Might go back to my Vectra routes (had a Vectra B sri a few years back).
Considering a Vectra C probably pre-facelift.
It will almost certainly be an Sri as I like the little styling edges over the less sporty options. The only thing that narks me about the Sri spec is the lack of electric windows in the rear…this seems so far behind other manufacturers of similar spec’d (and even lesser spec’d cars)!?
So it will boil down to engine….(and colour!)
road tax 09/10
2.2 Direct (1427kg)
1.9CDTi (150) (1532kg)
There doesn’t seem to be a massive amount of difference between the 3 engines. Obviously the 2.0T is slightly quicker and the 1.9CDTi is certainly more frugal.
I don’t do loads of miles per annum, say 12,000 so fuel economy isn’t top priority but I’ve noticed that all 3 engines cost a similar amount for a 2004/5 car (initial car purchase cost) so maybe its worth saving some money with the fuel.
I’d probably tune the 1.9CDTi if I got that, I’d leave the 2.0T alone as fuel economy not the best to start with and obviously there is very little you can do with the 2.2direct anyway.
I’m interested in drivabilty and also longevity and hassle free motoring. Owned a Toyota and nothing ever went wrong with it. To be honest, I’d like this from the Vectra. As I said earlier, I’ve ownwed a Vectra B and it wasn’t great with reliability…crankshaft sensor, crack in exhaust manifold, rocker oil seal, alternator, airbag warning faults, ecu light on, IAC needing cleaning out or stalling issues. Despite all this, I actually quite liked the drive of it and considered the initial price of the car to be ok for all the goodies the car had.
I’ve heard about issues with failing dual mass flywheels and fuel injectors and even turbos on the diesels...which all seem to cost the earth (also on the Mondeo as considering them but to a muuuuuch lesser extent). Are these well founded or a minute minority? I’m certainly not wanting to buy the 1.9CDTi over the 2.2Direct if its going to cost a lot in repairs, negating its saving in fuel. Same for the 2.0T if that isn’t as reliable, I’d rather stick with the marginally slower 2.2Direct.
I see in the ‘which is the most reliable engine’ poll on here, the 1.9CDTi beats the other two.
Any advice and comments appreciated.