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    Default 3.0 v6 cdti things to look out for

    hi guys thinking of changing the astra for a vec.

    just wondering what sort of things to look out for. i think ill be going for a facelift model but not certain.

    adam

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    Look out for black smoke under load! That leads to believe it has a bad EGR. If you feel a judder when driving it probably has blocked SCVs.

    Good luck

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    Given a choice, go for the prefacelift as it does not have DPF

    If you do go for the prefacelift :
    Check warranty claims from new (contact Sureguard)
    See if the engine has had ANY repairs (injectors and fuel pumps)
    See if the EMS has been updated (Field Remedy 1057)

    Apart from that, the usual Vectra problems then apply; electrics, etc

    What sort of mileage and source?

    Check the service book :
    The prefaclift has 30K miles / 2 years service intervals, however it rarely makes 20K miles (ECO Flex)
    You can check the interval left to next service when checking a car, just press the odometer reset button (no key in the ignition)
    The facelift has 20K miles / 2 years service intervals
    Typical servicing cost is £150 (plus VAT), check what oil is going to be used though, if under warranty then GM-LL oil MUST be used, taking it to £200
    Cambelt is 100K miles / 10 years, typical cost is £500 fitted (£200 kit plus 4 to 6 hours labour)

    Tyres should rotated rear to front as they wear, you will get 10K miles out of the fronts (20K miles in total)
    If the tyres are left on the rear for more than 30K miles they will suffer camber blocking, so cannot be swapped to the front

    Front brake pads typically last 20K miles, front discs 60K miles
    Typical price is £100 (fitted) and £150 (fitted)
    Rear brake pads and discs last about 30K miles, typical cost is £150 (fitted)

    Finally, good luck findng one, hens teeth!
    When you do, haggle hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Given a choice, go for the prefacelift as it does not have DPF

    If you do go for the prefacelift :
    Check warranty claims from new (contact Sureguard)
    See if the engine has had ANY repairs (injectors and fuel pumps)
    See if the EMS has been updated (Field Remedy 1057)

    Apart from that, the usual Vectra problems then apply; electrics, etc

    What sort of mileage and source?

    Check the service book :
    The prefaclift has 30K miles / 2 years service intervals, however it rarely makes 20K miles (ECO Flex)
    You can check the interval left to next service when checking a car, just press the odometer reset button (no key in the ignition)
    The facelift has 20K miles / 2 years service intervals
    Typical servicing cost is £150 (plus VAT), check what oil is going to be used though, if under warranty then GM-LL oil MUST be used, taking it to £200
    Cambelt is 100K miles / 10 years, typical cost is £500 fitted (£200 kit plus 4 to 6 hours labour)

    Tyres should rotated rear to front as they wear, you will get 10K miles out of the fronts (20K miles in total)
    If the tyres are left on the rear for more than 30K miles they will suffer camber blocking, so cannot be swapped to the front

    Front brake pads typically last 20K miles, front discs 60K miles
    Typical price is £100 (fitted) and £150 (fitted)
    Rear brake pads and discs last about 30K miles, typical cost is £150 (fitted)

    Finally, good luck findng one, hens teeth!
    When you do, haggle hard
    top info

    cheers

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    my preface lift will be in the for sale section as soon as i get chance to photo it

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_zigmond View Post
    my preface lift will be in the for sale section as soon as i get chance to photo it

    will have a look

    but i dont think ill have the cash as the astra needs a wheel refurb and 4 tyres before it can go for sale.

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    A bit of advice from me. Replace your fuel filter every 5-7k miles or twice/year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celes View Post
    A bit of advice from me. Replace your fuel filter every 5-7k miles or twice/year
    Equally, if your car is out of warranty, dump the 30K miles / 20K miles service intervals and the GM-LL oil

    Swap over to a standard 10K mile service interval
    Use Synthetic oil, no lower than 10W40
    Renew ALL filters (pollen, air, fuel)
    Check coolant (level and gravity)

    That will just leave :
    Renew brake fluid every two years
    Renew coolant every four years

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    Facelift is by far the better car, the 3.0 is pretty bullet proof in most areas. Avoid cars that have been tuned as the fuel pump is the weak link (£2400 + VAT just for the part)

    But it's only a weak link when tuned, in standard form the fuel pump is perfectly reliable.

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    Why is the facelift by far the better car?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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