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clive goddard, Essex

Vauxhall Meriva

my abs keeps coming on after I start to drive, also the traction control /electronic light keeps aluminating. any help will do.

Submitted: 19/07/2014 08:03:00 | ID: 99962

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Dawn, Peterborough

Vauxhall Meriva

Does anyone know which fuse is for the break lights? All other lights seem to work Fine except the breaks. ???

Submitted: 17/07/2014 17:18:31 | ID: 99869

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Stuart Crawford, Suffolk

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi. My Meriva B 2011 has a problem. The windscreen washers are not working (bottle full!) and boot release button is not working either. I think it may be linked but Vauxhall want £65 just to have a look! Does anyone know what I can do?

Submitted: 14/07/2014 11:38:35 | ID: 99639

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james, Kent

Vauxhall Meriva

The lug that holds the rear shelf has fallen inside the plastic cannot find it can anyone help me james thank you

Submitted: 09/07/2014 10:44:34 | ID: 99309

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anna, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi, I have a 54 plate 1.6 Meriva. With error code p0230. It runs till engine warms to normal temp, then it just switches off and won't start till its cooled again. Any suggestions how to fix this fault? I've read it is the fuel pump relay circuit - So how do I go about fixing this? What do I need to replace?

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Hi Anna , I'm assuming that you haven't worked on any vehicles before. The problem is your head gasket that has gone. I'm From South Africa and it cost me R280, also your cars head will have to be Skimmed (shaved). Best that i would suggest is if it is under warranty take it back to them. Good luck Craig Craig from South Africa

Hi Anna , I'm assuming that you haven't worked on any vehicles before. The problem is your head gasket that has gone. I'm From South Africa and it cost me R280, also your cars head will have to be Skimmed (shaved). Best that i would suggest is if it is under warranty take it back to them. Good luck Craig Craig from South Africa

Hi, no I haven't but my dad is a mechanic and said by the sound of it, it could be a possible ecu failure and that it is a common fault on these cars. I will be sending the ecu off to be checked soon, if my new fuel pump relay doesn't fix the problem. When it finally arrives. P0230 is fuel pump primary circuit malfunction - so how do you figure it's my head gasket that's gone? Thanks anna from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 04/07/2014 16:52:42 | ID: 98953

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shane, Hampshire

Vauxhall Meriva

My car`s speedometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge and rec counter stopped working when I drove down the road. I stopped the car and then restarted it and they were all working again. Does anyone know why they did this?

Submitted: 03/07/2014 18:23:23 | ID: 98910

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andy gittins, Shropshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Earlier and maybe more recent Merivas are reported as having at least two serious and potentially dangerous manufacturing faults; EPS and water pump failure seem to be the most reported. These failures will obviously result in big repair bills if they occur. Several respondents mention that Vauxhall has paid for rectification of these faults but apparently it depends on how old the car is. It would be interesting to know if there is a cut-off point regarding year of manufacture before which date the buyer of the used Meriva has no chance of redress if these faults occur. It would also be interesting to view any statistics regarding the incidence of such failures; are they rare or common occurrences?

Submitted: 03/07/2014 13:41:56 | ID: 98894

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Dave, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

I took two injectors out to replace copper seals, refitted them and now it won`t start. Any suggestions?

Submitted: 01/07/2014 13:39:52 | ID: 98800

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Amanda Patterson-Gregory, Antrim

Vauxhall Meriva

Meriva Exclusive CDTi Auto 2011 - not an estate When I start the car in the 'Drivers Information Centre' there are occasionally 3 identical lights which illuminates directly to the right of the P R N or D and I can not find them in the Owners Manual. Sometimes they go out quickly and sometimes remain for a while. Also sometimes only the middle one is illuminated. What they look like is difficult to explain - you could say they look like steering wheels or tires with almost like a NY Skyline behind. It would be greatly appreciated if you could you gave me an explanation and advice as to should I be taking any action because of these lights? With thanks and appreciation

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I would like to know as well please, it's well confusing? Stuart from Lancashire

I would say they are you rear seat safety belt warning lights james from Kent

I would say they are you rear seat safety belt warning lights james from Kent

Submitted: 28/06/2014 12:56:35 | ID: 98603

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Gabrielle, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.3TDI 2008 The oil light come on yesterday so i topped the oil up ,then the light went of for bout 45 minuets then its started flashing at me and now it stays on ive been to a mechanics and he said it will be the switch so ive changed the switch and bout 15 minuets later it did same again flashing then stayed on what else could this be the car has very high mileage could this have anything to do with it at all. thanks Gabrielle

Submitted: 18/06/2014 21:34:34 | ID: 97994

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william jury, Bridgend

Vauxhall Meriva

on the motorway over taking a car engine just cut out managed to pull over onto the hard shoulder waited for 5 mins it started back up driving fine no engine management light on the dash board this has happend 3 times since i bought the car in may any suggestions

Submitted: 18/06/2014 19:40:50 | ID: 97987

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robert maxwell, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

i have a 04 plate vauxhall meriva two days ago my driver and passenger electric windows have stopped working and then two days after they work and then colsed what is the problem

Submitted: 18/06/2014 19:15:07 | ID: 97985

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Jim.brosnan, Essex

Vauxhall Meriva

The mileage numbers have disappeared off the screen?

