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★★★★★

“ENVY OF THE TRANSIT OWNER FOR YEARS”

Written on: 07/06/2014 by BRUCE1000 (1 review written)

HAD MINE 3 YEARS, COST NO MORE TO RUN AND SERVICE THAN ANY OTHER BRAND IVE HAD OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS IE NISSAN, FORD, VAUXHALL, VW. EX FLEET HIRE ARE JUNK AND REVIEWS FROM TIGHT ARSES WHO BUY ONE CHEAP AND THEN SLATE THEM HERE ALONG WITH TRANNY OWNERS IS UNFAIR TO THE RELIABILITY, STYLE AND FANTASICNESS OF THESE GREAT AND VERY POPULAR VANS. THE INTERNET IS FULL OF BULLSHIT...DONT BUY ONE ITS YOUR LOSS… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“ENGINE FAILURE”

Written on: 30/04/2013 by pramlal (1 review written)

BOUGHT A USED 1.9CDTI FAMILY BUS A YEAR AGO KEPT ALL THE SERVICES REGULAR.ON A VACATION IN DECEMBER 2012 HAD A BREAKDOWN 300 KILOMETERS AWAY FROM HOME. HAD THE VEHICLE TOWED INTO GENERAL MOTORS IN THE EAST-RAND. EVER SINCE GENERAL MOTORS CANNOT FIND A PROBLEM.GUESSING INJECTORS AND FUEL PUMP, THEN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM, THEN BACK TO DIESEL PROBLEM TO RE SERVICE INJECTORS AFTER 5 MONTHS SAY TO ME ENGINE SEIZED.I THINK THAT THE MANUFACTURERS/SERVICE PROVIDER OF THIS VEHICLE IS INCOMPETENT IN TERMS… Read Full Review

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Jondon's Response to pramlal's Review

Written on: 04/09/2013

terrible vans not reliable have had one for 2 years and nothing but hassle with injectors and fuel pump , Vauxhall should be held responsible as they are not fit for purpose or relyabilty, they loose power , had a Toyota haice for 5 years all I did was change oil and tyres and will be going back to one

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Bruce1000's Response to pramlal's Review

Written on: 08/06/2014

ANOTHER THRASHED EX FLEET LEMON.

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Annonomys's Response to pramlal's Review

Written on: 19/03/2014

join the club, exactly the same hapened to me and i also used a GM Dealership on the east rand, they dont know what thet are doing with the cars. its not the car that is bad it is the workmanship from GM due to they dont have trained staff for those vehicles, mine cost me close to R200 000 up to now since my motor broke down and that was all caused by n faulty fanbelt that GM installed.

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★★★★★

“Maintain them regular ”

Written on: 16/03/2013 by Mossley1964 (1 review written)

I bought a 54 plate 1,.9 6 speed vivaro , had few probs worn wiring where air filter had rubbed through , injector wires , had loss of power won't start in morning , checked egr valve and it was full of hung like solid black boot polish , took it off sprayed it up with wd40 cam off like black ink , put it bck together , started ist time , now goes like sh,,toff a stick , top van being a builder needs to be reliable :))))… Read Full Review

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Bruce1000's Response to Mossley1964's Review

Written on: 08/06/2014

SPOT ON.
MAINTAINED WITH PROPER OIL AND FILTER ON TIME ALONG WITH CAREFUL RESPECTFUL DRIVING THESE VANS ARE VERY RELIABLE.
EX FLEET HIRE ARE THRASHED AND UNLOVED SO WILL BE JUNK.
VIVARO IS THE MOST COMMON SIGHT ON THE ROADS EVEN TODAY.
THAT SAYS IT ALL.......

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★☆☆☆☆

“dont buy”

Written on: 12/03/2013

Since buying 3 yrs ago I have spent £3500 and only paid £4000 for the van.Nightmare do not buy… Read Full Review

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1970D's Comment

Written on: 30/06/2013

since buying mine 3years ago u name it it want on it 6week old gearbox 2week after injectors 2off know timing chain 2 off waist off time bag of never get one again keep well away

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Bruce1000's Comment

Written on: 08/06/2014

ANOTHER ENVIOUS TRANSIT OR VW OWNER IM GUESSING?

