21 August 2014
Hi everyone, I brought my 2002 1.7DI Combo in December 2013. It has covered 150,000 miles. It starts every morning without fail and I feel drives very much like a car also returning very good mpg. It is no racing machine but its more than adequate for every day running around. I did find the seats quite uncomfortable but, I went to my local scrapyard and purchased the seats from a Vauxhall Corsa 2005 SXI along with the leather bound steering wheel and various other dash parts for only £25. I also brought the alloys from the SXI for £100. All these parts are now fitted and now it is the perfect little van, a car at the front with loads of room in the back. I do have an engine management light on though which reads back as a gearbox sensor??? No one seems to know what or where this is so I will have to carry on the search for this. Despite this annoying light the van functions as normal with no sign of being held back or abnormal running and has done this from the day I brought it and for the owner before. And finally I did have a water leak (common problem) when it rained from the seal around the brake servo. I cured this by pressure washing all the crap out from the area and once dried poured bitumen where the water runs down the channel let it dry and reapplied again. Touch wood I have had no leaks since and very cheep indeed to fix. I was quoted a ridiculous amount by Vauxhall to replace the seal. All in all I love my little van and would recommend one to a friend. Like any car you get good and bad ones. One good thing to remember is if you buy an EX: Royal Mail, BT, British Gas etc the chances are it has been driven by half of the UK and lets be honest here, how many of us have thrashed the company van to get home early or because we are late for the next job? My point exactly you would not treat your own vehicle like this now would you. Mine was owned by a self employed carpenter from new and seems to have been looked after. A privately owned one is your best bet.
I have had nothing but PROBLEMS with my Vauxhall combo 2003, Always breaks down rides horrible and has cost me loads of money. It has a very bad electrical problem which means it won't start and and rev/speedo counter stops working on and off when driving, This is a common problem for Vauxhall and its something that garages can't fix!!! I won't list all the problems because ill be here until next week... I will never Buy A Vauxhall again, Biggest pile of crap ever made… If you want a reliable useful vehicle either for home or work DON'T buy a Vauxhall!!!!!!!
Not impressed with the van, had nothing but trouble with it. First altenator, every lock has failed and now belt chain has broke. My advice? Don’t buy one!
Responses to this review
I agree, I had the alternator go after only six months. I’d say mileage was around 60k. I had no lock problems but one of my side doors refuses to open. Now I’ve had the cam chain go at 86k and putting new engine in for £1,000. I can’t get a repair manual for it from anywhere so doing it blind, it’s a nightmare. I won’t buy another one, I want another VW Caddy, they rock! - Ros Dowdell from Dorset
I agree too!! I have had nothing but PROBLEMS with my Vauxhall combo 2003, Always breaks down rides horrible and has cost me loads of money. It has a very bad electrical problem which means it won't start and and rev/speedo counter stops working on and off when driving, This is a common problem for Vauxhall and its something that garages can't fix!!! I won't list all the problems because ill be here until next week... I will never Buy A Vauxhall again, Biggest pile of crap ever made… My advice to anyone - If you want a reliable useful vehicle either for home or work DON'T buy a Vauxhall!!!!!!! - from Cumbria
The best van your money can buy, on my second one, 66 thousand miles no trouble john.
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