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The Meriva comes in a variety of models, including S, SE, Energy, Tech Line and Exclusiv. Each of these models boasts their own unique qualities that make them the ideal solution for a growing family to use. However, they also share one thing in common. Like any other car on the road today, they aren’t perfect. Vauxhall parts can and do fail, and when they do, you need to make sure you understand what is going on and how to address the situation. Before you decide to purchase a Vauxhall Meriva, be certain you understand exactly what problems may occur.

The Mk2 was available until 2006, and came with 1.0-, 1.2-, 1.4- or 1.8-litre petrol engines, and 1.3- or 1.7-litre diesels. An automatic gearbox could be mated with the 1.0 and 1.2 petrol cars, and theres the choice of three- or five-door versions.

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Vauxhall Corsa steering shaft problem (2006-present)
Owners of cars built in 2007 have reported issues with steering shafts. It has been found that the materials used arent of the required rigidity, and could therefore snap. In the worst cases, steering control could be lost.

Are you looking for a safe, dependable and flexible vehicle? The Vauxhall Meriva may not be perfect, but if you know what car parts to watch out for, it may be the ideal vehicle for you.

Common problems: Vauxhall Corsa (2000present)

Vauxhall Corsa seat adjuster problem (2000-2006 cars)
There have been issues with second-generation Corsa seat adjusters, where the longitudinal adjuster latch spring can weaken and fail to lock the seat in place. This could affect the drivers control of the vehicle and passenger safety.

Vauxhall Corsa braking problems (2006-present)
Some cars built after 2008 had problems with their brakes. Its possible that the ABS/ESP modulator might not be filled with the correct amount of hydraulic oil at the factory. In some cases, this could lead to a loss of braking. Other cars built between September 2009 and March 2011, had brake pedal bearings manufactured from insufficiently strong materials, which could cause the bearing to break under extreme pressure.

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Vauxhall launched its Corsa in 1993, and the little supermini has sold extremely well ever since as both a new and a used car. It has remained cheap to buy, run, tax and insure, making it the perfect choice for first time buyers or those after a second car.

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The Vauxhall Meriva is a family-friendly vehicle that first entered production in 2002. The car is known for its practicality, safety and unmatched driving performance. It was designed with the needs of a family in mind, ensuring it hit on key factors important to parents, like flexibility, convenience and comfort. Because of this, the Meriva features design elements like flexible rear seats, a centre console system, a floor luggage compartment and 32 different possibilities for storage. It also comes with sophisticated technology, like FlexDoors, an electric parking brake, adaptive forward lighting and IntelliLink infotainment system.

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One of the best ways to prevent problems from affecting your bank account is to check for common problem often, like when you do your regular maintenance. Catching these issues early can help you save money in the long run, because many car parts are linked together. If one fails or wears down, other parts may experience the pressure of the issue and may fail as well.

This recall was issued in 2007; vehicles affected needed their steering gear assembly replaced.

Most of these issues should have been remedied by Vauxhall for free, so make sure the work has been carried out.

Vauxhall Corsa electrics problem (2006-present)
The third generation of Vauxhalls Corsa has revealed a few electrical problems on some cars. The central locking and deadlocks have been known to go wrong, and the ignition sometimes fails to start the engine first time.

Boasting a five-star safety rating, the Vauxhall Meriva is one of the safest cars on the road. However, in 2010, a recall revealed a very dangerous situation with the front passenger seat. The bolts that held the rails to the seat frame on the front passenger seat were likely to fail. If they did, the seat would be able to move around without much warning. If an accident were to occur, the front passenger might be as protected by the seat belt.

Vauxhall Merivas were recalled because many were experiencing lost steering control. This was caused by the retaining ring of the car’s steering gear piston. The ring was not properly in its groove, making it likely it would come out and cause a loss of steering.

Were going to concentrate on the second and third generations of the Corsa, which were produced after 2000.

Vauxhall Corsa suspension problem (2006-present cars)
A certain number of cars built in 2007 have had issues with their steering. The front lower suspension arms can fracture near the bushing due to a welding problem. The control arm might then lack rigidity, causing a lack of stability. In worst cases, control of the car could be lost.

Vauxhall Corsa handbrake problem (2006-present)
Some cars built between September 2009 and May 2010 have had issues with their handbrakes. The mounting end of the handbrake cable can move in its support bracket, resulting in the loss handbrake application.

Vauxhall Corsa steering wheel problem (2000-2006 cars)
Some cars built in 2004 have revealed issues with their steering wheels. The wheels centre screw might not have been tightened correctly, resulting in wheel wobble and imprecise steering.

To this date, there haven’t been too many Vauxhall Meriva recalls that car owners searching for a new ride need to worry about. In fact, there have only been two. Before purchasing a pre-owned Meriva, make sure it doesn’t have a problem with the following types of issues. If the car did, make sure you ask for paperwork proving the issues were fixed.

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Vauxhall Corsa airbag problem (2000-2006 cars)
Some owners have reported problems with front airbag control unit. The child seat safety cradle with transponder might not work correctly with the front passenger smart airbag deactivation function. Faulty software is the cause.

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Vauxhall Corsa cambelt problem (2000-2006 cars)
Weve had lots of owners complaining about their cambelts in second-generation Corsas. Its extremely important that the cambelt is changed every 40,000 miles. Failing to do so could mean damaging the engine and an expensive bill.

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The third generation of the Corsa, which appeared in 2006, sits on a new platform. At launch it was available in either three or five-door form as before, and had virtually the same engine line-up the 1.8 petrol was dropped and the diesels got more power. In 2007, Vauxhall added the 1.6 Turbo VXR version.

Vauxhall Corsa water ingress problem (2006-present cars)
Some cars built in 2006 have been known to have water ingress problems. Water has found its way into the ABS connector, via the ground wiring connection, which could result in the ABS not functioning properly, overheating and sometimes fire.