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Claire, Wiltshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Had my 09 plate Meriva for almost 3 years. 5 weeks ago I had the known steering problem which luckily vauxhall repaired free of charge. Last week I was driving to work when suddenly the engine light came on and the car lost all power. After being towed to the garage I was informed the timing chainof had snapped, and given the fact I was doing 70 at the time it's done quite a bit of damage. After researching this I've found that the chains should last the lifetime of the car but there are known problems with them on the smaller engines! Mine is 6 years old with 59k on the clock. Vauxhall are basically saying tough but I don't buy it.....seems this car has lots of known issues they should be taking responsibility for. Any one else had any experience of this?

Submitted: 26/04/2015 11:53:58 | ID: 115262

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Robert smith, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I've a Vauxhall Meriva 1.6 16v 2005. Has it been fitted with a non interference engine?

Submitted: 23/04/2015 19:52:42 | ID: 115128

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Robert smith, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Has my car got a non interference engine ?

Submitted: 23/04/2015 19:42:46 | ID: 115127

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Beryl grady, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

Car would not start jumped it took to Holfords no problems with battery starter or alternator day after it wouldn't start breakdown came out jumped it find no problems any ideas

Submitted: 18/04/2015 15:35:53 | ID: 114869

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Joe Williams, Berkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Meriva enjoy steering suddenly locks up when driving (cannot move steering wheel to left or right). Does any know why this happens.

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A known problem on Merivas around 2005 is a failure of the steering. Vauxhall replaced mine outside of warranty. Dealers should be aware. Pivotal from Buckinghamshire

Submitted: 17/04/2015 16:09:25 | ID: 114835

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Howard James, Buckinghamshire

Vauxhall Meriva

For a few minutes after starting, a row of 3 orange indicators appears immediately above the odometer (mileometer) readings. They are each about 5mm square and look like the rear or front side of the car, including wheels. I can find no reference to them in the manual - maybe something to do with tyre-pressure (which I have checked)?

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It's the rear seatbelt lights. To show if they are fastened or not. Caroline from Aberdeenshire

Many thanks - very helpful. Howard James from Buckinghamshire

Submitted: 13/04/2015 19:51:28 | ID: 114671

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Gary, Tyne and Wear

Vauxhall Meriva

My car seems to shudder/judder intermittently when accelerating seemingly too hard and sometimes there's a bang as if something has just caught the underside of the car (mostly when changing from 1st to 2nd & there's a distinct lack of power until this bang and then normal pull seems to happen). I'm not anything like a mechanic and don't want to get stung with a hefty garage bill, does anyone have a clue what this could be?

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louse engin mounting or the clutch bracking up its har to say untill i would have to drive the car.sorry for not been much help. brian from North Yorkshire

Submitted: 02/04/2015 15:39:23 | ID: 114207

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CHRISTINE ZAHER, Surrey

Vauxhall Meriva

Under the front passenger seat there is a large box containing what appear to be GM relay units. A coil of over different colored wires comes out of this. No one can tell me what it is or what it does, not even the Vauxhall mechanics. Can anyone help? And no, it's not a James Bond style ejector seat :-) Thank you.

Submitted: 31/03/2015 23:32:28 | ID: 114143

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Stephanie, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I put my meriva in for a oil & filter change,plus mot got it back engine management light comes up they had checked it out comes up with levels/ airflow they have replace a airflow sensor light gone out goes out in it after about 15 miles light back on car seems to run fine. Anyone any idea what else it could be.please.

Submitted: 29/03/2015 06:46:24 | ID: 114015

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micheal bridger, Tyne and Wear

Vauxhall Meriva

my rear wiper will not turn off and is constantly on, but if i raise the tailgate it stops, if i turn the ignition off it stops but as soon as i turn on it starts on its own and will not stop...any ideas..many thanks..M.B.

Submitted: 28/03/2015 16:42:24 | ID: 113991

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Michelle, Hampshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi there. I have a 2007 Vauxhall Meriva that has experienced a steering fault, the ESP light comes on unexpectedly and the power steering goes, making it very difficult to steer. I have read there is a common fault with this make of car and don't know what to do. I have had a computer diagnostic test done but it`s showing no faults? What can I do about this as driving with my children in the car is scary! Can anyone help please?

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I too experience this and find it stops instantly by switching the ignition on and off quickly, cures it without any adverse affect. R H Bane from Norfolk

I too experience this and find it stops instantly by switching the ignition on and off quickly, cures it without any adverse affect. R H Bane from Norfolk

All you need is a more powerful battery on your car and this will cure it. katrina from West Yorkshire

All you need is a more powerful battery on your car and this will cure it. katrina from West Yorkshire

Get the mechanics to check the EARTH lead from the power steering and put extra spacers on the connection to the body, ours did the same for months until I noticed it did it more often accelerating hard, braking hard or when the engine was shaken. BAD connection, I told our garage this and they found it was the earth lead connection to the power steering, so they sorted it and since then never had the problem again. Phil from Northumberland

