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Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Vauxhall Insignia faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Vauxhall Insignia fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Vauxhall Insignia (2008-) Fault Guide


Vauxhall Insignia (2008-) Fault Guide

View Vauxhall Insignia (2008-) Fault Guide

We know of 16 VAUXHALL Insignia (2008-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 4 engine faults
  • 5 suspension wear items or faults
  • 4 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 2 recalls

Here's an example fault on the VAUXHALL Insignia (2008-)

What to look for:

When you test drive the vehicle check for the DPF warning light on the dashboard. It comes on when the car is started and goes out soon after. If the light remains on then drive the car at a steady 50 to 60mph for 15 to 20 minutes in 3rd gear. That should allow the DPF to get hot enough to burn off the particulates clogged up inside and should make the light go off.

What it means:

If you run the car at this speed for the time specified and the DPF light goes out then the car should be fine. If this light stays on it means there is a problem with the Diesel Particulate Filter. This is a device which removes harmful particulates from the exhaust and keeps the C02 emissions low. If the car is often driven in town, or for small journeys the DPF does not get hot enough to burn off the particulate deposits. To have the repair carried out will also necessitate replacing the oil filter and the engine oil. Be aware that cars fitted with a DPF filter are not ideal if you only do short journeys such as a small commute.

What to do

If you find this fault and the car is at a main dealer and within warranty (3 years/60,000 miles) dealer then insist that the repair is carried out as part of the deal. Otherwise the car may require a manual ‘Forced Clean’ of the DPF filter which will cost around £90.00. If you find the engine management or DPF lights lit up on the dashboard when the car is running we would advise having the car inspected by a qualified mechanic. It can cost £1000+ to replace the DPF filter if it is left clogged for too long.


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