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    Angry Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

    What a totally crappy start to the year!!

    1.5 hours late to work due to an accident on the M6 this morning, then whilst I'm sat in traffic the battery light comes on. Just my luck. Got to work OK, but then on the way back home tonight because I had the lights on everything started to die.

    First the blowers stopped and the radio went funny... next I'm at a roundabout and the power steering goes insanely heavy as I'm going round the island which nearly puts me into a barrier!!! Not wanting to get stranded in Birmingham on a sh*tty cold night I carefully continued the drive back. Next the ABS light comes on... then the TC light... then the EML... then the radio goes off completely. I'm driving back cautiously in low gear to try and charge the battery and keep things going as long as possible. As it's a diesel obviously the engine continues working OK and even the turbo seems to kick in on demand.

    Next all the dash goes off completely and the needles stick where they are! So I pull into an emergency refuge area on the motorway to check the lights are on - and they are. So I continue steadily. About 1/2 a mile to go the lights are really dull. Also the wipers don't want to work at all. Nothing works in fact! Then the lights start flickering on and off... like a disco! Couple of hundred yards to go and a couple of very heavy turns later and I'm back at my house - somehow.

    In retrospect I think I should have maybe just pulled over and called the recovery guys but didn't fancy 2 hours wait in the cold on the side of a busy road.

    Now I've got to work out whether it's the battery or alternator... or whether having had the aux belt changed a few weeks back has had some adverse effect on it!! To bound to be the sodding alternator though. Always the most expensive part!!!

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    just call the aa or RAC while your at home tomorrow and get them to check it, wait in the house nice and warm while you wait for them

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    Alternator went on mine, not a cheap repair!

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    Sounds like what happened to mine recently. Turned out to be the alternator.

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    i'm expecting this to be the alternator to be honest. thanks to adrian flux i've got home start breakdown included in the policy, so will call them first thing tomorrow morning. if it is the alternator i can get them to drop the car off at a local garage and get it replaced. it's not going to be cheap though i bet.

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    is the altinator on the 1.9 ( 150 ) and ( 120 ) the same?...if they are brewers scrap yard in erdington have a vectra cdti 120 in the yard for breaking

    hope you get it sorted out m8

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    I paid about £200 for the alternator and labour. (£40 per hour) I think it was about an hour and a half maybe.

    At least it will give you an idea mate, sorry to hear it. It wound me up when it happened

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    I'd say alternator tbh. Here is the HOW2 if it helps
    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=92987

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    rich> cheers for the tip mate. i'll give them a shout tomorrow if it is 100% the alternator.

    scott> yeah cheers mate. i guess they're just getting to that mileage and age where these sorts of things go wrong! if i can get it sorted for less than 200 notes i'll be happy

    bigbnlr> cheers mate. doesn't look too bad a job if it were summer and i had a day off. but it's too cold to be messing with cars at the moment. i know a garage who can hopefully fit one for 30 or 40 notes.

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    I managed to get my new alternator at trade price, so cost me just under £200 inc. labour.

    If you can do without the car for a few days it might be better to get the fudged alternator reconditioned.

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