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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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david hughes , Renfrewshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi can anyone please help why my radio won't pick up a signal any more I have tried another aerial and still the same sometimes it picks up a signal in certain areas very annoying could it be a bad earth any ideas would be great thanks david

Submitted: 21/12/2016 11:56:51 | ID: 137508

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Michael, South Africa

Vauxhall Meriva

Batery light stays on.do not want to start.all fuses ok.New starter altenator tested and is charging.what can be wrong?

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Hi, I had a non start problem on a 2010 1.4 petrol, turned out to be a "common problem", check the fuel relay in the box under the bonnet / engine bay. If the terminals are black and burnt it's a poor contact problem. Try cleaning them up if there not too badly pitted, you may need to replace it. I called the AA out, on mine they said a number of these had dodgy contacts in the relay box and told me to complain to the dealer it came from as this was something they see a lot of. So of course the dealer said they had never come across this before! I slightly bent the terminals on my relay so it became a tight fit to get it back in, and it never caused me a problem again. Hope this helps. Ken from Suffolk

Submitted: 19/12/2016 12:33:15 | ID: 137452

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Steven, Darlington

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi, problems with meriva 1.7 td heater blowing hot and cold all the time,new thermostat fitted water pump removed and checked and refited system flushed and pressure checks done at main dealers with no solutions. Dealers have no idea on faults any help please

Submitted: 07/12/2016 20:01:55 | ID: 137230

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Seamus, Greater London

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi I have had star in issues with my Vauxhall Mariva took it to Vauxhall said needed a new battery put battery in three months ago and same problems again if idisconnect battery then put it back on the car resets itself and it is ok again it seems like a sensor problem does anyone have any idea

Submitted: 06/12/2016 20:55:46 | ID: 137211

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john, Brazil

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi Guys Not really sure about the engine size . The other day while driving the vehicle , the oil light came on and the engine started knocking . within a few minutes the light went off and the sound too. This happened three times in a row , each time when the engine was cold . I took it to the dealership , they couldn't find anything . oil was full , filter looked good . I had them changed the oil and filter ,belts have been well maintained. The engine has 40,000 miles . Since driving it home it seems ok . I was thinking it may be the oil pump or maybe the sensor ? does the pump drive the sensor or the sensor drive the pump? thank you John from rio de janeiro

Submitted: 05/12/2016 22:07:09 | ID: 137194

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Abdul Kadir, Malaysia

Vauxhall Meriva

After fixing the clutch actuator, my mechanic puts back all the stuff and started the car. Car starts fine but got a new problem. The headlight, back light, parking light, wiper started to turn on and won't turn off even when ignition is off. Checked the fuse and few others to no avail. Please help. Thanks a lot. Abdul

Submitted: 03/12/2016 20:04:16 | ID: 137139

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stu, Northumberland

Vauxhall Meriva

cant find diognostic port.can any body help.please?

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The diagnostic port is under the handbrake behind the panel with the red light in it just prize of with a screwdriver Craig Griffiths from Derbyshire

Submitted: 01/12/2016 19:45:25 | ID: 137088

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Steven, Darlington

Vauxhall Meriva

Meriva b 1.7 td heating intermittent, blows hot and cold while driving and stand still thermostat replaced, water pump removed and checked and refitted, pressure cap replaced and coolant system flushed. Any ideas on any solution for this currently in a Vauxhall dealers?

Submitted: 01/12/2016 17:37:28 | ID: 137085

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Joe, Oxfordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

So, my coolant seems to be rapidly disappearing over a very short space of time. Can fill resevoir in the morning and it will be very low by the end of the day. Appears to be no obvious leaks that i can see without having the car on ramps. Oil level ok, engine running fine, doesnt seem to be causing the car problems but obviously coolant shouldnt be evaporating that fast. Thoughts??

Submitted: 01/12/2016 14:36:05 | ID: 137079

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Nicola Whaites, Somerset

Vauxhall Meriva

Put a new battery in my meriva 55plate, now the car try to start but not starting! We think there's no petrol getting in. The exellerator pedal has no resistance, I can easily push it to the floor. Ideas please

Submitted: 27/11/2016 07:22:23 | ID: 136990

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ken bradley, Cheshire

Vauxhall Meriva

told i have leaking water pump,vauxhall want £380.00 to replace,can i fix it with,radweld or similar,any thoughts,ken

Submitted: 21/11/2016 10:44:21 | ID: 136832

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Lynne Steven, Devon

Vauxhall Meriva

Please help am being driven mad. The door fault light with an exclamation mark is on constantly and this dreadful chiming is on all the time. Have tried everything I can think of.

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Same happened to our meriva. It was a faulty door lock on the drivers rear. Not a cheep fix unless you go for a second hand door lock. You will need someone to put a diagnostic meter to find out which lock needs replacing. To stop the chiming try turning the child locks on and then off on rear doors. This will last for a couple of trips before having to repeat. Paul Hughes from South Gloucestershire

Submitted: 19/11/2016 11:19:35 | ID: 136786

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mandisi vellem, South Africa

Vauxhall Meriva

I mistakenly switch battery terminals what problem can it couse its for 2min

Submitted: 18/11/2016 17:52:44 | ID: 136774

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brendon, Newport

Vauxhall Meriva

how do i change side bulbs on my mariva plz

Submitted: 09/11/2016 18:45:13 | ID: 136586

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eric, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi when I turn the engine off its making the noise as I have left some thing on like lights although I havent.

