Used Vauxhall Zafira MPV 1999 - 2005 review

Category: MPV

Section: Ownership cost

1999 - 2005 review
Vauxhall Zafira MPV (99 - 05)
  • Vauxhall Zafira MPV (99 - 05)
  • Vauxhall Zafira MPV (99 - 05)
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Ownership cost

What used Vauxhall Zafira MPV will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Zafira MPV?

The biggest problem with Zafiras is the need for cambelt changes every 40,000 miles. Each one comes in at around a few hundred quid.

Apart from that, your bank manager would be relatively pleased if he saw a Zafira on your driveway - apart from the GSi Turbos, perhaps, which are in a serious hurry to get to the next petrol station. Except for the turbo model, fuel economy is good across the range, with our favourite 1.8 petrol returning nearly 33mpg.

If you opt for an engine above the 1.8 mark you'll notice a fair jump up in insurance groups, so work out your budget to make sure you won't be left short.

From 2001 on, service intervals were doubled to 20,000 miles, so a car from that year onwards could help keep your costs down.

Mind you, Vauxhall's Network Q web of approved used garages do good work at reasonable rates, so there's not too much to worry about. However, repair bills can be high if you're unlucky and something does go wrong.