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★★★★☆

“vivaro's need looking after !!!!!”

Written on: 17/02/2013

Had my long wheel base 06 vivaro for six and half years,just let me down for the first time. had new clutch,slave cylinder and master cylinder and gear oil,a supply pipe inc labour £543.00 I drop the oil every 10000 mile and keep the brakes up to scratch. One thing i would pass on to other owners is cover the engine with a sheet of visqeen as best you can because when it rains,the air intake on the bonnett leeks and the water drops onto the top of the engine and seeps down into the… Read Full Review

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Bruce1000's Comment

Written on: 08/06/2014

REMOVE SCUTTLE PANEL, SEAL WITH SILICONE AND BOLT BACK TOGETHER, NO MORE WATER ON INJECTORS, COUPLE HOURS WORK, EASY JOB FOR HOME MECHANIC.
ENGINES ARE SO REFINED, QUICK, AND ECONOMICAL FOR SIZE OF VAN.
SLICK GEAR CHANGE ONCE WARMED UP.
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY ON MARKET IF YOU BUY WISE IE 1 OWNER,FULL SERVICE HISTORY, MINT CONDITION ETC EVEN A 7 YR OLD WILL BE RUST FREE AND SHOULD LOOK HALF IT AGE....BEST THING IS THERE ARE HUNDREDS FOR SALE SO YOU CAN BE FUSSY.
BEST VAN ON THE UKS ROAD BY A LONG MILE

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★★★★☆

“Love my van !”

Written on: 16/02/2013

I bought my vivaro van 19tdi from new on a o6 plate, its been a hard working tool from day 1 I have not had any probs with it up to now, I have it serviced once a year by the main dealers ( silly me ) but i do need this van to be in tip top condition for my work, however :- just before xmas my indicators packed up, I spoke to a friend of mine who knows abit about cars and he said tap the hazard warning light switch a few times !! so I did and HAPPY DAYS they came back on, no more said untill 1… Read Full Review

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Bruce1000's Comment

Written on: 08/06/2014

Never heard of that problem before, sounds worrying?

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★★★★☆

“Alternator”

Written on: 21/11/2012

i have a 2005 Vxhall vivaro 1.9 CDTI. So far has been a great van . Does anyone know if a factory recon. Alternator. have any warranty ? Had one fitted about 6 months ago and its on its way out… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Do not buy one of these unless you have deep pockets”

Written on: 24/09/2012

Bought the 115 version of this Van in March 2011 had done 63000 full serivice history. by March 2012 at 85000 had 0202 code replaced no 2 injector £700.00 now got 1 and 3 injectors gone at 90000. Garage say they have a new puller and may as well have the remaining 3 done, if they come out clean £800.00 otherwise £2000.00. My daughter has an L plate Vauxhall Astra done 85000 cost £500.00 3 Years ago, runs like a dream. make no mistake these vans are rubbish… Read Full Review

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Viv-Nigel's Comment

Written on: 04/02/2013

I agree. My van is a 2008 two litre CDTI, Done 75000 miles and injector 1 failed. Paid Vauxhall dealer £700 to repair and now two weeks later injector 3 has failed.
Another £700 !!!!! Why do we have to pay for the manufacturers design faults all the time. Will never buy a Vauxhall again.

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Bruce1000's Comment

Written on: 08/06/2014

GOOGLE SEIZED INJECTORS, MOST ALLOY HEADS ARE PRONE TO STICKING INJECTORS DUE TO DISSIMILAR METALS.
COMMON THESE DAYS ON MOST BRANDS OF CARS AND VANS.
VIVARO MADE WORSE BY WATER SEEPING THROUGH SCUTTLE JOINT ONTO HEAD AFTER A FEW YEARS USE.
EASY FIX FOR SCUTTLE, AND BRUSH PETROLIUM GREASE AROUND TOP OF INJECTORS...That applies to all manufacturers,

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Bruce1000's Comment

Written on: 08/06/2014

SEAL THE SCUTTLE WHEN YOU BUY ONE OF THESE, THE JOINT LAPS THE WRONG WAY ALLOWING WATER TO SIT ON THE JOIN AND EVENTUALLY SEEP THROUGHT THE FOAM SEAL AS IT HARDENS OVER THE YEARS.
REMOVE WIPERS, UNBOLT SCUTTLE, CLEAN OFF FOAM AND REPLACE WITH LOTS OF SILICONE, BOLT BACK TOGETHER AND THIS WILL STOP WATER DRIPPING ONTO INJECTORS SEIZING THEM IN HEAD.
SIMPLE JOB, PROBLEM SOLVED.

