800 R56 MINI to 1000 Shed Vectra

800 R56 MINI to 1000 Shed Vectra

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757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Friday 1st April
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Good job work pay for my fuel then!!

In all honesty it should be fine, I drive like an oldman, up to speed sit at cruise with Radio 4 on (I'm only 34!!).

I'm sure if you rag it it will suffer, much like the MINI did, but once settled it gave good mpg, so think this will be ok, picking up the Veccy tomorrow.

MINI went to WBAC for £700 today, so not too bad in all honestly.

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A500leroy

3,384 posts

95 months

Saturday 2nd April
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Genuinely gutted youve done this to the poor BINI.

757

Original Poster:

2,028 posts

88 months

Saturday 2nd April
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A500leroy said:
Genuinely gutted youve done this to the poor BINI.
I know, it was a good little car - but this sheddy Vectra ticks alot of boxes for me and will be a much better companion on my commute and for loading up with my gear which was getting quite ridiculous at times trying to get it all in that MINI then driving across the country biggrin


Challo

7,841 posts

132 months

Saturday 2nd April
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757 said:
Good job work pay for my fuel then!!

In all honesty it should be fine, I drive like an oldman, up to speed sit at cruise with Radio 4 on (I'm only 34!!).

I'm sure if you rag it it will suffer, much like the MINI did, but once settled it gave good mpg, so think this will be ok, picking up the Veccy tomorrow.

MINI went to WBAC for £700 today, so not too bad in all honestly.

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That’s a cracking deal from WBAC.

Canon_Fodder

932 posts

40 months

Saturday 2nd April
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I'm sure this lovely little thing will go to an excited young driver who will love it. I've enjoyed the thread OP, thank you

The Bearded Tit

167 posts

9 months

Saturday 2nd April
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The Vectra won't be bad on fuel at all once cruising. People give Vauxhalls a bad rap because they're primarily driven by chavs at 4000rpm everywhere, and then they wonder why they only got 300 miles to a tank. If my Volvo 240 can get 35mpg I'm sure the Veccy can get upwards of 40 with how you drive smile

Lanky Car Guy

307 posts

31 months

Saturday 2nd April
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757 said:
Good job work pay for my fuel then!!

In all honesty it should be fine, I drive like an oldman, up to speed sit at cruise with Radio 4 on (I'm only 34!!).

I'm sure if you rag it it will suffer, much like the MINI did, but once settled it gave good mpg, so think this will be ok, picking up the Veccy tomorrow.

MINI went to WBAC for £700 today, so not too bad in all honestly.

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Good stuff. Yeah I don't think I was that gentle on the Mondeo, it worked hard for a living. Heavy trailers, DIY gear, roof racks, short journeys. Once had it at 4tonne loaded with trailer.


757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Sunday 3rd April
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Well, airport run this morning (no I am not moonlighting as a taxi driver)...but a official consumption of 50+mpg, steady cruise set at 65mph...I think me and "Sheddy Veccy" will get on just fine! Will most likely average out back with a the Fuelly App consumption after a few more miles and fill ups.

It is such a great cruiser, so quiet and refined, I really wasn't expecting much from this Vauxhall tbh, best way suppose as it keeps surprising me.





Edited by 757 on Sunday 3rd April 10:30

The Bearded Tit

167 posts

9 months

Sunday 3rd April
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Impressive! That's better than my 1.0 Corsa gets if it's accurate!

757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Sunday 3rd April
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Yeah see how I get on this week, got a few long range drives to do so should be good test of the range and economy.

Only downside is the tax, £250 a year, only stuck 6 months on it for now, but if I really really put this VED into context - many people probably pay that, plus more a month on a lease or a loan payback, also hoping with this being a petrol I will not have to worry too much about mechanical issues compared to diesel things I know too well.

Also, with the price of fuel and unleaded being almost 10p cheaper, and this car is as economical as it's saying, it may be cheaper to run...

I've just found out these SRI spec seats have a lumbar support function, very very handy!

Per usual on every new car to me I get it's (engine oil and ALL filters) eBay ordered - £40, nice and cheap, will get this all done when I have some time on my hands.

When I mentioned, a few dings and dents this is the worst offender, but again it's a tool/shed, the more liberating it is to drive.





Edited by 757 on Sunday 3rd April 20:02

Munter

31,202 posts

218 months

Sunday 3rd April
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There's a plastic flap to open in the plastic under the windscreen. If that fills up with leaves etc water flows the wrong way and comes in destroying various electricals behind the dashboard. (or at least it did for mine)

Anyway, clear it out every now and then.

757

Original Poster:

2,028 posts

88 months

Sunday 3rd April
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Munter said:
There's a plastic flap to open in the plastic under the windscreen. If that fills up with leaves etc water flows the wrong way and comes in destroying various electricals behind the dashboard. (or at least it did for mine)

Anyway, clear it out every now and then.
I've seen this, will clear this out when I do the pollen/cabin filter, cheers smile

whytheory

678 posts

123 months

Tuesday 5th April
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That looks such a solid buy, decent tyres too?

