Firstly, hi there all - had my first Vauxhall (An 05 Sports Hatch SXI) since Jan this year and generally I'm really happy with it. The only thing that I regret is choosing the 1.7 Diesel engine though, it is really noisy and lacks grunt at anything below 2000rpm.
Coming from a 1999 focus 1.8TDCI I was expecting the newer engine to be quieter and more efficient, although 10 bhp less than the focus. I'm now seriously considering trading my car back in ASAP, I really can't live with the noise this engine makes.
Efficiency wise it's on par with the focus delivering around 500 miles on a tank, which as I do 50 miles per day to work is a fair saving.
I've had my local dealer (where I purchased it) check it out and they have told me that the noise is normal for the engine. I just wondered if you guys could confirm this?
I'll try to explain the noise, it's fairly quiet and throaty as you start to put your foot down, but as soon as you start pushing it beyond a gentle acceleration it starts to make a really high pitched rattling, which just gets louder and louder the more you push it.
Anyway - thanks for any responces and I've been enjoying reading the forums over the last week or so since finding them.
And here's a pic of my car just after I fitted some 18" Sri Wheels to it last week (Was clean before driving to work that day!).