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    Unhappy could do with some help here guys....

    Hi all,

    I bought an Astra a month ago (2007 1.8sri) but the fuel economy was terrible. I then (Gran lent me the money till i sold astra) bought a 07 vectra instead.

    Check astra before putting it up for sale and saw interior light was faulty so took it to dealership. Mentioned to them in passing that my car was a manual and that the V5 has it registered as 'auto' and wondered how to go about changing this? Thye said it was very rare to hear that but they would have a look at my car.

    2 hours later they told me that my car has a 1.6 engine in it!!!. The number plates refer to a 1.8 vvt sri so this would mean the car has the wrong engine. (Even the 1.8 sign is on the back of car). Appenrently my number plate correlates to an 1.8 auto whilst i am driving a 1.6 manual. (The display is also 'DisplaySafe') They said they didn't think this was Vx fault but would check.

    Bloke phoned me today and explained that he spoke to Vx guy who says it would be nearly impossible to get that many things wrong on the car during production and maybe i should contact police . I have the original invoice for the car so phoned the trader instead and explained all.

    He says, after he did some checking around, that the car must have had a new engine but the ECU hasn't been programmed/reprogrammed properly but that there is def nothing 'dodgy' about the car, even said i could contact police if i wanted myself lol.

    Anyway, he says HE WILL NOT refund me. His best offer is to sell the car on for me (maybe i will get less?). I was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to where i stand legally? As i've only had the car a month and the invoice states its a 1.8; should he give me the money back?

    I am rather stuck and obviously can't sell it myself.

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    I know the 1.8 fuel economy is pretty badm but aren't the 1.6 engines twinport ones...? I'd have thought they'd be ok on fuel... You'd like to think that the Vauxhall garage would know the difference between the two, but it isn't completely out of the question they've made a mistake...

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    TBH, I didn't think you could get a 1.6 SRi, is the dealer definately right? Sounds strange, what does a HPI check throw up?

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    You know what Andrew? You're right...

    You can have the SRi with the 1.6 Turbo, but that's it...

    Have a check online mate at the vauxhall site here and see what gadgets etc your car should have if it's an SRi...

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    On the receipt, does it say sold as seen???
    Or was that in the sale notice at all?

    If it was i would sell it it on yourself after you have found out what exactly your car is, be it 1.6 or 1.8.

    Do what the others have said as well mate, hope it all works out fro ya fella.

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    Well im sure there is legal action to take against the dealership, they cant sell a 1.6 as a 1.8. Find out how much it should be worth get him to sell it, as they have messed you about they will get nothing on the profit etc. Hope you manage something mate.

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    contact your local trading standards, they should be pretty hot on this one. Failing that your Area has a pretty good CAB who may help.

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    Trading standards is best bet especially if it's a Reg Vardy cause they're desperate to pin something on them!!!

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    Trading Standards, Mis-Sold. And unless 'Sold as Seen' on invoice, Refusing to do anything about it!

    -Wrong Gearbox on Logbook,
    -Wrong Engine in Car (or Badge & Logbook!)
    -ECU Issue?

    Thats not how you sell a 2007? Astra!

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    The invoice is standard and doesn't have "sold as seen" on it. It states the car is an 1.8.

    The car is the sri model. But it seems it has had an engine transplant.

    It has the right badge/vin/colour etc for the registration. But then engine number doesn't match (it being a 1.6) and the ECU is playing up. Someone told me the ECU goes with the engine?

    He's told me he won't refund and that i could go to a solicitors but won't get anywhere with it. Even if it goes to court, if he acts like he has no money whats the point?

    He said he'll sell it on for me, and when its sold i sign it to him and he signs it over to the new seller and i get the money. thus i'm clear of any repurcussions but i don't see how he's going to sell it?

    My main problem is this is inheritance money and i don't really have funds to go to solicitors. I suppose i'll have to call trading standards, but again is it better going with him selling it option rather than him denying/lying etc to them...

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