2000 Opel Zafira Elegance DTi 2..0 turbo diesel


Versatile roomy family car



General Comments:

My main gripe is poor driver visibility. Wipers on all UK Zafiras I have seen are set for continental drivers. Negotiating sharp right hand bends, eg traffic islands, in the wet leaves a dangerous blind spot with the combined effect of the wide pillars and the 3-4 inches of the screen not swept by the wipers.

Great value if purchased as an import. Paid £12,750 with VAT for a car with ABS breaking, Cruise Control, alloy wheels etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2002

21st Sep 2003, 16:18

I am planning to buy a Zafira, but am worried about the poor visibility due to the wide pillar sort of thing. Haven't noticed the wiper thing you mentioned in the test ride - will try to find that out. Do you think one really gets used to driving with this apparently dangerous blind spot? After all there are so many Zafira's on road...

2001 Opel Zafira Comfort 2.0 turbo diesel


A superb vehicle at a reasonable price


From the outset I was having an irritating rattle from the front passenger side in the area of the seat belt fixture near the roof. Numerous visits to the garage failed to resolve this matter until I changed to a different dealership. They had the vehicle twice and after an elimination process were able to find and solve the problem.

I then became concerned about the amount of engine oil the vehicle was using. It was left in again and a leak was found at one of the gaskets. This was repaired and the engine filled up with oil. After about 600 miles I have had to put another pint of oil in the engine. I would be very concerned about this as I never had a car before that required so much oil to be put into it.

Is this normal??

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable and handles like a dream.

I would not want to have to get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

20th Jan 2002, 16:47

I have a 2000 Vectra LS DI saloon, with 24,000 miles on it. The engine in my car is very similar to the DTI engine. My engine, even at 24,000 miles, still drinks about half a litre per 1K miles... similar consumption to yours. Some people who own cars with the same engine claim that oil consumption virtually diminished to nothing about about 15K miles... I am still waiting, but overall it is a good engine!

Do you know how they fixed the rattle from the seat belt area? My car also has a similar rattle from that area! (I figure many trim bits will be of a similar design on my car?).

I had my engine fitted with a 'Bromleys' tuning unit; goes like a rocket now, with slightly better economy to boot.

One other point, the turbo boost supply pipe popped off the inlet manifold the other day, a common fault I am told. Make sure the jubilee clip that secures the rubber pipe, is secured properly to the manifold at the front of the engine.

Regards, Richard


7th Aug 2004, 21:51

Could the initial reviewer or the first comment maker publish the fix for the door pillar rattle as my Zafira also has this problem?


26th Nov 2006, 11:02

My 2004 opel zifira is showing a sign for engine electronics only now and again can I repair my self or bring to dealer and cost me a fortune.