Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
Y-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Air-con failed. LKocal garage couldn't fix and suggested it go to main dealer. Dealer ordered parts and I dropped the car off. They called lkater that day to say the part was wrong and had to order it again. I dropped the car off a week or so later for the second time. They called later that day to say the part had not arrived. (After I had dropped it off and hired a car to do the trip I had to do.
We agreed that the dealer would cover the cost of the hire car due to their incompetence and eventually the problem was fixed. In doing so they were actually quite helpful in that the wiring loom needed replacing but they wired up a new wire to fix it.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Electric windows have always been a problem, the fuel cap lock seized on and I had to remove and in the last 6 months the abs had failed at a cost of ł1,500 and another ł1,000 of essential work - fuel filter, fuel pump, egr valve, alternator failed, to name a few things. car broke down 3 times in this time and aa were called each time, all requiring dealer repairs to make drivable. abs will have to be refurbished at a cost of around ł3-400. The mpg isn't too bad, can hit 40mpg in good driving conditions but most usually 33-35mpg, parts not too bad compared to more expensive makes.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

handbrake and its operation is horrible. 1.8 litre engine is terrific. Indicator operation is less than satisfactory. Only major problem was the failure of one door lock which was discovered by accident and could have proved expensive. Will perhaps be interested for my next but one car (the new model is due in 2011/2). Why no 5 seat option (like the VW Touran)? The rear seat design, whilst the work of a true genius, unfortunately prevents a 60/40 split.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for

I have had vauxhall cars for 22 years, it has broken down 15 times (13 in 1st 12 months) The EGR valve and particulate filter are a major problem,symptom engine warning light loss of power as car goes into limp home mode. The dealers are useless and give no customer care.
I was featured in Auto Express issue 697 with an earlier Zafira as used car of the year 2002.... I was an advocate I now am very very disappointed and let down by Vauxhall

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 1/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excelent seating system, comfortable and easy to drive, not so good in snow and ice as the slightest incline the wheels spin. Had problem with egr valve when first purchased as it broke down after 4 days and had to be towed to garage and had new egr valve fitted.
Now the rear tailgate struts are not holding up the tailgate so have booked it if for replacement under warranty. Excellent sound system and built in sat nav.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Ok but let down by the EGR valve problem that I now find out is a common problem with the 1.9 TDI diesel engine. Apparently you need to drive the car at high revs to solve the problem. Why do Vauxhall sell the car to people like me who go on longer runs occasionally and do a lot of short journey family taxi runs. Also Ford offer better equipment than Vauxhall - that may offer a clue where I may head next time.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
T-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Pretty darned good. The 1.6 litre petrol is slightly lame when fully loaded but the car has done everything I have wanted from carrying 7 on camping holidays with trailer to shifting paving stones to talking the dog for walks. Build quailty is best of all the cars I have owned and being based on the Astra, the handling is very good for an MPV - in fact, it is better than a lot of cars I have driven.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

This is my third Zafira and all off them have been reliable and practicle. I would love a S Max or a Touran however my budget does not reach to them. Vauxhall always heavily discount new cars (which does affect the resale). This along with the GM visa card that offers 3% cash back up to £1500, no other manufacturer offers such good value with a decent car at the end.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I like the size of my car up to 7 seats with 2 stored away when not needed and a large boot when there is 5 seats up. I like that it is quiet when running. I don't like the blind spot in the windscreen/side mirror and that there is nowhere to store the boot cover when all 7 seats are up.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

From previous ownership(this is our 3rd zafira)over 12 years we have never had a reliability issue. As a motability vehicle serviceing and tyres are part of the lease and as I do a lot of town and stop start driving I feel the fuel consumption is reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Its only major reliability issue is that it has a habit of suddenly losing oil at a rapid rate without warning, so we have to check the oil frequently. several dealers have told us this a known problem with these cars. Fuel consumption is rsing with age.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It does what I want at a reasonable price. I chose an MPV because it is so convenient on the occasions when I need to move bulky things, even if they are rare and because the view from the driving position is good, better than a typical saloon.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Mostly ok but seems to have fairly regular engine problems. Parts extremely costlymain dealer expensivepart of engine system which is actually unnecessary but is installed for this country is often faulty and very expensive to fix.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

