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    Hello All,

    I'm completely new to this forum, so please go easy on me.

    I'm currently seriously considering purchasing a 2004/05 Vectra 2.2 direct SRi.

    I just wondered if there is a standard checklist or known problems to look out for when I go and view one.

    P.S - are these chain driven engines? Should they be changed every 100k miles?

    What mpg can I honsetly expect?

    Are general servicing and spares fairly low cost? (I previously owned an Alfa 156 V6 - i found that quite expensive to maintain)

    Thanks in advance - Hopefully I can become a forum regular

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    Hi mate ,

    I've got a 05 direct , its chain driven - dunno when it needs changed tbh . I get about 26- 28 mpg urban , and about 32mpg on a 40 mile round trip mainly dual caridge way everyday and on a long run to leicester and back (about 400 miles for me) i usually get about 38 ish .

    As far as faults go i've had mine nearly 3 years and it hasn't had any whatsoever - touch wood . I think its a great all rounder .

    servicing , first and second service from vx dealer was circa £170 , third service coming up soon havent got any prices yet.

    oh and spookily my previous motor was also an Alfa 156 (2.0 TS) which i also had for 3 years and spent a grand total of £3000+ to keep the fookin thing on the road so it is a complete pleasure owning my veccy knowing that it aint gonna let me down ! Interior on the alfa is the only thing i miss (i had the sport pack 2 with recaro buckets, gorgeous )
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    Thanks for the info Steveked.

    Some reassuring advice.

    As you say, I don't think you can compete with the interior styling of the Alfa (I had the Sportpack3 - Red Momo Leather seats, carbon effect console etc.), although it was an absolute joy to drive, I was getting seriously getting p***ed off with having to fork out £££'s just to keep it on the road.

    One other thing - my old car use to eat front tyres (lucky to get 10k miles from a set) I hear that tyres for the SRi can be quite expensive. Any idea how much they are and how long they will last?

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    The 215/50's on an sri can be pricey, if you change to 225/45's they are a lot cheaper,also the rear shocks don't last more than 35k,a new pair are around 90 quid to buy or the other option is to buy a complete kit (4x shocks + 4x springs) for about 300 quid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calamity Gian View Post
    Thanks for the info Steveked.

    Some reassuring advice.

    As you say, I don't think you can compete with the interior styling of the Alfa (I had the Sportpack3 - Red Momo Leather seats, carbon effect console etc.), although it was an absolute joy to drive, I was getting seriously getting p***ed off with having to fork out £££'s just to keep it on the road.

    One other thing - my old car use to eat front tyres (lucky to get 10k miles from a set) I hear that tyres for the SRi can be quite expensive. Any idea how much they are and how long they will last?

    My originaly nct5's lasted about 25k and i still have my rears on @ 29k but i suppose you could eat em up if you drive more agressively ! as above get the 45's i paid about 65 each for goodyear excellence (which are actually not excellent at all lol)

    oh and i put a K&N panel filter on (about £45) and that helped alot with a flat spot i used to have low down in the early gears.

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    I have the 2.2 Direct SRi also, brilliant car had some problems with it earlier in the year with fueling but since then it's been spot on.

    I get 30-31mpg urban 33-35mpg commuting and on a run to blackpool over the weekend was getting between 38-41mpg with a car full.

    Only changed the panel filter, airbox mod, GSi air intake, Magnex duel exit exhaust and 18" rims. Next year looking ar replacing the springs shocks with B4's and eibach.

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    oh yeah i forgot about that i also did the airbox mod too and the almost obligatory irmscher front grille (best mod imo on a pre facelift) wont be doing nowt else to it as the missus has rubber stamped a new motor when this ones paid up in feb 09 , so far its a toss up between a veccy VXR or Impreza WRX(the last of the saloon shape not the newest one) so far i'm firmly in the VXR camp as its a better "family" car

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    I will also be stick with vauxhall moved away from vauxhall for a few years but am glad I'm back now. Have considered a newer vectra next but would miss some of the toys mine has. Mainly because I'm lazy you know auto headlights, winscreen wipers, drivers mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyreman View Post
    The 215/50's on an sri can be pricey, if you change to 225/45's they are a lot cheaper,also the rear shocks don't last more than 35k,a new pair are around 90 quid to buy or the other option is to buy a complete kit (4x shocks + 4x springs) for about 300 quid.
    Why might this be the case and its it recommended to put that size on as mine have the 215/50/17?

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    225/45 is a more common size and there's more choice of makers,the best thing to do is replace the original tyres with the 225's as they're needed.

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