Vauxhall Vectra: common problems and solutions

The Vauxhall Vectra is a large family car which was produced by Vauxhall Motors between 1995 and 2009 over two different generations. These cars were and still are a common sight on the roads of the UK. They were only ever marketed as the Vauxhall Vectra in the UK, as they were known as the Opel Vectra in the rest of Europe. If you want to read our full review of this car, please click here. These cars are known for driving really well and being very reliable, but are also known for having poor handling and a poor resale value. Below is a list of some of the most common problems and solutions for the Vectra. There is also a difficulty rating listed for sorting the different problems out and also a list of the most recent recalls made on this vehicle.

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Vauxhall Vectra common problems and solutions

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You can have a look at our list of the most common problems and their solutions below.

Handbrake fault

Problem: If you have noticed that the handbrake is not working as it should or that you have to pull the handbrake lever really far up, you most likely have a faulty handbrake cable.

Solution: This is pretty common on these vehicles, and you will need to fit a new handbrake cable to sort this out.


Engine management warning light

Problem: If the engine management warning light is on your dashboard, then it is usually one of two sensors at fault on these vehicles. It will most likely be the cam shaft sensor or the crankshaft sensor at fault.

Solution: Have a diagnostic check run on the vehicle to correctly identify which part is at fault and then replace the faulty part.


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Air conditioning not blowing cold air

Problem: When you put on the air conditioning and it does not blow out cold air, you most likely have a faulty compressor.

Solution: You will need to replace the compressor to resolve this issue.


ABS warning light

Problem: This is a common fault on these vehicles. If you have noticed the ABS warning light on your dashboard, you most likely have a faulty ABS sensor.

Solution: To correctly identify which sensor is at fault, have a diagnostic check run and once you have it identified replace the faulty sensor. Have a look at the video below to see how to replace an ABS sensor.


Suspension problems

Problem: When you are driving over speed bumps or uneven surfaces, and you are hearing a knocking noise, these cars are known for the bushes needing replaced.

Solution: Check that it is the bushes that are cracked or broken, and replace them to solve the problem.


Boot leaking

Problem: If you have noticed that there is water leaking into the boot area or have noticed water stains on the headlining in the rear of the car. This is most likely due to a faulty rear wiper seal.

Solution: You will need to replace this seal to stop the leak.



The Vauxhall Vectra has had quite a few recalls made over its lifetime. The Vectra was in production for a total of 14 years and had a total of 10 different recalls made. Remember, that it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to sort these problems free of charge due to them being manufacturing faults. To view the full list of recalls visit the website or if you want more information on the recalls listed below, just follow the links below:

The above common problems list is not an exhaustive list but only covers some of the most common problems associated with the Vauxhall Vectra. If your problem is not listed above, then this doesn't mean that it is not a common problem. We can also help you find the replacement parts at very low prices. Visit the Vauxhall Vectra parts page to find your parts or enter your vehicle details in our part finder below. If you would like to speak to one of our specialist advisers you can give us a call on *0905 232 3000.