800 R56 MINI to 1000 Shed Vectra

800 R56 MINI to 1000 Shed Vectra

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757

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Tuesday 5th April
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Defcon5 said:
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.
Good to know! The SRI spec is the best compromise also I think, still looks presentable being quite an old car now, saw a lower spec Vectra this morning, and it looked considerably more dated compared to the SRI cosmetics.

The 1.8's do seem reliable, and have heard this over and over again, nice not to worry about the usual diesel things.

757

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Friday 8th April
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Another 200 miles down in Veccy...

Oh, how I missed not having a ski flap!! Wonderful things, boot is cavernous!



Edited by 757 on Friday 8th April 09:13

shalmaneser

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172 months

Friday 8th April
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757 said:
That's pretty impressive!

Does it have a lovely velour interior?

757

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Friday 8th April
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shalmaneser said:
757 said:
That's pretty impressive!

Does it have a lovely velour interior?
No, standard SRI cloth I believe, pleasant enough though.

So rest day for the Vectra, with me at home today, thought would do a filter service, air and cabin, cabin filter is the most easiest thing I have ever replaced, so well done Vauxhall on that, take note you supposedly more superior cars!!!

Removed all the crap from the rain channels and drain plug in front of the filter, no build up there.

Booked in for oil (too messy for me, been there done that) and timing belt/tensioners next (again surprisingly cheap item in comparison to other cars to replace).


757

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Thursday 14th April
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127,000 miles

Just ticked over 127k, so done about 800 miles in the Veccy since purchased. MPG averaging around 48mpg combined, with a few local errands and long distance driving, pretty good considering the price of unleaded at moment!

Nice bit of dirt patina going on, looks better abit grubby.



Pretty happy with it tbh, just does exactly what it needs to do, very overlooked car I feel, outshined by the Germans unfairly I think, driving a 3 series also, back to back some days, I do like driving this Vectra.

Few long haul trips next week for work, so happy to jump in this and crack on.

Week after next is cambelt and oil service, get it up on the ramps and have a look, I know the exhaust is blowing at little.

M1C

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88 months

Thursday 14th April
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Thats very good MPG, what kind of driving is that? Must be sticking to 60mph or less, fairly striclty?

757

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Thursday 14th April
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M1C said:
Thats very good MPG, what kind of driving is that? Must be sticking to 60mph or less, fairly striclty?
Yep, basically 60/65mph cruise control on motorway, I'm in no rush usually, and yes very strict about it, boring but frugal.

757

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Wednesday 20th April
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1,000 miles clocked already, in my £1,000 Vectra, here seen in its natural surroundings...the M6 service station smile



Such a comfortable car, it really is perfect for pounding the motorway.

Reset the computer, still surprisingly frugal on a long run.


whytheory

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123 months

Thursday 21st April
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Still can't believe you picked this up for a grand, bit jealous tbh!

757

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Thursday 21st April
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whytheory said:
Still can't believe you picked this up for a grand, bit jealous tbh!
Finding someone who is jealous of my a Vectra, means alot biggrin

Joking aside, yeah it was abit of a bargain in all honesty, it's the bodywork in my mind that made it dip this low, it's rather ratty up close, but I don't see that when I'm driving it.

Working from home now this week, so it will most likely be parked up for a few days, did Worcester - Cheshire and back yesterday, all in its stride.

It is a little rattly at idle and start up, heard this can be common with VVT engines (could be the cam solenoids or something, I did top the oil up) it's in next week with my mate for its cambelt, no EML is showing so not too fussed at the moment, drives great so it can rattle as much as it wants, beauty of shed motoring, he can take a look to see if it's anything remotely important that needs a slight bit of worry smile

At the end of the day, I'm certainly not worrying about a £1k Vectra biggrin if it goes and stops all is well.

Exhaust is blowing also, so it does sound a little council...so this needs rectifying immediately!! As this is quite embarrassing, as people must think I've added an exhaust!!! Yikes!

Edited by 757 on Thursday 21st April 11:24

757

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Thursday 21st April
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One thing I have done today, as my head has been taking a pounding from the boot recently dropping on me, and forever holding it up, was fitted X2 new boot struts, eBay £10 smile job done!

