2003 Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 from UK and Ireland


High maintenance!!!


Issues with the engine management light coming on, and staying on.

Not sure when oil is required, and at one stage, felt that it was drinking as much oil as petrol.

Issues with the central locking, went far and wide to replace the batteries on several occasions, to no avail, and now it's a manual operation.

Recently replaced the starting motor, 2 weeks ago.

The engine seems to have gotten louder and louder; I am told this is the tappets, and I therefore will also need to replace the cam belt, and I am quoted close to £800. With the expense that I have had in the past few months, including service, I am now about to exceed the value of the car. Is £800 a fair market price for tappets and cam belt?

General Comments:

The 7 seats are fantastic, however you can only use 7 seats without luggage; it's one or the other, not both.

I do not know what to do about this car? It now stands me in for so much money, I can't even afford to get rid!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st October, 2011

2003 Vauxhall Zafira Design 1.8i from UK and Ireland


Happy with it so far, except for this EML issue


Oil leak.

Outside temperature not working.

EML light has come on since Christmas 2010 - fault code P0170.

General Comments:

I own a 2003 1.8i Design, I've had it since April 2010, has just over 67,500 miles on it. Just after the Christmas period, the EML light decided to come on (and has stayed on since). The car, on first starting, seems to be losing power, revs a little erratic, and seems to want to stall (before setting off on journeys). After a few minutes, the car seems to be running better and off I go (with EML light still on constantly). There seems to be a slight power loss, nothing too noticeable once driving, and has so far never cut out ...

I've noticed that the dashboard temp gauge fails to move (despite driving for 20-30 minutes or so). The outside temp readout on the "trip" hasn't worked for about 2 months...

I first thought it may be something to do with the exhaust system, as I know it is on its way out, so I booked it into Kwik Fit for a free check up. The mechanic showed me underneath the car, and the back box and connecting "flange", are pretty "f****d in his words, which they are to be honest, but the rest of the system looked/sounded fine. I am going to get some quotes for these parts of the exhaust anyway, and get that done ASAP.

There is also a little oil leak coming from the "sump?!" (sorry, I am about as useful as a chocolate teapot when it comes to cars).

They did run a diagnostic check for me, which should have cost £35. When I came back to collect my car a good 6 hours later, they came up with the code P0170, which is the fuel trim if I am correct... They didn't charge me anything for this, which I thought was very kind of them. They have also given me the contact details of a local garage they use (which incidentally, is quite close to home).

Before I take it in, I wanted to see if anyone knew what it could be causing this problem, to save the mechanic time, and myself money in solving this issue (aside from already mentioned exhaust). I live in Somerset, if that is of any help??

The car is due for its MOT and service in April...

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

Review Date: 14th January, 2011

2nd Dec 2014, 21:26

It's your O2 sensor on the manifold beside the cat. You can get them on eBay for about 30 pounds. They control the amount of fuel your car uses.