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    How useful are the Haynes manuals if you have a facelift vectra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrh1 View Post
    How useful are the Haynes manuals if you have a facelift vectra.

    I bought the last revision Haynes for my old facelift 56 plate when I had it, mechanical parts have changed very little, engines, are almost the same with virtually no changes. There are a few small differences which are not in the manual but nothing major that I noticed. Mainly some wiring circuitry due to canbus changes.
    You dont really have much choice. if you want a workshop manual, and certainly better than nothing at all, its still quite useful.
    Still worth buying IMO.

    Before you ask... I gave mine to one of the members for a small donation to 'Help the Heroes' appeal. So no longer have it. Not needed due to the fact I bought a Insignia.

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    I have the H Manual and use it for my facelift. For the main things, engine, other mechanicals, most of the trim etc, it's so similar that any differences can readily be worked out.

    The main obvious differences are with bits at the front end - bulb changing may require different bits to be removed to gain good access than with the pre facelift, the bumper will be different etc.

    One of the main issues I found is that the pre facelift CDTi has a removeable under engine tray insert for oil changing, like my old B DTi did. On the facelift CDTi, it's not removable but hinges on one side, so unless the car is high enough, it isn't on ramps, it can't properly be hinged down and the whole front undertray has to be removed to get access to drain the oil. Easy enough but takes somewhat longer to do & is a lot more cumbersome to replace than the small insert with the car only on ramps.

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    Thanks. Just want to find my way around the serviceable parts etc.

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    TBH I don't find them very useful anyway. I replaced the engine on my facelift and it just says thinks like; 'release the quick release connector' and i thought 'yes i know i want to release it just tell me how!!!

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    Lol i know what you mean, i find it handy for torque settings though

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    In general they're pretty good if you accept their limitations, my main uses for them are for torque settings and trim removal - I HATE breaking plastic trim and clips etc. when for example removing door cards and the like. So forearmed with the manual generally does help out here.

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    There alright really and can be usefull

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    I don't know if they've got worse, or it's just the nature of the Vectra being a more complicated car. I had one for my '94 Astra, and I found it really useful. However the one I've got for the Vectra is close to useless. As someone else said, it tells you what to do, but not how to do it. Still a useful thing to own though.

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