1.8 Zafira

Discussion in 'Zafira' started by Dubster, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Dubster

    Dubster Guest

    I have had a quick look through the posts and i have not seen any mention of
    a problem with the Zafira, is that due to the car being very reliable and
    having no major issues. I am looking to buy a used example to go with the
    large family i already have and also for weekend trips with friends. water
    Skying etc. for the length of time i will own the car the extra expence of
    the diesel engine version and insurance i will not break even on the extra
    cost so am looking at 1.8 pertrol manuel elergance used.
    .. I know they are based on the Astra but i assume any problems there was
    with the Astra would of been put right on the Zafira.
    Any advice on what to look for would be a great help

    Will Warburton
    Dubster, Sep 1, 2003
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  2. Dubster

    Me2 Guest

    There doesn't seem to be any major problems with the Zafira - the wife must
    ask me to buy one at least twice a week but I like my Vectra. Elegance is
    the one to get, nice level of trim. Get one with a service history and make
    sure it has had a cambelt if it has reached 40k. Check everything works,
    ac, windows, cl, CD, and put all seats down and check for damage/cuts. If
    you are buying private pay for an AA/RAC check and check for outstanding
    Me2, Sep 1, 2003
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  3. Dubster

    Flying Rat Guest

    Dubster said this...
    Perfectly acceptable. The Zaf is based around mature Astra mechanics, so
    it's a reasonable buy. In fact I'm sorry I didn't pay the extra now and
    buy one instead of the Astra!

    Same with the Meriva, but shame about the piss-poor "wank wank"
    advertising campaign. Corsa and Astra bits with a good bit of Zafira
    thrown in.

    Flying Rat, Sep 2, 2003
  4. Dubster

    Me Guest

    If you can afford the extra then do go for a diesel as you seem to say that
    the car will be quite heavily laden at times, you may find the 1.8 a little
    weak to pull the extra weight but obviously better than the 1.6. If you do
    decide on the diesel then do make sure its one of the newer DTi Engines that
    have a turbo as I beleive that the early ones were non-turbo. I have a 02
    plate Diesel Elegance that was an import (but sold through a Vauxhall
    dealer) and im really impressed with it. The service interval is 1 year or
    20,000 which cost me the massive amount of £106, compare that to my car
    before a 1.25 16v Fiesta that was £140 every 10,000 mile. The car does 40-50
    to the gallon (maybe less now as its chipped and tends to be booted more).

    I have no major trouble with mine, the lights behind the heater have gone
    but wont take much to rectify.

    Hope this Helps
    Me, Sep 2, 2003
  5. Dubster

    Dubster Guest

    Thanks for the tips I will defiantly buy one with tilt slide steering wheel
    so that covers the later models which would include the aircon. My wife is
    5`2" and im 6`1" so the moveable steering wheel would be great. I have since
    test drove the 1.8 and was impressed with the PULL when all 3 kids wife and
    salesman were onboard if I find a bargain diesel I am still in that market.
    Thanks all a good car all round and as the wife says it isn't a bus just a
    large car.
    Oh and how can the scenic and Picasso be call a MPV they only have 5
    seats. they should be call FAC or five adult carrier not a people carrier as
    that denotes the carry more than normal cars which they don't they are just
    comfier for 5 adults then a normal car with 5 seats
    Dubster, Sep 2, 2003
  6. Dubster

    DirtyDog Guest

    WHo did the chip mate? Are any available on the older type astra mk3 isuzu
    TD engines?
    Make a big difference?

    DirtyDog, Sep 3, 2003
  7. Dubster

    airsmoothed Guest

    If you do end up going for a diesel bear in mind that there have been
    significant issues with the 2.0 Dti on oil consumption for one thing.
    Quick google should get you loads of hits ;-(
    airsmoothed, Sep 3, 2003
  8. Dubster

    Dubster Guest

    Thanks i will let you know what i end up getting and a quick review of what
    i think in a couple of weeks.
    Dubster, Sep 3, 2003
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