Submitted: 15/06/2014 20:35:26 | ID: 97749

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richard gibson, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi, I bought my car from a garage 7 weeks ago, within two hours of having it the lights and speedo dials went off and it was losing power. The garage sent it to have a new ecu, got it back and was working perfectly until yesterday when the symbol came up on the dashboard - a car sign with a spanner through it. It`s driving fine but I'm worried it will go into emergency driving mode again and I need the car for work. Is it safe / reliable enough to drive 10 miles today as it`s not in the garage til Wednesday? Many thanks

Submitted: 09/06/2014 10:28:51 | ID: 97272

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john, Cheshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Rear wiper seems to have stopped working, then decides to work. What could be causing this? Regards John

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CHECK THE WIRING BETWEEN THE CAR AND THE TOP OF THE TAILGATE,ITS PROBABLY BROKEN THROUGH OPENING AND CLOSING,THIS CAN ALSO CAUSE THE REAR LIGHTS TO MALFUNCTION TREVOR from South Yorkshire

CHECK THE WIRING BETWEEN THE CAR AND THE TOP OF THE TAILGATE,ITS PROBABLY BROKEN THROUGH OPENING AND CLOSING,THIS CAN ALSO CAUSE THE REAR LIGHTS TO MALFUNCTION TREVOR from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 09/06/2014 09:39:00 | ID: 97270

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Colin, West Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi I have just changed my 2011 1.6 Astra SE for a 1.4 Petrol Meriva I have been able to keep my mini spare wheel from the Astra the size of the wheels on both cars are 17inch wheels with 5nuts will the mini spare fit brake drum etc.

Submitted: 04/06/2014 11:50:21 | ID: 96872

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dawn, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a 2008 vauxhall meriva 1.6 design the emissions light comes on the error code is 0353 the light will go off for some time then comes back on & the car runs sluggish any ideas what could be the problem please

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Either the lambda sond is gone or the injection system needs to be cleaned. Had the same problem with my 1.4 l petrol Meriva 2008 6 months ago. The mechanic cleaned it first and added an additive in the tank, 20 euros total. The car has driven better, but the light has come on again. Then he changed the sond (110 euros,15 mins work) and now it works like a charm and the fuel consumption has dropped noticeably. He then advised me to change the fuel distribution post, saying that bad fuel over some time CAN cause this. Robert from Croatia

Submitted: 02/06/2014 15:23:10 | ID: 96728

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Joyce bates, Lancashire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi, I have a 08 design vauxhall mervia, does anyone know how to operate the manual air conditioning.

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You can go online and find a manual to download james from Kent

Submitted: 31/05/2014 20:42:52 | ID: 96619

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george taylor, Cumbria

Vauxhall Meriva

The service alarm of a car with a spanner through it keeps showing on my instrument panel ive pressed the menu button in, till 100% shows below the oil can. but this as not cleared the alarm ,is there out else I should do . thanks

Submitted: 31/05/2014 10:06:38 | ID: 96570

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P Paul, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Meriva

VAUXHALL MERIV 2004 1.7 cdti 2014 (54 ) What kind of a problem can it be ? My car EPS lights came on and steering gone harder? And does this car have a steering liquid top up option? or this car is a totally electric power steering? Thanks

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Phone Vauxhall customer services and tell them. It is a known problem highlighted on the BBC programme Watchdog 18 months ago. My wife`s 2007 Meriva did the same, I bought it trade with no warranty but Vauxhall checked it out and replaced the electric steering pump / column all free of charge. They should do the same for you, they don't class it as a recall because the problem wasn't in all the models as different steering columns were used in various manufacturing plants. Good luck. Nigel Barefoot from Devon

Submitted: 30/05/2014 20:49:09 | ID: 96555

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shirley, Angus

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi my meriva is pulling especially when am in second gear the maintainance light came on started flashing nkw its gone but my car is still pulling

Submitted: 29/05/2014 15:50:52 | ID: 96441

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Christopher moody, Cardiff

Vauxhall Meriva

Can't remove the rear light unit one of the fixing nuts just keeps turning and won't undo

Submitted: 29/05/2014 14:18:51 | ID: 96437

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Tomas Kelly, Cardiff

Vauxhall Meriva

I have lost the 'bleep' when using my left or right turn indicators or 4 way flashers

Submitted: 20/05/2014 22:31:01 | ID: 95813

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Tomas Kelly, Cardiff

Vauxhall Meriva

I have lost the 'bleep' when my indicators are operating left right or 4 way flashing

Submitted: 20/05/2014 22:28:04 | ID: 95812

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B Hampsheir, Kent

Vauxhall Meriva

My oil light keeps coming on but not all the time. oil checked and is ok. Any ideas?

Submitted: 20/05/2014 13:53:17 | ID: 95772

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David Sheldrake, Cheshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Does the 2010 Meriva B have a low fluid warning light/system for the washer bottle? I cannot find reference to one in the handbook.

