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Vauxhall Meriva (2010–)

Last updated 11 May 2017

What's good

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 can 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.)

12-7-2015: Another report of a 2011 Vauxhall Meriva B autonomously braking. Would guess that the most likely cause is a fault with the electromechanical parking brake switch.

20-7-2015: On a 2013 Meriva, turning the ignition key to start the engine failed. Two fault lights showed: engine management and immobiliser. Owners handbook advised removing key and re-engaging. This failed. Car removed to Vauxhall dealer and diagnosed as requiring a battery re-set which meant removing the battery leads and replacing. In other words 're-booting' the battery. The cause seems to be battery overload on the many circuits it provides.

17-10-2015: Electric Power Assisted Steering failure reported on 2011 Meriva B 1.4SE Turbo in September 2015. Vauxhall and the dealer contributed 90% of the £1,500 repair cost. 'Moaning' noise now reported from engine at idle after a long run.

18-12-2015: Another EPAS failure reported, this time on a 2010 Meriva B, together with numerous other electrical ailments. Vauxhall dealer charging £200 + for electronic diagnosis.

13-1-2016: Unspecified electrical fault with September 2014 Vauxhall Meriva never resolved. Buyer wants a refund.

16-2-2016: At 58k miles a 2011 Vauxhall Meriva 1.7CDTI showed a dashboard warning that it needed an oil change, just 5k miles after having had one. Dealer found diesel in the sump oil raising its level because the car had been used for repeateds short runs from cold that had choked the DOF with too much soot for active regeneration to take place.

18-4-2016: Report of feathering of inside edges of rear tyres of 2010 Vauxhall Meriva ar 23,000 miles. Thought due to the damping when a light load was being carried.

26-6-2016: Brake fluid of 7 month old Meriva found to be contaminated with moisture. Explanation is location of brake master cylinder where rainwater on car's bonnet runs off when bonnet is opened.

18-7-2016: Third report of failure of Electric Power Assisted Steering motor of a Vauxhall Zafira B, this one at 26,000 miles. Vauxhall dealer charged £240 for electronic diagnosis and quoted £1,700 to replace the system.

9-9-2016: Report of rattling from engine of 2010 Vauxhall Meriva 1.3CDTI. Suggested try higher cetane superdiesel. Owner given excellent explanation of DPF Active regeneration: " I have been told to check my oil, which I have done, because "when the DPF (diesel particle filter) gets blocked or the soot in the filter reaches a set limit (about 45%) the vehicle's ECU will initiate post combustion fuel injection to increase the exhaust temperature and trigger regeneration. If the regeneration is unsuccessful due to an insufficient driving cycle the extra fuel injected into the cylinders will not burn and will drain into the sump. As a result, oil quality will deteriorate and the level will rise. It is important that you check that the oil level does not increase above the maximum level on the dipstick as diesel engines can run on their own oil if the level is excessive – often to the point of destruction."

8-10-2016: Report of turbo worries on Meriva 1.4T. S uspected turbo coolant leak after smelling a burnt oil smell at 45,000 miles. Vauxhall dealership replaced the turbo cooling pipes as a cure. 18 months later, smell returned after "longish journeys at speeds of up to 70." Probably needs to idle the turbo for a minute or two before switching off.

10-10-2016: Report of EPAS failure on 2010 Meriva B. Cost £1,000 to replace the motor.

15-10-2016: Another report of EPAS light coming on, this time in a 2011 Meriva B.

27-11-2016: Battery earth cable connection can play up leading to ECU remaining immobilised. Taking off and re-attaching can cure it. But this re-boots the electronics leading to loss of pre-tuned radio stations, windows opening, trip recorder zero-ing, etc. and can even subtract the trip mileage from the total mileage recorded.

11-5-2017: Accelerator switch failed in 2011/61 Vauxhall Meriva 1.3CDTI at 37,000 miles.


18-11-2010: Vauxhall Meriva front passenger seat could move without warning. Build dates 01/09/2010 to 30/09/2010.

30-01-2017: R/2016/267: Seat belt may not function properly: Repeated occupant movement into the seat over the fastener, leading to bending of the steel cable. Possible damage of safety belt anchor cable - worst case: Loss of seat belt function. Fix: This recall is additional to Recall R/2015/201.Improved parts are now available and the manufacturer will now replace the outer pre tensioners. VIN: W0LSD9336A4145574 to W0LSD9EC4G4141482; Build dates: 12-02-2010 to 11-02-2016

17-03-2017: R/2017/027: Front seat airbag may deploy incorrectly: A front seat, side air bag may not deploy as intended. Fix: On affected vehicles replace the airbag module assembly. VIN: W0LPD9EC0H1008887 to W0LPD9E38H1018793; W0LPF2E65HG012068 to W0L0XEP08H6011457; W0LSD9EC4G4354495 to W0LSH9EM7G4358005; W0LJC7E80H4020934 to W0LJC7EE6H4031765: Build dates: 25-08-2016 to 01-12-2016


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