2004 Opel Meriva 1.6 16 V Easytronic 1.6 Ecotec Engine from Singapore
Good car and Fun to Drive
1) Squeaking sound at the brakes.
2) Some creaking sound at the central instrument panel at times.
3) One of the door locking knob sunk in about 1 mm, but still working fine
4) Cranking Sound at the hand brake shaft when passenger getting in or out of the car if lever not pulled up fully.
Despite of the flaws that I had mentioned above, the Meriva is genrally a fun car to own. The FlexSpace System is excellent and the design of the car is nice with no sharp edges. The car is compact and modern looking. Although the interior looks ageing (black all round), but build quality is excellent! The engine is responsive and soundproofing of the car is good. The car is generally quiet even under hot and humid weather in my country. Air-con works well at all conditions. safety features of this car is good with 4 stars rating for crash test.
View is not as good as other cars in general due to the large A frame, but still acceptable. I enjoy driving this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th October, 2004
I am a owner of a 4 years 2 months old Meriva 1.6 in Singapore. My car no. is SFH 526L.
Since day 1 when I took possession of the car, I had endless problems with the 'jerky' transmission. Many attempts had been made by the agent to rectify the fault to NO avail.
On the second year, 2 rear windows mechanisms failed, and I was told that it cost S$700.00 a set to replace. "They don't repair the mechanism", and NO stock! I had to send it to a local mechanic (@ S$150.00) who replaced the plastic slider with an improvised metal piece, and it's working fine. I choose not to repair the other side to show my friends, and in case someone like your goodself wish to see it.
Last Sunday 11/05/08, my car died on me on the Expressway (TPE). The 'F' sign appeared, and the transmission cannot be engaged. Tried to restart the car to no avail.
Towed to the agent, and was told that the 'Clutch' system is faulty. First bad news NO stock! Approx. 2 weeks to order parts. Second - cost about S$3,000.00+ for the parts only.
I had brought this transmission problem to GM Singapore, a Mr. Jimmy Ng (same name as me), but he could not rectify the fault, less give a satisfactory answer.
I asked "Why would GM or Opel produce a car transmission that jerks?"
I am the owner of an Opel Meriva, The quality of this car is inferior compared to cars like VW and other german makes. At 90,000 KM had to replace the Air Con Compressor, at 105,000 the back passenger door hinge guide has broken off inside and cannot be welded so requires a new door, back window passenger left window has shattered, now requires new front brake discs.
Will never buy a General Motors Product Again Ever.
I've been reading your comment about the Meriva Cosmo car. I had the same problem 2 days ago. The car showed the "F" signal, and they've told me the transmission has broken. I said to myself, maybe you could give me some advice on how to deal with the car, since we share the same problem?
I drive an Opel Meriva 1.6. It started showing the "F" sign and was not accelerating, then suddenly it stopped showing any sign, either "F" or "N". I was told it was a transmission problem when the problem was rectified. Please, I'm confused about what to do now, because I was told to buy a new gear box. The Meriva is a Steptronic, which is both automatic and manual.
Please help, Ken.