Fleet News

Police hit by Vectra gearbox problem

A UK police force is suffering reliability problems with its 20 Vauxhall Vectras as gearbox oil has leaked out causing seizures and even contaminating brakes.

'We have had all 20 cars go wrong,' said John Waldock, workshop supervisor with Hertfordshire police. 'It is an assembly problem at the Isuzu factory in Japan leading to oil leaks from the end cover gasket. It is a serious problem and oil can get on to the brakes. For police use that is bad. The problem is resolved under the warranty scheme with the cars being returned to the local Lex dealership.

A Vauxhall spokesman said gearbox leaks had been a problem but were solved by May. He said there was no recall because it was not a safety issue but retailers had been told to check cars as they came in for routine visits. Fleet operators should tell drivers to keep an eye on their drives for tell-tale red stains.

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment


No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee