1999 Vauxhall Zafira Reviews

1999 Vauxhall Zafira Comfort 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carBMW Mini

Summary:

Not very reliable, with constant faults

Faults:

Engine management light constantly on. Changed airflow meter thinking this was the problem. Didn't solve the problem.

Car started jerking and kangarooing at low speeds, and didn't pick up speed smoothly. During the recent cold spell it got quite bad to the point that it would only travel at very low speeds. Looked on this forum, a number of people had written in with similar problems, and very expensive solutions.

Came across a solution, which suggested replacing EGR valve with a blank plate (leaving EGR valve still connected to fool EMU). Bought a plate off Ebay for £4 and fixed it a couple of weeks ago as suggested. This seems to have solved the problem. The car seems to be running smoothly. Serviced the car with oil, oil filter and air filter change last week, and just completed a 500 mile round trip with no problems or engine light.

Now beginning to have a problem with the clutch. Main dealers want £1100 to change it!

General Comments:

Handling is reasonable for the age of the car.

Not necessarily designed for speed, but is an ideal family car, both comfortable and spacious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th April, 2009

7th Mar 2011, 14:23

1999 Zafira 1.8 petrol Comfort.

I had the engine light on all the time. I removed the air flow meter, it looked good. I removed the throttle control unit. It needed cleaning, which gave a slight improvement. I read ECU repairers comments on the internet and decided to pay for a replacement. £225. It came the next day, fitted the same day. The engine light goes off now and the car starts and drives normally.

1999 Vauxhall Zafira Di 2.0 diesel injection from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel injection Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Comfy but "COSTLY"

Faults:

I have a Vauxhall Zafira 2.0 diesel injection (not turbo), and we bought it when they first came out in September 1999.

It was recalled not long after to have a diesel pipe replaced, then we started having thick blue smoke bellowing out of the exhaust, and we were having to top it up with oil every two weeks.

We wrote to Vauxhall, and they told us to take it to our local dealer where they would do some tests on it to see if it was burning oil too fast, but the tests come back positive. Not long after this, we had a new starter motor; this was £400.

We had the burning smell and the heater went in the car, then it just packed in, then we had a new mass air flow meter; this was about £500.

We have been to the garage numerous times with the engine management light, and one time it was just because we had bought a bulb from Halfords, so be warned, for a quid more, go to the Vauxhall garage, it could cost you in the long run when you have to be hooked to that £40 a time computer.

We have just had our latest problem with it; "The fuel pump" £900 reconditioned.

We really have had enough now, and will be selling it in the next few weeks.

Be warned; comfy and spacious, but costly when the problems start occurring.

The car is nearly 10 years old, but we have only done 57000 miles and don't abuse it. Be warned, don't buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th June, 2008

1999 Vauxhall Zafira Comfort 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Not the best car I had

Faults:

Tee Zafira comes with the common faults like most people have commented on, such as the car suddenly cuts off etc etc...

If your car suddenly cuts off or, power comes and goes. The only problem the car has is the the throttle body needs cleaning thoroughly (do not replace it, as it is expensive and a good earner for the garages). Once you or the service man has cleaned the carburetor (throttle body), change the throttle valve adjustment. 10 min job. £25.00 max cost.

Please don't keep on taking your car in and out of garages as they will always do diagnostic tests on it, it's a rip off.

General Comments:

Generally this car is good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th November, 2007

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 8 reviews