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    Vehicle : Vauxhall Astra-J

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    Quote Originally Posted by aust240378 View Post
    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
    Main one is a rattle upon start up, caused by the tensioner sticking. Had my first chain replaced at 49,000 miles and was 8 months out of manufacturers warranty. Fortunately I mentioned an intermittent rattle at the 2nd and 3rd service interval, but typically it never did it at the time of service. As there was a record of it, Vauxhall made a goodwiil gesture and paid 70% of the bill. So instead of approx. £600, I paid something like £150 for a new chain and tensioner (the revised one from the 2.0 ltr engine). Changing the tensioner alone would have been £155 if I paid for the work to be done.

    At just under 100,000 miles I started getting the intermittent rattle sound again. So much for Vauxhall's "claim" that the chain should last for 100,000 miles. This 2nd one had lasted only 50,000 miles as well. If I blipped the throttle on start up, that was enough to kick the tensioner into action and shut up. Car got written off at 106,000 miles in an accident, so I never did find out how much longer the chain would have survived 2nd time round.

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    Vehicle : Vauxhall Astra-J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seagulls76 View Post
    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).
    My 2.2 direct was run entirely on 95 RON fuel all its life, most of the time on Tesco's fuel.
    First high pressure fuel pump failed at approx. 30,000 miles while still under warranty. The 2nd pump was still going strong at 106,000 miles.
    What damage was 95 RON fuel supposed to cause?

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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : 2.2 Direct

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 84,000

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    Welcome!
    Another 2.2 Direct owner here too lol
    Had a 2.0 DTI before and this is much nicer to drive.
    The above issues are all the main ones to look out for and I would definitely recommend using the higher octane fuel and changing the oil, filter and fuel filter very regularly (I do mine every 5k miles). My chain was done about a year before I got it and it sat for most of that year, however my gearbox has started to whine a bit, so have fashioned a cooling duct to it (the oil runs very hot in the 'box) and have the oil to do a change on it. I would recommend doing an oil change on the box as soon as you can to try and prevent any further problems
    Other wise, enjoy it!
    I get 35-40 mpg on a good run (got 36 mpg going to Wellingborough from Watford in traffic last week) so it's not bad for a 2.2 petrol
    I have also looked at getting an oil catch tank as this is meant to help with build up of crap in the valves on direct injection engines, just need to actually get round to doing it lol

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    Vehicle : 2.2 Direct

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : YH 2.2 petrol

    Year : 2006

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    My 2.2 direct was run entirely on 95 RON fuel all its life, most of the time on Tesco's fuel.
    First high pressure fuel pump failed at approx. 30,000 miles while still under warranty. The 2nd pump was still going strong at 106,000 miles.
    What damage was 95 RON fuel supposed to cause?
    Mine is the same, Tesco unleaded all the time I have had it, as I said fuel pump at 85k but it was not long after using injector cleaner in the fuel so I have always wondered if that had anything to do with it, never used it again though.

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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : 2.2

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 66500

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    Heres the fuel article for reference - https://www.express.co.uk/life-style...ble-check-fuel

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    Vehicle : 2.2 Direct

    Trim : SRI

    Engine : YH 2.2 petrol

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 106000

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanoVIP View Post
    Heres the fuel article for reference - https://www.express.co.uk/life-style...ble-check-fuel
    Ok it says you can use it but it doesn't mean you have to, besides I have never seen it for sale at a garage yet as I don't think they even sell it in devon and cornwall

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    Vehicle : Vauxhall Astra-J

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    Looks like the article is actually referring to E10, rather than 95 RON petrol.

    I can't ever recall seeing any fuel pumps labelled up with E10 and having a blue colour.

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    Looks like you have got a rather nice example there buddy

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    Thanks for all your reply's, I'm learning a lot already!
    @big_dave :- I'll be keeping a close eye on any dodgy sounds from the engine bay area

    I had a look at the petrol pumps and they appear to be marked up at E5 not E10 (which may not be in this country yet).

    The hire care gets returned next week so I'll be doing my 95 mile round trip Maiden voyage in the Vectra shortly after. I'm looking forward to being back in a petrol again for my commute, I decided against another diesel due to the ULEZ charge coming in in 2 years.

    Thanks!

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    Vehicle : Vauxhall

    Trim : Vectra SRi

    Engine : 2.2direct Z22YH

    Year : 2006

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    I've been using the 95 RON petrol for last 13 years with no problems....

    Quote Originally Posted by Seagulls76 View Post
    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).
    Last edited by Casper85; 14th September 2019 at 06:38.

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