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    When I bought my vectra C in 2005 (54 plate) I was told that it would require servicing every 2 years. It went for its 1st service in august 2006 at the local vx dealer. There I was told it was up to me whether I kept it on the 2 year service programme or went to the annual service! I asked which they recommended and she didn't really know? I went for the 2 year one. It's now due for a service again and I must admit I don't know whether to get the 2 year service or the annual one. I was told they use the same oil, parts etc for both! So what's the advantage of the 2 year one? Is there more chance of things going wrong on the 2 year one?
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    Sounds like your car is on ecoflex servicing which is 20k/2 years max on petrol and 30k/2 years max on diesel unless the service light (oil can) flashes up beforehand.

    Primarily designed to appeal to fleet managers in order to keep costs down. Not sure if Vectras still have it...

    My car (53 plate) is on ecoflex and it generally gets to about 18 months/16k when the service light flashes up.

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    As above

    With the ignition off, if you can press the odometer reset and the service interval displays, then your car is on ECOFlex
    This is a maximum two year service interval
    However, the car determines the service by mileage first

    If the above does not work, then the car is on annual servicing

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    Mine has always displayed more than 20K when first reset, the last actual service interval was 22K before the indicator came on, not the 'max' 20K.
    Very strange.

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    It's the same with the 3.0 V6 CDTI on ECOFlex
    It starts off displaying 31000 when the service intervals are 2 years / 30K miles

    The additional mileage is probably an allowance to take into account that many people take their car in before the service interval

    However, the difference soon reduces and mine is down from a 31K interval to about 26K miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    As above

    With the ignition off, if you can press the odometer reset and the service interval displays, then your car is on ECOFlex
    This is a maximum two year service interval
    However, the car determines the service by mileage first

    If the above does not work, then the car is on annual servicing
    mine must be on the ECOFlex plan then as mine does this a 2006 55 1.8 vectra. i was told by the dealer though it should be serviced every year so which one should i do as i only do about 6k a year?

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    Had this debate with my dealer when I picked up my 2008 Signum 3.0CDTi Elite.
    Have requested that they set the EcoFlex option and will work to the 2 years or the indicator. Pay for 1 service a year or every second year? You know it makes sense.
    The indicator should pick up if your low mileage is needing an earlier service.

    Also have this set on 3 family Corsas - works well and genuinely does seem to reflect mileage and usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kns View Post
    mine must be on the ECOFlex plan then as mine does this a 2006 55 1.8 vectra. i was told by the dealer though it should be serviced every year so which one should i do as i only do about 6k a year?
    You will need to look at your Service Book, as from 2005MY the service schedules were revised, yet again!
    Basically, unless you know that your car is on 2 year servicing, or you get to the "INSP" / Service required indicator, then assume your car is due a service every year

    The dealership that prepared my car made the same mistake, thinking the car was due a service every year
    However, they didn't record the service and I only found out about it when the car was booked in for what I though was it's first service when the indicator told me so!

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    i stick my own cars on the yearly service, found this is a good for me as i rarely do over 10k per annum anyway.
    i suppose if your doing high mileage this could work out expensive, but as previous threads have said, its better to be safe then sorry.
    Its your call, but IMO i would stick the the yearly route, found this is better all round.

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    I have booked my car in for it's service this week. The local vx dealership were quoting £199 for service (2 year one). I got a quote from another service centre (non vx) and they quoted for a full service incl. air & pollen filter, oil, fuel & oil filter, plugs etc etc & re-gas aircon for £198. Am going with the latter.........trust them more than vx dealer!!

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