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    Hi All,

    I've recently bought a 2006 Vectra 1.9 CDTI (120bhp) - a quick decision based on the fact my C class merc was rapidly dying and the dealer offered me a good p/x value.

    Generally, for the money I can't complain - it does what it says on the tin. However, as soon as it rains the car becomes lethal. Accelerate a little enthusiastically and it torque steers like crazy. Go a little fast around a roundabout and the whole car is sliding sideways as if I've hit black ice.

    I know I'm used to rear wheel drive and traction control (although it rarely kicked in - I don't generally drive like a loon) but I am finding I'm having to drive exceptionally carefully in the Vectra.

    Tyre pressures check out ok - but the tyres themselves are labelled 'Event' - a brand I've never heard of. Is this standard Vauxhall tyres? The car has done 16k and the tyres look fairly new so it's possible the previous owner (or garage) used the cheapest possible tyres when replacing the originals.

    Is it likely the tyres or are my decsriptions above typical of the Vectra?


    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by thespirit3 View Post
    ....but the tyres themselves are labelled 'Event' - a brand I've never heard of. Is this standard Vauxhall tyres? The car has done 16k and the tyres look fairly new so it's possible the previous owner (or garage) used the cheapest possible tyres when replacing the originals.

    Is it likely the tyres or are my decsriptions above typical of the Vectra?
    Its certainly not typical bud, I reckon its the tyres that are the problem, 'Event' are a budget tyre that are probably quite hard (to prolong life and make them seem a bargain) but in some conditions are actually dangerous (the standard tyres are Goodyear Eagle NCT5's BTW).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    Its certainly not typical bud, I reckon its the tyres that are the problem, 'Event' are a budget tyre that are probably quite hard (to prolong life and make them seem a bargain) but in some conditions are actually dangerous (the standard tyres are Goodyear Eagle NCT5's BTW).
    yep = what he said

    tyres will be the problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    the standard tyres are Goodyear Eagle NCT5's BTW
    Which are equally as crap.

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    It's worth spending a little time looking at a few threads via the 'search' on tyres as said 'Event' is a budget tyre hth .............

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    Thanks all - this is reassuring!

    Now I know what the problem is I'll search previous posts for tyres ...


    Steve

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    I quite like kicking the arse end round a round about thats why i always buy budget (not because i'm a tight arse)

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    Tyres like 'Events' should come with a wet weather warning on them IMO
    Remember the warning on GT Suzuki brakes in the 1970's?

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    try toyo proxes,any decent tyre stockist should stock them!,ive got them all round on my 54 plate 1.8 sxi and they are a mid compound rubber that is to say that they are not hard and not too soft,vauxhall tend to put hard compound rubber on the vectras because its a repmobile and need to last mega miles! Take them off!, find the bin!, and go and buy some decent rubber!. Toyos stick to the black stuff like ba ba to a blanket in the dry and if you actually know how to drive at speed in the wet (like me,A.D.T.),then fork out between 70 to 80 notes each per tyre and you should be a bit better off!,till then just slow down a bit! Besides the bobbies on "road wars" dont have any trouble chucking the vectras about in the rain!

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    Tyres I would say is the problem,also would not hurt getting a 4 wheel alignment check done.
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