I bought this car because i needed the seats, but the running costs i.e. petrol was horrendous. I was averaging 26/27 mpg.It was very heavy to drive and was a bit gutless on pulling away. The tyres seemed to spin very easily with very little acceleration.Plus points were the seating was very roomy.I had to trade it in.I wish I had plumped for a diesel in the first place.
My wife bought this car from new in May 2003 & she's impressed with it to this day. The 1.8 Elegance definitely has the best balance of the range, in terms of power, fuel consumption, equipment, reliabilty and comfort. We have 4 kids and an aupair in the household and the car will take all of us in relative comfort.
My mum has the 1.6 Club & you can notice the difference when her car is full. We test drove the Ford, Nissan & Renault MPV versions and the Zafira was the best. We added a roof rack a year later and proved to be very practical indeed. We were able to get an American style fridge freezers into it with rear door slightly open.
Downsides: Doesn't hold its value well. Dealer servicing is pricey & their customer service is not best. Parts of the interior could be built better, i.e. cover for interior lighting section fell off, one of the knobs for rear seats down fell off (& now disappeared), with drivers armrest down it's difficult to handle handbrake, plastic moldings around seats become loose. It sounds like a lot but quality could be better. Though u expect some damages with children! Our spare wheel was easily stolen & its housing damaged. The dealer fixed the housing free of charge but wanted £250 to replace the spare wheel and install a security bolt. Ironically, they have always been aware of this risk & still saw it fit to charge for security bolt! Overall it is a very good car and still runs well 4 years on.
I have owned this car from new for 3 years and I HATE it.
I know hate is a strong word, but it is true.
On the road it is a slug, repairs are through the roof, customer service forget it, and to top it all off it has just failed it's MOT and it has only done 20,000 miles. Luckly the Vauxhal Garage has picked up the cost of one item as it is under warranty but the other is a damaged bracket, which looks like a design fault to me.
So all in all I am not happy.
On a positive note, it has lots of space to put wheelchairs, shopping, etc.
We purchased this car to replace a 1.8 Ford Focus due to a new arrival in the family, and we were very sorry to see the Focus go. The Zafira was going to have a lot to live up to!
The only problems that we have had with the car is a fault on the passenger rear door. The door would not lock or unlock on the central locking and the speaker did not work. A visit to a local auto electrician identified that the wires had become chafed where they go from the door to the body shell. £20 repaired this.
The other problem was that the spare wheel would not come down. Upon investigation it was apparent that the device for this has been mangled beyond repair. A call to the main dealers confirmed that they had one in stock. I was expecting £50-60 bill but was suprised that the entire part was only £23.00 RESULT!! A simple DIY fit as well, so saving any labour charges.
On a recent trip to Cornwall (up hill, down dale, air con on) we were achieving 38mpg!! Not bad for a 1.6. Yes it is slightly gutless and you feel as though you are about to take off at 70mph, but it is a family car!!
The boot is 'slightly' small with the rear seats up, but when they are down, 16 bags of shopping, pushchair and a tumble drier fit happily in the caverous boot.
Also it is the most comfortable car that I have ever driven or been driven in.
Services (standard) costs £120, tyres £35 each.
All in all a superb car. Buy one!
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