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    Default A little help if you will...

    Hi all,

    Been lurking around the forums for a little while now soaking up all the knowledge that everyone seems willing to share, and now I've gotten to the point where I could use your help.

    Having recently had our first child my wife and I have realised that our little 3 door car is just not going to cut it if we ever want to go on a half decent journey so we've been looking for something a bit bigger.

    Originally we were interested in the pre-facelift Vectra C but seeing as the prices on the facelift models are coming down they are becoming more and more attractive. And here is where my question to you comes in...

    Originally we were interested in a 1.9CDTi SRi (07 probably) however the comparative price of the 2.2DTi makes it hard not to seriously consider one as an option. Now the twist is that we have to get an automatic meaning that by my calculation the CO2 of both puts them into the same tax bracket under the new system, so that's one advantage that diesel would usually have gone.

    Now I've heard the 2.2 can be tricky, but when the difference between a the 2.2 vs a 1.9 is around £1,500 for what otherwise is the exact same model it seems like a bargain.

    So, here's my question...taking into account the need to buy an auto, what else should I be considering when comparing the two otherwise identical cars?

    As an extra twist, if I'm not too late there is a 2.2 with XP currently available for roughly the same price as a good 1.9CDTi non-XP, so what would you buy if you had the choice today?

    Thanks for reading, it's turned into a bit of a novel - I look foward to hearing what you have to say.

    Cheers,

    Stefan

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    I'd buy the 2.2 XP if it were me.

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    for looks alone i would get the 2.2xp although ive got a 1.9cdti150 sri i wouldve loved the xp just for the look

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    If i was looking for a Auto i think i would get the 3.0 CDTI

    The Auto 1.9CDTi only give you an extra couple of mpg when you look in the Vax books

    Tax may go up a-bit

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    i d go for the 2.2 xp

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    Nope I am going to disagree with you lads sorry But your bassing this on looks and not the driving please and purse string. Remember he has children and will not be racing around anyway. Ok fuels not the cheapest thing these days and the xp pack looks good. But i would still have the newer model and the 150.

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    oil burner if its mpg u want and you can't go wrong with the 1.9 cdti sri, HOWEVER, if your feeling rich and want the flash look, then its the 2.2 x-pack...

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    Just to clarify, is the 2.2 a petrol cos they never did a 2.2 DTi in facelift.

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    Go for the 1.9 as its a better alrounder. I had a conversation with a salesman a few weeks ago at Arnold Clark and he said that they cant get rid of the 2.2's and are having to get rid via the auctions and they are fetching really low prices. If you get the 1.9 now you may pay a bit more but you will get better mpg and when you decide to get rid you will get a better price than the 2.2

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    Interested that the value of petrol 2.2s is weak. Just wondering why? I recently ( end July ) bought a 2.2 Signum Design and have already added 10k to the mileage. It is very nice to drive and is returning 37/38 mpg without trying. It cost £210 to tax but in the scheme of things that doesn't seem too bad. Why, if it is not a silly question, is this engine becoming so unpopular?

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