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Vauxhall Vivaro consumer car reviews

F.PENCE, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2006 - 2014

5 star review

Again following on from my previous reviews, I have now owned my 2007 Vivaro Sportive for 7.5 years. In the last year I have put 2 new track rod ends on and a new driver`s side electric window regulator. This van has been the BEST commercial vehicle I`ve EVER owned. Every day it just starts and goes. Still powerful and good on fuel and looks as clean as the day I bought it. No problems with water leaking into the engine although I do check it after cleaning. Only real niggle is water pooling in the side load door footwell. I`ve replaced the main seal and top rain deflector but water still appears. It`s also not the aerial seal. I will find it eventually!! Probably going to keep it till it`s at least 10 years old.

Submitted: 2014-09-25 | ID: 103634

Warren Forster, County Fermanagh

Vauxhall Vivaro 2001 - 2006

5 star review

Electrical contractor using van six days a week. Bought 2005 van in 2009 with 76000 miles on clock. Going to mot on Saturday with 171000 miles done, spent £80 to get her ready. If it's broke I fix it and I haven't had to do that very often. FORD fix or repair daily. A ton in the back and 2 ton on a trailer, not legal but she can handle it with ease. Currently looking at 2014 model. Same model same colour same size engine. Looks good and I see the transit is trying to adopt same style.

Submitted: 2014-08-14 | ID: 101513

liam, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2006 - 2014

5 star review

So pleased with my Vivaro 2.0 115bhp 2008 I cannot fault it at all, plenty of power for a van, good mpg. I wanted to leave a review because when I was looking for a van two years ago I tried looking at forums and people seem to give Vivaros a hard time. Please take all reviews with a pinch of salt because the fact of the matter is when folks have issues with vehicles they just slate them rather than very happy owners like me shouting out and saying they`re a decent van! Just remember when looking for a Vivaro or any motor for that matter have a bloody good look at it get to know what you`re willing to buy. I`m always driving different vans/trucks and I must say the Vivaro is so much more like a car than van it will comfortably cruise down the motorway doing 90mph if that was allowed, yet I am thinking I might get a remap just to iron out the turbo lag. All in all a fantastic van.

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I totally agree with the above Liam writes in his post. I would like to add a tips for keep you satisfy whit your Vivaro for the future. A good advise is to go to the local dealer of Vivaro cars, and have them checked out that the water from the windshield does not flow into the engine compartment. If not, this maybe can cause you some problems in the future, if the day comes that you need to replace your injectors. Water makes corrosive reactions with the aluminium and with the steel made injector, and give your Vivaro dealer a hard time loosening the four diesel injector,and also rise the price for the repair, witch is a small normally, but can double the price in some caces. Such job of sealing the windshield drain can also be done by yourself, if you got the "spirit" for fix things . Remember to finish the job by taking a water test. Fill up a couple of buckets of water, and throw it on the windshield and check if it penetrates the engine compartment. If not, the job is probably performed correctly. - from Norway

I totally agree with the above Liam writes in his post. I would like to add a tips for keep you satisfy whit your Vivaro for the future. A good advise is to go to the local dealer of Vivaro cars, and have them checked out that the water from the windshield does not flow into the engine compartment. If not, this maybe can cause you some problems in the future, if the day comes that you need to replace your injectors. WSuch job of sealing the windshield drain can also be done by yourself, if you got the "spirit" for fix things . Remember to finish the job by taking a water test. Fill up a couple of buckets of water, and throw it on the windshield and check if it penetrates the engine compartment. If not, the job is probably performed correctly. - from Norway

Submitted: 2014-06-26 | ID: 98534

Dave Smith, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.0 cdti 115ps 2010

4 star review

I’ve had the Vivaro for nearly 4 years from new and it has done 123,000 miles. A wheel bearing was changed at 100k and gear linkage changed at 110k, as gearstick became stiff when changing gear. Sometimes on a cold start, one of the injectors sticks and it takes 10 seconds or so for engine to run properly. Other faults, the windscreen wipers judder. But all-in-all considering the mileage, it has been very reliable. I have kept it serviced to the recommended intervals of 18k. What I like about this van: the seats are comfortable, the stereo is great, the road and engine noise is pretty good. The engine must be one of the quietest van engines out there. It’s funny when I park next to a Ford Transit, I cannot hear my engine over theirs. It is pretty quick, it doesn’t feel that fast on acceleration but keeps pulling and easily goes into three figures even up slight gradients. We have three of these vans on our fleet and they have all done around 100k and they’ve all only suffered from minor faults. I know a lot of people say these vans are unreliable and perhaps we have been lucky but after 100k+ of serious abuse, ours have been almost perfect. I believe these vans used to be unreliable, but the newer ones are much better from 08 ish onwards. I normally drive on motorways and get between 37 and 40mpg with 300kg of stuff in the back. Negative points on the design, I feel the driving position could be slightly better, the passenger seats are a bit squashed, the interior plastics are tough but feel a little cheap at the same time.

Submitted: 2014-03-31 | ID: 93546

Ady, Norfolk

Vauxhall Vivaro 2012

1 star review

Owned a Vivaro 2012 from new and have had three major faults: intermittent non start hot and cold, but no cutting out whilst driving; chopping out of both front tyres right across tread and chattering/whining gearbox with loud road noise in cab in drive and free wheel. Been back to Vauxhall garage at least 9 times, but they say can’t find faults and just dish Vauxhall field remedies. First fault @7400 miles and 12000 miles to date.

Responses to this review

Hi did you ever find out why your tires were chopping as mine seem to be doing the same your info would be appreciated - from Kent

Submitted: 2013-12-18 | ID: 50078

Steve Wiltshire, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2012

1 star review

Had van for only 18 months, already had two radiators, new clutch slave cylinders and new set of injectors. Also Vauxhall’s service and customer care is awful. Never buying one again.

Responses to this review

Hi Steve Wiltshire, have you seen my review please respond - from Norfolk

Submitted: 2013-09-11 | ID: 50076

Ian Burnley, County Antrim

Vauxhall Vivaro 2012

4 star review

A great little van, but bad, bad, bad seating controls. The seat will go forward and back, up and down, but no tilt, which leaves my front legs numb after a few hours driving. Bad! Bad! Bad!