Submitted: 04/11/2016 10:02:29 | ID: 136469

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Andrew Vitler, Surrey

Vauxhall Meriva

After changing the brake light bulb. Code 16 still keeps coming on when I break. how can I reset this message.

Submitted: 03/11/2016 15:05:49 | ID: 136453

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Osaro Osadolor, Kent

Vauxhall Meriva

My partner's Vauxhall meriva was having battery problem, we have changed the battery but the radio and CD player is completely down, the sound from the signal light and other sounds is down as well, the screen display for radio, cd, time and others is down as well. please advise what we can do, the reg is KV60XMW.

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radio should have a code.if battery has been disconected has to be reset every time stu from Northumberland

Submitted: 30/10/2016 17:39:57 | ID: 136367

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Mick, Dorset

Vauxhall Meriva

LHS indicators not working, RHS work ok ,all fuses in passenger footwear ok what else can the problem be?

Submitted: 29/10/2016 17:29:36 | ID: 136340

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nathan, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

what does code 59/60 mean

Submitted: 22/10/2016 21:43:22 | ID: 136160

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John, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi my vauxhall Mariva is losing power on and off when warm if exhilarating normally in second and third gear and very heavy on petrol hope someone helps thanks john

Submitted: 20/10/2016 16:40:20 | ID: 136096

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miss hayward, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

I've a vauxhall media and the speedometer has stopped on 0mph. Any advice please

Submitted: 18/10/2016 19:24:23 | ID: 136055

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Donna, Cheshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have recently bought a 2011 Meriva 1.4 S. I was told it had air conditioning, but I do not think it has. I think it has an air climate control system but not air conditioning. Is this correct? Thanks

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If you pop the bonnet and look down into the engine bay, left and closest to your knees if it has Air Conn you'll see a cylinder just behind the bumper and tubes going in front of the radiator. Hope that helps. Deed from Berkshire

Submitted: 02/10/2016 17:38:08 | ID: 135665

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ronald, Merseyside

Vauxhall Meriva

my hazard lights come on and wont switch off ,having to disconnect battery terminal to stop it flashing What is causing it to happen!

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I have had this happen several times on both 04 and 08 plate Merivas. Local dealers suggested taking it to them (surprise surprise ) . I found out by accident whilst sitting in the car that if I tried to lock/unlock the doors with the remote with the door wide open the hazards went off. Mentioned this to main dealer but need not have bothered. gjay from Kent

Submitted: 02/10/2016 15:14:45 | ID: 135660

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Kate Hadley, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Was there any issues with the Vauxhall Meriva 57 plate 1.4 vehicle that were issued by Vauxhall ??

Submitted: 28/09/2016 20:11:27 | ID: 135556

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stuart hiscox, Bristol

Vauxhall Meriva

I have an alarm showing which is a small car with a spanner in it. I have had a engine check and electric check . all they found was 2 glow plugs where not preforming as they should do. do I have a problem

Submitted: 27/09/2016 14:39:18 | ID: 135512

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mike, Telford and Wrekin

Vauxhall Meriva

my rear lights not working. front lights ok

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After checking the fuses, and finding no fault check the rubber shroud that goes over the wiring that runs from the car through to the tailgate. When you lift the boot up it's the left side gaiter. You might be lucky and find the fuse is out or find it in the wiring going through to the boot. Good luck Deed from Berkshire

Submitted: 23/09/2016 12:19:33 | ID: 135393

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Robert Knight, Cardiff

Vauxhall Meriva

O n my Meriva 1700 cdtdi , when i am driving my dashboard lights are like a disco flashing on and off , the indicators,wipers ,and radio stop working as they flash , this only happens on occasions , and gradualy gets worse ,i have to disconnect the battery live and leave it a few minutes until the computer reboots and it will last for about a week or so then it it all starts again , any suggestions will be greatly appreciated , Thank you R.Knight .

Submitted: 21/09/2016 16:44:20 | ID: 135350

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Ryan, West Midlands

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a vauxhall meriva, only had the car a week! The battery light came on and the rev counter keeps dropping so had the battery and the alternator changed today, the battery light came straight back on and now the car seems like it will only start when it feels like it, and when it does start it drives fine but im loosing my speedo and rev counter again any idea's please as I'm going out of my mind?

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Hiya I'm havin exactly same problems with my Mervia and my mechanic thinks it's the ecg unit or something like that xx Kelly from Pembrokeshire

Submitted: 15/09/2016 20:26:34 | ID: 135196

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James Dunn, Northumberland

Vauxhall Meriva

Car starts no acceleration when you put foot on pedal

Submitted: 13/09/2016 22:25:38 | ID: 135165

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