Submitted: 18/05/2014 11:48:22 | ID: 95659

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katy, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

I am looking at a meriva to buy the problem it has is the indicator sticks and when it does the battery has to be taken out and put back any ideas in what that could be and a price on the work? Thank you

Submitted: 16/05/2014 21:59:23 | ID: 95599

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Phil Jones, Cornwall

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a problem with the central locking on the front passenger door and need instructions to remove the door panel

Submitted: 14/05/2014 20:05:29 | ID: 95526

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julie, Northamptonshire

Vauxhall Meriva

hi every now and again i get white smoke coming out the exhaust when you accelerate fast there is alot of smoke then after about 5 minutes its fine the car runs perfect even when its smoking

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The Meriva has a major problem with oil consumption, as I have discovered, and read in many other posts. It needs topping up very regularly, especially in hot weather. In a motorway traffic name, after you have been running, the temp rises and when you move away you emit a big cloud of smoke. It seems as if it is a design problem though it has been suggested that you clear the engine breather pipes (I don't know what they are either) and change to a hot climate oil - 10/40. I am going to try both. It is irritating though. peter smith from Essex

The Meriva has a major problem with oil consumption, as I have discovered, and read in many other posts. It needs topping up very regularly, especially in hot weather. In a motorway traffic name, after you have been running, the temp rises and when you move away you emit a big cloud of smoke. It seems as if it is a design problem though it has been suggested that you clear the engine breather pipes (I don't know what they are either) and change to a hot climate oil - 10/40. I am going to try both. It is irritating though. peter smith from Essex

Submitted: 12/05/2014 22:30:36 | ID: 95450

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Robert.petticrew@hotmail.com, Antrim

Vauxhall Meriva

The back centre brake light, is it a bulb or led light. How and what can be done to replace it?

Submitted: 11/05/2014 22:07:00 | ID: 95395

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Gabrielle, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi I started my car up today to find that my turbo is whistling out loud and there is no power from the turbo ?

Submitted: 09/05/2014 09:53:29 | ID: 95288

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brackstone, Suffolk

Vauxhall Meriva

My air intake hose keeps splitting, 4 in as many months, just where it goes on the throttle tube. It`s a 59 plate. Any suggestions?

Submitted: 05/05/2014 14:02:14 | ID: 95110

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Leroy, South Africa

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi there Everybody I was driving my wifes Opel Meriva 1.6 Comfort (SA) Vauxhaul in UK , up a hill all of a sudden lost power and could not shift gears as the gear stick feels floppy , there was also a smell like a burning clutch. I think i could be stuck in 3rd or 4th gear the gear i was in when this happened. I towed it back home and could drive the last bit into the drive way. My question is could this perhaps be the gearbox or if the clutch or the selector?

Submitted: 04/05/2014 07:17:58 | ID: 95052

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Alan, Northumberland

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a 54 plate 1.7dti Meriva - Can any one tell me where the lambda/oxygen sensor is located please

Submitted: 29/04/2014 17:51:46 | ID: 94882

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Mr Shaikh, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

do you know how to activate bluetooth in this model. I have tried many avenues but so far unsuccessful. also i i have GDI in my car but dont know to activate trip computer. Any advise please. I am so fed up that i thinking of change the car.

Submitted: 29/04/2014 10:40:30 | ID: 94869

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ray, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Meriva

The emissions warning light is on all the time. Any ideas what it could be?

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if your car is a diesel it may be the dpf needs cleaning out .. go on a run in 4/5 gear for about 40min..at 50mph should clean it out.. Stan Webb from Durham

Submitted: 27/04/2014 15:57:22 | ID: 94805

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Sue, Devon

Vauxhall Meriva

Was driving my car in a queue of traffic when it suddenly lost power all the lights on dashboard came on managed to pull to the side turned engine off took a few attemptes to restart car the the engine maintance ligh stayed on pull over when safe to do so let the car rest for a bit restarted it and it was fine any ideas to cause and next steps

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Did you get the answer to this as mine is doing the same? :( nicole from Yorkshire

Submitted: 25/04/2014 23:26:16 | ID: 94734

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b mcclennan, Northamptonshire

Vauxhall Meriva

does the 2010 vauxhall meriva 1700 cdti have a particle filter? i thinking of buying one

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I think it has Stan Webb from Durham

Submitted: 25/04/2014 19:04:50 | ID: 94720

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Laurence Bartley, Tyne and Wear

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi, does anyone have difficulty reading the oil level on the dipstick on 1.3 diesel. No matter how many times you wipe it its either too full on one side with nothing on the other, any ideas.

Submitted: 25/04/2014 09:31:29 | ID: 94683

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elaine shannon, County Londonderry

Vauxhall Meriva

I got my car service but how can I get the service light off I try the brake and press the button in dash for 10 sec but it didn't take if off. The service light come up when the temperature is over 80 thank you

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The service light needs to be re-set by a mechanic. The service light automatically illuminates when the service is due. If you had the service done before it was due then the light will still illuminate automatically and needs re-setting - 5 minute job. Gloria Jones from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 22/04/2014 15:39:34 | ID: 94558

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