Submitted: 2013-07-21 | ID: 50073

Simon Wright, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2005

1 star review

I bought this van with 100000 on the clock and 4 years later and only 22000 miles extra I got rid of it because of never ending problems. Had issues with: power steering pump, 2 x gear link cables, broken back door handles, exploded clutch and alternator. The only good things were the comfortable ride, good handling and its decent engine.

Responses to this review

If you believe all the trolling or VW/Transit fan bile below, you will miss out on one of the best value for money workhorses on the UK’s roads. You will pass more vivaro/ traffics than any other brand and for good reason.....buy a good one with full history at correct price and enjoy it, buy cheap ex hire/ b.t and it will be a nightmare just like any other brand. - Danny Boy from England

Submitted: 2013-07-21 | ID: 50071

Pat Daly, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

1 star review

I have had this (ex BT) Vivaro for 2 years now and it’s got to be the worst make of van I have ever had. If you want a van don’t buy Vauxhall unless you have very deep pockets. Really, really bad.

Responses to this review

Ex B.T.........Nuff said! - Tightwad K from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 2013-06-30 | ID: 50074

Jamie, Cardiff

Vauxhall Vivaro 2009

5 star review

Bought my Vivaro brand new in 2009, it’s now done 37000 and is serviced every year. Only tyres and brakes have been changed. Never had a problem with it

Submitted: 2013-05-25 | ID: 50070

Wayne S, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro SWB Sportive 2005

5 star review

I cannot fault my van. I’ve had it since Sept 2005 and have done 212,000 in it. Ironically it broke down today, that’s why I’m on this forum. It seems to be a starter motor, which I can accept. I actually also took delivery of my brand new 13 plate Vivaro today, so the irony is massive! Seriously though, I cannot fault this, it’s had a clutch and regular servicing and the ball joints and other small bits and pieces, but it’s a van, it works hard and these things happen. I’ll never sell it now as the resale will be tiny, plus it’s grown on me and I’m sure it has a soul!

Responses to this review

Enjoy the best looking and driving van out there. - These vans get right up the noses of VW/ Transit fans – from Derbyshire

Hi, if you are here doing research prior to buying a Vivaro the best place to get honest opinions on ownership is at the VWT5 Forum, look for "why would you buy a Renault Trafic (same as Vivara) - Darren Jones from Berkshire

Submitted: 2013-04-06 | ID: 50066

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Colin McHarrie, Dumfriesshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2005

5 star review

Hi! The Vivaro I bought new in 2005 was honestly the cheapest and best van I have ever sat in. I also had it remapped and it was a racing car. Sold it to my mate 4 years later and it gave him some problems, but am going to have another one shortly.

Submitted: 2013-04-06 | ID: 50069

David Webber, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

1 star review

Absolute rubbish! I purchased it second hand in March 2011 with  57k miles on it. After a full service in Sept 2012 and only 68k miles on the clock, it started juddering the day I got it back from the service. A week later it kept shutting down when I accelerated. Vauxhall couldn’t spot whilst doing a full service it was in limp mode so I didn’t want to take it back there. I took it to a garage who said the injector was the problem so I took it to a injector specialist. He had a look and told me the injectors had corroded to the cylinder head, which cost me just shy of 3k and Vauxhall are denying all knowledge. Just to add insult to injury whilst doing the work I’ve found out the front of the van has been replaced due to a crash, which is the main reason the windscreen has leaked. The salesman told me when buying the van a good friend of his owned the van before. Failed to tell me that it had been in a crash. I paid £9400 to buy this van and have spent over 4k on it. Do not buy a vivaro! Absolute rubbish!

Responses to this review

Mate - the corroded injectors are due to a leaking seal on the panel that fits under the windscreen - it is a design fault - Mattwhite64@yahoo.com mine is the same age - Vauxhall paid half in the end for all four injectors and replaced the panel for free - BUT YOU NEED TO FIX THIS PANEL or it will keep corroding - Matt White from Hertfordshire

Most problems stem from water leaking onto engine. I checked mine and yes it has a couple of drips from the bolts holding the metal scuttle tray. They probrably all leak a bit due to a poor design. When I removed the 5 torx bolts holding the metal scuttle to the windscreen frame I discovered that it is overlapping the wrong way, this allows water to sit on the join and work its way through, it is only stopped by a cheap 5mm wide foam strip stuck on the black metal scuttle tray edge. So remove wipers, top plastic scuttle cover, wiper mechanism nuts and washers, wing nut heater support. Undo 5 torx bolts (easy), lift out steel scuttle. Remove useless foam strip, apply thick bead clear silicone along edge (dow corning) and rebolt to metal window frame, remove excess silicone. Refit as removed, wait for rain (won’t be a long wait). Check and discover a bone dry engine bay. No more worries regarding misfires or seized injectors. If they lapped scuttle behind window frame it would never have been an issue - Tim Dyson from England

Your van has been in a crash, so what do you expect? Again as always take the time to check it`s history, if it does not have one then walk away, like you would with any modern injected computerised vehicle. History, lots of old mot’s and average mileage should net a good van. If it looks rough outside then expect neglected mechanics. Oil/ filter every 12 months is vital and if it`s been missed then you take a chance, simple. Don’t blame the van for poor inexperienced buyer ie ragged at every opportunity and zero servicing and crunching gears and lots of scrapes = unloved, abused junk, even if it`s cheap as chips. Don’t buy a shed and then come here moaning that it`s broken, - you get what you pay for – Jeff Beck from London

Whilst the injectors are definitely problematic on these type of vans the injectors can normally be extracted, they’re mostly relatively straightforward so long as someone hasn’t sheared off the top. I do several of these & others around Boston, Lincs. most weeks for an immense amount less than £3k. If you get stuck relatively locally look me up on Google. Shaw Motor Services - Steve Shaw from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 2013-01-28 | ID: 50022

Jamdox mx, Hampshire

Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive 2012

2 star review

The gearbox oil must be changed every 5k, this will stop the main gearbox bearing from getting too hot!

