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    is there a definitive engine serial number etc that the timing Chains got sorted?
    A friend has a 2010 model at 60k and wants to remap it but ive told her to hold off for now just to be sure.

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    The original thread has been archived but there is the detail of a service bulletin on it:


    Technical Service Bulletin 2895

    Z28NEx - Timing chain elongation, SVS on, DTC P0016(1B) and P0018(1B) set in ECU

    Insignia 2009 to 2009 - Vin 91000362 to 81145618 - A28NEH, A28NEL, A28NER, A28NET
    Vectra C 2008+ - VIN 81000001+ - Z28NEH, Z28NEL, Z28NET

    Complaint - Customer complain about SVS on, DTC P0016(1B) and P0018(1B) set in ECU. Further investigation reveals chain elongation.

    Cause - Lack of robustness in the chain material properties aggravated by ages engine oil.

    Production - Improved wear resistant timing chains (material improved and carbo-nitriding) introduced as of engine number HN 055 387 (29th Sep 2010)


    Spare Parts: Part-Number: Catalogue-Number:


    Primary timing chain 12633451 06 36 246
    Secondary timing chain (2x) 12633452 06 36 249



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    Beware though, the date in september 2010 is engine production date, not car production date. There are cars with a production date post sep. 2010 which have had chain issues as they were fitted with engines built prior to this date. So he would need to check the serial number on the engine to be certain. Don’t think it will make much difference if he maps it or not though. The chains will not be strained further by the mapping as the chains won’t be subject to additional strain (the valves will still need the same force to open). So if the car is affected the chains will need replacing eventually, tuning or not. So I’d just say go for it... but keep some spare cash for the chains, if they haven’t gone already, they most likely will - mine made it to just under 80k before they went.
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    her car is march 2010 so looks like a candidate.
    i take it vx did their usual and its just a service bulletin rather than admitting it deserved a recall

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    I spoke to Opel and they said that they replaced them here in Denmark, free of charge, if all services had been done by an Opel garage. But I don’t think Vx were as large acording to some of the stories on here.
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    no probs.... doubt the dealer she got the car off would even know it had chains and the rest wouldnt be interested now that VX franchises all got bent over by The PSA group last month.... from what i hear no one in the UK really knows where they stand now with regards warranty or recall work.

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    The chain issue wasn't resolved till 2012 with the higher carbonised ones being fitted from then
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