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    Default Back in the dealership!!! Emission light glowing / limp home mode

    My spanner light came on whilst cruising home last night down the M1 at 70ish followed by a bit of a stumble from the engine. The rest of the journey I stayed in the slow lane in case it broke down and I arrived home (eventually) with the spanner light still glowing.
    This morning it was a bu99er to start – about ten goes with the starter until I finally coaxed it into life. It’s now running in ‘limp-home’ and very rough it is too, cutting the throttle abruptly at 3000 revs. The emissions (engine shape) light is glowing continuously, suggesting the fault is possibly something to do with the cat or the lambda sensor.
    I’ve just dropped it off at Crownhill VX in Milton Keynes in the hope that they can look at it today (ever the optimist!). At least it’ll all be warranty work since the car is less than eighteen months old.
    Testament to the amount of trouble I’ve had with this car is the fact that the chap on the service desk knew my name unprompted!.......I’m one of his regulars!!!
    Despite never actually letting me down, I am well hacked-off with the poor reliability of the Vectra and the number of niggling (usually computer related) fault I’ve had over my five months ownership and the many trips to the dealer (and having to cadge lifts off colleagues and mates). This is my worst car ever in terms of reliability, problems and faults, despite being really well finished and it does actually ‘feel’ like a quality product.
    Will I buy another?…….it’s getting more and more doubtful……
    Doug

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    I think the 2.2 petrol engine seems to be the most troublesome lump in the vectra, going on past posts

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    I had a similar story with warranty work with mine, I became like a piece of the furniture at the dealers. After a few heated calls with the service manger at VX customer care I got the car sorted. To be fair I have not had any engine trouble, mostly electrics, shocks, electrics and electrics ...

    I have some relatives down your way Doug, in bletchley who I stayed with for trax. I will probably be down again this year.

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    Default Swirl Valve Broken

    They’ve just phoned me and it’s the “swirl valve” that’s broken – something on the inlet manifold they say.
    Part has been ordered and should be in tomorrow – so I will be mobile tomorrow afternoon – hopefully.
    Anyone know what a ‘swirl valve’ does?
    A bit happier now, but I can’t help thinking that if I’d had wanted to get this friendly with my local dealer’s service staff…..I might as well have bought an Alfa Romeo!!!

    Can’t fault the service I’ve received at Crownhill – I phoned and reported the fault at 5:30 last night and they squeezed my car in this morning – and got on with it straight away. Had they had the part in stock – I’d have been back on the road before lunchtime.
    Doug

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