Responses to this review

If you read reviews on Vito, VW, Transit you will see they all have their issues, none are 100% problem fee all of the time, as always it’s down to how the vehicle has been driven and serviced. A lot of negative comments on any vans are usually from bargain hunters who buy a cheap ex hire or fleet leased van or worst auction van and then come online to complain and exaggerate their problems to anyone who will listen to them. Well you can’t blame the van for those types of people can you. Vivaro best van on the road and amazingly cheaper new than most of its rivals when new - Richie Jones from England

Submitted: 2013-01-26 | ID: 50020

P Palmer, Hampshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

2 star review

I bought this van in 2007 after one previous owner and all was good until the van clocked 60,000 miles and after then problem after problem, even though I have it regularly serviced it. It’s had a new gearbox, clutch, ball joints, seized glow plugs, seized fuel injectors, electrical wiring probs, fuel filter seal split etc.,etc. Another annoying problem is that once starting the engine there is a 10-20 second delay before I can use the accelerator? After reading all these reports all suggesting the same problems I have decided to offload this van as it’s costing me a fortune in lost wages as I am self employed. I for one will not be buying another vauxhall van as there seems to be some major design faults especially regarding the fuel seals and fuel injectors seized in position.

Submitted: 2012-12-07 | ID: 50033

George Jean-Baptiste, London

Vauxhall Vivaro swb 2700 cdti 2007

3 star review

Just a tip that may be helpful: Leave a little diesel at the top of the engine, where injectors are located. The reason for this is that it will repell any water that may get down there. Could save you having problems removing injectors sometime in the future. It’s just a tip that I use.

Responses to this review

In the Navy, the small boat engines had a hard life in a wet and salty environment. We used to smear the injector body with copper grease when servicing these engines. Next time round, out they come no sweat! - Chris Thomson from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 2012-12-04 | ID: 50034

Matthew White, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

1 star review

I bought this van from new. It’s a great drive, handles like a car and I was very impressed until a few weeks after the warranty ran out; with just 54,000 miles on the clock the fuel pump decided to cease. After kicking off at Vauxhall (they are useless) they offered a 50% split in cost (still a £500 bill). After this it was never right, they had done something to the turbo that meant I had no turbo. A friend inspected the van and saw they had broken a pipe, but once fixed I had a fully working and great van again. Then about 6 months ago it juddered and within a few weeks was parked up outside, completely broken. Four mechanics later and not one could tell me the problem, so I contacted Vauxhall who I now hated (mainly as their customer service is really the worst I have ever encountered) and asked them for help. In fact I contacted their Chief Executive, Duncan Aldred direct to let him have an ear bashing about his rubbish products. After this Vauxhall sort of gave me some ’red carpet’ treatment (of sorts, truly, nothing magical). Anyway, after a week or so they checked it over and immediately pointed the finger at a company that has fitted a windscreen a year previously, but it also needed new injectors because sure enough it’s a swimming pool down there  (have Vauxhall not worked out that water and electric components don’t mix?), so they have seized in the head. So what caused the water leak? Well a week later we met with the windscreen fitters and after 20 minutes of finger pointing they were off the hook, it wasn’t them at all, it was a dodgy seal. Under the windscreen is a ’foam seal’ that runs the whole length of the windscreen and acts, or at least is supposed to act, as a barrier to keep water out of the engine - well this failed. This is the problem that the majority of Vauxhall Vivaro owners who are left with a spluttering piece of rubbish are having; it causes injector issues as the water destroys the solenoid and who knows what other problems it causes? As things stand today 21/11/12 Vauxhall have admitted that water ingress is due to the cowls ’sponge seal’ (I know, sponge seal uh? You couldn’t make this stuff up!) so I am one step in the right direction. They have admitted that the injectors have seized because of this and as a consequence, as my van is out of warranty, they will pay 50% of a £4,300 new engine (at cost - aww aint they nice) BUT the fact remains that its their sponge seal that causes water to ingress...so what do we have here folks? A product that is UNFIT FOR PURPOSE... I would implore everyone that has one of these ’nice when it works, but rubbish when you have to ask Vauxhall for anything’ type of van, to check fo water ingress regularly. You can do this by just pouring a watering can over the windscreen with the bonnet open and just watch...if it’s leaking you will see it trust me. If anyone is having the same problem with seized injectors and you’re going privately to get the problem fixed, ask yourself who is responsible for that? Because the answer is Vauxhall. If enough of us get at ’em then they will admit liability. I’m almost there, but they still want to hit me for a £2,000 plus bill. I want it for free with a big apology as if not I will be claiming for having a product that is useless and unfit for purpose - less than 5 years old and battered ’cos of a dodgy seal that is totally unfit for its intended use. I would never ever buy one of these vans ever again. I envy the success stories of the owners that have had them with 190,000 miles on the clock and no problems. I think the van and Vauxhall are useless, however, at the moment I am getting resolution to why my product failed, so that at least is something. Peace and don’t be silly buying a Vauxhall!

Responses to this review

Hi Matthew. I have been removing these injectors for over two years now for private customers and Vauxhall dealerships. You can find our details on www.sharpautos.co.uk - Sharp Autos from Berkshire

I was looking to buy a Vivaro, or traffic to convert into a camper van, but after reading the reviews {horror stories} I think I will be getting a Toyota Hiace.Vauxhall hold your head in shame... - Graham Smith from Lancashire

What a crock of rubbish, it amazes me that someone can sit and write such bull, it`s clear you`ve never owned a Vivaro but still go on to slate it hoping the chavvy Transit might regain it`s crown again. Envious VW/ Tranny owners forget it, look at the van coming towards you. I bet it`s a Vivaro, - enough said – Frank James from England

Toyota Hiace, that`s an ugly nugget, it will be a little cramped as a day van. Avoiding a van because a few oddballs have said they own one and have had lots of problems is retarded, I use my own judgement on whatever I want to own. I might use comments to get a general idea of what might go wrong if servicing is skipped or any niggles, but overall I choose what I want as I have my own mind. These comments could be from rival brands/ dealers or envious Transit owners. Well I`d be gutted having a Toyota on the drive when I could have had a much nicer van like the Vivaro. Going by some ludicrous comment regarding clutch needing to be replaced at 85,000 miles, my god did they think it was going to last forever? - If it`s had a life of short stop start driving then y from Bedfordshire

