I bought my 04-reg Meriva at 12 months old for half its original price, and with 20,000 miles on the clock. I really cannot fault it, although it is not particularly economical - 35mpg whatever the conditions. As another reviewer discovered, the exhaust recirculation valve had to be replaced under warranty at about 30,000 miles, and again at 60,000 miles for £160. Also, again as another reviewer found, the gear selection system had to be replaced at about 50,000 miles (£100). On the other hand, the front brake pads did 50,000 miles, and rears are still going strong. I am thinking of replacing it soon, but don't know what with, other than another one.
Mike Dowsing, December 15th 2007