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'New' Vectra, lots of intermittent warning lights.

Discussion in 'Cavalier, Calibra, Vectra, Signum, Sintra & Insignia owners forum' started by JohnG, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. JohnG

    JohnG New Member

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    Hi Guys. Having just sold my meega I've moved over from 'the forum next door'.

    I took the car for a fairly decent run prior to buying it and all was well except that the cruise control wouldn't engage. I rejected the car on that basis. The seller had the cruise fixed, and an extended test drive proved that to my satisfaction, so I bought it.

    The car came with a fresh MOT, and it's due its 40,000 mile service next week.

    A couple of days after picking the car up the cruise went 'on the blink' again.

    Yesterday the dashboard lit up. Here's what happened.

    Morning (6 mile commute from weekday digs to work) - 'Service' light (the one with a picture of a spanner) and Traction/ Stability light both came on. Subsequently the service light wen out but the traction light remained on. Cruise not working.

    Evening (120 mile commute home) - Traction light on, cruise eventually engaged.

    After about 10 miles Alternator light on, ABS light flashing, Tachometer, Speedometer, Fuel dials all drop to zero, computer display shows all 'F' where it should be showing mpg etc. This carried on for about 2 miles then all returned to normal (including cruise), apart from 'Traction'.

    About 20 miles later the above happened again.

    At around 60 miles I stopped for a break. On getting in the car and turning the key nothing happened, just the click of the key. On the fourth attempt it fired up as normal.

    The rest of the journey was uneventful apart from another repeat of the 10/ 30 mile incident above.

    In the evening I did a 20 mile round trip and everything was fine (including 'Traction') except cruise.

    So the question is, is this all symptomatic of a well know problem (such as, say, an electronic component working loose) which will be easily fixed at the next service, or is it symptomatic of something more sinister (and expensive)?

    TIA
     
  2. fuzzyfelt

    fuzzyfelt Banned

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    Take it back mate.
     
  3. spuddevans

    spuddevans New Member

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    Could also be a problem with the plug on the ABS ecu/pump. The connections can get a bit loose and cause the problems described. Vx have issued a Field Remedy for this, but I cant remember the Field Remedy number.

    But like fuzzyfelt says, take it back.

    Tim
     
  4. V96V

    V96V Vectra Snow Plough Driver

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    Check the output voltage of the alternator,if above 14.8v then its a candidate for causing electrical problems
     
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    field remedy 1537
    COMPLAINT faliure of instruments while driving,swinging of instruments,vehicle will not start,abs warning lamp lights on,problems while sroring trouble codes of abs wheek speed sensor
    CAUSE poor contact of wiring harness connector abs control unit

    sorry it is a main dealer fix
     
  6. JohnG

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    Just spoken to my local main dealer. They say that remedy refers to Corsas, for which there is a recall underway. :think
     
  7. spuddevans

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    Field remedy's are different from a recall, a field remedy is just a fault that has been comman enough for Vx to put a note on TIS2000 to describe how to fix it.

    In TIS2000 it also refers to Vectra's, there isn't a recall for it, it is just an identified fault on a number of Vec's which you will have to pay to get fixed. If it was a recall it would cost nothing to you.

    Take it to a different dealer, explain the symptoms and mention the field remedy number mentioned above.

    Tim
     
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    im an auto electrician and i have a vectra vxr 2007 with exact same fault , i have run right thru car and all seems to check ok , but now the car has konked out , so had to be recovered to vauxhall , and 2 days and they have no idea , so this is very useful , great thanks
     
  9. baz2003uk

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    sorry to bump such an old thread

    i am have the same issues with my 2007 vxr also and my local vx have had the car a week and still no joy from them

    did anyone confirm if this was the abs plug connection even tho this effects pre 2003 models
     
  10. stevek28

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    Ask them to scan the cim module, I'm sure you'll find an answer guys, this sounds more like a complete loss of comms throughout the network and the cim is the most common cause, if you're lucky or unlucky enough for one of the steering controls to not be working then you've already halfway found ya own fault.
     

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