2002 Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good value, but look after the maintenance
We purchased this car in the summer, and I am a mechanic so checked everything over. I wasn't aware of an engine oil problem, but coming home one night, the management lamp came on and it lost power. I checked the oil level, and it did not register on the stick. I topped it up with about three litres, and then monitored its loss. There are no leaks and no apparent oily smoke, it's not in the coolant, so being a mechanic, I thought of the breather system, and lo and behold, the whole breather system was blocked with gunge and hard material. I cleaned it all out, serviced the car, and now the oil consumption is negligible as it should be.
My advice is get the breather system cleaned, and change the oil and filter every 10000 miles or once a year using semi synthetic 15/40. 20000 mile intervals is too long.
The car is very good, other than the oil problem. It does all that we need it to, and is comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2010