I bought this car second-hand through Vauxhall's Network Q. I have had some problems with the air-intake valve, which was fixed under warranty. I was told this was a common problem but usually occurred at a higher mileage than in my case (55K).
Fifteen months after purchasing it the power steering pump failed and cost just under £1000 to replace since the original pump is no longer available. This also appears to be a common fault in the older cars, according to the garage who fitted the new pump. Most of the cost comes from the fact that the pump can only be sourced from Vauxhall.
On the plus side, it's certainly roomy enough inside. I'm 6 foot 5 inches tall and even with the seat right back, the kids have loads of room in the back. There's plenty of power and, despite rolling a bit round corners, it handles pretty well.
Some nice features include automatic volume increase on the CD/radio when you exceed a certain speed. With seven seats there's no room for luggage though and it's a squeeze for adults getting into the back two seats.
Overall, I was happy with the car until the power steering went - so it's just a warning to anyone considering buying second-hand to check whether a new pump has been fitted prior to purchase or you could be looking at another £1000 outlay.
All in all the driving experience can be awesome (for an MPV) you can not fault the power delivery of the engine. No problems with traffic slow or fast, overtaking is effortless and at times the power you have on tap can embarrass some seriously expensive performance cars especially if they are in the wrong gear! I have a family of six and we can often strectch the available space required to cope with all our needs. I can get a fold-down pushchair and double buggy in with all the kids (baby seats and all... just), so if you want a seven-seat MPV with loads of room for lots of luggage look elswhere. Alternatively, get a roof box. I have and we have no trouble with those extra loads when needed. I have experienced some wear and tear on various components but it has not put me off the car in any way. This is due to good no-haggle resolution under warranty and good service from the dealer. I am six foot two and have had no trouble using the back row of seats, it is just awkward getting in and out with three child seats on the middle row. The car is better for the kids and you if they are out of these. My wife and I do cope though. Don't leave the child seats in the car unless you want permanently damaged seats is my advice. In summary the main reason why we went for this MPV was to retain the feel of driving a car and not a bus!! On that point it passes with flying colours.
I recently exchanged one of these having owned it for just over a year, driven nearly 30,000 miles. The ride is bumpy on anything other than smooth roads, the equipment is basic and it's bland inside. Lots of room for five but the back two seats very restrictive for access, really only suitable for small agile people. (Children) With the back seats down the luggage area is huge, but if they're in use, don't do a lot of shopping. Fuel economy is poor for a diesel averaging only 38/Gall over the last year.
The Zafira GSi is a complete all-rounder.
Seven seats, a large airy cabin and that sweet 2.0 Turbo that blitzes most things off the lights.
I think it's also the best-looking MPV on the road.
It's based on the Astra Estate so the wife finds driving it easy and visability is great.
Its handling not as good as I expected though - it needs to be a little stiffer and the standard tyres are dubious in the wet.
My only major gripe is the cost of petrol because it doesn't half like the stuff!
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