Review: Vauxhall Meriva (2003 – 2009)


Roomy, easy-to-drive, five-seat mini MPV. Sliding rear seats fold into the floor. VXR is nearly as quick as a hot hatch.

Wipers set up for left-hand-drive cars. Don't handle reassuringly at speed. All should be recalled for dangerous power steering fault.

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27 April 2018

Report of EPS light in 2008 Vauxhall Merica A. Read more

20 December 2016

Leaking bulkhead reported on 200t Meriva. Basically the same problem as affects Corsa C. Read more

20 December 2015

EPS light intermittend on 2004 Meriva. Likely to need a new EPS motor. Read more

Vauxhall Meriva (2003 – 2009): At A Glance


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26–60 mpg

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My Vauxhall Meriva has a power steering fault -what should I do?

I have a 2009 Vauxhall Meriva 09-plate 1.4 Active with 38000 miles. The power steering fault has just started on my car and is so scary I got in touch with Vauxhall after reading about other drivers. They offered no support whatsoever - disgusting customer service - and didn't want to know at all so the onus is on me to pay for replacement. What do you suggest?
Unfortunately your car is now more than 6 years old (actually more than 7) so no one has any liability for a fault that is actually induced by drivers holding the steering on full lock, which eventually burns out the electric power steering motor.
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