Get the mechanics to check the EARTH lead from the power steering and put extra spacers on the connection to the body, ours did the same for months until I noticed it did it more often accelerating hard, braking hard or when the engine was shaken. BAD connection, I told our garage this and they found it was the earth lead connection to the power steering, so they sorted it and since then never had the problem again. Phil from Northumberland

Submitted: 22/03/2015 21:05:56 | ID: 113678

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Bodick Rabago, Somerset

Vauxhall Meriva

Hello there. The rear right door is not opening when I use the remote k. When I unlock it inside I can lock it by using remote key by lock, then unlock, then lock again. All doors are now locked. I don't think it is normal! Btw, trial & error made on the child lock system but same problem. Can anyone enlighten me about this issue? PS. I am the 3rd owner

Submitted: 21/03/2015 21:17:53 | ID: 113637

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Roy Butler, Norfolk

Vauxhall Meriva

My nearside brake light has failed due to a corroded socket in the lights array & a corroded plug on the lighting loom.According to my garage you can't just buy a replacement plug for the loom,you have to buy the whole loom at a cost of more than £1600 plus hefty labour charges because it's a long and complicated job. Does anyone know of any cheaper,quicker solution? MOT due in 2 month's time.

Submitted: 18/03/2015 16:19:40 | ID: 113493

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nikki, Norfolk

Vauxhall Meriva

My 2006 meriva wont lock any doors using the keys!!! I have changed the keys battery but still wont lock. Any ideas? thanks..

Submitted: 18/03/2015 06:35:55 | ID: 113467

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Tom, Berkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have an 03 plate 1.6 8v 1.6 Meriva, it has had a new cam kit and sensors and water pump done, 64k and runs like a dream, but I am getting a tapping noise coming from the inlet manifold. It sounds just like tappets but is coming from the inlet manifold. Can anybody help please?

Submitted: 16/03/2015 17:52:27 | ID: 113412

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john, Brazil

Vauxhall Meriva

Last week at my job when the car was parked one of the parking attendants pushed the car forward a few feet as parking is very tight in Rio. When returning to the vehicle later on upon turning on the engine the left sidelights came on, front and back. Fast forward three weeks and I tried to open the doors but no power, completely dead. I`m not sure if both problems are related?

Submitted: 16/03/2015 14:14:03 | ID: 113399

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Jenny byfield, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a Vauxhall Meriva. When braking, it is very difficult to pull back off, the revs won't go up until I have pressed down the accelerator very hard for a good 10+ seconds. It will roll forward as if I'm not accelerating at all until it seems to "catch" and will finally doped up. No warning lights or codes on at all.

Submitted: 13/03/2015 15:27:52 | ID: 113261

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j robinson, County Londonderry

Vauxhall Meriva

is the bottom wishbone arm on the passenger side of a 2012 vauxhall meriva the same as a astra

Submitted: 12/03/2015 16:28:49 | ID: 113217

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Linda, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a Vauxhall Meriva and the steering has just started to be hard to steer and it was showing APS and ABS on the dashboard. What is the problem about? What can I do?

Submitted: 08/03/2015 22:56:10 | ID: 113003

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paul, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi. I took my Meriva to a garage for a service and got it back with the dashboard display illuminating vertical lines running though the screen with no sound to the radio, indicators or hazards. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

Submitted: 08/03/2015 19:50:08 | ID: 112989

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MARGARET IRVINE, South Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I cant get my boot to open with fob or key how can I get it to open to fix it

Submitted: 06/03/2015 17:18:47 | ID: 112867

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Aaron Nelson, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

Vauxhall Meriva Life 2014 Does this car have have the feature whereby it shows how many MPG's the car is doing or the range until you need to put petrol in? If it does how do I access it?

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Yes it does On the left side lever next to the steering wheel (the one with the indicator) ,rotate the lever and your dash will scroll through various functions such as miles to petrol average speed, mpg etc James from Rhondda Cynon Taf

Yes it does On the left side lever next to the steering wheel (the one with the indicator) ,rotate the lever and your dash will scroll through various functions such as miles to petrol average speed, mpg etc James from Rhondda Cynon Taf

Submitted: 01/03/2015 18:35:53 | ID: 112553

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Aaron Nelson, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

I am wondering if this model shows you how many miles per gallon you are doing or how much range you have until you need to put petrol in. If it does have this feature how do I access it? Thank you

Submitted: 01/03/2015 18:33:14 | ID: 112552

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Dave, North Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi. My front washer pipe has come off or split. The back one is fine. Is it easy to put back on or replace? Thanks

Submitted: 24/02/2015 13:20:41 | ID: 112245

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john, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Meriva

my meriva keeps surging losing power everytime i try to accelerate or start going up a hill

Submitted: 22/02/2015 19:49:22 | ID: 112137

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Andy, Berkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have factory fitted rear and front parking sensors which have just stopped working, no beeps when reverse selected or when the manual front parking sensor button pressed and no error indicators on the dashboard. I have checked the fuse in the boot and that measures okay I would like to know if anyone has seen this fault before and fixed it or if anyone knows where the parking assist control box is hiding in the car?

