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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: United Kingdom
My wife has an Insignia 2.0cdti Elite Nav and yes it looks nicely finished inside but its nowhere near as good from a quality and materials point of view, they have had 4 attempts at solving the rattles and creaks... we have now given up and it affects most cars according to the Vauxhall forums...
Vauxhall themselves admit there are issues with the interior materials and construction.... they even have a kit available to the dealer now to fix the rattles (a tube of silicon and instructions of where to apply, once you have parts of the dash out) which doesnt really work. The previous Signum she had was much better.... if you look you can see the all the hallmarks that the Insignia was built to a very low cost.
Think its had 4 or 5 recalls now and various bits have fell off inc headlight washer covers, and had brakes replaced due to scoring issues (common fault). We have been lucky with ours apparently.
Steering is too light in my opinion but it does feel nice to drive, feels light compared to the 159.
Insignia also has three sets of buttons for controlling all the media/nav and find it to be an accident waiting to happen when driving as well as looking like a cheap music sytem out of Comet, cruise control buttons area also very fiddly IMO.
159 looks better than Insignia but was looking at an Astra the other day and thought how downbeaten and passive the front looked in comparison to the Guilietta which is better but still doesnt have the move out the way factor that the 159/Brera has when it come up behind you....
The Mrs likes it and she paid for it herself when it was 4 months old.... configurator price £33k, we paid £18 with 6k miles on it...
Past 1999 - Grigio Chiaro, 156 2.0 T-Spark SP1 - 2007 - Strombolli 159 1.9JTDM LUSSO SW + Alfatune DPF Removal/Map --- Present 2005 - Strombolli GT 3.2 V6
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