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Vectra Manual

Vectra Manual

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CVTronic is an automatic transmission with
the following facilities:

zContinuously variable automatic mode,

zOut of continuously variable automatic
zManual mode.

In continuously variable automatic mode
the transmission ratio is continuously
variable. The engine speed is in the
optimum torque range. Moving the
selector lever from N to D puts the
transmission into this mode.
When operating out of continuously
variable automatic mode, the CVTronic
electronically simulates the shifting of a
conventional automatic transmission with
defined gears. This mode is selected by
moving the selector lever from D to the left.

Gears can be selected manually in manual
mode. Higher or lower transmission ratios
are manually selected by moving the
selector lever from D to the left and
tapping toward + or -.
After starting the engine, operate the
brake before selecting a mode. If a mode is
selected and the brake is released, the
vehicle "creeps". Never operate the
accelerator and brake pedals

Disregard of these instructions may lead
to injuries or endanger life.


Selector lever in P, R and N


Park. Front wheels locked.
Only with vehicle stationary and
handbrake on.


Reverse. Only engage when
vehicle stationary.


Neutral or idling position.

The selector lever can only be moved out of
P or N when the ignition is switched on and
the foot brake is depressed (selector lever
In positions P or N the control indicator j
in the selector lever indicator strip will light
up red – see figure.
If the transmission oil temperature is less
than -25 °C the selector lever cannot be
moved until the transmission oil
temperature reaches -25 °C when the
engine is running (P or N flashes in the
transmission display as long as the selector
lever is locked).

The engine can only be started with lever in
position P or N. When position N is selected,
press foot brake or engage handbrake
before starting.
Do not accelerate during the selection
The selector lever position is indicated in
the transmission display.


Continuously variable

Move selector lever from N to D (do not
move to left in D).
Drive position for normal driving positions.
D is shown in the transmission display.

Out of continuously variable
automatic mode

Move selector lever to left in position D.

Ratio adaptation takes place in 6 gears in
this mode. The maximum speed is reached
in 5th gear, and 6th gear is for economical
A is shown in the transmission display.


Manual mode (ActiveSelect)

Shift the selector lever from D first to the left
and then forward or rearward.


Switch to higher gear


Switch to lower gear
If a higher gear is selected at too slow a
speed or a lower gear at too high a speed,
no change takes place. This avoids engine
speeds that are too high or too low.
The maximum speed is reached in 5th
gear. 6th gear is designed for economical

If the engine speed is too slow, a lower gear
is automatically selected.
At high engine speeds a higher gear is not
automatically selected.
For reasons of safety, Kickdown also
functions in manual mode – see page 155.
The engaged gear is shown in the
transmission display.

Transmission display

The transmission display in the tachometer
dial shows the currently engaged gear or
current mode.


Park position.


Reverse gear.


Neutral or idling position.


Continuously variable automatic


Out of continuously variable
automatic mode.
1-6Manual mode, selected transmission


Electronically controlled driving

zAdaptive programmes automatically
adapt the transmission ratio to the
driving style, e.g.:
–Sporty driving style: transmission
changes at higher engine speeds.
–Economical driving style:
transmission ratio changes at
slower speeds.
–Adaptation to special driving
conditions still takes place, such as:
driving up and down hills, towing a
caravan / trailer and with heavy loads.

zAutomatic neutral shift function
automatically sets the transmission to N
to reduce fuel consumption, e.g. at
traffic lights.
The automatic neutral shift function is
activated when:
–The selector lever is in automatic
mode or manual mode
–The foot brake is depressed
–The vehicle is stationary
–The accelerator pedal is not actuated
–Transmission oil temperature is
over 0°C.
As soon as the brake is released and the
accelerator pedal is depressed, the
vehicle starts off in the usual manner.

zAfter a cold start the operating
temperature programme rapidly brings
the catalytic converter to the optimum
temperature that is required to optimise
pollutant reduction by means of using
the appropriate ratio (increased engine
zThe speed programme limits the engine
speed to protect the transmission from
damage at high transmission oil
zWinter programme: press button T – see
next column.


Winter programme T

In the event of starting-off difficulties on
slippery roads press button T, which can
be selected either in or out of continuously
variable automatic mode (T lights up).
The vehicle will start off with a high
transmission ratio.
The winter programme is switched off by:
zpressing button T again,
zswitching off the ignition,
zswitching to Manual mode.

To protect against damage, the starting-
off aid automatically cuts out at very high
transmission oil temperatures.


Accelerator pedal pressed past the
pressure point: depending on engine
speed, the transmission shifts down into a
lower gear transmission ratio. Full engine
power is available for acceleration.
For safety reasons Kickdown is available in
all modes.

Engine braking

CVTronic automatically selects the driving
programme with the optimum engine
braking effect.
If necessary, lower gears can also be
selected in manual mode to increase the
amount of braking assistance. Gear 1 has
the greatest braking effect.

Rocking the car

If it becomes necessary to rock the vehicle
to free it from sand, mud, snow or a hole,
move the selector lever from D to R in a
repeat pattern while simultaneously
applying light pressure to the accelerator
pedal. Do not race the engine and avoid
sudden acceleration.
This applies only to the exceptional
circumstances mentioned above.


Manoeuvring the vehicle

To manoeuvre the vehicle back and forth
during attempts to park or in garage
entrances, the vehicle’s creeping
movement can be utilised by releasing the
brake pedal.
Never actuate accelerator and brake
pedals simultaneously.

Stopping the vehicle

The selector lever can be left in the chosen
gear with the engine running.
When stopping on gradients engage
handbrake or depress brake pedal. To
prevent overheating of the transmission,
do not increase engine revolutions to
ensure smooth idling while standing if a
gear has been selected.
Switch off engine if stopping for a lengthy
period, e.g. in traffic jams or at level
If the selector lever is not in P when the
ignition is switched off, control indicator j
in the selector lever indicator strip flashes –
see page 151, Fig. 15086 J. Shift the
selector lever to P.
Before leaving the vehicle, apply
handbrake, then place selector lever in
position P and remove ignition key.
The ignition key can only be removed when
the selector lever is in position P.
If the ignition key is not removed, the
battery may be discharged if the vehicle is
then left to stand for a lengthy period of


Control indicator A illuminates if a fault
Driving can be continued:
The choice of transmission ratio is
restricted. The vehicle accelerates more
slowly and the maximum speed is limited.
Certain faults prevent the use of manual
Illumination of control indicator A can
also indicate a fault in the engine
electronics – see page 164.
Have cause of fault remedied. We
recommend that you consult a Vauxhall
Authorised Repairer. The system’s
integrated self-diagnostics allows faults to
be quickly remedied.


Interruption of power supply

If the vehicle battery is flat, the selector
lever cannot be moved out of position P.
If the battery is flat, start the vehicle using
jump leads – see page 200.
If the battery is not the cause of the fault,
release selector lever:
1.Apply handbrake.
2.Remove the ashtray – see page 90.
3.Pull out ashtray socket upwards.

4.Push bar down with a screwdriver and
move selector lever out of P.
5.Refit ashtray socket and click it into
6.Refit ashtray.

Re-selecting P locks the selector lever
again. Have cause of power supply
interruption remedied. We recommend
that you consult a Vauxhall Authorised


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