Opel Vivaro Review from UK and Ireland

2002 Opel Vivaro 1.9 DTI

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.9 DTI Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles


Nice to drive, but unreliable


Power steering system leaked twice.

Faulty brake servo.

Stereo developed a mind of its own.

Timing belt broke at 46000.

Boost pump broke on the turbo (while at the dealer having the power steering system fixed).

Radiator started to leak after a loose wiring loom wore a hole in it.

General Comments:

Very comfortable (if unreliable) van and quite refined. Well equipped with airbag, CD player, electric windows, A.B.S. etc.

The problem is you just can't help, but wait for the next thing to go wrong. I believe the Nissan/Renault versions suffer gearbox problems - I just hope this won't.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2006

25th Apr 2007, 16:27

My Vivaro is a 2002 model. Where do I start with the problems.

1) Fuel sensor failed at 60k. No power.

2) Steering bushings failed at 72k. Impossible to steer.

3) Clutch developed a leak and cannot be fixed to this day. I drive around with the slack taken up on the clutch pedal to keep it from leaking

4) Power steering pump completely failed breaking the shaft.

5) CD gave up after 20K.

6) Exhaust blew a 2 inch hole in the converter at 90k.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review