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    Default 3.2 Elite versus 3.2 Gsi

    as a newbie around these part, i will be buying either a low miler gsi or elite 2nd hand in the next month or so around a 2003 or 2004

    can anyone tell me the main difference between these 2 modles or point me in the direction of a link that may help me.

    i have looked on various other sites and parker but i cant find out the info out

    for my sins i currently drive a vectra B and i am a frequent user on a certain other vectra forum......lol

    cheers in advance for any hep given

    Darren

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    the gsi has much better seats but only half leather i think. The elite seats offer hardly any lateral support (or maybe thats cos i'm a skinny runt) .

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    i have sat in an elite and will be taking one for a test drive next week and i thought it was really comfort compared to my current vectra leather which is horrid really, according to parkers there both got 208BHP and 0-60 in 7 which sound quite good for a saloon. Also they they do 27 - 28 mpg, how accurate is the mpg then folks ???

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    It's true, the GSi seats are only half leather, but they're sports seats and have supportive bolsters, Performance is basically the same, the same, the same

    The Elite - 3.2 V6 208BHP, 0-60 in 7.2 seconds, Torque - 300 Nm, 221 lb-ft, Top speed - 154MPH (though I'm sure a copper got caught doing more than that )

    Interestingly the GSi is quicker to 60 by 0.2 seconds, but the GSi has a better suspension setup, IIRC 20mm lower than the Elite, the GSi also has the sporty SRi style front bumper with round fogs where as the Elite has the standard bumper, The Elite also has the smoked front & rear lights, clear side repeaters & the twin exit exhaust with chrome tips (the Elite has twins but are hidden under the bumper)

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    cheers for that kev, so are they the same spec inside also then ?? apart from the seats.

    Darren

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    Trim : SRi

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    More or less I think, I'm unsure if the GSi's seats are heated or not where as the Elite's are, they both have the trip computer, front & rear electric windows, electric mirrors, Auto-dim rear view mirror, cruise control, rain sensitive wipers, unsure if they had climate control or just Air-con, I'm also unsure as to what stereo system they had in, GSI3.2 is a helpful guy to ask and there's also a fair few other GSi owners on here who'll probably see this in the morning to confirm

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    Consider a 3.0 V6 SRi CDTi as well m8.

    Loads of oomph, especially with a CRD2 fitted.

    And superb mpg as well into the bargain.

    I get around 38-45mpg, depending on how heavy my right foot is at the time.

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    pretty much wot kev said GSi dosn't have heated seats the elite dosn't have traction control the elite is set up for comfort the GSi for sports also most of the elites ive seen are autos and opposit for the GSi.
    u can try the 3.0 cdti too there pretty nippy too but the cost to buy one is slightly more.

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    gsi's got titanium finish interior trim bits..dunno 'bout all elites..but ones i seen are walnut..ewwww..(no disrespect walnut guys.. )... tbh think elites are more comfort cruisers( slightly more toys) and gsi's are..hmm..spec'd up sports..not gonna say no more..i got a gsi so i'm biased lol *edit* gotta say..cdti's could be an option...1.9's with a chip are 200 brake..and its switchable...and theres plenty of bits out there to make it look like whatever model u want..(..*ducks from grief from 3.2 posse...ok..i don't like diesels..but 200bph frm a 1.9..i woulda had one..i got a 3.2..and i woulda got away with it..if it wern't for u meddling kids..lol)
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    as has been said above..

    I've got the GSi ( obviously.. ) and the wife runs a 3.2 Elite..both 04 and 53 plate respectivley..

    Hers has more 'toys' than the GSi..and has the same performance..both give around 23mpg average ( mine) to 26mpg (hers)..it's easier to get an elite and swap under better suspension than it is add toys to the GSi..but as has been posted before.. elite seats aren't the best if you're in twistys..and because they are powered and heated you can't swap them out of a GSi and retain that feature ( electronic modules don't allow it)

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