If you are simple and listen to the scaremongering advice here and then go on to avoid buying one of the best vans out there, then you are as guilty of Muppetry as they are. All modern vehicles have there foibles and that includes VW. If you avoid the abused ones then you will have a great looking vehicle that enhances your business, it`s worked wonders for mine. I owned a Vivaro for over a year and no horrors so far. If I`d listened to the scaremongers on the net I`d never have bought an Alfa and 5 years on it still goes like stink and has been redlined for the past 50,000 miles. No rust, - no bills just a fantastic stunning car and the same g from Buckinghamshire

No need to use words like oddballs and retarded. I think this says more about you than anything else - Graham Smith from Lancashire

Oddball? Never owned a Vivaro? Well I don’t mind what you call me at all - make your own choices - I wrote a review not because I want to particularly knock Vivaro’s - I wrote a review to warn anyone that they have a flaw - namely 2007 - 2009 models on the cowl panel - if you love having flaws then get one immediately. Call me what you want - buy a Vauxhall if you want - AKA do what you want :) Aka I don’t really care - I will never ever buy a Vivaro again - if you want to call me names for that it just makes m from Hertfordshire

Calm down girls, I own a Vivaro and VW van and both have their small niggles from time to time. Vans are work horses and have a hard life so no matter what you choose it will need maintaining. Ciao - Dave Johns from Bedfordshire

I had exactly the same leak. It cost me a recirculation motor. When I had to replace my glow plugs, one was corroded in. A specialist bloke got it out no problem. I also had the no accelerator response symptom, always when there was rain and sometimes in the cold weather. Since sealing the scuttle panel as per Vauxhall owners network guide I have not had the accelerator issue at all. I would own another vivaro, it is a pity Vauxhall don’t address the design defect. It is best to seal the panel yourself when you first get the van to prevent any possible issue in the future due to something so simple failing. - Carlos Fandango from Cardiff

I will not even sell them , Vivaro Traffic Or Primastar ... I really don't need the grief but what do I know only ever sold a few thousand vans? ...... Don't take the opinion of the one happy owner , take the opinion of the guy that has a fleet of them and can't wait till he can get away from them . Yes you may be the odd owner that has one and has been very lucky but they are the cheap option option to a Transit , VW , Citroen Or Peugeot for a reason . Just to add I run a fleet and there isn't one of the three options from Luton on it and never will be !! - from Hertfordshire

I will not even sell them , Vivaro Traffic Or Primastar ... I really don't need the grief but what do I know only ever sold a few thousand vans? ...... Don't take the opinion of the one happy owner , take the opinion of the guy that has a fleet of them and can't wait till he can get away from them . Yes you may be the odd owner that has one and has been very lucky but they are the cheap option option to a Transit , VW , Citroen Or Peugeot for a reason . Just to add I run a fleet and there isn't one of the three options from Luton on it and never will be !! - from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 2012-11-27 | ID: 50038

F Pence, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive 2007

5 star review

Again, following on from my previous two reviews here, I am still getting on very well with this van. I have owned it for just over five and a half years, and it still hasn’t let me down. It is serviced regularly, and driven respectfully. However, it still has to earn its keep! Front pads were changed at 50k, other than that it’s just tyres. It has developed a slight knocking when going over bumps and I am expecting it to be a track rod end or bottom ball joint (worse case, a worn steering rack end). It’s not good reading some of the other reviews about this vehicle, but I have to say, that mine has been great, and would be buying another one if it wasnt for how lush the new Transit custom looks! (Mmmm nice!)

Responses to this review

Your one of the lucky ones - when these vans work they are great -  ’Im sure that some of the vans suffering with water ingress causing problems in the engine bay is design related - if your not having issues - I would check your engine bay area every week and when you first notice water ingress (if at all - it could just be a bad batch ... mines a 2007 so I’ve heard that these have issues with water ingress) then I would replace the leaking cowl. Mine was bought from new - wish I was you with a fully working van :) Vauxhall have had mine for 10 weeks now - offering me a new engine as the best course of action at a base cost of £4,300 off which they will pay half - very generous off them, after all the van is a staggering 5 years old :/ I will be claiming a design flaw - see what they say - Peace - Matthew White from Hertfordshire

Hi, as for the knocking noise check top strutt bearing injector problem - is common on these but good to know how to fix. I have had 1.9 Vivaro for over 5yrs and it hasn’t had the easiest of life but been the best van. I’ve had good on fuel and comfortable every year it needs bottom suspension arms track rod ends. I bought it 6yrs ago 52 plate with 22000 and has now got 105000. Replaced cambelt twice, only just done and the clutch was done last year other than that the alternater and rear calipers and wheel bearings. I’M HAPPY WITH MINE BUT I KNOW THEY HAVE ISSUES BUT SHOW ME A VAN THAT DOESN’T.THE MAIN THING IS THAT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF VIVARO TRAFIC AND PRIMASTERS OUT THERE SO YOU WILL GET SOME BAD ONES - Micky Waen Jones from Denbighshire

Submitted: 2012-11-25 | ID: 50048

Lloyd Rose, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

5 star review

Bought brand new. I got 90,000 miles before I changed the brakes and tyres plus rear shocks and bearings, but I do tow a caravan 4000 miles each year, so I put it down to that. The hand book says change timing belt, but found out it hasn’t got one it’s chain driven, so money saved! Oil changed every 9000 by Kwick fit for £50; I can’t buy oil that cheap and they dispose of the old oil. I just change the air and fuel filter myself. Would I buy a new one? What for? I still have a million miles left on this one! One problem is the dash board lights that illuminate the heater controls do blow, but I can change them in 5 minutes and they are only 10p each.