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★★★★☆

“treat them well they are great vans”

Written on: 15/09/2012 by coddy22 (1 review written)

I've had a few problems with mine I had a fuel injector go on me but I blame sainsburys fuel on that, i now put bp in, and now and then a additive I've never had that problem for years. These vans like be looked after you don't then you have problems and belive its expensive. Clutch went at 50,000 thought that was a bit quick but changed it now its on 115,000 no problems. My gear leaver pin has worn thought it was the cables that was 160pounds wasted bought a new pin for 20 off a scrappy… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Vauxhall vivaro sportive 20. Dci. 115”

Written on: 30/07/2012 by P4cvj (1 review written)

I hear so many bad thing about this van yet iv had a good few since they were launched. And never had any trouble I do believe this is because I buy from new and look after them I do 1400 miles a week in this van and can't fault it they are so comfy and quiet. . Most of these vans when bought second hand have been put though the paces as the main percentage of these are hire van with a lot of major company's using them and so on they have got the market so they can't be that bad can… Read Full Review

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Bruce1000's Response to P4cvj's Review

Written on: 08/06/2014

PROBLEM WITH THE INTERNET IS YOU DON'T KNOW IF THE REVIEW IS LEFT BY A NON OWNER OR A RIVAL BRAND?
IVE NEVER HAD ANY ISSUES WITH ANY OF MY VANS INCLUDING MY VIVARO OR MY ALFA ROMEO'S.
BOTH ON THE NET ARE SLATED AS BEING UNRELIABLE ETC.
WELL HAD VAN 3 YEARS AND ALFA 8 YEARS AND STILL LOVE BOTH.
I USE THE INTERNET WITH CAUTION AND IGNORE THE OTT NEGATIVE REVIEWS FROM THE UNEDUCATED SCAREMONGERS, BUT TAKE AN OVERALL VIEW AND THIS WAY I GET THE INFO I NEED BUT DONT MISS OUT ON OWNING VEHICLES THAT I ACTUALLY CANT WAIT TO GET IN AND DRIVE...THATS THE VIVARO......FANTASTIC

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★☆☆☆☆

“Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 CDTI”

Written on: 27/06/2012

I bought a second hand Vauxhall Vivaro. Got no ends of problems. Changed Glow plugs, MAF Sensor, Throttle potentiometer. Stii having problems. Engine starts but no revs what so ever. Have to wait to cool down for nearly 2 hours then it works ok but then get worried about switching it off as it may not go again. Had to call AA for help 3 times in 4 days to tow me garage and home. Very unreliable. Why did they ever make electronics in this vehicles? Cables and wires good old days. Atleast then… Read Full Review

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Bigron0311's Comment

Written on: 29/09/2012

hi this sounds like it is going to be the idel mode not working right i would say cheqe the turbo is ok then get some one to cheqe the ecu to make sure it is not going in to idel mode but you need to have it done when it dose it so get some one out to your house

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Farmertaff's Comment

Written on: 05/11/2012

I have the same problem with my van. The trick is to force the engine to rev a little then the accelerator pedal will work. I get the van going in second gear then change down to first gear. This forces the van to rev, pedal works and I can carry on driving it into the ground.

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Whitefidler's Comment

Written on: 18/10/2012

hi there did you find the problem with this ?

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★☆☆☆☆

“most unreliable van”

Written on: 26/06/2012

apart from the look of the van, my overall opinion is pretty low for this vehicle. I have an 07 plate which i bought a year ago and have spent more than £1000 on repairs in 12 months. It is currentley back in the garage because it keeps cutting out and have been told to repair this problem it may cost as much as the van is worth. Problems i have had. Bracket behind the clutch pedal snapped.-£110 Cable within the gear box-£280 New alternator-£375 New power steering pump-£275 Injection… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“nothing”

Written on: 19/04/2012 by asifraza (1 review written)

I drive this shity van and its my biggest mistake that I bought this van its have common problem with fan belt. Fan belt ruined all engine aswel and its cost me a £1000 to get fixed. So my opinion to all friends don't buy this van… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Vauxhall Vivaro 2.0 DTI fuel injector; Vauxhall no parts?”

