Once again I write about my Meriva. After waiting for nearly four months for replacement fuel injectors, I sold the car - hope you don't buy it.
I have just changed to this model from the 1.4 petrol version and I am very impressed.
The performance is noticeably superior to the 1.4 petrol. I have driven diesels for many years and this is by far the quietest and smoothest. I cannot yet comment on the fuel efficiency, but I can say it is better than the 1.4 petrol, which at best was 38mpg.
Do not be put off by the performance figures or top speed because in real-world driving I think they are not a true representation of the car's abilities.
One or two negative points remain, such as the forward vision obstructed by the offside pillar, the indicators are far too quiet, and to be honest not much else.
If you want a practical family car with a surprisingly amount of space, look no further. For a great deal, buy a six-month-old one when the initial high cost has been reduced by depreciation.
I've have owned the Meriva 1.8 Easytronic for over 3 years and after many years of driving company cars. I bought the Easytronic version as that's what my wife likes to drive and we were replacing her Zafira. OK its not a Merc or a Honda so the auto box is not as smooth but it is good enough. I've had no mechanical or electrical problems, performance was been good and in fact I can't fault the car after 42000 miles, except for that visibility issue everyone notes and it is not often a problem. It can be very heavy on front tyres if driven aggressively, as I noted when I hired a low mileage rental car abroad. Luggage space is OK but not over-generous for four people but with a roof box for holidays it's no problem and you can still easily exceed the speed limit on French motorways. Overall changing from a company car to a private one has not been the problem I thought it might be and the Meriva has performed well in every area. Definitely a good day to day car for two who like to carry lots of luggage and plants.
Having owned the car from only six months old (the car, not me), I must say that it is a lovely car, although I have had some problems.
There was a rattle similar to the pinking noise of old cars (when everything was in black and white). It only happened at around 30-40mph but as most of my driving was between those speeds, it was quite annoying. It went back six times to the dealer and once to the manufacturer - nothing was found, although the garage did finally recognise that there was a sound.
Recently with the mileage at 47,000, I have had a problem using first and secong gears, not being able to get car into those gears. £60 later it's OK... at the moment. Fuel consumption isn't great and that last quarter of a tank vanishes quicker than me when it's my turn to buy a round of drinks. Does anyone know how many miles you can do when that fuel light flashes?
Overall the car is fine and I have and would recommend it to others. It's a fabulous car to drive and is easy to park. Blindspots? Just move your head and look as you are shown when learning to drive. Happy motoring.
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