Submitted: 2012-11-17 | ID: 50037

Cal Grant, Dumbartonshire

Vauxhall Vivaro SWB 2009

4 star review

Bought with 7K on the clock. Perfect to drive and fuel economy good. At 40K a misfire/judder indicated to me that there was an injector fault. The dealership couldn’t have been any better; injectors were jammed in and couldnt be removed, so a new engine was fitted within two weeks. Ran for another 20K without any issue. Now purchasing another, but LWB this time. I don’t drive hard and always service to the schedule; if you overload and drive it like a race car you will destroy them, just like any other van or car

Submitted: 2012-11-11 | ID: 50036

Martin the Bricky, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro swb 115 2.0 2008

2 star review

Don’t buy a Vivaro, buy a Transit for stress free motoring. Vauxhall Vivaros may look good but they are no good, they are cheap for a reason. There seems more unhappy owners and more problems than any other make of van. I’m sat at home while my 08 gets endless problems fixed. I will be getting a big hammer to it shortly. Take note, DON’T BUY ONE!

Responses to this review

Transits are a lot worse, read what Transit owners think of their van on this forum. Not just outdated and rusty but also poorly engineered. DON’T BUY A TRANSIT UNLESS YOU ARE A GYPSY OR CHAV... Vivaro pure class - Mike Harwood from Cheshire

Hey Dude, I’m a Gypsy and I drive a Vivaro. Less of the racist comments bud, feel free to slag off Chavs - Bryan Higgins from Warwickshire

Submitted: 2012-10-11 | ID: 50029

Bill Ashby, England

Vauxhall Vivaro LWB Minibus 2010

4 star review

Mine is a taxi and bought with much anxiety after owning an indestructable Toyota Hiace, BUT it’s doing good. The body build quality is a bit ’iffy’ in places, but it’s all held together so far, no bother, so what the hell. Standard model with steel rims for bumping up kerbs and less electronic gizmos was a good choice. Run it on super diesel and change the oil and filter twice as often as recommended (10,000miles). I’ve had no trouble in 90,000 miles in 20 months. I run it on super diesel for three reasons, (1) It doesn’t smoke at all and passes the twice-annual council MOTs without any worry (2) I reckon these engines are tuned to excess like a racing horse (rather than work-horse Toyota) and race horses need the best food (3) In the long run, making the the incredibly expensive fuel system parts last a bit longer is far cheaper than the additional cost of super diesel. Easy, comfortable and quick to drive. Can’t fault the Vivaro so far....watch this space!

Submitted: 2012-10-07 | ID: 50032

T Williams, Wales

Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive 115 2007

2 star review

I bought the a 2007 (57) Vivaro SWB Sportive in 2009 with a full Vauxhall Service history and 28k on the clock. It is a very pleasant drive although even living out in the sticks as I do I struggled to get anywhere near the official MPG figures. I get usually around the low 30’s and I am pretty careful. The problems start the moment you feel a mis-fire. In 2010 I felt the engine judder often and the problem, as it turned out was a faulty injector. No big deal right? WRONG! The head of the engine is designed like a swimming pool and the design of the windscreen etc., allows water to get onto the head. This means that the injectors being a different metal to the alloy head effectively weld themselves to the head. My garage took hours and hours and enormous amounts of pressure to get ONE injector out. The replacement injector which was £350 alone that however solved the issue. 18 months later it has happened again and this time they can’t budge the injector at all. The local Vauxhall dealer has no way to remove the injectors either (they have 4 vans with same problem), meaning a huge repair bill to remove the head, which means breaking the other 3 injectors; the bill is likely to be upwards of £3k. Terrible piece of design, Vauxhall have a major problem on their hands as these vans age, but they refuse to admit anything is wrong. This is not a serviceable part, it is bad design.

Responses to this review

Hi, I’m having the same issue: A few months ago my van juddered heading uphill and over the next three weeks slowly came to a standstill where he was lucky to get 15mph out - after kicking off with head office (my van is a 2007 plate) they have ’admitted’ that the problem is a sponge seal that sits under the windscreen and acknowledged that this causes the injectors to become seized - I haven’t won yet but they have had my van 9 weeks and from initially saying they wouldn’t pay anything they are now offering a 50% split on a new engine supplied at cost (£4,200) the cowl with the ’faulty seal’ is being replaced for free - I am suggesting that this is a design fault and Vauxhall actually acknowledge that they have no maintenance programme for the seal and that it shouldn’t need to be replaced. One technician actually stated that it is because we get so much rain in the UK??? WTF??? Anyway - I’m sticking by my guns as this is definitely a design FLAW and I would keep all your invoices and make a claim - incidentally did you fix the leak in the cowl as it will just do the same thing again and again... Peace - Matt White from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 2012-09-28 | ID: 50027

Denis Reeves, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2012

1 star review

Within the first week there was a pipe hanging down under the driver’s seat and at 5,000 miles it had gear box failure (fifth gear replaced) due to a faulty locking ring. At 5,500 miles the fuel sender switch was found to be faulty and had to be replaced. At 6,100 miles the ignition switch failed and I was told it would take two weeks to replace as it was coming from France - I could walk to France in two weeks! Do not buy one. Previous vans x3 all well over 100,000 miles with no breakdowns, not one.

Responses to this review

I’ve owned pretty much every brand of van over the last 20 years and the Vivaro has been no different to own than any of the others, apart from one thing, it is the most comfortable drive of the lot. I`ve had Astra van x2, Nisan Urvan (excellent), Fiat Scudo (okay), Transit (crap) , VW crafter (DMF problem), Vivaro 1 Year. Had no problems apart from the rear brake light bulb failed, rear door latch needed adjusting (I’m fussy), oil and filter and that`s it. But then I wouldn’t buy a used van unless it was mint, I’d rather pay a bit more and save the headache of constant trips to the menders. No such thing as a bargain, - some people never learn – Mark White from England

Submitted: 2012-07-13 | ID: 50018

G Fenton, Scotland

Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive 2007

1 star review

Leased this van from new on a non maintenence 5 year plan. Disaster! Two weeks after the 3 year warranty expired, the van needed the first of three new engines with 4 completely stuck injectors and each new engine lasting only a couple of weeks (mileage at this point was only 61k).The van was off the road for a total of 19 weeks. The cost of repairs came in at £7500. Vauxhall eventually agreed to pay 70% as a goodwill gesture. The water still needs to be filled on a daily basis and Vauxhall don’t know why! The gearbox now needs replaced too. This van has been an absolute nightmare. Never in a milion years would I recommend a vauxhall van. Disgraceful!

