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    I have a 2003 Vectra 2.0 DTI
    My Engine blow up on the motorway, had to get towed back. A mechanic friend has taken a look at the engine and found the crankshaft has broken in two.
    The car has done approx 112K with full vaux service history. Last serviced at 95K,I did an interim oil and filter change at 108K using Mobile 1. It had plenty of oil at the time of death and had been running beautifully up to 24 hrs before.
    Anyone know of this happening to other people ? Could it be a known issue ? Could I get Vauxhall to admit supplying a defective part from new? Don’t think I have much chance but perhaps you guys may know of something.
    Think this is going to cost a fortune for a new lump !

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    You may have redress under the Sale of goods act. You could reasonably expect a crankshaft to last more than 6 years. Seek advice from Citizen advice bureau.

    A crankshaft that catastrophically fails like this would probably have a latent / inherent manufacturing flaw, it's just taken 4 years for it to come to light. Where is the part now? Keep onto it for any inspection needed. Write down as much detail as you can, especially just before it broke and include all the services you have done and with what grade of materials if you can. This will only strengthen your case, if you proceed.

    I've only seen a crankshaft fail like this once before, on a metro many years ago.

    One crankshaft or 2, sir ?

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    Yer only chance is to hope it is metal fatigue in the manufacturing process, i.e it's always had a weak point, can't say if you will get any help with it though, 112k is a fair old mileage, and I doubt you are the 1st owner, so it will have a mixed history in terms of how it's been flogged, if say a previous owner had a habit of labouring the engine to save fuel, this could have started the stress factor off, good luck anyway.

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    to be brutally honest, they'll just claim 'wear and tear'..you won't get far with them at all..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    to be brutally honest, they'll just claim 'wear and tear'..you won't get far with them at all..
    I have to agree with Mark here as he is 100% right, it is just one of those things. I have never heard of a crank failing so you have been unlucky.

    All that will happen if you pursue advice over faulty goods, is that you will get stressed over it all and get angry with Vauxhall when they quite rightly turn down any claim.

    Just have to take it on the chin and get a new engine, it would be much cheaper to buy a complete lump out of a written off car.

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    I would say that you may have a case to tackle VX with.

    To be honest it is probably worth going for advice at least.

    I strongly disagree that it is actually wear and tear, even if VX claim it is. More likely a latent manufacturing flaw.

    Your choice.

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    Thanks every one for your input. I've got mixed feelings about this but its got to be worth a try with Vaux worst that can happen is they say no and I get angry.
    Any one know where I can source a good lump. So far only had one breaker and he wants £1200 inc VAT and delivery with 1 year warrenty. Same year as mine but dont know the mileage. I'm now scared of anything over 100K

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooj View Post
    I'm now scared of anything over 100K
    I think you were just unlucky. 100K is nothing on modern diesel engines. I know quite a few people who own diesel engines with over 100K and they haven't had any major problems. If they're well maintained there shouldn't be a problem. I even know one person who has got over 300K from his diesel (allbeit a Landrover Discovery 300TDi)

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