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    Hi,

    I would really appreciate some opioions on a high mileage Vectra C V6 CDTI. I am looking at one tomorrow which has done over 140k on an 04 plate and have great reservations on its relabilty and the potential for being a money pit. Its got FSH from a VX maindealer and the seller assures me these are motorway miles so *should* be fine.

    I spoke to a vx tech and has said they have long book times for jobs which probably means they pretty complex and expensive if they go wrong. I have got the seller down to just over 3k which i am not sure if this a fair price although it seems clean enoght with full leather altho there is a noise from one of the rear wheels which he says is the wrong tire!?, i would probably do a full AA inspect if i was going to go for it.

    I do probably 20 -30k a year with work and need a pretty reliable motor that will last a few years - am i expecting too much!

    Can get a good 150 for just a little bit more under a 100K would this be a better option?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    For the love of your wallet. DON'T BUY IT.

    I did...It had 148k when I bought it and ever since that day I'm having problems with it. EGR, injectors, smoke smoke smoke...Fuel economy is good considering the problems and the way I treat it lol

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    Like Celes says, leave it well alone.
    For £3k, you'll get an 05 plate 150 CDTI with around 80k miles on. Provided its been well maintained, it'll prove far more reliable.
    Mines an 06 with almost 60k on i t now, granted it needs a service, but the only thing to go wrong was the swirl valve under warranty.
    It just keeps getting better and better with age.

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    140K miles on an 04 reg
    I wouldn't pay more than £1500, even with the VX history
    Check the service book, as it should have had a cambelt change (AND the stamp or receipt for that)

    The service intervals are 2 years / 30K miles, but in my experience it won't get much beyond 20K miles before the service indicator comes on

    The engines themselves are bomb-proof
    However, when they go wrong, they are complex AND expensive
    The cambelt is 6 hours, to give you an idea

    Mine has just suffered its first major gremlin at 4 years / 92K miles
    However, the car remained driveable at 60mph for a further 500 miles so that I got home
    It's been traced to faulty injectors, so I will report back on whwta that costs shortly

    All other faults have been standard ones that apply across the range (electrics, trim, etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by signum_1.9 View Post
    Like Celes says, leave it well alone.
    For £3k, you'll get an 05 plate 150 CDTI with around 80k miles on. Provided its been well maintained, it'll prove far more reliable.
    Mines an 06 with almost 60k on i t now, granted it needs a service, but the only thing to go wrong was the swirl valve under warranty.
    It just keeps getting better and better with age.
    Oh very dear! I would always choose the V6 over the 150. Too many of them have problems. Swirl valves are best part of £600. Unfortunately it looks like the V6's are ok until they go wrong, then its very expensive. But then what isn't!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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