It's brand new so it ought to be reliable! started perfectly all the time through the recent freezing weather. I drive carefully yet the car does not do a very high mileage. there is some improvement on long motorway journeys.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Engine & auto box very good for what they are, but put them together & the low-speed lag is downright dangerous and unsettling.
Expensive EGR failure (all too common), electrics regular faults and ride too hard.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Having paid almost £24k I am disappointed with the the build and reliability of the car. New gearbox after less than 50,000 miles, it eats tyres and for the price, the standard specification is poor.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

FANTASTIC CAR, VERY ECONOMICAL,FRIENDLY,GOOD SPACE,
LOW FUEL CONSUMPTION, GOOD RUNNER.

ONLY ONE AND SINGLE PROBLEM THAT I AM FEELING IS IN
FIRST GEAR IT HAS VERY LOW PULLING.

THANKS

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Ebgine problems associated with electrics. Insurance ł250, reasonable.road tax high for a 1600 cc vehicle.sevicing reasonable, but been in garage twice times this year because of breakdowns.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

In 168,000 miles only problems have been 2 sensors giving a false trigger, no component failure and a siezed up rear wiper drive. Spares reasonabily priced, tyres life could be better.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never had any problems other than the usual wear and tear e.g tyres. Parts are easily available and at good price although petrol is quite costly with a tank now costing over ł70.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

After initial problem with fuel pump (twice rectified under warranty) no other problems. Getting more expensive with increase in road tax since new and cost of fuel.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

It is a new and reliable car. It is a big car with a small engine, so I can enjoy the versatility of the car without spending too much on the running the car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Generally the car is robust and strong. Drives well, lacks a sixth gear as engine noise can be loud at times.
Overall the car is nice to drive and reliable.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

This is our 3rd zafira and never had a reliabiity issue. As a motability vehicle its only fuel we have to factor in this section and fuels nots brilliant.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never let me down by not starting but niggling electrical faults are an annoyance eg dashboard warning lights. Quite reasonable for the size of the car.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car has been reliable and not let us down starting every morning wiithout fail. Its cheap to run with parts such as tyres etc reasonable to replace.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Perfect - never misses a beat - its my 3rd zafira over ten years - always the same excellent reliability. Very low for size and versatility of the car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

this car has never let me down in the last eight years as from 2010.
I have not had any major mechanical faults of any kind..
suits my needs.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Just the usual zafira faults at the usual intervals. Could be more frugal if I drove more genteely but I drive to get there, not hand about.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great to Drive & it looks great, practicality is good but a few minor problems where made much worse by very poor dealer attitude & service.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
53-reg , Owner for 1 to 3 years

Extremely unreliable with several well known and publicised faults like alarm and engine management which Vauxhall say is not a problem.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

On the whole a good car, but has its little niggles. Build quality not close to that experienced on my other vehicle, a 10 yr old lexus.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

The car has never let us down regardless of weather conditions. The servicing costs are borne by motobility but petrol costs are high.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Overall a very good car let down by poor engine and transmission. 5 months to diagnose an engine loss of power then 4 new flywheels.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Its brill only things replaced are those that have worn!!! Heavy on fuel but only local area covered with occasional longer journey.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have had no problem with the car since I bought it. Has not cost much to keep on the road .prices for spare part are reasonable.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Never had no problems. Costs alot more in fuel. Surprised as its a big car I thought I would be sluggish but its not its fine.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

car is an excellent combination of all I need for all I could afford, If I had more money, I may have chosen a different car

