2002 Vauxhall Zafira Reviews

2002 Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual

Summary:

Good value, but look after the maintenance

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2002 Vauxhall Zafira Club DTi 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Zafira

Summary:

Great car spoilt by a poor fuel system

Faults:

Had this car for about three years. Great little car except for bad starting.

Discovered that the cheap skates at Vauxhall have gone from a pumped fuel system to a ridiculous vacuum system, which completely air locks at the slightest air leak, and as it's under vacuum, you can't tell where it's leaking, unlike a pumped system where you can see the leak. Most common leaks are the bleed off pipes from the injectors. It's also worth noting that with this arrangement, should you run out of fuel, then you are totally screwed as there is no way to re prime the system without going to a garage.

Anyway, I've decided I want to be able to use the heater plugs to assist starting; unfortunately they are controlled by a temperature sensor that disables them at anything above freezing. Does anyone know how to bypass this so the heater plugs can work when I want them to?

General Comments:

Very clever design, pity about the stupid fuel system.

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

Review Date: 13th October, 2009

2002 Vauxhall Zafira Club 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

The 1.6 Zafira is unreliable

Faults:

A few months after buying the Zafira, the EGR valve need replacing.

Ten months later the new EGR valve needed replacing. I was told that a new engine could cure the fault, but there was a 10% chance that it wouldn't, as it would be the same engine type. I had a replacement valve, and was told that the guarantee was void as this was a manufacturing fault on some of the 1.6 engines.

It is 7 months since the last valve, and again the car is stalling and losing power, once on a very busy roundabout.

I love the car, it's versatile and comfortable and goes well apart from the EGR problem. So many others have this problem, so why doesn't Vauxhall admit the fault and help the people who have brought their product in good faith.

General Comments:

The Zafira is a brilliant family car, comfortable, and if the EGR fault could be rectified, I would always choose a Zafira, but I would not recommend the 1.6 or buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th July, 2008

21st Jul 2008, 02:44

Buy a blanking plate and blank the EGR off, will cure your problem.

30th Jun 2010, 17:47

Hi.

Yes, I bought the Zafira for my kids, and I experienced the same whilst driving in the countryside. Suddenly an EML light came on. I came home and plugged it into my hand held tester. It showed an EGR valve malfuntion. Lots of my friends do have this as well.

As I am a mechanic, I do agree these car are very good, but very bad on suspension, and particularly on the EGR valve. I think Vauxhall really need to think about this issue.

28th Jul 2010, 06:07

Had my 52 plate 1.6 Club now for 2 years. I have had some problems within the first 2 months, but touch wood they have since been sorted. I got around the key start problem by installing touch button start. Less hassle on the ignition switch.

26th Mar 2013, 02:12

This is a common problem with the Zafira. Get the EGR valve blanked off, it will cure the problem. Don't remove the EGR valve completely, just fit the blanking plate underneath the EGR valve on top of the gasket, so the computer still sees the valve. I have done this with my 1.6 petrol Zafira, and it now runs smoothly, no more stalling at lights, etc.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 21 reviews