Please see my input on 14/05/08.
Well after another 2 trips into the dealers to sort out DPF, it was taken in over Christmas 2008 to replace the turbo, DPF and front exhaust system to rectify problem, as DPF was regenerating everyday. Previous problems now sorted at Vauxhall expense buy at time of going back to dealer had replaced 4th set of tyres on the front having only done 33000 miles! Car vears off to the left as soon as you realase steeing wheel and both front tyres were warn right down on the inside. Last set put on 4 months ago! Was tolds that it is camber of the road and soft tyres as everything is set true on steerin g and tracking. Anyway dealer had it again over New Year to sort out but now has come back with the steering wheel having to be turned slightly right of centre to keep car in a straight line! So far DPF is regenerating and not causing any problems but still not getting Coil lightr on dashboard to warn me of regeneration as told in handbook. But then you, what you never had you don't miss. Was thinking of trading in for a C-Max but they appear not to be very good either. Anyone know of any good MPV's?
Car is an 06 reg 1.6 Club. Was back to the dealer within a week of taking delivery. Strange squealing noise comes from the engine at around 40, 50, 60 & 70 mph. This problem has never been sorted out and is still there - it's not a turbo so can't be that.
The radio packed up and had to be replaced too.
It's back at the dealer again as the Engine Management light came on and suffered loss of power. No heat from the heater (previously blamed the cold weather last year when I mentioned this). No controls work on the steering wheel, including the horn. Also front passengers footwell is wet. Find it is getting thirstier and thirstier - my old aircooled VW camper is better on the fuel economy!
Have been told it needs a new thermostat apparently which is on back order and will take a week to arrive, thankfully have been given a loan car.
Have previously owned many Vauxhalls, in fact my wife's first car was a Viva many years ago. We thought that the Zafira would be a good bet because of the seating and having 4 children. Will I replace it with another in April when this one has to go back as it's a Mobility car? No I don't think I will.
Check the spare wheel. It is easy to steal. Mine was stolen within a couple of months of buying. "My" thieves stole the cage that sits under the chassis along with the spare. I got a puncture and, oh, where's my spare? Nobody will tell you this in advance but it is a well-known design fault if you google this. Check the spare wheel and decide how to secure it. By the way, the car is great.
I recently bought a Zafira Life 05 (probably about four weeks ago) not long after stated getting the loss of power/engine dying problem,started reading on internet to try to find cause ect, I find when I lock the car if i only press the remote on the keyring once to lock the doors and not twice, the car runs fine, not ideal but fingers crossed it seems ok now!
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