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Have had one before and had only one problem with the coil pack. For the size of the car the running costs are reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Tardis like. Big inside, small outside. No wider that a normal Astra and just a tiny bit longer. But can fit 7. Amazing.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Never had a problem...this is my fourth zafira...excellent vehicle. Pay for deisel....servicing etc on mobility scheme.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Had various problems in first few months but gradually getting them sorted:central locking, glow plugs, dpf filer, egr

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Its a bit slow on the electronics but gets there. Just the cost of fuel means its left in the drive more often now.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Too new to tell but no problems so far. Lifetime guarantee, but we'll see if there's a catch when I have to use it!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Apart from a shuddering clutch, common with this model, the car was 100% reliable. One headlight bulb in 3 years.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only had one starting problem that has not reoccurred. Good mpg best ever was 61, fuel costs are diesel expensive.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

has generally been a reliable car but the engine warning light keeps coming on and the fault cannot be found.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Normally good, but has broken down recently and I have had 2 major costs (clutch and gearbox (separate). Ok.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent car, especially the seat layout. No problems at all. Very reliable, versatile and easy to drive.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems - recommeded. Official serviced for first few years - these are expensive.but generally good.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

the build quality is the worst i have encountered in 23 yrs of motoring. i intend to buy german next.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
1999-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Vauxhall cars in my experience are well engineered and very reliable, that's why they last so long

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Drives well and reliable. Needs to be used on distances of more than 1 hour to give good returns.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

The car is not yet 6 months old so it is impossible to rate it for reliability. Hard to know yet.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never really had any problems with it. Pricey to fill up, less fuel efficient than previous car.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I breakdown in the past 4 years caused by a faulty electronics board. Basic running costs only.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only problem lately has being the spare wheel stolen. Apart from fuel no other cost this year.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems yet but only owned it for 5 months. Cheaper to run than the last 2 cars I had.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

It's less than a year old - it should be totally reliable! About same as my last car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Never had any trouble and have had this model for 7 years. I think this is normal.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Other than a intermittent leak that the dealer can not find the car has been OK.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Quite a reliable car - no majpr problems. Fairly good mpg for a people carrier.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great family car . Design creates some bad 'blind spots. Extremely reliable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far but only 10 months old. Average use and average mileage.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No faults to date. 30mpg for a 7 seat people carrier is quite reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

As my car is a MOTABILITY car any problems would be rectified quickly

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Almost every sensor on the vehicle has stopped working at some point

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Only a few months old, no problems so far. The car guzzles petrol.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Generally reliable and does everything we could ask of it.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Totally reliable. Would like more mpg but ok for my usage.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Very reliable, serviced regularly. Average running costs.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great car, spacious and a great allrounder for my family

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Not as good / reliable as my previous (old shape Zafira)

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had no problems. Acceptable for the type of car it is.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Reliable, versatile, easy to drive, a good workhorse.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Not had any problem with it. Quite thirsty on petrol.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

An great family car which has been a pleasure to own.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good runner although some niggling faults now. Good.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
X-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

a good reliable workhorse. Good for a larger family.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Disappointed with the reliability and build quality

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Not had any problems. Diesel needs to be cheaper.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Never failed us, no problems. Just needed fuel.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

had the 2.2 petrol engine management problem

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A good car let down by very poor reliability

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 2/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Reliable adaptable family friendly and safe

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems in the 5 months we've owned it

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Problem free. Servicing costs reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol

Very reliable, comfortable and runs well

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing wrong so far. Very good on fuel.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Brand new so expect it to be reliable

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Needed new alternator after 1 year

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Have had no problems with this car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

reliable, versatile, economic car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Have had no problems with the car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very reliable, no issues at all

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems to date. Average.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It's cost a fortune to repair

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

So far no problems at all! .

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems to report at all

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It does all that I require

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Very reliable. Very good.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Other-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Best car i've ever owned

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Never had a problem yet

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very good. Very good.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very good family car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Good seven seater.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very goog purchase

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Ok so far! .

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very reliable

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very good

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5