Written on: 20/03/2012 by Mike048 (7 reviews written)

I'm waiting on a fuel leak off pipe connector for my Vauxhall Vivaro 2000cc 2008 from Vauxhall/Perry's parts in Burley Lancashire,my van has been in the garage 6 weeks and now i'm been told that Vauxhall have to get it manufactured.They can't give me an eta?I contacted Customer Care at Vauxhall and I'm still waiting for ETA for parts to arrive,Perrys at Burnley said 10 working days originally but that has past today!All my problems started with having all the fuel injectors changed,I got some… Read Full Review

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Mike048's Response to Mike048's Review

Written on: 22/03/2012

further to contacting Vauxhall head office,customer care I have learned today that other Vauxhall dealerships have the part as it shown on their system,pity i didn't know 2 weeks earlier when I 1st contacted them,anyway I ordered the part today and collect it Friday afternoon,i have done alot of leg work being a Vauxhall customer i expected better and more efficient service from Vauxhall!!!!!

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Bigron0311's Response to Mike048's Review

Written on: 29/09/2012

well i am sorry to about the probs you having if you have had some work done by the thay should fix it free of charge as it was not there the first time but wach out thay try it on saying its not there fault but it sounds like it is i have a lot of dealings with them as i run brake down recovery...p.s. dont let them push you to saying that it was your fault....

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Mike048's Response to Mike048's Review

Written on: 23/03/2012

The wrong part arrived at Vauxhall Dealership,now they have ordered it and it is on back order again,I have chased up Vauxhall Customer Care and they have said they've escalated it but can't give me a date when the part will be made or available,not good enough so far I've waited 15 working days for part and my van has been in the garage getting 7 weeks!!I may change the engine to a differant brand Renualt or Nissan in the future!!

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★★★☆☆

“2008 vivaro Lwb”

Written on: 04/03/2012 by schadenfreude62 (1 review written)

Reading these reviews has reinforced my opinion of the vivaro, I bought my lwb 2008 with 45,000 miles on the clock from a local dealer in bournemouth. Soon after it started to run on 3 cylinders so got it diagnosed at main v.hall dealer: one of the injectors down but they could not say which one so wanted to replace all 4! the van was just out of warranty so had no intention of paying £1200 plus to a main dealer, got a local auto electrician to indentify which injector it was and sourced a… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to schadenfreude62's Review

Written on: 30/07/2012

I have had 4 of these vans. Can't say iv had ur trouble but I do buy these new and look. After them like they are a car if like me u do a lot of mileage these vans will save u a packet compared to the rest. Over 3 years the differance on fuel alone I save around £10500. That's a lot of money nearly enough to buy a new one again I do on avarege. 1400 mile a week that cost me 230 pounds the transit cost me around £360 for the same miles that's £130. A week saving that's £520 a month that's a lot of money. If that was solid driving ie me never going on holiday. That's a £18000 differance. And that pays for the top of the range sport. With cruise sat nav auto everything. If u can afford to change every 3 years I recommend these vans. If not. The transporter. Is also great just not as comfy. If u don't care about looks and fuel the hiace is by far the most reliable of them all.

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Kaysho's Response to schadenfreude62's Review

Written on: 13/12/2012

here is what i got from head office:

It is my understanding that the solenoid valve has failed, and as your vehicle is outside the manufacturers warranty, we are unable to assist with the cost of this repair to the injectors. Please be assured that we do not have any concerns with these valves failing and therefore it is not considered to be a manufacturing defect.

However, Motorbodies may experience difficulties with this repair as the injectors have seized and therefore they may not be able to remove them as required. We acknowledge that this is a result of water intake due to a leak around the cow panel. Therefore, as a goodwill gesture, if the injectors cannot be removed to carry out the required repair, and a subsequent larger repair is required, we will cover the difference in cost."

mine has been in Head office for 3 months - engine submerged in water - first was a new engine that they would pay half for - now its four new injectors at £2,000 that they will pay half for

all caused by a failed cowl panel under the windscreen that over time fails and pisses water onto the engine....

