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

Thursday 5th May
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After successfully removing the (exhaust) side solenoid, and removed the filters, this has made the engine less tappy, excellent, so next one is the rear inlet side solenoid..this didn't go too well.

It was very stuck in the hole, and I actually sheared off the cylinder from the solenoid itself frown

Here you can see it stuck in the block.


So, with abit of more encouragement and some clamps, it's out!! But yeah, need a new one now biggrin

So, question, why would it be so jammed in there, whilst the front one literally slipped out in comparison?


A500leroy

3,384 posts

95 months

Thursday 5th May
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Id imagine heat has something to do with it. in my panda 3 spark plugs come out easy, the one at the back where it stays warmer for longer is a known pita to get out.

757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Sunday 8th May
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So, the car was off the road since this stupid job, ever heard the saying "if it ain't broke then don't try and fix it" think it was the Fresh Prince...but anyway.

I ordered a new VVT solenoid, managed to get the old one out using mole grips and a hammer...eeek

Fitted new one, still very tight but a little bit of persuasion and a good help from a good friend of mine this evening who is a mechanic by trade (it does help) it went in!!

So, running as smoothly as a rattly old Vectra can do, so in future don't mess with things when you don't need too, lesson learnt.

Exhaust backbox has arrived, so this is the next job, to sort the blowing one.

757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Wednesday 11th May
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More miles stuck on the Vec, running remarkably well still.

Managed to get the exhaust sorted also this week, was very rusty so took some effort. But much better now than that horrendous blowy one, looks OEM of course.

eBay £51 for the box, can't complain for that!





Edited by 757 on Wednesday 11th May 12:33

757

Original Poster:

2,028 posts

88 months

Saturday 14th May
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2,500 miles since purchase, averaging around 45/46 MPG.

Thought I would just clean out the interior, outside I couldn't care less, but I can't sit amongst filth, plus the dirt hides the many imperfections on the bodywork.



Despite peoples opinions on the Vectra interior when it was released, I kind of think it looks rather utilitarian, and hard wearing, suits this kind of car though I think, "a do it all hack"


SirGriffin

81 posts

45 months

Saturday 14th May
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Love the Vectra, hugely underrated car, let the image concious drool over their German badges, these Vectras were well built and surprisingly economical for their size as you are finding out. Very comfortable too, ideal for long trips.

Ouroboros

1,242 posts

16 months

Saturday 14th May
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The Vectra interior was low grade at the time, but they aren't bad cars.

RazerSauber

1,424 posts

37 months

Saturday 14th May
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You're really making me want to go and get another Vectra now. Just like the Astra H of the same era, they're just decent at everything. Yes, you might get a car that has better MPG, is faster, has a better boot space or is cheaper to tax but can you get a car that's significantly better in all those departments for anything like the money? They're hard to beat. No wonder they were the go-to for taxi companies.

Looking forward to more. There was a thread I think on here years ago. A chap had a Vectra C facelift and added all sorts of factory extras to it. Even had key dependent memory seats and mirrors if memory serves.

757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Monday 16th May
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biggrin making people want a Vectra is pretty special, I will try to keep up the posts if anyone is actually interested in this shed ha!

Doing a 500 miles round trip tomorrow North West down to Brighton area, doing some filming work for a client for a couple of days.

Sheddy Vectra has swallowed all the extensive gear very easily.

757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Thursday 19th May
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51.9 mpg, M56/M6/M40/M25 - we did around 450 miles all round, with a boot full of gear. I think that is pretty awesome!

Car excels around 60/65mph, any faster it gets a little loud/gruff, as its only a 5 speed, so revs are quite high, but can't complain it's an excellent cruiser.

Aircon is st though! So may get that looked at if I can be arsed spending the £, weather will change next week probably.

...this was only 1/2 the gear we took!

cedrichn

619 posts

28 months

Friday 20th May
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Really impressed with your MPG! Even at 60/65mph!

For the aircon, you can try to get a cheap recharge on Groupon, and buy on ebay some UV light and glasses. If the charge doesn't last more than few weeks, then you know you have a leak and you can play Cluedo with the UV light and glasses smile Hopefullly, only a burst pipe. Worse case, a condenser or something more serious... Worth give it a charge in my opinion and see what happens! smile

757

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2,028 posts

88 months

Friday 20th May
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Yeah good shout on the Groupon thing, tbh I may just wait till September MOT time and get my mechanic to take a look, will most likely work out even cheaper, with mates rates.

Yeah MPG is still quite staggering, this is worked out MPG so the OBC display is not far off at all.

Quiet few days now, so the Vectra will be parked up for the weekend.

It has forecast rain, so should give it a good wash it needs... oh how I love not giving a st! biggrin