21st Sep 2002, 13:54

The oil consumption problem is now well publicised all over Europe. Apparently the bores were machined with too high a gloss. Running in oil has been used to attempt a quick fix, but this has been known to cause other problems. Vauxhall/Opel will not accept liability, because it would mean expensive repairs to most 2.0Dti Vauxhall/Opel models. Several pressure groups are emerging to try to get Vauxhall/Opel to take responsibility.

21st Feb 2004, 13:37

We have just purchased a Vauxhall Zafira 2.0 DTI and whilst we think it is a great car we are not too happy with the oil consumption after a short time. But it will take longer to make a proper assessment and this posting is based on the previous experiences of others at this stage. I read that Barry in the last post stated that a special oil was available in Germany for Opels. Can Barry or anyone tell me where to get this oil in the UK. I would be most grateful for this information.

9th May 2004, 13:43

Can anyone help me with a problem I think I may have.. I have read from the comments above that there are problems with the Zafira's oil consumption being excessive. I own a 2003 Astra SXI (Astra G model)and have found out that I have a problem with oil consumption - I need to top it up every 2 weeks approx, it blows out smoke sometimes when starting and it has only covered 3,500miles - are there any details available where the oil as described on previous comments can be obtained in the UK or can I ask the dealer to replace mine with it - help!!

4th Jun 2004, 22:05

Be carefully with oil level!!!

I own a 2001 Opel Zafira. One week ago I had to leave my car at the Opel technical service due a massive leak of oil from the filling cap and subsequent engine complete failure. The true is that the engine lost all the oil and the pressure warning light DID NOT LIT!!!.

The dealer said that this warn only lights on when there's only half liter of oil in the reservoir or below. Until then there's still pressure!!! The fact is that my engine was destroyed due a missing lubrication and the light still did not come even there was no oil in the tank.

Can anyone believe that a pressure warn light should only indicate pressure failure with only this amount of oil? Do you think that this amount is enough to bath all the engine without warning the driver that there's a leak or an oil problem? Isn't this an engine design mistake?

24th Dec 2005, 06:12

Hello all Zafira DTI owners!!!

Sorry to hear about your big oil burning problems.

I'm a mechanic with 20 years under my belt and bought my 03 DTI from new.

I had planned a 2 week holiday to France when I bought the car, it had just 60 miles on the clock when I drove the car hard across France was not too bothered about running it in.

The car has now done 290,000 miles and has not missed a beat nor burnt a drop of oil, I use 10/40 semi oil and change every 100000 miles.

Thank you Vauxhall for a reliable car, I am planning to buy the new shape Zafira, but not sure on the fiat engine that they are using.

5th Aug 2006, 15:15

Same here, We have a 2002 Zafira and it uses loads of oil!

I can't understand why this is because there is no leaks or oily exhaust emissions.

4th Dec 2006, 10:36

I bought a an O2 plate zafira last june, within 3 months I needed a new engine as the engine was "absorbing" oil, not burning or leaking. It is now in the garage again this time it is burning oil. I really don't think an engine should go after 26,000 miles and then again after 18,000 miles. What do you guys think?

5th Sep 2008, 15:38

I have exactly the same problem, heaps of oil being used, I have used 10 litres in less than 1 1/2 years. I had my BMW for 2 years before than and only topped it up a little once! Oil light never comes on. Will never buy a Vauxhall again.

30th Sep 2008, 15:35


I bought a Vauxhall Astra 99. It was great car; it consumed only one litre of oil annually.

Recently I bought a Zafira 2002. I checked its oil consumption at 500 miles - 1/2 litre. Also the engine performance on the motorway; it turns off when I release the gas.

I wish I had I kept my old Astra.

26th Nov 2008, 09:51

Vauxhall say that it is "within tolerance" to burn 1 litre of oil every 1000 miles, mine seems to be more than this (1.6 04) due to missus' short runs maybe :(

Check oil level weekly! Oil type should be 5/30)

1st Aug 2010, 21:01

I haven't had many cars (6, the Zafira being the 7th). After a week of driving around Devon, I decided on the off chance to check the oil level. I found the dip stick to be bone dry. I have always had cars and motorcycles serviced by a garage or done them myself, and I have never come across a car that consumes oil like this. I am shocked; I have heard loads of horror stories about the Zafira through all the models and years, and this will not only be my last Zafira, but it will also be my last Vauxhall.

22nd Apr 2016, 10:53

Hi, I was wondering if you could help? I bought a 2.0 diesel Zafira in January, and on the advisories it says small engine leak, but I couldn't find it. I have looked all over and cannot seem to find where it is either. I have changed the oil seal on the vacuum cam and added an o-ring to the turbo pipe. I've changed the rocker cover and sump gasket, but it is still leaking. Any ideas where else I can look please? Thanks in advance.