Im having a nightmare with them - they are fixing a new cowl panel for free, but everything its damaged such as seized injectors they are fixing for half price -

I think they are taking the michael - a product that is unfit for purpose and due a recall


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★★★★☆

“renault traffic gearbox.”

Written on: 27/01/2012

hi all i own a 06 renault traffic it has coverd 136000 miles and drives like new. I am a mobile fork truck mechanic and do alot of travelling across the country. The van has never let me down has passed every M O T . It is always fully loaded and carrys the weight well. It has had one clutch in its life and small repairs to general wear and tear items. I carry out all my own maintenance and servicing on the van and leave nothing to chance. The gearbox is great and has never been a problem i… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“could be trouble”

Written on: 04/11/2011 by fwings (1 review written)

Bought a used vivaro that had a fault real cheap and being a ex mechanic thought easy peasey it only had 80k on the clock and had a cam belt fitted. Managment lights were on so changed EGR MAF still on anyway my mate cleared the codes every time so no cost there. Eventually traced it to the wiring loom rubbing through on top of the gearbox, once sorted no trouble for a long time,then lights again and would cut out but would restart, traced this to a corred fuse in the main fuse box in the… Read Full Review

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Bigron0311's Response to fwings's Review

Written on: 29/09/2012

hi dont fore get please cheqe the recall list as there was a lot recalled due to this problem go on line and cheqe and if i am right it will not cost you nothing

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“2008 vivaro 1.9tdi lwb”

Written on: 11/10/2011 by metalhead197235 (1 review written)

2008 vivaro van 54,000 miles on the clock losing power took it in for diaognostics needs 4 new injectors but cant remove them all rusted in apparantly a common fault any help from vauxhall what do you think.RUBBISH VAN… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“engine managment light keeps coming on and loses power...”

Written on: 21/07/2011

light came on in 2008 took to v dealers had to pay for diganosis (not chesp) said it was filter placed ok for 6 months light on again another payment for dig this time needed gaskets ok again for about 8 months then after another payment was told needed new injectors (4) but this may not be the problem?may need new vaule pump if a certain code came back guest what 6 months later back in for yet more diga and new pump, well you can guest what it is now 3 months later(july2011) and is booked in… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I wish id never sold my escort van”

Written on: 12/07/2011

I had a rush of blood to the head and TREATED myself to a Nearly new van, Ex BT Vivaro 1.9 DTCI, full history etc, £5500.00 plus the dreaded, new clutch slave cylinder after the road test, (Should have backed out then), air bag light after three weeks, a day in the workshop (Under guarantee) 1 day loss of work, wheel wobble at 60 mph, crunching second gear when cold, 1st signs of gear box failure, then the inevitable emissions light, glow plugs and relay, supposedly, fixed the problem… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 07/08/2011

Are all vivaros gearboxs unreliable and are they that unreliable.I have a vito and i am looking to change in a month or so and am trying to decide whether to get another or change altogether and quite like the vivaros.Would appreciate some feed back. cheers.

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 27/10/2011

hi i bought one straight from vauxhall with 27000 on the clock around 5 yrs ago, i always thought there was a faint whistle from second, the steering pump went first then i had all the bearings replaced in the gear box plus new clutch seems ok at the moment but i now need a new steering pump again, i have just learnt that there cheap and only last around three years where as the ones from vauxhall can last up to 5 wow! i must be criminal that we get ripped of like this they know of the sub standard boxes but continue to make them so much for the ECO side of things a LADA would have been more Eco friendly if there were any left i am going to buy an older type transit or similar as most new vans ford, euro vans Nissan renault Vauxhall, VW, AND ford are all liabilities according to my mechanic of whom i trust there cant be many makes left after this lot
Geo

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Pedroski's Comment

Written on: 12/08/2011

they are unreliable and expensive to fix, they have many faults and if you are very lucky you may get a good one but probably not. Don't buy one and if you don't beleive me just ask any decent independant mechanic or for that fact ask an off duty vauxhal mechanic!!! they will all say the same, stay well clear! yOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

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