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    Hi there guys,

    I've finally got some time to myself and the Vectra is in need of a service. I've just had a browse through the service booklet and it tells me that it was serviced:

    40K on 2/3/2007
    (Full service)

    It's currently on:

    63K on 3/1/09


    So It looks like I'll be needing to give it a full service. What would you typically need to replace and check for on a 2.0 DTI?

    In the last month I have fitted new brake pads and drop links on the front.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Basically every odd service (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc) is nothing more than a glorified oil and filter change and visual inspection

    Renew :
    oil (5w30)
    oil filter
    air filter (optional)
    pollen filter (optional)
    fuel filter (optional - check for water and drain if not being renewed)
    brake fluid, if not renewed on 02/03/2007

    Check :
    Front brake pads and discs
    Rear brake pads and discs
    Coolant
    Power Steering
    Steering system
    Wheel moutings, suspension front and rear, brake lines, brake pressure hoses, fuel lines (optional)

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    Superb. Thanks mate.

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    In my 2.0DTi Astra I found it didn't like 5W30 - it drank it. Ran fine on 10W40. I also found any longer than 10k the oil was totally knackered, so I can't imagine what yours is like after 23k.

    I used Fuchs SynDiesel 10W40 fully synthetic (also sold as Silkolene TurboleneDX)

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    Hmm, I just been to the local autmotive place and got some 5W30 as that was what was recommended. I'll see how it goes, I imagine this is what is in at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ZS_ View Post
    In my 2.0DTi Astra I found it didn't like 5W30 - it drank it. Ran fine on 10W40. I also found any longer than 10k the oil was totally knackered, so I can't imagine what yours is like after 23k
    Depends on what year the Astra is
    Up to 2004 : 10w40
    2004 on : 5w30

    I've always advocated changing the oil in a diesel at half the interval of a petrol
    If you think 23K miles is bad in a Vectra on ECO Service, what do you think mine will be like at 30K miles on ECO Flex!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Depends on what year the Astra is
    Up to 2004 : 10w40
    2004 on : 5w30
    Not many 2004 2.0DTi Astras though, most were 1.7CDTi by then. My 52-plater was one of the last 2.0DTi (had the stupid half-CANBUS Vectra engine with all the extra sensors and the unmappable ECU).

    5W30 may be fine, I was just letting you know my experiences on a low miles engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ZS_ View Post
    5W30 may be fine, I was just letting you know my experiences on a low miles engine
    Diesel engine and low miles, but how low is low!
    Anything under 20K miles a year on a diesel is low
    Anything under 15K miles a year on a diesel is ridiculously low and the owner may as well have a petrol

    On the plus side, low mileage diesel cars hold their value better, as there is likely to be more life left in them
    I tend to be of the opinion that a petrol car will last between 70K and 100K miles, and for a diesel between 120K and 150K miles
    After that repair bills outweigh the running costs

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