Had this car for 5 years. It's been fantastic. Only failed to start once which was quickly sorted out by the garage we bought it from. Only costs incurred are a new battery, 4 tires and servicing. Regularly drive long journeys, 300+ miles or more and it never misses a beat. On the down side, it is a bit noisy and the acceleration below 2000rpm is poor. It also takes an age to warm up in the winter. The ride is a little hard, but road holding is good. Love the space when all the seats are folded away, we did a trip to Ikea recently and was amazed that we got everything in the car. I was half expecting to have to pay to have the stuff delivered. We are about to trade in for a 2008 Zafira diesel, 150. I've read some of the reviews on here, and noted a lot of problems regarding the DPF and EGR valve. But getting a great deal on the new car so will take the plunge.
This is my second one My first one was a 2000 model 2.0 DTI and was brilliant we bout it in 2005 with 100,000 miles and the only major repair was the clutch and part of the gearbox costing £1500 but otherwise was a perfect car I sold in 2010 with 173,000 on the clock and bought a 2003 DTI model with 75,000 on the clock its been running fine and we are dead happy with it and would recommend it any day but beware my son had a 1.6 petrol model witch cost a fortune to run and caused no end of problems so avoid petrol models and go for the DTI
I have had this car just a little over 7 years, bought it when it was 11months old. Overall it has been an excellent choice, much better than the variety of Fords I had previously owned.
It has now done 91,000 and has just needed a replacement exhaust (not bad going), and now having the power steering pump replaced. Bodywork is still excellent at just over eight years old.
On a long journey I recently managed to get 71miles per gallon when travelling at a steady 65mph. How many cars will do that? It does require a little oil each month, but thats to be expected with diesel engines - only uses about 2 litres a year.
Seating options excellent although boot space limited if using all seven seats.
All in all, a very good buy. I would recommend this car to anyone.
This is our one family car and as such it's got the perfect blend of qualities - powerful and flexible engine for longer trips, loads of space for all our gear, yet light and manoeuvrable around town. Amongst the uniform looks of standard MPVs I think it really stands out with it's sporty profile. And in Arden Blue (a colour unique to the GSi) the kids can always spot it in any big car park!
I've been very impressed by its reliability too - it has never let us down in 3 years of driving, and servicing costs have never exceeded £250 depite the fact it's now 6 years old.
Now that the swing against larger petrol engines has, IMHO, gone too far, the GSi turbo looks fantastic value on the used market.
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