Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Meriva MPV?
Recent reliability surveys have placed Vauxhall consistently in the middle of the table. However, Vauxhall's newer cars, of which the Meriva is one, have shown a marked improvement over the older models.
Indeed, most Merivas have proved to be impressively reliable. All you really need to watch is the power steering system, as some have been known to cause problems in the past; and, check the service history to see if any work has been carried out on the system.
Also, check whether the engine of the car you're considering has a cambelt. If it does, make sure that it was changed at 40,000 miles, because leaving this job can have serious effects. If you're considering a car that's done less than 40,000 miles, make sure the job isn't forgotten when you get it serviced.