We've had this car for coming up to 5 years now! We've never owned a car for that long before, the most is 30 months for a BMW 318is coupe. We've considerer changing for something else, the problem is what. What else has 190bhp, good road holding, shame's boy racers, carry 7, with seats folded fits a bathroom suit in the back and looks good 5 years old. The cabin is very basic compared to newer and looks a cheapish, but it has lasted the test of time. The front seats are very comfortable and have good adjustment, but the mid bench can be a bit stiff and upright. Ride quality is fare with sports suspension and low profile tyres, but if your used to sportier stuff then its possitivly brilliant. Like all vauxhalls the knobs and switches are robust and in the correct place. Over the years it's cost very little apart from petrol, but in terms of service items it's been cheap. Never added oil between services, only just changed front discs and pads, and set of tyres. Otherwise there has been no other expense. A previous review mentions the alarm sounding all the time, we had a similar problem but a different solution. Found to be a connector in the front wheel arch! In terms of residual value, we've been offered as a part ex between 7.5k and 8k. Pretty good when we payed 18k five years ago. The BMW lost more in 30 months! If you've got a young family and still cling to your own childhood, buy one of these real fun cars.
I have mixed feelings about this car as there is a lot good about the car although the driveability wasn't there for me!
I have owned a then new 04 reg and a T reg (recently) and the difference was obvious. I know the cars were differnt in age but expect the car to deteriate a lot after a few years is the point (typical of Ford, Vauxhall).
The car is spacious and practical with all you need for a family although there is no boot left when all 7 seats are up.
The Zafira drives and feels like a van. The car feels big and don't expect any kind of performance when accelerating up slip roads etc. I have had the 1.6 and the 1.8 (definately go for the 1.8). You need the 1.8 when you have your family in the car.
I had no problems with the new Zafira which was no suprise for a new car, although the T reg alternator went at 50k and it kept cutting out when we slowed below 10mph. The air con was okay but not fantastic on either Zafira.
If you need the seven seats then this car would be good for the price but if you only really need the the five seats buy a Renault Scenic.
I had this car from new. It has lots of space, performance is alright for a 1.6 engine - there's no point going too much over the speed limit.
It's now done about 61,000 miles and seems to use a lot of engine oil - is this a normal feature for this model? 2001 1.6 16v
I bought this car to replace my vectra sri 150 which was a real thirsty lady!! with doing lots of mountain biking i chose this for the practicality, better than a van. loads of room inside, bit annoying as it keeps steaming up, but all in all a reliable babe. been up and down motorways, country roads never missed a beat. yeah bit noisy at speed-but tuning up the radio helps!! all in all a practical motor for the money, what it does it does well
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