Responses to this review

Best stick to your Transit then – Den Williams from Huntingdonshire - from

Well best stick to your heap of junk Transit van then. These Vivaro vans are everywhere and outnumber the previous top seller ie Transit. Some used examples have a hard life and if you buy one of these examples then expect a miserable time. A hire van will be thrashed to within an inch of it`s life, so expect a pile of dung after a few years, - same goes for any ex hire rubbish – Darren Brown from London

Submitted: 2012-06-30 | ID: 50015

Peter Gausden, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 CDTI 2002

5 star review

Bought the van 4 years ago with 120,000 miles on the clock. Had it serviced every year and ran for 3 years without any problems. In November 2011 the air mass meter failed and now the gearbox has developed a bearing rattle and a whine in 3rd and 4th gears. The van has now covered 149,000 miles. I find the van very economical and very responsive even in 6th gear. I will buy another if I need to replace it.

Submitted: 2012-06-04 | ID: 50014

Sean, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vivaro SWB 1900 2005

1 star review

I bought this van with only 60,000 on the clock and very tidy looking. In three years it’s done an extra 22,000; it’s been off the road for over a year costing me a fortune in lost earnings. It’s had a new turbo costing £550, a new battery at £150, a new master clyinder at £150, a new slave cylinder at £675, a complete head rebuild costing £1300 (top) an engine rebuild (bottom half) costing £1400, a new clutch at £680 and now the gear box needs repairing at around £600 - £800! It has nearly put me out of business and so it’s now being sold for spares and repairs. Beware!!

Submitted: 2012-04-11 | ID: 50013

Neil A, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

2 star review

I own a 57 plate Vivaro and the only problems I have had was with 3 injecters that needed to be replaced at 28,000 miles at a cost of £1,500. Perry’s of Canterbury, Kent paid 90% towards the repair even though I was 1 day out of warranty, I was a lucky person. Just complain and say you will protest outside and show some courage and they soon sort it out. They earn loads and don’t want any bad publicity.

Submitted: 2012-01-13 | ID: 50063

James Watson, Berkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro LWB 2002

1 star review

I have a 2002 long wheel base Vivaro. Where do I start? I have had the van for two years now and it’s going on the 7th of Jan 2012 and good riddance! It has always been serviced, oil levels checked etc., etc. In the two years I have owned it I have spent £1000’s repairing it. To start with the gearbox failed, traditionally third gear first and then totally failed. It was recovered to Vauxhall for repair, then three weeks later the brand new box failed. It was again recovered back to Vauxhall who tried to blame poor driving for the failure (but that’s another story). After the gearbox problems had been sorted, the clutch failed. The van had only done 60,000 miles at this point. After this everything ran smoothly for a while, until one afternoon, the turbo started to over run. In stand still traffic, the van started to pump over 6000 revs and the key wouldnt shut it off. The only way was to stall it, but by this time the turbo was cooked. I thought that this was the end of my Vivaro, however I had it repaired by a small company and not Vauxhall with their astronomical bills. 6 months plain sailing, shortly followed by the power steering pump failing. Re-booked back into Vauxhall, 3 days later and £400 lighter my van was returned to me. Not even a week later, I pull off the motorway slip road to be surrounded by white smoke and a very rich burning smell. All the oil from the power steering had leaked through the alternator, leaving it to slowly cook itself. I was told by an independent garage that this could and should have been cleaned to prevent it after the leak. Now the speedometer has packed up. ECU light comes on as you go over 50mph. This was the straw that broke the camels back. I will never own another Vivaro, or Vauxhall/Renault for that matter. Not only do the vans appear to be poorly constructed, not much can be said for the Vauxhall/Renault service centres. Back to Ford for me!!!

Responses to this review

Hi, reading your report on your failed Vauxhall, I read that you had a power steering pump replaced then failed again power steering fluid leaking into alternator. As I understand, I have a astravan and a friend in a Vauxhall garage, the alternator/power steering pump packed up, made it into the garage and was advised the replacement would be somewhere in region of £450-£500 just for a replacement part and fitting, due to a friend working there who was able to ring. Vauxhall explained that there was a big number of the same fault coming in and they reduced the price of the new alternator/steering pump and I ended up paying just over £200 all in. What I was going to tell you this is - as I understand - a common fault of all Vauxhalls with this alternator/steering pump. When your alternator steering pump failed originally and replaced, why should you have the final power steering oil fault when this item is one part, seems to me it was either badly fitted or not a new/reconditioned part. The garage who originally replace should be responsible which does not help you in the meantime. I was looking at the site to see what Vivaros came up like, but it looks like I might be sticking with the Astra I have as that is the only fault so far. My father was a vehicle mechanic for Vauxhall and from him have learnt a little overtime, all the garages I have had experience with do not seem to carry out work properly ,but you often have trouble making your views known. Good luck with your new choice - Stephen Lyon from Bedfordshire

Hi mate, my van has done the same thing. On its own it revved to 6000 and I had to stall it to shut it off like yours. What was the problem with yours and at what cost? Thanks - George Harrison from England

Submitted: 2012-01-02 | ID: 50060

Andrew Siddle, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2006

1 star review

I bought a low mileage van with full service history. The EGR valve went, then the power steering pump went and next the injecters played up (but they get seized so new head). A great drive and comfy, but such a shame as they suffer so many silly problems. I have just changed it for a Toyota Hiace, which is a bit basic but a lot better. Would I have a Vivaro again? No!

Responses to this review

Hi, just wondering why you replaced egr valve as having trouble with my van (lost power drastically). I’ve been told it could be egr valve, any ideas as I’m at my wits end - Colin Garratt from Denbighshire

Submitted: 2011-12-12 | ID: 50064

Colin Barrett, Isle of Anglesey

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 Sportive 2004

2 star review

I bought mine with about a month left on the three year warranty and 33,000 on the clock. The timing belt broke, but Vauxhall did not want to know and it cost me £1700 to put it right as the head has to be replaced as you cannot get steel injectors out of a aluminium head. Guess what? It had to have another new head at 55,000 miles on the clock; the same problem steel injectors aluminium head the first garage had put an after market head gasket on instead of a genuine Vauxhall head gasket. It fell apart and started overheating. Disappointed? Yes! If it’s going to go wrong it’s expensive.

