Hello - great to find this forum.
Sorry for a long story, but really hoping some kind soul can tell me if I have faults or am just over-anxious and paranoid?..
Just bought a 07 plate Vectra elite from dealer a couple of weeks ago. As part of the deal, they agreed to put parking sensors on it.
Well from the beginning, the sensors would go off occasionally while driving at speed. Then after a few days, driving down the motorway, they just started going off constantly.
So the garage arranged for the 3rd party they used to fit the sensors to pick the car up, and take it off to be fixed. They promised to have it back same day cos I was due to leave on holiday that night (in the car).
When I rang them at 5pm to ask where my car was, they said they had triggered a problem with the headlights and had to get that fixed. Finally they brought it back, saying that they had fixed the headlight problem by disconnecting the battery.. and would need to get the car back to sort the sensors. Because I needed the car back that day, the guy said he had disconnected the sensors from coming on when brake is pressed, meaning they would only work when reverse is selected. This would stop the sensors going off at speed, but he told me he would need it back when I was back from holiday, to sort it. Strange thing is, when I got him to switch on and show me the lights were all ok, I noticed that the central display showed a screen I had never seen before - one with air con settings, which I registered at the time seemed a bit weird, like, why would he need to be changing the air con settings?
At this point, I just felt like I didn't want to let the guy anywhere near my nice new car again, and I was thinking I will just manage with what I have got.
Problem is, basic psychology means I am now paranoid about whether he may have messed up any other aspects of the electrics, and I can't tell what might be a fault or not.
So if you have got this far, could anyone tell me whether any of the following are normal or sound like faults?
1. Yesterday, when I switched on, the central display seemed to have gone much dimmer than usual. It was in auto mode, but I tried switching on the headlights so I could try adjusting it with the switch on the side panel, but even all the way to the max, the 'white' parts of the display seem more like grey, as if it has just got dim. Am I going mad? I'm sure it used to be much brighter...
2. The 'auto' button on the main panel used to light up when you pressed it. Now it only seems to light up if the temp controls are set to a temp instead of 'lo'. Is that normal?
3. Car seems to mist up all the time now. Even after a long time driving, it will start misting up. I feel like maybe the recirc is on even though the light is saying it is not....?
I can live with the last two points, but the dim display is really doing my head in. It's much harder to see what you are doing...
Please don't laugh at me if I'm just paranoid. Or even if you do, I guess it would be better than taking it back to the dealer and having them laugh at me...