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    Default Just experienced the Vectra understeer!!

    I have a 1.8 exclusive so no sports suspension but I do have 225/40/18's on it.

    I have just driven a 1.9 150 diesel sri (so sports suspension) properly for the first time. I though it was rubbish, it understeered like hell. All the extra weight at the front really changes the charactoristics of the car and it makes the lift off oversteer worse! I like the stiffer sort of turn in but after that it slides...

    If i am honest it was the model I always wished I bought but couldn't afford, but now i'm not so sure. It was a lot faster in normal driving in terms of pick-up, but when you rev it up I'm not sure its that much quicker than the 1.8vvt jobby either!

    Just wondering what peoples thoughts are. The diesel did have quite worn tyres on and they were only the 215 17"'s but i still could'nt believe it.

    Oh and the seats are 100 times better than the standard ones, I may try and get some!

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    Worth trying to get the seats mate, you'll get the lot for about 100 quid or so or even the GSi half leather for about 200-250.

    They are really comfy

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    I have the 235/35/19s on mine with good bridgestone tyres (plenty of tread) and the turn in is awesome. In fact with the crappy marshall tyres on the back, I managed to get the back end to 'ave a word' in the wet a couple of days ago...must get some decent boots on the back when they've worn out...

    Anyway, point being the turn-in with the 235s and decent tyres on front is fantastic. So much so you have to watch the back end.

    (Oh and my previous was an Accord Type R so no stranger to good FWD handling).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucklestone View Post
    The diesel did have quite worn tyres on and they were only the 215 17"'s but i still could'nt believe it.
    Cheap / Worn tyres are the difference between a great ride with fantastic grip to somehting quite dangerous.

    Dont even think about a comparison until you have driven one with a good set of boots.

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    Mine is the SRI cdti 150 with the 225/45/17 modd and it handles like a dream. The days of bad handling was when it had the standard Goodyears NCT on and then it was really bad / dangerous at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDY W View Post
    Mine is the SRI cdti 150 with the 225/45/17 modd and it handles like a dream. The days of bad handling was when it had the standard Goodyears NCT on and then it was really bad / dangerous at times.
    i thought the goodyears nct's were fantastic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly Addict View Post
    I have the 235/35/19s on mine with good bridgestone tyres (plenty of tread) and the turn in is awesome. In fact with the crappy marshall tyres on the back, I managed to get the back end to 'ave a word' in the wet a couple of days ago...must get some decent boots on the back when they've worn out...
    pretty similar situation here, 235/35/19 fitted with dunlop sport maxx tires which are still like new actually (2k miles max) on sport suspension

    i should also mention that the engine is tuned which makes it a bit wilder..

    now for handling i really have no complains but i must admit that the car disappointed me once until now in a situation that could have ended badly, it was fish tail at about 60mph while i was avoiding something in a sharp turn..

    anyway i think the handling is great but it easily gets wild if you arent careful...

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    I know the tyres make a massive difference, you could just feel it was heavier..... I think to be honest it was how suddenly it let go that got me!

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    The 90k Sri i have now and the brand new desgin i had are like chalk and cheese , the sri is so much better to drive , body control is spot on , my old vec was like a ship in a force 10 gale on some roads , and i followed a life billy basic a few days ago and that was bobbing about like monica lewinskys head as well.

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