Some of you will know the score so far, had alot of discussion with CraigY, Lord Nikon & Chris 16v the last time,
I still have my Vectra C Elite 3.2V6 at present, has Full black leather interior with front and rear heated seats, Trip comp, Cruise, PAS, ESP/TC, ABS, Digital climate, CCR2005 Radio, Cassette, 4 disc changer, 17" Alloys, rear spoiler, and twin exit exhaust for a short list along with that 3.2 V6 enigine
I've added (to the already luxurious interior) the following:
Irmscher Granite platinum handbrake
Irmscher door pins
GM mat set
+ a couple of neat little Vauxhall extras 1st aid kit and warning triangle (couldn't resist)
And to the exterior:
Irmscher crosshatch grille
SRi/GSi Smoked rear lights,
SRi/GSi Smoked headlights
SRi/GSi clear side repeaters
Also a rear spoiler and Twin exit powerflow system were already on the car when I bought it!
The car is on an '02 plate with only 33,000 miles that's nothing for most cars never mind a Vectra! It has full service history with reciepts for all the parts listed above and it's just generally a really clean and well looked after car inside and out, it's also a lovely drive, but for me it seems.....well....I suppose "Unnecessary" is the word, I'm only 23, I live at home, I drive to and from work everyday, commute to and from my girlfriends house and occasionally round twon etc. The huge space and load capacity the Vectra has to offer is wasted on me, the rear seats are rarely sat it and the boot only ever really contains my work bag and bait box, in fact I would say that 95% of the time it's only ever me sat in the car
I drew up plans to fit 20" SSW Eclipse alloys, a Hispec "monster 4" 4 pot brake setup, Bilstein B6 dampers, An Eibach "pro" spring kit, A full stainless exhaust system that ran from the manifold back, a remap and a panel filter, thiswas obviously going to cost a few 1000 £'s
After recent discussions with a couple of my mates about my plans and what I wanted the Vectra to be, it seemed that the more sensible option, rather that modifying an already great car that would appeal to quite a wide audience in it's current trim would be to sell up with the Vectra and looks into something like a hot hatch.
That said I immediately started looking into the current market for SEAT Leon Cupra R's they seem to be coming down in price quite nicely now, I've always wanted one but funds always prohibited me from owning one these cars tick all the boxes for me with the standard trim including the 4 pot brembo's, big 18" alloys, a sporty ride height, sporty looking body, sporty interior + all the electrics I already have in the Vec and bags of tuning potential just through remapping,
Obviously I need to sell the Vectra 1st, I've got it booked in to have some stone chips removed from the front bumper and bonnet etc. the M.O.T is at the end of this month so it's going in for that too, then I'm putting 6 months tax on it, I'm hoping with all that done alongside the other appeals it has such as low mileage it should sell well.
I've already started looking at LCR's, I think judging by the prices it's going to be a 2003/2004 model, I've found a few for around (or just over) the £8,000 mark which TBH is a pretty realistic budget for me, I don't want to stretch too far over that if I can help it, colour doesn't bother me as I like all the colours available in the LCR, mileage wise, again, I don't think it matters too much as from what I've gathered the 20vT lump will go forever if the service schedules are kept up to date, relevant parts replaced etc. though one with average or little over average would be preffered, I think due to my budget that I may have to consider the higher mileage cars
There's one on Autotrader, 4th one down, 2003 210 model, it's only done 30,000 miles, it's up for £8,500 ONO but it's a category D, been on the phone to him and he reckons it was the 1st guy who owned hit a kerb at speed and knackered the front suspension, the next guy who bought had it repaired and put it back on the road, he then sold it to he son, who sold it to the guy who has it now, he says he has the invoice for the repairs, the car looks tidy enough and everything else seems spot on, he admitted on the phone that it had a small dent in the front bumper the size of a 10p piece and a small scuff on the front bumper the tax and test runs out at the end of the month, I asked him what his bottom line would be and he said he'd probably take £8,000 for it, but given the circumstances I'm sure it wouldn't be unreasonable to request the car be re-taxed and tested for the sake of a sale, possibly offer a little less, round the £7,800 mark? it even has a few choice mods, filter, exhaust and dump valve, what are peoples thoughts on that? could it be a good buy?
There's also the 2nd one on that page which is within the budget (never hurts to ask for a little more off though ) and the 3rd & 5th cars on that page I would consider also depending on what sort of play there was on the price.
I've also been on pistonheads:
A 2004 model, Bit of high mileage there but have emailed and he says it's because it was his company car, it has FSSH and other reciepts, also comes with some small mods too but back to the downside he says it has a fair bit of stonechipping and he refrained from getting it resprayed incase potential buyers thought he had something to hide.
Obviously he has it up for £8,000, would anyone know what to offer for that?
The next nearest one on Piston heads with low miles is this one:
But it's up for a fair amount more than I'm looking to pay @ £9,000 the mods it has combined with the mileage etc is reflected in the price I would say
Sorry for the long post, just trying to be as thorough as possible on what the score so far is