Vauxhall-Insignia_300pxCarrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from looking at the Volkswagen Polo and turn our attention to the Vauxhall Insignia. Now in its second generation this car remains a firm favourite with fleet drivers. In this issue we are focusing on the first generation Insignia.

This was Vauxhall’s attempt to claw back some of the mid-range saloon market from the Ford Mondeo, and the fresh, desirable-looking Insignia was a significant upgrade on the inside and out of its predecessor the Vauxhall Vectra.

Unveiled in 2008 as the beginning of Vauxhall’s latest refreshed and grown up look, the new Insignia managed to claim European Car of the Year in 2009.

The Insignia was launched with a good range of powerplants. Motorists were spoilt with the 1.8-, 2.0- and 2.8-litre V6 petrol engines and a couple of 2.0-litre diesel options. The 2009 Insignia saw the introduction of stop-start technology, which has provided technicians with additional challenges.

Remember, too, that the information here is extracted from generous submissions from the market.

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Click below to see technical contributions on the Vauxhall Insignia from:

Autoelectro – explains issues with rotating electrics on the Insignia

Cambiare – covers a number of issues with the Insignia

Castrol – recapping why oil plays such an important part in the Vauxhall’s engine

CES – covers a number of issues with the Insignia

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Corteco – explains the seal issues on an Insignia

Dayco – looks at the belt system on the Insignia

First Line – analyse faults with braking and friction on the Vauxhall

FPS – comments on a whole host of common issues with Insignias

Manbat – advises on start-stop battery

Meyle – common issues on the Vauxhall Insignia solved

RMI – outlines a menagerie of Insignia problems

Suplex – explains the variety of springs on a Vauxhall Insignia

TecRMI – give us an insight into a few technical problems with the Insignia

ZF Services – advice on changing the steering system on an Insignia

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