I've had my 2003 Vauxhall Vectra since 2008 and I can honestly say it's the best car I have ever had. In 4 years I have clocked up 60,000 miles in this car. I spent a whole year commuting between Plymouth and Exeter and not once did it let me down. It runs beautifully on the motorway and if I'm cruising at around 55mph I get about 45 miles to the gallon.
It has to be one of the most reliable cars I've ever had, I've just been on a 1000 mile round trip to Edinburgh and back with no problems at all.
The only couple of criticisms I would make would be that it doesn't perform that great going uphill which is a bit of a disadvantage living in Devon! Also the miles per gallon rate doesn't seem to be particularly good around town.
Summarising I would say it is a great family car with quite a spacious interior and a generous amount of room in the boot. But the thing for me is the reliability which I can't fault.
I currently drive a 96P reg Vauxhall Vectra 1.8GLS with 72,500 miles on the clock. I have owned the car for almost a year now and have put around 9,000 miles on it in that time, most of them trouble free but also with some minor annoyances.
Economy wise the car is very good on motorways and long journeys, often returning around 40-45mpg but around town it is quite simply awful and I sometimes struggle to average 30mpg.
The car's performance is also quite good, considering its age, but it does sometimes really labour when I depress the accelerator but only when it is very cold outside. I think this is to do with the automatic choke on this model. Accelleration is brisk once you are out of first gear and it copes well at motorway speeds with no need to change down gears. However, I have found that fully loaded my Vectra takes some working through the gears when going up medium to steep hills.
The paintwork is in great condition, even though it is 14 years old, but like all Vectras rust is appearing around the rear wheel arches.
Tax is quite high at £110 for six months and servicing costs I have found to be quite high too, with a timing belt fitted for £250 and even the cheapest brand of economy tyres costing £60 each, due to the wheel size of my car.
Fingers crossed my clutch does not go as on this model Vectra they have to take the entire engine out to replace it, leaving you with a £400+ bill at the end of it.
This is my second Vectra, having owned a 1.7TD version previously and I am happy with the car. It only cost me £500 so I cannot really moan, nor have I had the array of problems that non-Vectra lovers will have you believe happened to their car.
I plan on keeping the car for as long as it runs or until the repair costs mean it would be cheaper to get something slightly newer, though that could be a long time as a friend of mine owned one that did 195,000 miles with no trouble at all!
I think that my Vauxhall Vectra is the best car that I have ever had! I originally got it as a company car but I liked it so much that I got my own. It has great handling and I love the interior. I have found that there is one problem with it and that is that in the back, when one of the back windows are open, the air rushes past the top of the seatbelt and the sound really gets on your nerves but my vectra has air conditioning so no one really opens the back windows. There is one other problem though. I have found that after several months of using the car, the windscreen cracks. Its nothing major and the windscreen doesn't fall in on you but the crack starts off small at the side of the windscreen and it grows so every so often I have to get it replaced which is a bit of a downside. Other than that the car is really good and I have found that the brakes are exceptional in several incidents that I have had. The Vectra is a supurb car. I would really recommend everyone to get one.
I drove an R reg Vectra GLS for 3 years. Not a bad car but it left a little to be desired. The main problem was with the suspension: the car would "wallow" it's way around roundabouts. In the first week I was forever pulling into petrol stations as I kept thinking I had a puncture! Many people also complained of backache from the uncomfortable seats, though personally, I only suffered from this once, on a very long journey. I now have an X reg GLS and, from the advertising, it boasts over 2000 improvements! How bad does a car have to be to require 2000 improvements?! The new car is, however, an improvement on the last one. The engine is quiet and responsive and Vauxhall have uprated the suspension which makes it handle ten times better (at least as good as the Mondeo I test drove). The new model boasts an electric sunroof as well as air-con, passenger airbag, CD player and chome coloured interior door handles - ooh, such luxury! The built-in TrafficMaster has also proved useful once or twice. One minor down-point in my humble opinion: they have removed the map pockets from the rear of the two front seats. These were a boon, as it was dead easy to reach behind the seat and pullout your largescale map, whilst sitting in a traffic jam on the M25. The new Vectra has no storage for such things and so they have to go in the boot. A small inconvenience, but annoying just the same. Overall, I have no complaints and would recommend the Vectra to anyone wanting a solid and reliable family car.