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Vauxhall Vectra Overview

The Vauxhall Vectra is a large family car that was manufactured by General Motors UK. Vauxhall is the UK name for Opel, and is the department of Opel that makes all British Vauxhall motor vehicles. The Vectra was a replacement for the Vauxhall Cavalier from 1995, but was in circulation under Opel from 1988. The Vauxhall Vectra is a very spacious car inside for both business and family use. It drives really well due to the good suspension and handling on the vehicle.

Vauxhall Vectra History

The Vectra A (1988-95) was the first model of the Vectra marketed under the Opel badge, and was known as the next generation of Vauxhall Cavalier in the UK.

The Vectra B (1995-2002) was the version that replaced the Cavalier in the UK and this was the first version to also introduce the estate version of this vehicle. There was a vast range of different engine sizes available for the Vectra range. It received an upgrade in 1999 which gave it better handling and changes to the exterior, such as the headlights. There were quite a few sporty models brought out in this generation such as: the GSI and V6.

The Vectra C (2002-2008) was to be the last range of this model to be produced. It was based on a different platform than the previous versions, the epsilon platform. There was a change in the engines used and they had a bit of an upgrade in 2005. This version of the Vectra was never as popular as the previous version in the UK, but was still in the top 10 cars sold in this country.


Life Design

Fuel economy

Depending on the version of the Vectra, the type of fuel and the size of the engine will determine the fuel economy of your vehicle. The engine sizes varied over the years from 1.4-3.2 in both petrol and diesel. The 1.9 diesel is the best economically with the smaller sized petrol engines being the most economical from those types of engines.


Like above the type of gearboxes available were determined by the version of the car. In earlier models there were 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual where as the later version had 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes. Breakeryard has a section of the website for Vectra gearbox parts so have a look to find your required parts.


The Vectra parts section of our website has many different Vectra parts available through our comprehensive network of different Breakers. Have a look at this section or enter your vehicle details in our part finder to locate the exact part you are looking for.