Ok, so my old Vecturd was a pile of poo on the reliability stakes, it sucked. The final straw came about 3 weeks ago driving down to Uxbridge when the car locked in 5th (as in NOT possible to pull it out of gear) just two days after new engine an gearbox mounts. As it was a lease car/company car I refused to drive it anymore (been in the garage more in the last year than the three years previously put together) and work have ordered me a new one.
Herein lies the problem, work nicley ordered me a long term hire car (at least 2 months), and at first I was happy, a brand new Vauxhall Ashtray 1.8 Design Estate turned up.
First impressions were that the car was all I wanted. It comes with a VERY nice half leather interior, MP3 head unit, aux in port, piano black fascia, auto lights, auto wipers, decent alloys, rear tints, the lot.
That was 3 weeks and some 3700 miles ago. Now I have some concerns.
First off, it seems VERY narrow, it just isn't as comfortable as the Vectra. Worryingly it creaks when you reverse onto the drive, as though the car has some SERIOUS amounts of flex in it. It just doesn't corner like a Vectra, its just soooo floppy on the road.
Good things however, it uses MUCH less fuel than my old 1.8 Vectra (280-300 miles to the tank in the Veccy to 330+ in the Ashtray)
. The Ashtray is quicker, but has too short a final drive and feels like its struggling on motorways at real motorway speeds.
A few things it has taught me is that if I were to be able to order a higher level Vectra (other than the Life I have been forced to order) I would be hard pressed to order an SRi over a Design, the spec is soooo much better.
So, in short, even if you ever think the Ashtray is better than a Veccy, just don't, they suck, they aren't nice to drive long distance at all, and they don't handle as well either. I want my new car, apparently it'll be here in 3 weeks, I just can't wait anymore.
Oh, and NEVER buy a grey car, the amount of near misses I have had where people haven't seen me is just plain stupid, I now drive with my lights on all the time!