Submitted: 2011-09-11 | ID: 50052

Tight Scotsman, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.0 CDTi Hitop (Converted to Camper) 2900 LWB 2006

4 star review

I bought my van as a camper conversion with one previous owner at 6months old. It had been used as a day van, selling electrical parts up/down the country and I picked it up with 39k on the clock. I have never had any trouble with it and it is still on the original tyres at 49k. It passed its 1st MoT with flying colours. On its 2nd MoT it needed front pads, but the 3rd MoT it again passed with flying colours. Although I dont use it every day like most of you guys on here, I have never had any squeaks etc., from under the bonnet. All in all it is the best van I have ever driven and I have been behind the wheel of nearly all of the vans on this planet! Luckily for me, I think by looking around most of the online forums the 06 registed vivaro`s have all escaped with very little mechanical issues. I think this van will see me out until I take that first step to my grave lol!

Submitted: 2011-09-11 | ID: 50051

John Windows, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

4 star review

I bought this van 1 year ago. It had been well looked after before I got it and that’s the key with these vans. I’ve had a few now and apart from usual wear and tear items they are a good van. The only thing that lets them down is the gearbox. I’ve had the Master Vivaro and Nissan vans and their boxes always go; it starts with 3rd gear normally then just gives up. I’ve found a company in Hertfordshire that exchanges or recons yours called Abbey Auto Transmissions. I have had a few of these vans now and would recommend them, you just have to make sure it’s been well serviced.

Submitted: 2011-08-16 | ID: 50053

Tony Firman, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 115 PS. Fridge. LWB 2008

5 star review

Further to my earlier review the van is now on 196K miles and about to be serviced. All I have had to replace is tyres, pads, front discs, one wheel bearing, nearside track rod end and rear door lock-under warranty. Van still travels 1700 miles a week on a mix of country roads and motorway-over a period of 2 years. Van still returning 34 mpg average and uses no oil between services. I have been told to expect clutch failure at 220K miles. I plan to replace it next Summer when it is on 250K. Of course one can only speak as one finds.

Submitted: 2011-08-14 | ID: 50054

Inderjit Shoker, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

1 star review

I will never buy another Vauxhall so long as I live. The Vivaro is rubbish. I would rather catch the bus, atleast I would get some where.

Responses to this review

Well if you buy a shed and expect trouble free motoring then you`re better off on public transport. I`m guessing though that you are a Transit fan. No vehicle, not even Honda will get to every service without needing some other maintenance outside of the schedule and to moan about a used van that may have been thrashed year after year by it`s owner and heavy gear changes when the box is cold, ie, driven unsympathetically for 40,000 miles and needs work, is ridiculous. This applies to all vans, not just Vivaro’s. Most knackered Vivaro’s were probably driven by ex Transit owners so what do you expect? - Burt Tees from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 2011-08-02 | ID: 50058

Bruce Knight, Hampshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2009

1 star review

I can’t understand why one review is awful and the next praising the vehicle into the sky. Please accept the fact that just about all products, including the entire car and van industry are now produced using components that are the cheapest, shoddiest, ultra low quality garbage you can get, and no matter what the make, its going to be c**p. If you get away with having only a handful of problems from new, then you’re the lucky one. My advice is buy new on a 2 year cycle and have all major cost items covered by the 2 year warranty. Then you can thrash it into the ground and have the company pay for parts and labour.

Responses to this review

Easy, the one praising is the Vivaro owner. - The one slating is the Transit owner – John Barnes from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 2011-07-28 | ID: 50055

F Pence, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive 2007

5 star review

To follow on my review of 2 years ago. I am still ’very’ pleased with this van! I use it daily in the construction industry and it has yet to let me down. I’ve had it 4 years now, and it has been the most reliable commercial vehicle I’ve had in 20 years of driving them! The residual value is very good as well. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another.

Submitted: 2011-07-22 | ID: 50057

Gareth Thomas, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vivaro sportive/double cab/crewcab 2008

4 star review

Bought mine new in Nov 08. Everything was all right until 14000 miles, when it got a bad clutch rattle and a sort of tinkling noise from engine under accelleration. I took the van back from where I bought it from, and all I can say is I would not give them a push chair to look at! This went on and on for several months. Milage now at 21000 and still no joy although the tinkling sound was cured for a couple of weeks, but that was it. I’m completly disgusted with the service from the dealer and customer support. A work colleague advised me to take it to another dealer and within 1-5 hrs they said the gearbox had to come out and the clutch was noisy, which was done under warranty. They are still trying to find the source of the tinkling noise on accelleration, but I can’t complain as they’re pulling out all the stops at the mo. All said and done this is an excellent van for what it does, I just wish Vauxhall customer care was better.

Responses to this review

I too have a Vauxhall Vivaro with a tinkering noise coming from under acceleration. Did you find out what the fault was with your and if so, what was it? Any light shed on this would be helpful - Jay Kee from England

Submitted: 2011-07-06 | ID: 50010

Julie Hill, Surrey

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

1 star review

Lovely looking van but rubbish; auxilary belt went after a few months, back door lock has broken twice, the air con is still trying to be repaired after three weeks and the alternator has gone.

Submitted: 2011-07-01 | ID: 50012

Wayne, Somerset

Vauxhall Vivaro 2005

1 star review

Nice looking van, but boy oh boy, when they go wrong they go wrong!!! Purchased the van when only one year old, so still under the 3 year warranty, only 30,000 miles when purchased with service history paid £9,995 in 2006, had 3 years almost with no trouble! but when the van reached just over 3 years old and the warranty ran out my trouble began!! At 43,000 miles the timing belt snapped, costing around £1,500, then at 47,000 miles clutch went costing,£700, then at 50,000 miles the timing belt snapped again, on 24-05-2011, so another £1,500 to be spent!! Two timing belts gone. Wont go back to the garage who did all the work with the first timing belt, as only lasted 7,000 miles and it snapped again, but out of their one year warranty. It’s the van or a string of bad luck!

