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Is the Opel Insignia reliable?

Opel Insignia SC 2.0 160hp four-door saloon: reliable?

Richard O Callaghan (Cork)

May 2013 Filed under: reliability

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Hi Richard,

By and large, yes, the Insignia's a reliable old thing, but there are a couple of checks to make. Ensure that the engine is pulling strongly in all the low gears, as the turbo can give trouble, especially with the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve. If it's a specced up model with heated seats, check that the one on the driver's side works as they can be fragile. The lesser-used passenger one doesn't seem to give much trouble.

The 'Service Car Now' light seems to be a recurring problem and can come on a bit randomly - usually because the dealer forgets to reset the oil monitor at the last service. The boot seals, especially on the hatchback, can be iffy and allow water in especially when opening the boot when there's standing water on the car. It's a design flaw. There was also a recall to sort out an alarm system issue causing it to go off randomly (often at 2 in the morning...) so make sure that's been done.

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Adviser

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