Years constructed: 2005 to 2014
Bodystyles: Seven-seat MPV
There’s one thing of a run on good seven-seaters in the mean time, because the latest baby-boom takes maintain and rising households instantly realise that they want extra seats and more room than a traditional automotive can present. Step ahead the Opel Zafira, which since 1999, in a single kind or one other, has been offering household patrons with inexpensive, rugged, multi-seat transport. That is the ‘B’ mannequin Zafira, launched in 2005. Whereas the unique 1999 ‘A’ Zafira was a real ground-breaker with its folding third row seats (nothing else on the time had that) the ‘B’ represented a giant step ahead by way of sophistication and high quality.
Most Zafiras in the marketplace may have one among two diesel engine, each badged CDTI. The 1.7-litre engine was one among Basic Motors’ personal merchandise, designed initially by Isuzu, and whereas it’s fairly sturdy, boy is it noisy and it at all times had an unlucky tendency to stall simply when pulling away from junctions and visitors lights. The opposite diesel mannequin is the 1.9-litre engine, co-developed with Fiat and utilizing the Italian’s ‘Multi-Jet’ injection system. Whereas it’s nonetheless noisy by trendy requirements, it’s a way more refined engine than the 1.7 and price tacking down.
The most well-liked trim stage was Membership, which comes with the three-As — alloys, air-conditioning, and ABS, so it’s nonetheless a sensible choice. The dashboard got here from the then-current Astra hatchback, so whereas it’s a bit gray to take a look at, high quality ranges are literally fairly good. The driving place does endure a bit from the identical feeling of being set too-high as was that of the ‘A’ Zafira (you’ll want orangutan arms to succeed in down for the handbrake) however driving dynamics are literally fairly good. You’ll discover that the Zafira is slightly bouncy on a extremely unhealthy again highway, however the steering is sort of effectively weighted, and it’s a cushty cruiser. Secure too, scoring a most five-stars on the EuroNCAP crash check (with slightly enter from security specialists Saab, which was then additionally nonetheless a part of Basic Motors).
As with all MPVs, as soon as there’s somebody sitting within the third row, the boot does disappear considerably, however there’s respectable area in all three rows, and should you get a specced-up one with aircraft-style overhead storage bins, then you definately’ll quickly discover that it’s a really versatile cabin.
How a lot ought to I spend? Circa €9,000 will get you right into a 2012-2013 Zafira B, with the 1.7 CDTI engine.
Right here’s one we discovered:
2012 Opel Zafira Membership 1.7 CDTI, one proprietor, 123,000km, €eight,900 from an impartial supplier.
The diesel engines within the Zafira are fairly powerful and rugged (a advantage of being a comparatively primary, easy design) and the one actually main hassle spot is the dual-mass flywheel. If you happen to really feel a pulsing or vibration by way of the clutch pedal at tickover, it’s on the way in which out and so they’re costly to re-place. The exhaust fuel recirculation valve can also be a fragile level, but it surely’s less expensive to type than the flywheel. The clutch is a bit weak too, so price range for a substitute if it feels prefer it’s biting solely on the high of its journey.
Inside, the catches that maintain and launch the folded again seats can put on and fail, and the frames for the third row seats can bend in the event that they’re dealt with too roughly. Rear door locks can fail, and examine to see if an aftermarket dog-guard has been fitted, as this will injury the rear curtain airbag. Additionally guarantee that the automotive comes with its retracting baggage cowl — this must be eliminated to make use of the third row seats, and it’s simply misplaced.
Any knocking sounds from the suspension are more likely to be the drop-links, which fortunately are fairly low cost to type out.
The Zafira was topic to 1 main recall, for defective heater followers, which hit the headlines with plenty of vehicles catching hearth. Be sure that any Zafira you’re has been again to have its remedial work accomplished.
There may be one other Zafira, and it’s the Zafira Tourer, launched in 2011, and produced alongside the Zafira ‘B’ for 4 years. The Tourer, despite the same identify, is definitely a completely completely different automotive, sharing engines and chassis with the Opel Insignia saloon, and it’s larger, comfier, and extra refined than the older Zafria ‘B’ mannequin. Nicely value a glance, however you’ll pay additional. Visually, you’ll be able to inform the 2 aside by their lights — the Tourer has closely angled, boomerang-shaped lights, whereas the Zafira ‘B’ has less complicated, almond-shaped lights.
And while you’ve discovered your good Opel Zafira don’t overlook to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.