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    Unhappy Brand new vectra - poor visibility & other things!

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    I've searched the forums for this and can't find any other mention of it.....but, anyone else find the rear view mirror is right in the way looking forward/left?
    My seat is as low as possible, yet turning into side streets I have to lean forward and peer under the mirror. (I'm not extra tall at 5'11, but I can see this is really going to annoy me).

    I've just moved from a Mondeo 2.0 ghia estate to a 1.9 cdti design estate, and, apart from the extra mid range torque and softer ride of the Vectra am distinctly unimpressed!

    Seats are too short on the base and lacking in lateral support on the backrest; the interior seems to be made from the same hard plastics as a japanese hi-fi and there's virtually no storage space. The ride is more comfortable than the mondeo, but it does wallow and pitch around a lot on bumpy roads which is a bit disconcerting after the mondeo.

    Another really daft thing - on the eatate, why are the roof bar fixing points so far forwards - my long roofbox is going to stick right out over the windscreen - how daft is that when the roof is so long?

    I'm worried I'm not going to get on with this car - but see folks here generally love the vectra - please put my mind at rest!!

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    I have an 07 plate 1.8 exclusiv and cannot say that the rear view mirror has been a problem.What i do find very annoying is the road noise from the bridgestone tyres and the engine noise.

    I am seriously thinking of changing the tyres for something else (wagon wheels would be quieter) and installing some form of sound proofing(or i could just turn the stereo up).

    I much preferred my vectra 'b' saloon to this new car and can see that as soon as the warranty expires then i'll be changing it.

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    I'm 6'6 and don't have any of the visability problems your talking about. I also find the seat better than the mondeo ones too. I have a signum so the storage isn't a problem. The Mondeo does handle better but not by much.... its just different.
    Give it time, it is just different.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I'm 6'3" and have no probs re the mirror etc.
    My car is an SRi and the seats are superb, but there have been a few gripes on here about the seats in some of the other models.
    Just give it a little while and you will get used to it.
    In my opinion the Vauxhall is a much better screwed together car than the Mondeo.
    Interior storage isnt great, but as for the quality of the plastics, have a look in any BMW/Audi and I think you'll find the Vectra isnt any different.

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    Mirror never bothered me, can see your point about the seat it needs another 2 inches on the bot spot imo, the ride you will adapt to and find very good after a short time.

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    Dont have a problem with the mirror ??

    However, agreed, the SRI seats need to be about 2 inches longer on the base, to support the back of the knee more !!

    Other than that, Mondeo, Vectra... take your pick...

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    i'm 6ft and never had a prob with the mirror either, only gripe with mine at the min is the blooooooody anoying squeek from the drivers seat
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    I used to have all sorts of problems with visibility and the rain sensor positioning, felt it took too much vision away.

    But I soon got used to it and now have no problems.

    I drive Mondeos at work. I am glad to, because I always feel that I bought the better car.

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    I agree the vauxhalls are much better built but are completely different to a ford and take a bit of getting used to.
    Take a good hard look at the paint/panel quality compared to a ford, look at the good consistent panel gaps and the quality and depth of the paint shine, and you'll see how much better built they are than a ford.....
    If your a vauxhall man like me then you'll love 'em straight away however if you've come from the dark side you'll take a while but evetually love e'm too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchp View Post
    only gripe with mine at the min is the blooooooody anoying squeek from the drivers seat
    Will most likely be the active head restraint system ...

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