My Vauxhalls have been the best ownership experiences I've had, there's an element of luck there I'm sure!

daqinggregg

480 posts

106 months

Tuesday 5th April
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I really don’t get the dislike for the Vectra. I guess it may well be down to a well known motoring journalist with a large audience.

It’s a good all round car, spacious, well equipped and quick enough, add to that Vauxhall’s penchant for putting good supportive seats, in its sportier models, seems a win to me.

The so called dislike, is your win OP. Please keep updating the thread, I find it an interesting read

_Mja_

1,395 posts

152 months

Tuesday 5th April
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Great upgrade for daily duties. Solid buy imo. Driven with care those engines should be almost as efficient as a diesel without the complexities as you've seen on your airport run. My step dad had a 1400 Astra of similar vintage for 70k from new and used to average 60mpg out of it (calculated pump to pump). That car was passed on to another family member where it is on 130k with no issues other than service, brakes and perhaps some bushes now. It's now about to be handed over by my uncle to his daughter after having baby. When it was in my step dads hands he only ever got it serviced at places offering deals - kwik fit, halfords etc.


CarCrazyDad

3,035 posts

12 months

Tuesday 5th April
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daqinggregg said:
I really don’t get the dislike for the Vectra. I guess it may well be down to a well known motoring journalist with a large audience.

It’s a good all round car, spacious, well equipped and quick enough, add to that Vauxhall’s penchant for putting good supportive seats, in its sportier models, seems a win to me.

The so called dislike, is your win OP. Please keep updating the thread, I find it an interesting read
I had a Vectra as a company car back in 2006

It was just completely soulless, It did nothing "bad" and was spacious and comfy , but drove like a "big saloon car" in the bends and had no soul, it was a white good, with nothing interesting at all

Given the motoring journalists propensity for enjoying cars with passion / soul / interesting features then it's hard to see why he didn't like it

Makes sense as a cheap daily run about now and seems to be fitting in well with it's new owner smile

Joey Deacon

5,368 posts

153 months

Tuesday 5th April
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CarCrazyDad said:
I had a Vectra as a company car back in 2006

It was just completely soulless, It did nothing "bad" and was spacious and comfy , but drove like a "big saloon car" in the bends and had no soul, it was a white good, with nothing interesting at all
Nobody in their right mind is going to buy a brand new one, hence why I can see why somebody would be upset as having one as a company car. For a £1K shed it is perfect, an amazing amount of car for the money.

Does something like an Audi have "Soul" to me they are as boring as any other car, just that some people go all giddy over the "four rings of success" on the front.

CarCrazyDad

3,035 posts

12 months

Tuesday 5th April
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Joey Deacon said:
Nobody in their right mind is going to buy a brand new one, hence why I can see why somebody would be upset as having one as a company car. For a £1K shed it is perfect, an amazing amount of car for the money.

Does something like an Audi have "Soul" to me they are as boring as any other car, just that some people go all giddy over the "four rings of success" on the front.
Fully agree with it being a perfect daily-use car on a budget

An interesting point but I always felt Audis felt more "luxurious", interior was always much nicer, fit and finish was better, they drove better and generally had better engines

It's like one of those cars that doesn't do anything "badly" but doesn't do anything better than anyone else

I'd probably have one as a Shed if I needed one, but an Estate smile

757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Tuesday 5th April
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200 miles in already this week, put £30 in, and I am seeing 50 miles left on the onboard calculator, pretty impressive tbh! So my calculations...48-50mpg'ish

This Vectra is absolutely doing the job for me, it's so comfortable and like I said before an amazing cruiser, the 1.8 VVT engine is a nice smooth engine, feels pretty refined.

So, plans for it, not much, I will be sticking a timing belt and tensioner on it, probably next month as I feel it is due, nothing in the history regarding this, I assume it's had one already but I can't be certain, it's not by all means a big job my mechanic said, the kit is only £80/90, and makes it even easier the water pump doesn't run off it, big shed bonus will save me money!

So, all is good so far, don't plan on washing it either for a while, it looks better hiding it's numerous dents and scratches biggrin

And yes, brand new Bridgestones tyres all round, must of been worth something when they were purchased! Be the last time it gets premium tyres with me I tell ya! wink

In all the cars I have had at this size (Avensis/V60/318d/9-3) I think this Vectra is a proper harshly underated shed, bonus for me as its cost me less to buy than my current mountain bike! biggrin






Edited by 757 on Tuesday 5th April 19:15

Defcon5

5,774 posts

168 months

Tuesday 5th April
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I got a 2007 Vectra 1.8 SRI in 2016 to tide me over. Was on 80k at the time.

Last week it hit 140k, as I still have it. Utterly reliable, huge, long term average of 36mpg (it does school runs twice a day etc) but will do 50mpg on a run to the coast etc.

If it died tomorrow I’d just go get another one exactly the same.