 v6, now that had grunt.

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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : Design

    Engine : 2.2 Direct

    Year : 2005

    Mileage : 102000

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    I have a 55 plate 2.2 direct also. The only advise I can see that no-one has mentioned is that you should NOT use E10 petrol (95), ONLY use the Super Fuels (97 +).

    This is information from Vauxhall and the Department for Transport:

    Opel-Vauxhall
    : E10 petrol is cleared for use in all Opel-Vauxhall vehicles with petrol engines, excluding:  Models with the 2.2 litre direct injection petrol engine, motor code: Z22YH (Vectra, Signum, Zafira).

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    Vehicle : Vauxhall

    Trim : Vectra SRi

    Engine : 2.2direct Z22YH

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 70100

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    Quote Originally Posted by aust240378 View Post
    Hi all,

    Just a post to say hello

    I'm now the proud owner of a very well looked after Vectra at 130,000 miles.

    I recently had a drunk driver crash into the back of my car while my 9 year old son was in the back of my BMW touring at 50 mph! and I was in the need of a family car to replace it.

    This came up on Autotrader for £975 with a full service history very tidy example with all the jobs done that seem to be common faults (Windcreen wiper linkage replaced, new thermostat)

    It will be used to commute 100 miles per day and am looking forward to it after never having owned a Vauxhall before in 24 years of driving

    No doubt I will asking questions as I get to know the quirks of the car, at the moment I'm still using the hire car but I will be using this for the commute soon.

    I see the book states 37mpg combined, is this realistic? my journey is a combination of A roads and motorways with no town driving.

    Regards

    Austin
    Welcome to the forum, it's a great place for finding info!

    Very tidy motor you got yourself there!

    Reference your query with the MPG, I have the 2.2direct petrol (Z22YH) and yesterday I made a round trip from Salisbury to Liverpool & back (collected a VXR exhaust system) and, with cruise control on everywhere when possible at the road speed limits I got mine up to 47.1

    But normally around town it's right down at 29

    Also, keep an eye on the Swirl Flaps/Motor. They can be temperamental and cause issues bringing the emissions light on...

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    Vehicle : Vectra C

    Trim : SXI limited edition

    Engine : 2.0 16v DTI

    Year : 2003

    Mileage : 140000

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    Welcome looks like a very clean and well looked after veccy! Enjoy! ps take the owners manual out and have a read through it... you'll find somethings are done different and you'll understand the abbreviations used on the forum better... other than that hope you don't get this one rear ended!

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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : 2.2 Direct

    Year : 2005

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    Thanks for the warm welcome I'm looking forward to the ownership experience, I took the car for an extended drive on some country roads and am impressed how smooth the engine is (almost a V6 quality to the linear acceleration.

    Regards

    Austin

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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : Sri

    Engine : 2.2

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 70k

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    Welcome! Good to see another z22yh vectra
    i don’t live a million miles away from west cliff
    so if you use the a13 look out for a blue “uncle buck” vectra
    that be me
    HPFP can be an issue iv gone though 2 then swapped to a rexroth
    pump, so far so good

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