Long term tests

Vauxhall Vectra VXR

Computer says 'no' on our Vectra

The ‘inspection’ light had appeared on the dash for the Vectra’s second service, so I phoned to book it in, as you do. As so often happens nowadays I was passed on to a central booking agency. Which was fine – until the girl at the other end of the phone, having entered my licence plate number and various other details, said that according to her computer ‘the Grifter’ should only be serviced once a year or every 20,000 miles. Since, she said, I had had the car serviced only five months earlier and had not yet reached 40,000 miles, I was not eligible for the second service. A case of ‘computer says no’.

I explained three times that this was the VXR version of the Vectra and that I believed that the service should be every 14,000 miles. But she and her electronic device still disagreed.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

I gave up. Perhaps I’d been wrong. But, unwilling to be beaten by a computer, I consulted the manual: ‘When INSP appears in the odometer display, make an appointment…as soon as possible.’ A-ha!

Back on the phone, I was put through to a different operative, but one who had apparently had a common sense chip installed in her computer. We’re booked in for a second service next week.

Running Costs

Date acquiredJune 2007
Total mileage27,531
Costs this monthMy patience
Mileage this month3506
MPG this month23.4
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/911/201958/porsche-911-gt3-vs-gt3-rs-vs-gt2-rs-track-battle
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle

Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Nov 2019
Visit/ferrari/201950/new-ferrari-roma-612bhp-198mph-gt-car-joins-the-range
Ferrari

New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range

Ferrari has expanded its GT car range with the V8 powered Ferrari Roma
14 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019