Old, rusty, leaky ones, not holding the weight


New fresh ones, what a difference!


757

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Wednesday 27th April
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Sheddy Vec in for it's timing belt today and a good look over by my mate.

Boot is ridiculous on this for a hatchback, easily chucked my bike in, my sheddy single-speed MTB (love it).

My other bike is worth more than this car! smile



See how Vec fairs after the inspection etc up in the air.



757

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Wednesday 27th April
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So, little update.



The car has never had a timing belt!! As far as my mechanic says, it's the original belt, wow! 127,000+ miles on the original belt and tensioners.

The fuel filter was changed, again original item and was so badly rusted on it took alot longer ramp time to get it off!

Also, the oil filter was completely collapsed, and was physically stuck, again taking a bit of time to free and replace.

So, I think I have caught this car just in time, by the sounds of it.

He confirmed the cams are rattly a little, but suspected the oil filter didn't help matters, so see how it goes after it's clean bill, if it chucks an EML in the future I may look into cam phaser/solenoid replacements.

I supplied the wrong timing belt kit, so this had to be ordered AGAIN delaying the return of the car, only myself to blame for this unfortunately.

Hoping to remedy the "council blowy exhaust" tomorrow, guessing it's the flex

paulyv

870 posts

100 months

Thursday 28th April
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I ran a Vectra for a while back in the noughties...the one with the Vauxhall-supplied LPG. Yeah, it was fine to go about your day in and was very roomy. I am sure the one you bought will be fine too. Nice one.

757

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Thursday 28th April
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Cheers. Yeah I am pretty happy with it.

So, the rattle was coming from the cams, but now we have sorted the completely squashed/collapsed oil filter, it has almost completely eliminated it, so the oil pressure must of been incorrect and starving the cams, VVT runs/works off oil pressure I believe.

Exhaust has a massive hole in the back box section, so off to the scrappers to see if I can find one to fit off a breaking Vectra, bit of time before the MOT in Sept' to find and fit one.




xcseventy

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53 months

Thursday 28th April
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Always thought these in petrol form would make a great cheap motor, and this looks a good example. Very impressed with that cambelt at 127k!

757

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Thursday 28th April
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xcseventy said:
Always thought these in petrol form would make a great cheap motor, and this looks a good example. Very impressed with that cambelt at 127k!
Yeah didn't really want to play cambelt roulette, it did cross my mind tbh, as it's a shed and cba sticking too much into it, but, it still needs to be somewhat reliable as my work hack, the belt was very cracked so was very much overdue when I inspected it.

Stupidly cheap, stupidly unfashionable (why it's cheap), flying under the radar petrol car, just what I was after - hopefully will give me at least a couple of years out of it.

ST565NP

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59 months

Thursday 28th April
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757 said:
Exhaust has a massive hole in the back box section, so off to the scrappers to see if I can find one to fit off a breaking Vectra, bit of time before the MOT in Sept' to find and fit one.
IMHO, you should change that box sooner rather than later, because it will pay itself in smaller petrol consumption, not to mention less noise.

757

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Thursday 28th April
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ST565NP said:
757 said:
Exhaust has a massive hole in the back box section, so off to the scrappers to see if I can find one to fit off a breaking Vectra, bit of time before the MOT in Sept' to find and fit one.
IMHO, you should change that box sooner rather than later, because it will pay itself in smaller petrol consumption, not to mention less noise.
Yeah, I have actually ordered one already, went new in the end, £50 ebay special, so doubt a 2nd hand one would be any cheaper really, and finding one not rusty at a similar age is tricky probably - so will fit this as soon as it arrives.

757

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Tuesday 3rd May
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Thought I would try a VX field remedy to try and stop some of this rattle when warm or knocky'ness, pinpointed the knocks to the VVT solenoids, so removed one of these (the easy one for now) see what's what, slightly dirty, and removed the little filters supposedly the remedy could help oil the cams better.

Front one was ok, but the exhaust side was a bugger and didn't have the correct tool to get into the space, will save that more the next time.

Let see how it goes, if at all any improvement, I may in the end replace these solenoids for fresh ones, if these are little noisy.