Submitted: 22/02/2015 16:21:59 | ID: 112111

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Harry, Lancashire

Vauxhall Meriva

ABS light showing on dashboard and Speedo is not working

Submitted: 21/02/2015 14:22:55 | ID: 112033

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Sham, Hampshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi if anyone can help thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!! my management light staying on it was juddering so I replaced the coil pack and spark plugs but it says code 21 which is a left near side light?? This goes off and comes back on? Before I replaced the coil pack the traction control was coming on saying it was turned off also the engine management light was flashing with the TC sign on The car was misfiring before I changed the coil pack and plugs but now it's not misfiring but engine management stays on????and doesn't flash!!!! If any one knows please help thanks

Submitted: 20/02/2015 20:03:07 | ID: 112011

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fozina, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

My car is an 06 plate auto, it`s revving and cutting off, doing it a lot. Can I have some advice please?

Submitted: 20/02/2015 12:04:40 | ID: 111945

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fozina, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

My car is cutting off on give ways and in traffic, also it`s revving on its own?

Submitted: 20/02/2015 12:01:23 | ID: 111942

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thomas, North Ayrshire

Vauxhall Meriva

My Meriva starts in the morning no problem but when it`s warm it takes a few turns to fire it up again?

Submitted: 18/02/2015 20:38:03 | ID: 111838

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sarah, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi i have a 55 plate Meriva (petrol) and both of my rear passenger windows wont open, would this be caused by a blown fuse or would it be something else. Also when i switch on the car the car starts to smell like wet metal, what would cause this? Thanks Sarah

Submitted: 17/02/2015 21:43:24 | ID: 111757

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m robson , Durham

Vauxhall Meriva

code 16 came on so I changed bulbs every thing ok but code still on when I press brake how do I clear that

Submitted: 16/02/2015 18:01:25 | ID: 111673

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john, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Meriva

the hook in the lock in the tailgate is closed and I can't close the gate. The hook won't let the lock close over the fixed bar.

Submitted: 15/02/2015 11:42:34 | ID: 111573

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andy, North Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have just bought a 2011 Vauxhall Meriva and would like to change the CD player for one with a built in Sat nav. I have looked everywhere for the facias for this model but cannot find one anywhere. Wonder if anyone knows where I can purchase one from? You can buy one for the Astra and Insignia. Any help would be appreciated thanks

Submitted: 08/02/2015 20:34:57 | ID: 111154

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julie, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi my car is juddering when i reverse and sometime when i pull away. had a mechanic have a look and he said it was pressure plate. but im not entirely convinced. could anyone give ne sone advice or is this happening to your meriva. i have a 2006 meriva design 1.6. thank you...

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Check your front or rear gearbox mounts D pollock from Antrim

Submitted: 04/02/2015 11:11:15 | ID: 110860

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irene thomson , Greater Manchester

Vauxhall Meriva

why does my eps light come on and then the steering goes stiff ,I have had it checked twice at the dealers but they cant find anything wrong im scared to death now to go out in it. if I restart the engine it goes right but I cant always do that when im driving.

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It's a fault with the Meriva mine was the same Vauxhall replaced the steering column for free Kristina from Hull

It's a fault with the Meriva mine was the same Vauxhall replaced the steering column for free Kristina from Hull

Common fault with Meriva, it requires a new steering rack and pump assy. If you are lucky Vauxhall will do it as a "good will" warranty gesture, if you make it clear to them that you know there is a fault that they know of, but not to push too far. If you have to pay for it, it could cost £1800 andy from Devon

Submitted: 04/02/2015 10:28:47 | ID: 110853

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Cromwell02, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

How do you turn gear shift on, it tells you to change gear up or down in display panel!! on the Mervia b 2011

Submitted: 28/01/2015 20:36:06 | ID: 110445

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Bob, South Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Same as Dave in Dorset. Picked up a Nov 2011meriva 1.7 SE diesel Auto. Exactly same noise when setting off. You disengage electric hand brake and drive off. After about 5seconds you hear a clunk under the car and feel this through foot brake or accelerator depending on what your foot is on. Feels like you have just gone over a small bump. I assumed that it was the electric handbrake fully disengaging / a safety check kind of procedure. No idea what it is. Just hope that it is not the electric hhandbrake re-engaging. Incidentally I noticed that my rear brakes were smelling slightly when I got out of the car. May have been hyper sensitive after the regular noise. Will book in to see what this could be.

Submitted: 22/01/2015 23:41:08 | ID: 110145

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BrianA, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Meriva

Can the USB port on the 2012 Meriva SE 14T be used to charge an iPhone 5?

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Hi, yes you can charge the I-Phone 5 and it is quite quick as well, I do it all the time Celia from Torfaen

Hi, yes you can charge the I-Phone 5 and it is quite quick as well, I do it all the time Celia from Torfaen

Submitted: 20/01/2015 19:36:19 | ID: 109970

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