Holden Zafira Reviews

2002 Holden Zafira Standard 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance79000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Poor engineering quality

Faults:

Dealer tried to charge for brake pad and disc replacement at 2 year service (approx 25,000km), however these had not been replaced. When this was identified, the dealer initially argued that it was standard for these to need replacing around this time. Then when it was clearly identified that the work was not done, the dealer apologized and said it was a 'billing error'. Result: loss of trust in dealer, and subsequent servicing done elsewhere, despite servicing cost included in purchase price.

Coils needed replacing at 60,000 kms - out of warranty, but half the cost met by Holden.

Timing chain broke at 79,000km, significantly damaging valves and requiring engine an rebuild or replacement. I'm still deciding what to do, with quotes ranging from $7,000 (engine replacement specialist using new Holden engine) to $10,000 by a Holden service centre.

General Comments:

Car is good to drive and comfortable, and meets our family needs, but its reliability is poor.

This car is likely to work out expensive in the short to medium term, because of engine failures.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2008

10th Jan 2010, 20:20

I completely agree with this review... As I have a pretty much identical story. Love the car, but it broke the timing chain, TWICE IN THREE YEARS! Please do yourself a favor and never ever buy a used Zafira unless it's had a modification to the oil release valve to the timing chain. Even then I would be cautious. I'm now selling my one for scrap for $900. I'm not replacing the engine for a second time. :(

2001 Holden Zafira 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Premacy

Summary:

This is one of the best cars we have ever owned

Faults:

New coil pack about 50,000 km.

Ignition locked about 80,000 km.

Both fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

This car surprised us from the day we got it; small engine, small in size, not the best looking car.

But once behind the wheel, this car did everything asked of it.

We go from 2 passengers to 7, then tow trailers, sealed roads, dirt roads, it takes anything you throw at it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2007

2001 Holden Zafira 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 kilometres
Most recent distance52400 kilometres
Previous carHolden Cruze

Summary:

Love the car, but hate the surprises

Faults:

Timing chain snapped at 52400km, causing considerable damage to the valves and cylinder head.

General Comments:

This seems to be a common problem with the Zafira, even the Vauxhall and Opel versions in other countries.

GM should look into this as it should last considerably longer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2007

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews