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Terri, Gwent

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi I bought a meriva last year and keeps having problems when starting the car sometimes it's fine other times when I turn the key over it does checks fine then when I go start car it just cuts out and then the car with spanner flashes I then turn car off and start again and it's fine but seems to keep doing it. I've got the car serviced later as was sounding like it was going to cut out when ideling u could feel it through the car it wanted to cut out it seems ok now but still having problems starting can anyone help

Submitted: 24/04/2017 13:03:58 | ID: 140860

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Lynne lawrence, Tyne and Wear

Vauxhall Meriva

Keep getting code 22 when putting either side lights or headlights on but garage checked it and all bulbs are working fine.

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The bulb(s) could be near the end of their life and now have a higher resistance than a new bulb. Either just replace both bulbs OR Swap left for right bulb and see if you get a code 21 instead. Tony from Cheshire

Submitted: 15/04/2017 21:39:42 | ID: 140661

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Vincent Murray, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

My mariva as got a constant small oil leak i tried stop leak it didn't work any ideas

Submitted: 11/04/2017 13:20:49 | ID: 140549

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Linda, Oxfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

What millage should the Cambelt be changed please? It's over serviced if anything so well looked after Thanks in advance

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Depends on which engine and which year. Tony from Cheshire

Submitted: 09/04/2017 12:29:58 | ID: 140507

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mark astbury, Flintshire

Vauxhall Meriva

the car seems to use more fuel and burning oil as we have no leaks,help

Submitted: 02/04/2017 12:15:55 | ID: 140349

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mark astbury, Flintshire

Vauxhall Meriva

the esp light keeps coming on and we lose the power sterring,anybody have any ideas? thanks

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Mine started doing it...as time went on it was doing it more frequent. If you google it its a common fault on Mireva. Watchdog did a piece on it. Vauxhall would not recall the vehicles. I contacted customer services who assigned me a garage to take my car into to have it diagnosed. It came back as a fault on the Torque senser. Vauxhall replaced the whole steering rack free of charge......they were bril. paul robinson from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 02/04/2017 12:14:55 | ID: 140348

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Wayne, Neath Port Talbot

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a meriva exclusive 1.4 turbo.2weeks ago it would not start and there was a constant chime and the central locking was locking and unlocking with a warning light ( window with key in centre)on dash.I turned off ignition and it started.Same problem today but this time it would only start using jump leads.I had the battery tested and this was fine.Any help would be much appreciated.

Submitted: 29/03/2017 18:55:35 | ID: 140255

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chas, Hampshire

Vauxhall Meriva

2011 Meriva S E ...........Fuel flap will not lock cant find how to get into to check it.....................tried removing tool kit box no luck removed back light no luck............im baffled any ideas

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Open the fuel door and look for two or three screws securing it. Remoce the screws and partially lift out the door. You should see a lever or pin which may need re-set or replaced. Hugh from City of Glasgow

No screws visable this model of mariva has the backward opening doors still looking for answers chas from Hampshire

The fuel door locking motor is probably faulty. Do you hear a click from the fuel flap area when locking the car?? You can access the flap lock by removing the wheel arch liner. I have had mine replaced by a wrokshop, a lot easier. Tony from Cheshire

Submitted: 26/03/2017 12:27:34 | ID: 140162

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Susan, Pembrokeshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Problem off and on since new from the Vauxhall dealer, 2014; when manoeuvring slowly, as in slowing down to park or go through narrow gateway the engine cuts out and will not restart for several minutes. Warning light comes on, especially the inspection light (looks like a lamp?) but the garage say nothing is wrong. (They now offer a good deal on another car!) I replaced the battery recently as that kept going flat but since the sunroof blind fuse has been removed (by another garage) that seems better. It’s only just done 7000 miles and is lovely otherwise, except heavy on petrol. . I hoped it would last me forever but this cutting out is a nightmare!

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If you have only done 7,000 miles in three years you are not using the car enough to clean out all the deposits etc which accumulate. Try taking the car for a good run eg 30 miles. Use the lower gears eg cruise about 60 mph in 4th gear, not 6th. Accelerate hard through the gears - an "Italian Tune Up" it will probably make the car run a whole lot better. Do this at least once a month. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Don't know how to reply to kind person Hugh, from Glasgow who replied to me questions...but just wanted to say, part of the low mileage is because the car was delivered when I had 3 cracked vertebrae and neither it nor I went anywhere for 6 months…and for a year after that I was still a full time carer and only did short runs. But in the last year it has done 25 miles in both directions at least once every week, and some much longer ….into 100s both way….runs too. But I agree, under using it could be part of the trouble. It didn’t happen to the previous Corsa - 6 years only 6000 miles though! Before that, caring full time for my dad for 14 years I drove around several schools a day for 32 years, still each stage quite short journeys, and I didn’t have any problems like this. In fact I didn’t have any car problems at all. Now I have treated myself to by far the most expensive car so far - that was partly because my 99 year old father could get in and out of it more easily…but I was planning to travel a lot eventually…and this is happening. It’s very nerve wracking with it stopping like this! I will ask the garage to give it a good clean out and drive as you suggest. (I do drive quite fast when I am on my own!) And thanks very much for responding! Susan Susan from Pembrokeshire

Submitted: 26/03/2017 11:12:02 | ID: 140160

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Lindsay Crockett, County Londonderry

Vauxhall Meriva

I was wondering what would be the problem if my heating isn't working even though the water temp is reading slap bang in the middle where it should be. I couldn't see the option for my vehicle in the drop downs which is a 2011 1.4 Petrol Meriva Exclusiv.

Submitted: 21/03/2017 11:29:33 | ID: 140046

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Ali Bavar, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

My vauxhall meriva 1.7d 2011 engine overheating closing fan stays on as engine warms up and heater blowing cold air all times code4 comes in on dash instrument panel anyone knows why?

Submitted: 14/03/2017 21:43:03 | ID: 139862

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June Evans, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi when drove about a mile a car apears with a spanner why please

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Sounds like the Service Vehicle Soon warning light. Take it to a VX dealer and have it read for fault codes and re-set. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 13/03/2017 13:57:37 | ID: 139817

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Darious137, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

Engine overheating cooling fan stays on all the time as engine warms up heater blowing cold air code 4 appears on dash instrument panel can any one tell me if its the thermostat or water pump ? How can you check to find out which one it is? Your answer is immensely appreciated

Submitted: 13/03/2017 10:44:45 | ID: 139810

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glyn, East Sussex

Vauxhall Meriva

In the hand-book, the high level brake light is not listed. Anyone know how I change the bulb?

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High level rear brake lights are usually LED's rather than bulbs. You may have to change the whole light. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 13/03/2017 08:55:51 | ID: 139806

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Cotton, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

My car is 3 years old but struggles to go up hill or even pulling off a roundabout or T junction Is this normal or do I have problems?

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Please say which engine you have. 1.4 petrol is a bit underpowered. Tony from Cheshire

Submitted: 12/03/2017 13:09:49 | ID: 139783

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Barrie Smith, Aberdeenshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Bought my 05 1.6 16v meriva for the kids to learn to drive in, however has developed the following faults. When cold that car start first time but once hot the car will not restart. I've replaced the cank sensor but no luck there still the same fault. And the dash goes dead intermittently speedo, rev counter engine temp. What causes this? Would like to know before I put some petrol and matches to it. Thanks in advance Barrie

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Could be the cold start mechanism playing up so when it's hot it's getting too much fuel and not enough air. The dashboard problem is likely to be the standard Vauxhall printed circuit board drying out. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 01/03/2017 14:01:44 | ID: 139324

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Samantha Dunsford, Essex

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi people need your help. Had this car for just over 2 weeks. The car turns over but i have a F on the dash, wont go into gear (auto) and i also have the amber car with spanner flashing. Dont know whats going on.....tried to code read it with a obd but no codes recorded, i also done the pedal test and 3 codes came up but not sure if they are because of the problem or maybe a previous problem. Codes are P1116, P1600 and P1700. Someone please help ??

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A search on the internet will reveal what the codes mean. 1116 is to do with coolant, 1600 is to do with oxygen, 1700 is fuel. As you need a mix of oxygen and fuel for the engine to start that is most likely where the problem starting is. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 25/02/2017 10:38:43 | ID: 139174

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Bob from Hastings, East Sussex

Vauxhall Meriva

Rear door warning light and alarm going off. Also central locking constantly chattering. Dealership got four codes and have replaced earth strap on battery. Problem still exist. They charge £100 for that. Now want it back to run more tests and state may need new wiring loom ££££££ ? Can't afford lots of ££££ on guess work. I am told this is a common problem but can't find the solution. Anyone had these issues or know what the fault may be???

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I don't know the answer to this one but if you find out will you let me know as I have the exact same problem. More so when there direct sun on the car. Was beginning to think my car was the only one that did it. Gill From Lancashire from Lancashire

Submitted: 25/02/2017 08:26:55 | ID: 139171

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BARRY, Greater London

Vauxhall Meriva

fitted new coilpack and plugs because engine misfiring engine starts straightaway but afer a few moments it starts to misfire again any ideas

Submitted: 21/02/2017 16:11:17 | ID: 139094

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Gurney, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Can you tell me when I am in drive I have a message saying codE 136

Submitted: 20/02/2017 13:43:01 | ID: 139059

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andy12, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Central locking is working but immobiliser will not allow me to start the car.Can anyone advice the procedure to reset the immobiliser to allow the car to start .Many thanks all. Andy

Submitted: 18/02/2017 19:18:46 | ID: 139017

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Phillip Price, Essex

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi I have a Vauxhall meriva 2010 automatic when driving it miss fire and rev go up and down only dose it above 2000 rev help only had this car for 2 mouths

Submitted: 10/02/2017 14:55:35 | ID: 138863

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AMANDA HUNTERj, County Londonderry

Vauxhall Meriva

Oil leak at bottom of engine whats the problem my mechanic says it has to be stripped down and should change the clutch when hes in there incase i need it changed at a later date .he says if i did he would have to strip this section down again . He says i could save me money in long run.is that the case ?

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He's probably telling you the truth. If the engine is leaking oil at the rear then there's a chance it could have contaminated the clutch plate. It would be better to let him strip it down and at least check it while he's in there and if it needs replacing it will save you double labour. Sad fact of modern life is that a lot of people don't trust mechanics even though they don't know anything about cars themselves. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 06/02/2017 17:14:45 | ID: 138744

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Helen, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Meriva

When the petrol light comes on how many miles will the car do before it runs out of fuel? thanks

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You will have about 4 or 5 litres of fuel left when the light comes on, enough for 20 to 30 miles, perhaps more if you are on a motorway driving economically. Please remember that your fuel pump is in the tank and it needs to be submerged in fuel to keep it cool. It is dangerous to always let it run low so you should fill up at the earliest opportunity once the light comes on. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 01/02/2017 13:29:41 | ID: 138597

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Steve ward, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi just brought the meriva two weeks ago and code 16 appeared on dash. I checked the book break light failure so changed the faulty bulb but code 16 is still showing on dash yet all lights are working. Is there anyway to reset code. Thanks in advance

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If one bulb has failed, then the one on the other side will go soon. Always worth changing both bulbs if one blows, both have been on for the same amount of time. Tony from Cheshire

Submitted: 30/01/2017 21:40:24 | ID: 138553

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Jim Donnelly, Surrey

Vauxhall Meriva

Why will my boot not open when I unlock the car using central locking

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On a lot of Vauxhalls you can isolate the boot from the central locking by turning the boot lock with the key to a certain position. Your handbook should show you if you have this and if so what position to set the lock (key opening either horizontal or vertical). Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 28/01/2017 17:51:20 | ID: 138476

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Richard, Suffolk

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi I have a mariva 2005 1.7 cdti, now it has lost water over couple off days the amount is 2.5 Liter's, Why is this happing

Submitted: 27/01/2017 20:37:17 | ID: 138449

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ken, Warrington

Vauxhall Meriva

i have just bought vauxhall 1.4 meriva no matter how i drive it will not do more than 22.2 mpg, every 4.5 gallons i put in i only get 100 miles this is round town .when i bought this car i was told it should do about 35 per gallon,has anybody any advice

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I get 500 miles + from a full tank. Pat from Kent

Submitted: 24/01/2017 07:57:32 | ID: 138367

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peter, Norfolk

Vauxhall Meriva

meriva when I start car up I get the n come up when I put it in reverse f flash if I turn it off again select gears with out engine running its fine then I start can and it go in ok what can it be

Submitted: 22/01/2017 11:47:15 | ID: 138306

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Ralph, Greater Manchester

Vauxhall Meriva

Please can anyone give me any clues as to why my Meriva automatic sometimes cuts out whilst driving for no apparent reason but when I switch ignition off it restarts no problem. It feels as if it is being starved of fuel. I would appreciate any ideas thanks.

Submitted: 19/01/2017 18:16:43 | ID: 138248

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Ian Lawrie, North Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Just recently purchased car. there is no heat and the temperature gauge does not move when driving. Garage had it all day yesterday and changed thermostat now it moves when engine is idling and when driving goes down to zero, still no heat coming through. Please is there any advice?

Submitted: 19/01/2017 07:51:48 | ID: 138234

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Lee, East Sussex

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi my partner has a 2003 meriva had a problem with the car were it would loss power gain power and then stop with no accelaration at all AA came out computer said it woz trottle position sensor (whole pedel)so we have had a new one fitted the problem seamed to off went away till the nexted day after 20 odd miles weve also changed trottle body still the same Any idears???thanks lee

Submitted: 17/01/2017 21:24:05 | ID: 138203

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eric tranter, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

I have changed the fuel pump. In tank petrol. Car did 8 mile ok. Now it will not start. Engine turns over. Also the emissions symbol is activated. What can it be.

Submitted: 15/01/2017 11:40:00 | ID: 138099

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richard davey, Suffolk

Vauxhall Meriva

Why does my Meriva stall after 20 minutes when warmed up. Drove it about 6 miles and stopped. Went to it 10 minutes later and it would not start. Left it all day and it started fine again. It also stops after 20 minutes on tick over.

Submitted: 13/01/2017 14:19:34 | ID: 138057

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D, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi all, Just wondering about how much I should expect to pay for replacement of rear automatic locking sensors. I have the warning light and researched the fault. One or both of the sensors need replacing. Any ideas how much this will be? Garage booked for tomorrow. Thanks D

Submitted: 10/01/2017 19:38:35 | ID: 138008

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Dave, Antrim

Vauxhall Meriva

Both front side lights are not working. I have changed the bulbs and checked the fuses and all are ok. However, I did notice two other bulbs in the sidelight well - both blue. Can anyone help because it is driving me nuts?

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It does seem to be more common than Vauxhall let on. I've had both RAC and AA attend - and they both know the trick - and both said: "Oh yeah, I've been to a few of these. These and Corsas" So I'm sure they know. The key, I think, is to have the car recovered to a dealer when the issue happens, instead of fixing it ourselves and thereby clearing the fault. Trouble is, it's never really convienient to do that is it. I just keep a 10mm ring spanner in the glove box now but if it happens at a time that I'm not too bothered I'm going to get the car recovered to the dealer to check when the fault is actually happening and with the immobilizer light on. Disappointing because otherwise I actually quite like the car for what I need. Lee from Staffordshire

Submitted: 08/01/2017 12:06:28 | ID: 137928

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Lee, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Intermittent non-start issue. Seems to happen once every 4 months - certainly occurred now 3 times in 12 months of ownership. Turn key and there's nothing - no engine crank but all lights on dash are fine, except for flashing immobilizer warning. So, if I disconnect the battery, touch the terminals together for about 30 seconds, then leave disconnected for about a minute and reconnect battery the car starts perfectly. I'm then left with codes for electric windows which I clear by opening and closing each window to reset one-touch action. So, it seems to me that there's some kind of issue with the ECU not clearing itself? All I'm essentially doing is a reset. Dealer checked it at MOT time but, obviously, all was working and couldn't replicate the fault. Anyone shed some light on what can be done? - other than pre-emptively flashing the battery/ecu once a month or so to keep it cleared down.

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This has happened 4 times with my 2013 Meriva bought from new. Did the battery terminal trick to get it started and the window codes appeared etc. The Vauxhall garage said they couldn't do anything as the computer memory had been wiped. This last time (today) I didn't touch it, called the AA who did the full diagnostic test. It show 1 fault in the central electrical system. Took the car to the Vauxhall garage to sort it out. They could find no fault in the system!!! I'm dis-pleased to say the least! Surely, if this has happened to many Meriva drivers then Vauxhall must have some clue as to what the fault is??? Sorry I haven't provided an answer to your question. Can anyone else help????? Chris P. from Devon

It does seem to be more common than Vauxhall let on. I've had both RAC and AA attend - and they both know the trick - and both said: "Oh yeah, I've been to a few of these. These and Corsas" So I'm sure they know. The key, I think, is to have the car recovered to a dealer when the issue happens, instead of fixing it ourselves and thereby clearing the fault. Trouble is, it's never really convienient to do that is it. I just keep a 10mm ring spanner in the glove box now but if it happens at a time that I'm not too bothered I'm going to get the car recovered to the dealer to check when the fault is actually happening and with the immobilizer light on. Disappointing because otherwise I actually quite like the car for what I need. Lee from Staffordshire Lee from Staffordshire

Sorry not got an answer but my sisters 13 plate 1.4se has got the same fault So she now also carries a 10mm spanner in her glovebox. John from Merseyside

Submitted: 04/01/2017 11:38:17 | ID: 137799

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luzuko, Zimbabwe

Vauxhall Meriva

Write your question here...how to start it quickly and resat engine

Submitted: 30/12/2016 07:04:02 | ID: 137679

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luzuko, Zimbabwe

Vauxhall Meriva

Write your question here...have a problem with start it has been standing for a week

Submitted: 30/12/2016 06:54:49 | ID: 137678

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alan mair, Moray

Vauxhall Meriva

My car won't run idol when the engine is cold but when it is hot its runs fine took it to garage put it on diagnostic only code was glowplugs got it fixed car still the same any ideas please

Submitted: 28/12/2016 22:19:02 | ID: 137657

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