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    Vehicle : Vectra

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    Engine : 2.2 Direct Petrol

    Year : 2006

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    Hi

    I've been browsing the forums for a while now, and must say it is both a friendly and helpful place to be.

    Looking for a replacement for my 2002 Passat 1.8T Tiptronic, i narrowed the choice down to a 9-5, Avensis and Vectra. It had to be petrol and automatic too. The 9-5 (although a very good car) seemed too dated and risky. The Avensis was just too boring and has no 'user community'. I've been driving VWs for 7+ years now (trouble-free) but the new Passat is too big, and too pricey for what it offers. So I went for the Vectra - smooth engine, japanese sourced autobox, fantastic spec, ideal mile muncher and great value.

    So ... I've bought a 55 plate Vectra Elite 2.2 Auto in Silver with 20k miles. I'm picking it up this evening. Feeling kinda sad about my Passat (which I had for 4 years from 10k to 70k miles), and also somewhat nervous about buying an unfamiliar car. Did i make the right decision??

    Even though i was lurking in 'stealth mode', many thanks for the help in making my decision.

    Pics to follow next week - and maybe a comparison review between the Passat and Vectra, for those looking to make a similar move.

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    Howdo & welcome from another Bradford member lol...

    A comparison would be good, what are your first impressions

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    I'm on my third vectra, and second 2.2 auto and think they are great engines.

    I'm guessing it's a 2.2 Direct?

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    to the site.

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    Welcome mate! Good choice of motor

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    I certainly prefer mine to my dad's 57 plate Passat.
    Although since his is a company car it does go better
    Is yours a facelift or pre-facelift?

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    My family used to have only VW´s but slowly with the increased prices of them and the insurance and the obvious decrease in their quality we have slowly moved over to other brands. Yeah I choose a Veccy mine is petrol but I´m sure you will be happy with you new diesel

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    Hi, I've just come over to VX after a few years in Golfs and finally a Bora. I got the 2.2 manual Signum, and I'm not missing the VW at all. I was similar to you in that I didn't want to pay the premium for an older Golf when I got so much more for my money with this car. You'll enjoy it.

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    Hi - just got back! Collected my new Veccy, then went down South to collect my son for half-term.

    The car is a 55 Reg Vectra 2.2 Direct Auto (petrol) - Elite model, star silver with black leather.

    First impressions after a 400 mile round trip..... WOW!!!!!! I LOVE IT !!!!

    I'll give a full report tomorrow but let me just say i was doing a steady 80ish for approx 400 miles. The computer says i got 38.7mpg!! Result or what, from a big petrol auto....

    This car is so great, i could write pages and pages about it. I missed my Passat for about 30 minutes lol. I cant believe the Vectra is so good. Anyway, will post back tomorrow.

    ps - the auto-dimming rear view mirror was a treat (never had it before) and worked very well. But i couldnt believe it when the wing mirrors were also auto-dimming - now that was a surprise!

    Catch you all tomorrow.
    Thanks for the welcome!

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    Along and remember the law. Pictures plz

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