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    Default Aaaarrggghhh! Help!!!!

    Had the Vectra in at the dealers today, really helpful and i'm about to set off in a minute to pick it up and give the loan car back.

    The help needed is this:

    Its been suffering with flickering dash needles, disco-light traction/ecu/battery lights and a very scary loss of power steering on an occassional basis.

    The garage have just rang to say there are 18 fault codes stored! Most of which point to the SIM/CIM module(however u spell it!!!)

    Had a quote and even with my discount, its still a chunk of money that the household budget doesnt stretch to.

    Anyone had this sorted a bit cheaper? Is there a non-dealer alternative? Do I have to find the money somehow and bite the bullet this time?

    Bit of a nightmare for me and the missus.

    Any help welcome guys!

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    The CIM is normally around £350 and it would cause the faults you describe Not sure if you can get it any cheaper anywhere
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    It does sound like it could be a dodgy CIM - and just the part alone is around £300 IIRC. Before I shelled out that sort of money though, I'd want definite confirmation that it is the CIM unit. Whilst the codes may be pointing towards the module, it doesn't always mean it's faulty - loose cable/plug for example can throw up codes. If you did bite the bullet, I'd want the dealer to agree that if a new CIM was fitted and the problems were still there, that they'd refit the old one and not charge for the new one as it hasn't fixed the problem (and their 'diagnosis' was obviously not correct).

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    Thanks guys.

    Got back from dealer, on the invoice they state "..suggest replacemant of CIM first. May need further parts!"

    Quoting me 300-350pounds supply and fit including VAT.

    Looks like thats them covering themselves, and they have said in the past that any electrical parts that have been fitted would not be accepted for credit.

    Hmmmm.......

    Looks like i'm gonna have to have another chat with them,see if they would do that.

    Any other thoughts?

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    I'd only echo what Duncan said. If they are any good they should replave the right part first, not just start replacing things in the hope of getting it right. Anyone could do that! I would have a word with the service manager and explain that you don't mind them fitting parts to cure the fault but do not expect to pay for them clutching at straws as they are too stupid to get it right.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    eBay bargain, only 2.30 hours to go though !!!

    PS. You WILL still need your dealer to program it into the car for you.

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    PPS. Check it will fit, says 2006 model onwards, would have thought they where all the same, so long as the air bag plugs are the same (theres two types), but not 100% sure.
    Last edited by Green Growler; 21st May 2008 at 17:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Growler View Post
    eBay bargain, only 2.30 hours to go though !!!

    PS. You WILL still need your dealer to program it into the car for you.


    Edit: I just bid a fiver, someone has a bid already on it, No way was I letting it go for £1. Still a bargin! You never know when a spare could help someone out
    Last edited by Big Sig; 21st May 2008 at 17:43.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Just sitting here thinking about this, I know the very early cars had different airbag connectors, but that looks like it has the later twin connectors most of us would have.
    It does say 2006 onwards which just got me thinking may be the CIM is different between full and half canbus cars ?
    ie different CIM's for pre and post facelift ?
    Would make sense I guess, and explain the price as any car that fits is likely to still be covered under warranty. (unless it’s over mileage)

    Would need someone with the tech info available to them to confirm one way or the other.

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    Either way, for £5.50 it was a complete steal
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Indeed m8, you can't go wrong for that money !!!

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