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    Default To Facelift or not to Facelift??

    I've pondered with the idea for a while, and now I've seen it done, I want it more...

    To convert a pre-facelift into a facelift. (I think it looks really nice in Black!)

    What do you guys think??

    For those few who have taken the plunge, I've got a couple questions.

    1) Once you'd done the conversion, how did it affect your insurance??

    2) The parts needed; bonnet, front wings, bumper, headlights.

    3) Will the facelift headlights connect up to the pre-facelift connections, or do they need to be modified?

    4) Whats an estimated cost for the conversion? saying you can get all the parts in the correct colour and they don't need respraying..



    The thing is, I'm not happy with the front of my car at the moment. I got reversed into by some muppet with a tow-bar, and split reg plate, and chipped bumper. I've got an SRI bumper to upgrade to, and an irmscher replicur splitter, and was going to get the irmscher grille to finish it off, but I'm wondering whether it's worth doing the conversion?

    I'm claiming quite a lot of bank charges back, so hopefully that'll cover the costs.
    I can't afford to go out and buy a facelift, so is it worth making one?

    All view, for and against welcome.

    Thanks
    Dan
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    go for it dude
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    It appears to be the 'fashion' at the moment.

    Would be useful to have a parts list with prices.

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    I wouldn't, I think it's better to go get the real thing, the GSi that's getting done now has been able to because he's managed to keep the cost down, but in real terms, changing the colour and the original spec of what will become a classic car will be a bad choice value wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran View Post
    changing the colour and the original spec of what will become a classic car will be a bad choice value wise.
    I like the Vectra, don't get me wrong, but that might be stretching it a touch.

    I would do it if you really want to, its one of those things that no one can really advise you on. I prefer the facelift front end, but only with the upgraded lights etc, which would push the prices up significantly.
    Modifications are purely a personal thing, do what you like the look of, remember though, the cost can often out-weigh buying a new facelift car!

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    Personnally i do not think it's worth it unless you can do the job yourself and a donar car you can get for next to nothing.(yeh right)
    When the time comes to sell the car i do not think i would buy one with a different front end on it this kind of mod will put people off, they may think it has been in a serious accident or something.

    It may be worth taking plenty of pictures so you can document the project so you have history with the car of what has been done to it for future reference.

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    Do it mate!! I'm planning te same!!

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    I think the "i wouldn't buy it!!" is unfair, unless you are well read up on a paticular model the average buyer isn't going to know if it's the "wrong" front end, so long as it looks factory. It may look very different to us as current owners, but in the wider picture the difference between preface and facelift is not so much.

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    go for it m8.
    i had a veccy b before and when they bought out the veccy c i thought it looked the dogs bits but thought the front end let it down, but then came the facelift and oh boy did it look better in fact i had to rush out and buy one and iv'e never looked back.

    but i would do wot pimm suggested and keep a photo log of what you have done..

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    Personally I would Have a go, try and Find a car in a scrappy that has been rear ended and get all the front end from that. But a List of parts would be nice.

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