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    Hi,
    I'm just about to buy a 1.8vvt SRI nav estate, joined the forum last night and not found a good comment on this engine! is it really that bad?
    I have driven the old 1.8 before and thought that a little flat, assumed the vvt with extra horses would be fine.
    The last 3 cars I have had have been diesel, change in circumstance means the Freelander 2 has to go.
    I looked at the MPG, diffrential in petrol and diesel prices,. differential in purchase price and the VX claimed mpg for these cars and decided their was little, if any finacial reason to find the extra cash and look for a diesel.
    Can anyone tell me my logic is correct or otherwise?
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    while not being a scientific evaluation I've got exactly what you are thinking of buying and find it absolutely fine. Its not the fastest (but i think its faster than my 05 MG ZT that was also a 1.8 but a saloon) but when its up to speed its pretty good in 3rd gear. Does about 38MPG on average. In fact on a recet motorway run it did over 500 miles before a fill up. I guess it depends what you want it for. Mines two years old and never had a problem from the engine.

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    its o.k,keeps up with daiy traffic-can go quite well if pushed hard but then uses a lot of fuel.I bought my hatchback based on price to change and its a lot better than the 1.8 mondeo it replaced,just don't expect a rocket ship!.I would try and haggle hard l and see what you can get them down to on the various engine options before making a decision

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    See this thread Dave.

    http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=47889

    Cannot fault mine.


    Snowman, you got your ears on?

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    Guys, many thanks for your input, feel much better now!
    Think I am getting a good deal:
    http://www.motordepot.co.uk/car-supe..._1.8i+vvt+sri+[sat+nav]+5dr.htm
    What do yuo think?
    They have a good price on the cdti150 buts its auto (not a prob) and not the estate (a prob) and not nav (not sure if thats a prob but really fancy built in nav).
    Cheers all

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    Would have thought the 1.8 was a bit under powered for the estate, but thats me

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    I think it is underpowered too in both hatch especially in estate form, I would rather have the 150BHP diesel.

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    Depends on price differnce and mileage you're doing. I can't fault the power and fuel economoy mixture I get from my 1.9 150 diesel, but you have to look at how much extra you'd be paying for it over the petrol model. Plus, the only petrol model worth buying is the 2.0 Turbo, which has oodles more power, plenty of torque but can do similar economy to the 1.8, as some people have found...

    Vectra is a very heavy car, estate especially I'd have thought, which is why the 1.8 can struggle at times and have poor economy if pushed.

    Overall - check out every engine for figures (economy/performance/price) and see which maches your budget and driving habits best mate...

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    I have the VVTi in an Sri estate.
    Its a fine engine and it's not underpowered.

    I love mine, and despite what all the doubting thomas' on here say it's a great engine, and I have yet to hear of any problems with the VVTi unit, unlike the CDTi....!!

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    You need to test drive the 1.8, 2.2 direct and the 150 diesel on the type of roads you mostly drive on. I recently bought my SRi and test drove all three. In hatch form I found the 1.8 too slow for me, the diesel had plenty of torue so felt fast but the 2.2 won it for me or was it the twin exhaust.

    I prefer to spends a few hundred a year on something I enjoy driving. If I had more it would be the V6 for me.

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