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    Default Looking to get a 3.0cdti

    Hello all,
    I'm really interested in getting a vectra 3.0cdti, have between 4-5k to spend, i've seen some for 4k 54plate but with 90k miles, what common problems will there be with these? i know the cam belt should of been changed but anything else i should look out for?
    thanks.

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    Cam belt
    Waterpump
    Service History
    Suspension - Coil springs can snap

    I've loved every minute of owning my 3.0 but definately look closely as the above things can be VERY expensive if they go wrong!

    hth

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    i have the elite one on a 03 plate superb car brings a smile to my face everytime i put my foot down! get one

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    Blimey, if you want a 2004 3.0 V6 CDTI with 90K miles for £4K, then you can have mine...
    2005 3.0 V6 CDTI SRi with 80K miles and full VX history

    Seriously though, you should be able to get a good one for between £3K and £4K

    If you do find one, with the ignition key out press the odometer and see if the distance to next service is displayed
    It should be anywhere between 31000 and 2000, and should match the service history and gap to next service
    If nothing displays then the car is not on ECO Flex servicing

    In my own experience the only major issue were the rear suspension bushes beng replaced at 45K miles
    Some minor issues with indicators and traction control lights, but this was corrected with a new Steering Angle sensor and CIM module

    Tyres should last you up to 20K miles, swapping rear to front as they wear
    If you leave them on the front then expect between 5K and 10K miles

    Front brake pads have a life of about 20K miles, rear brake pads at about 30K miles
    Front brake discs should last to three sets of brake pads, the rears to just one

    Finally, use only GM specification 5W-30 oil, unless you plan to lower the service intervals to 10K miles which I would recommend anway
    I already plan to do this once the warranty on my car runs out in November, but I will still be using 5W-30 oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by robster23 View Post
    Cam belt
    Waterpump
    Suspension - Coil springs can snap
    What's wrong with the cambelt?
    This is an Isuzu engine, unlike the GM engines, and is pretty much bomb proof
    In any other GM engine I would recommend lowering the cambelt renewal to 40K miles, but even on the Isuzu forums there are very few (if any) reports of issues or concern over premature failure of cambelts

    Waterpump
    Never heard of this one on the 3.0 V6 CDTI
    Again, if it was a GM engine then I would recommend renewing at cambelt change
    As I understand it the waterpump is not driven off the cambelt on this engine

    Suspension springs
    I have to agree there are increasing reports over premature failure of these on Vectra C and Signum models
    Does anyone know why?
    Equally, there seem to be fewer reports of such issues on the models with sports suspension setup

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    m8internet Hi Where did you get your steering angle Sensor vauxhall say it only comes with a rack.

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