Vauxhall Meriva (2010 - )
Last updated 7 June 2015
Finalist in 2011 European Car of the Year Awards.
5-STAR EURO NCAP RATING: 89% Adult Protection; 77% Child Protection; 55% Pedestrian Protection; 86% Safety Assist.
What to watch out for
Front door drains leave rainwater in the bottoms of the doors.
2-8-2011: One strange case of the electric parking brake suddenly and repeatedly applying of its own accord while the car was being driven.
7-10-2012: Further report of electric parking brake activating while the car was being driven. Returned to dealer. Supposedly fixed. But kept happening. Finally returned to Vauxhall who kept it for 2 months attempting to identify the fault without success.
19-3-2013: Seems to be a problem of overheating fuel pump relays on 1.7 CDTi. Fuel pump sticks on. Reader report of this at 18 months and 12,500 miles melting the fusebox and damaging the loom.
17-1-2014: Complaint of flooded footwell of three year old Meriva. Dealer replaced a seal in March 2013, but driver's footwell wet again in January 2014. Dealer says cannot find source of leak. Obviously unaware of the door drain problem.
3-5-2014: Another main wiring loom of 20k mile 2011 Meriva 1.7CDTI SE damaged by overheating fuel pump relays. Repaired under 'Lifetime Warranty', but long wait of 11 weeks for the replacement loom, plus 5 days to fit it. Reader supplied with courtesy car for the duration.
20-12-2014: 2011 Vauxhall Meriva 1.4T with oil services at 18,879 miles on 8-5-2012 and at 34,339 miles at 5-3-2013 suffered turbo failure in 2014. Oil not changed frequently enough, but Vauxhall picked up the bill for the new turbo.
7-6-2015: Failure of 'body control sensor' reported on 2011 Meriva 1.4T. (Suspect she meant brake pressure sensor in ABS/ESC module.)
18-11-2010: Vauxhall Meriva front passenger seat could move without warning. Build dates 01/09/2010 to 30/09/2010.
Probably the best built car we have ever owned but the slowest to get moving!On 30 June 2015
Brilliantly appointed and ideal for carrying my grandchildrenOn 30 April 2015
we really like this car against the pre reg price of £10kOn 3 January 2015