Vauxhall Vectra (2002 – 2008) Review

Vauxhall Vectra (2002 – 2008) At A Glance


+Far better than previous Vectra. Now with decent handling and an excellent ride. Plenty of safety kit. Roomy in the front. Big boot. Good looks.

-Not as sharp to drive as a Mondeo. Limited rear legroom. The 2.2DI can be heavy on the oil. Reports of parking brake failures.

On average it achieves 95% of the official MPG figure

The new Vectra is a big car for big people. It's so big in the front seats that trying to get comfortable I felt like I'd shrunk.

So that's the first piece of good news for our growing population.

Vauxhall Vectra CDTI 150 2004 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Vectra (2002 – 2008)


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Average performance


Real MPG

19–58 mpg

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Why does my car keep kicking out lots of white smoke?
"My Vauxhall Vectra has started kicking out LOTS of white smoke. Then nothing for days and then smoke again. The water level is dropping slowly but performance is all good - the engine temp has always been either 0 degrees or 90. The oil is black and the water is clear. Any ideas?"
White smoke is indicating that the fuel being injected into the cylinder is not burning correctly (the smoke will burn your eyes). The reasons for this are: - engine/pump timing out - fuel starvation to the pump causing the pumps timing not to operate correctly - low engine compression - water/petrol in the fuel We would suggest that you carry out a compression test /sniff test to ascertain the head gasket condition
Answered by Alan Ross
My heater only works on the highest setting - can I fix it myself?
"The heater in my 2002 Vauxhall Vectra has stopped working. Also the fan only works on the highest setting. What parts do I need and is it easy to fix it myself?"
Three elements to this. One could be that there is sludge in the bottom of the heater matrix under the dash blocking the flow from the engine; another is that the valve between the engine coolant pipes and the heater matrix has failed; and the other is that the fan motor itself has failed. Do not attempt any bodgery because this is what caused Zafira Bs to catch fire. Replacing a heater matrix is a very slow, frustrating job because it can mean that the whole dash has to come out to gain access.
Answered by Honest John
Why won't my car start?
"My Vauxhall Vectra won't start when I turn the key. All I get is a ticking noise. Can you please help?"
The ticking will be the relay opening because the battery is not supplying enough power to start the car. Assuming the starter motor is not jammed, you probably need a new battery.
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Asked main dealer to change cam belt but he didn't - is he hoping the car fails so I have to replace it?
"I want my 207,000 mile 2007 Vectra 1.9 diesel to keep going for a while. I asked the main dealer to change the cam belt and give a full service, put a new fan belt on (it's on the original), grease the brake sliders on the front (the rear were done recently) and fit a new thermostat as it shows 40 - 60C. When I collected it they told me the thermo was fine as the rad was warm both top and bottom, the brakes were working okay and the fan belt was checked and there were no cracks in it. Of course this was work which I didn't have to pay for, but my concern is that these are likely to let me down in the future, and the cool running will not help the EGR or fuel consumption. Are they working on the basis that breakdowns equal sales and I'll be exchanging it in frustration?"
If the alternator belt comes off it can wrap itself around the unprotected lower timing belt pulley and wreck your engine. So take it somewhere else and tell them to replace the alternator belt. Then, afterwards, make sure they've done it properly: correct tension, bolts done up tight, etc.
Answered by Honest John

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