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    Hi all,

    my better halfs vectra diesel estate has a large black plastic shield underneath the engine. So big you canot see the road if you look through the engine bay.
    My petrol 1.8 sxi vectra has what may be a bit of one left on the underside at the front ( its a long story why there may not be one there if there i meant to be!). So the question is do Petrol Vectras 1.8sxi have this shield or not? and if not can I fit one as strangley enough a friend of mine has one for sale (which I hope he hasnt taken from mine)

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    I believe most new cars have this skid pan.

    Its to protect the underside from catching on speed bumps. The downside is that they hide any damage as well.

    I would imagine that they are universal fit. Since he is a mate, fit it first then buy it.........

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    Mines a 2002 Vectra C which is one of the first ones made I think. will need to look underneath I suppose and see if there are holes already made to screw the skid pan to (knew there was a technical name for a large bit of black plastic )

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    I believe it's only fitted to diesels to help reduce the noise on the drive-by sounds tests as part of the regs. Stops some of the noise 'escaping' from the bottom of the engine bay out.

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    Don't worry, my 1.8 sxi is the same - only the one at the side

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    Cheers for that Ian T , going to have a look to see if I can fit it anyway, I suppose just for the fun of it and its another mod

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    If you do fit it let as all know how affects noise inside the car!

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    Don't think it will TBH. As above I'm sure it's to dampen noise you hear at the roadside for the drive-by noise tests.

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