Greetings from Finland.
I recently bought a 2003 3.2 GTS Vectra with an auto-box.
140tkm.(87tml.) on the clock.
The car has been sweet, just a tad noisy because of the badly worn 17" tires.. but that is easy to fix and something I have gotten used to with vectras.
So, all was good untill i examined the car a little closer.
I tought that there was a slight sweet smell of coolant after longer journeys, and as i took a closer look today my worst fears came true.
The headgasket is leaking. The leak is in head facing the firewall on the right corner. It is a really tight spot, and it was hard to find the source for the red coolant, that has smudged the starter motor and its vicinity.
At first i tought it was the coolant tank or its cap p1ssing, but that would have been too easy to fix.
The leak is small enough, that i have not had to fill the coolant up for the few weeks i've had the car. But still big enough to spot on the garage floor. First I tought it was the a/c that is dripping water after driving, as it is. But this time the puddles on the floor did not dry away.
I contacted the dealer, and left the car for them to for repairs. They were willing to sort it out. I am very happy with that. I just hope I get the car back soon, the replacement hyndaewoo kamikaze that they gave me is not quite comparable with the vectra..
But is there something that I should take a closer look at when i get the car back, or has anyone else had the same problem? As i recall this kind of a failure is not that common with this engine. More often it is the heat exchanger under the manifold mixing the oil and water or leaking.
Just wanted to share my experience with the forum, it has been very helpful!