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    I had an hour or so to kill yesterday so went to the local VX dealers and was offered a test drive in a VXR (08 plate arden blue £14,998) think they were having a slow day so tool the salesguy up on the offer!

    I was well impressed with the power and how planted the thing felt, then i turned on the sport mode! That should be set as standard. Any how the short of it is I want one! I got back to the dealers and they gave me the offer...£2300 for my 04 Signum 2.0 Design T (53k). I wasn't really intending on buying at that price so made my excuses, before I was out the door they'd knocked £1500 off the VXR!

    Anyhow I got home and had a look on Autotrader and there seems to be quite a few early VXR's for well under £10k, some as low as £8k. I also saw a couple of signum 2.8T Design, do they share any of the VXR setup, suspenssion/ brakes etc? I know BSR can get the power up to 300bhp so that aspect doesn't worry me. I'd possibly go as high as £10k for a peach example.

    Is there any other differences between the early and late VXR's other than engine output?

    Any other advice well come...

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    Some tweeks to the suspension and thats about it apart from the higher tax band

    But a remap from one of the big VX tuners will take both the 255 and 280 to the same power, around 300bhp and 380-400 lb/ft torque.

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    I've seen a few Siggy 2.8T for under £8k, this looks promising linky With a little remap magic and its a beast.

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    I personally found the exhaust of the 255 version much noiser to the point that it would put me off buying the earlier one.
    The 280 is fine though - cracking car. Shame its £400+ road tax.
    Also I belive the eariler one was the one they tested on Top Gear. I think they sorted the suspension a bit more since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_signum View Post
    I had an hour or so to kill yesterday so went to the local VX dealers and was offered a test drive in a VXR (08 plate arden blue £14,998) think they were having a slow day so tool the salesguy up on the offer!

    I was well impressed with the power and how planted the thing felt, then i turned on the sport mode! That should be set as standard. Any how the short of it is I want one! I got back to the dealers and they gave me the offer...£2300 for my 04 Signum 2.0 Design T (53k). I wasn't really intending on buying at that price so made my excuses, before I was out the door they'd knocked £1500 off the VXR!

    Anyhow I got home and had a look on Autotrader and there seems to be quite a few early VXR's for well under £10k, some as low as £8k. I also saw a couple of signum 2.8T Design, do they share any of the VXR setup, suspenssion/ brakes etc? I know BSR can get the power up to 300bhp so that aspect doesn't worry me. I'd possibly go as high as £10k for a peach example.

    Is there any other differences between the early and late VXR's other than engine output?

    Any other advice well come...
    Is that a suspension setting, or did you try the auto box?

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    Dont go to Arnold Clark in Northwich or Winsford as they are a bunch of !"£$%^&*(). I will never ever buy another car off them and they will never service any of my cars again either

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectraV6CDTi View Post
    I personally found the exhaust of the 255 version much noiser to the point that it would put me off buying the earlier one.
    At what point did they revise the VXR from 255 to 280? What year should I look for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i320 View Post
    Is that a suspension setting, or did you try the auto box?
    The sport setting just sharpens everything up; it stiffens the ride and increases throttle response. Made a BIG difference.

    I'm thinking of trying a Signum 2.8T next, I like my current Signum but lust after the V6 growl and extra grunt. It will be interesting how the handling compares too!

    I too have been burn't by AC in Northwich and Winsford, but I've nothing against wasting there time while I try something that I could get cheaper else where!

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    Your Signum is worth way more than they are offering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran View Post
    Your Signum is worth way more than they are offering.
    I'd like to think so, but you do start to wonder!

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