Howdy, Sintra questions

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Chris Peacock, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Greetings, I've just purchased a 1999 Vauxhall Sintra 3.0 CDX and have a
    couple of questions.

    1) The car did not come with the car pass so I don't know the stereo/alarm
    code, can this be got from a Vauxhall dealer for a reasonable price. To be
    honest I'm not too worried about the radio as only 3 channels work and I'm
    guessing the problems in the radio rather than the speakers but didn't want
    to unplug to test as I don't have the code (catch 22!!)

    2) How often does the A/C need to be gassed up? is it a matter of wait until
    it doesn't get cold or is it done during one of the services (mines now done
    49,000 miles).

    And finally, does anyone have any problems getting parts for the Sintra? I
    know Vauxhall dropped the car for the Zafira in 1999 and they were only made
    for a short time. I'm guessing the engine parts are no problems as that's a
    Vauxhall unit.

    Cheers, Chris
    Chris Peacock, Feb 10, 2004
  2. Ooops, forgot to ask, there is a small rust patch on the bonnet (common
    problem I have read). The log book indicates Vauxhall inspection until 30K
    then private garages, I am assuming then that Vauxhall will not cover this
    rust under their anti-perferation guarantee. I did read somewhere the bonnet
    is actually aluminium but if that's true I have no idea how it's rusting
    (well bubling up)

    Cheers, Chris.
    Chris Peacock, Feb 10, 2004
  3. Chris Peacock

    mike Guest


    To be
    i'd go for the speaker meself.
    not had mine done yet.
    now on 70K
    i have had no problems myself, most are 'other' vauxhall parts. some are
    unique but few.

    has the cambelt & tensioner & rolers been done?
    if not get it done!
    i think that goes for the 3ltr version also.

    sintra r reg
    i like it, though the fuel consumption is not what claimed gettting about

    mike, Feb 10, 2004
  4. Chris Peacock

    mike Guest

    didn't know it was ally, but got the same here.
    it's got no worse in the 1yr i've had it.
    might just emery it back & coat again.
    not diff
    there was a thread many moons ago about it being coverd by the six years
    anti corr warranty but i never saw a def answwer.

    mike, Feb 11, 2004
  5. Chris Peacock

    Alan Guest

    Car passes are around £10 from your local dealer. You might try calling the
    supplying dealer though. They can probably give you the info for free.

    With regards to the radio, it is probably something simple like the radio
    not fully pushed in and not connected properly or a duff speaker. It is
    worth checking.

    The AC should not regassing although some people get it serviced
    occasionally. I would ignore it until it plays up.

    Parts are not generally an issue although you might have to wait a bit if
    they are 'non-stocked' in the UK.

    With regards to rust, I would talk to your local dealer nicely. They will
    probably say no but it is worth a try. If the rust is from stone chips it
    wouldn't be covered any way.

    Finally, I second the comment about the cambelt. If you cannot be positive
    it has been done, get it done ASAP and get them to change the rollers too.
    Use genuine parts and I would get a main dealer to do it if their price is



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    Alan, Feb 11, 2004
  6. Cheers Alan and Mike, I know the cambelt hasn't been done as the service
    book indicates every 80,000 miles :O Is this a real problem with
    Vauxhalls then? I seem to remember something on Watchdog a few years ago
    about Vauxhalls from a certain age. Do you have a 'guide' price for a
    cambelt change on a 3.0 Sintra, can't be cheap!

    Chris Peacock, Feb 13, 2004
  7. Chris Peacock

    mike Guest

    the warning was the atleast halve the recommended change mileage.
    makes sure you state you want the tensioners & rollers done also.
    might be an idea to them to check or replace the water pump too (on same
    then it is all done.
    sadly it might cost a bit though.

    my 2.2 cost £225.
    at a dealer

    though this price was after two stabs at it as the first time they did not
    do the water pump.

    i am assuming the above to be true as long as the 3.0 is the same
    'design/layout' as the 2.2

    mike, Feb 13, 2004
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