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    Default 2005/2006 signum/vectra alternator issues

    just wondering if this is more widespread

    both myself (55 reg signum) and a business friend (06 reg signum) have both had alternator failures within 2 weeks of each other !

    I know there was a recall based around 04/05 cars, but what i am wondering is if the problem has not gone away, and is now becoming apparent in the later facelifted cars as well

    any thoughts ?

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    Had it happen this week on 55 plate 1.9 cdti

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    +1 - mine was January '05.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top banana View Post
    any thoughts ?
    Yep.
    Crappy Denso part, end of. Was happy with the car until that happened.

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    55 plate 1.9cdti 150 31500 miles,new alternator £400 lighter. 4weeks out of warranty.

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    Blimey that's got me panicking now lads! Mine's a 55 plate Signum. How the f**k do Vauxhall justify £400 for a blo*dy alternator, someone explain please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRLUBBERLUBBER View Post
    Blimey that's got me panicking now lads! Mine's a 55 plate Signum. How the f**k do Vauxhall justify £400 for a blo*dy alternator, someone explain please?
    That's new car prices for you - they are all ridiculous now. Like I said in another thread, I didn't buy a new one - no way in hell was I paying £450 (vx price for my particular one, there are different types) - so I got an auto electrician to look at it. All my alternator needed was a little thing called the "rectifier" replacing (repair cost £75), and working perfectly now.

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    Well done mate that's the way to do it! People are so gullible at times, Vauxhall state the price and we don't think twice about it, we just pay. In your case you wasn't having any of it, thats my way of thinking too...like your style!

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    As much as I like the idea of getting a non-vauxhall auto electrician to sort such an issue out, the problem I had was I need the car for my business use, and needed the car sorted that same day.

    as soon as this is the case you have very little option but to use a VX dealer, and subsequently pay their prices.

    my main gripe is in 25 years of driving, mostly with business milage in the 30-40k per year section, I have NEVER had an alternator failure with any other vehicle, nor clutch, or any of the other problems that seem to afflict the vectra-c/signum family

    since my signum went out of manufacturers warranty, I have had to fork out nearly £900 on faulty fuel tank sensor and now the alternator.

    I will seriously rethink my plans to get another vauxhall based on this poor performance.

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    55 plate vectra sri 150 32000 4 weeks out of warranty £269 trade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top banana View Post
    As much as I like the idea of getting a non-vauxhall auto electrician to sort such an issue out, the problem I had was I need the car for my business use, and needed the car sorted that same day.
    as soon as this is the case you have very little option but to use a VX dealer, and subsequently pay their prices.
    Yeah - scuppered with the heavy bill a lot of people will be, unfortunately
    Took the best part of a week until they got the part and fixed everything in my case, just lucky for me I have another car to use.

    And me too, this is the first alternator failure I've ever had. Extremely disappointing.

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