2003 Chevrolet Zafira CD 1.8
A very comfortable MPV, and good value for money
Both ABS and TC indicators sometimes glow at the same time. According to some source, this might be caused by faulty ABS/TC sensors. Though it is mentioned in the manual book that you can continue driving the car provided you drive with care and anticipation, I'm going to have this sorted out soon.
About a year ago, I was planning to replace my aging Honda Accord with a newer used car, and a Chevy Zafira was the last thing that came into my mind. It was its flex-7 seats and fairly cheap price that grabbed my attention in the first place. My interest grew bigger as I learned about this MPV with its features that overwhelm all competitors. Although I had some doubts after reading some bad reviews on the web, I decided to buy this car anyway.
The late 2003 production has been equipped with fly-by-wire technology that increases fuel efficiency. In combination, the fuel consumption is about 10.5 liters of gasoline per 100 km (9.5 km/liter). This is much better than I expected.
Engine performance is quite good. However, the response might be a little slow at low revs, as a consequence of having fly-by-wire on board. But it will behave differently if you activate the ‘sport mode’.
The handling beats other MPVs, although it’s not comparable to my good old Honda Accord :)
Zafira is the most comfortable MPV I’ve ever drove; thanks to the suspension that is as good as other European built. Inside the cabin, abundant air vents also contribute to passenger’s comfort. A small complaint with the hard seats was fixed by applying a thin layer of foam pad under the seat covers.
Overall, this car is a really good value for the money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th January, 2010