Responses to this review

That could have happed to any van. It`s obvious, - change your garage to one that can actually change cam be from England

Submitted: 2011-05-25 | ID: 50003

Stuart Knowles, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

2 star review

Nice looking van, but the 2.5cdti has a major flat spot that made it dangerous pulling out onto roundabouts. Got a chip that has helped, but it is still there. Would not recommend.<br /><br />

Submitted: 2011-05-21 | ID: 50005

Phill Wildman, England

Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive SWB 2006

2 star review

Yes the Bluetooth is great when you need to call the AA out again, and the nice CD Radio to listen to while your waiting for them to rescue you! I have had two of these vans, a 2002 model and a 2006 model. Both have had problems, gearbox, 3x clutches on this last one, Exhaust manifold, turbo, air mass meter, suspension, brakes. I have a roof rack on, it averages 30mpg over the past 70,000 miles. Mine looks fantastic with chrome bull bars all round, and alloy wheels, and very comfy to drive, but too much time off. Would I buy another one? No.

Submitted: 2011-05-13 | ID: 50007

Richard C, Shropshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 CDTI 2005

5 star review

I love these vans. This is now the second one I have owned. The first was an 03 plate 1.9dti. I ran this for 2 1/2 years (and 95000 miles) without a fault - just the servicing costs. The second is a 55 plate 1.9cdti which has now done 220000 miles. It ran perfectly upto 190k then blew the slave cylinder - £800 bill, but after that many miles, you have to expect something to go wrong. The only other faults I have had since have been a faulty MAF sensor (£39 from ebay including the postage) and the fuel pipe between the filter and the injector pump rubbed a hole in it - £5 from the local motor factors to fix that one. Over the 320000 miles I have done in these vans I have averaged 40MPG and I have a heavy right foot (love scaring porche owners who can’t drive!). It’s just been written off by the insurance company, so I am on the look out for another one.

Submitted: 2011-05-03 | ID: 50006

Dan Brown, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro di 1.9 2002

4 star review

Own a 51 plate early 2002 vivaro di 1.9. Am second owner of the van and was bought off a friend. Gearbox went 2 years before I bought it for the first time. But at my expense have only had to replace track rod ends, break sensor, tyres, pads and disks and servicing. Has served me very well for the last few years. Drives like a dream. Can’t really fault it.

Submitted: 2011-04-25 | ID: 50008

Perry, Suffolk

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

5 star review

This van is fantastic, best van I have owned. I travel from Suffolk to Newcastle and back every night 6 nights a week, 44 mpg no prob. Just fitted new clutch etc, tyres last 50k rears and 25k fronts, 100 per cent reliable after 264,000 miles. Just ordered my new one to replace this one. Brilliant vans!

Submitted: 2011-04-13 | ID: 50009

Louise, Suffolk

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

1 star review

Worst buy ever!! Van has had so much work on it since it was bought brand new. 4 fuel pumps (every 20k miles!!!) gear linkage x 2 now in for a new gear box and clutch, would never bother again.

Submitted: 2011-03-05 | ID: 49995

David Sanderson, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

4 star review

I love my sporting vicar. Only one problem, the fuel gauge is electronic blocks! Almost impossible to know when one will turn off, and not very accurate, if this van had a needle for a gauge then it would be perfect.<br /><br />

Responses to this review

I totally agree, good van but struggle with fuel gauge. 2008 Vivaro, 57 plate, 2.0 Diesel. It’s been a good van so far, 60,000 miles from rear tyres, 26,000 from front, 43/44 MPG average. Going off reports on here, I’m lucky - Mark Tucker from Somerset

Submitted: 2011-03-05 | ID: 49993

Wayne Shiel, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2005

2 star review

I’ve had my vivaro coming up to 3 years looked smart and quite nippy paid £5,800 and every year I’m paying for it. Had it 3 months and the gear box went which cost £1,600. Then the timing or cam belt with all other parts that goes with it needed doing the following year which was another £400. Now last week the fan belt broke wrapping itself round the timing belt and knocking all the engine out, which means it’s going to cost between £700 -£1000. So in the time I’ve had the van I’ve spent a small fortune if you add up all the time off work the hired vehicles. You see these VW ralleys with the old vans up and down the country, I’ll bet you won’t see any Vivaro ralleys around in a couple of decades. I should of leased a new one or spent more on a decent van.

Responses to this review

You might see lots of old VW buses but they are held together by filler and fibre glass, suffer puny under-powered engines, but due to cult status people ignore their ills and I can see this with the Vivaro / Trafic as popular on the roads as the old VW’s. The only thing that will stop modern vans gaining cult status is the ECU and it`s many sensors, which will see good vehicles being scrapped in favour of new more frugal replacements. - VW may be a cult van but the newer ones are dull by c from England

Submitted: 2011-02-23 | ID: 49996

Aidy Boyd, County Antrim

Vauxhall Vivaro 2006

1 star review

Clutch cylinder failed inside the gearbox. £1000 bill. Just got the van back tonight and now the power steering is juddering when turning the wheel on idle engine. Never again will I buy this make. Customer service at Vauxhall sucks too for commercial drivers. They didn’t even wash it...

Responses to this review

Utter rubbish. Ive owned my Vivaro for 2 years, it’s a one owner serviced van and has been fantastic. I paid the right money for mine so I’m happy. Buy a cheap used van and you more than likely end up having to spend money. - Bruce Jones from Essex

Submitted: 2011-02-19 | ID: 49991

Adam Weston, Devon

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

1 star review

Bought this van in November, had more days off with van not working costing me a fortune in parts and days out of work. Something else goes every week, doesn’t start, engine mgt gave a list of faults 3 mile long. Alternator packed up today, been a sole trader since November and its killing me and my livelihood.

Responses to this review

You clearly bought a Lemon, take someone who knows about vans next time. The thing is an abused Transit looks like a shed but the Vivaro can still look clean until you drive it. Crunchy second gear or high miles no history, run a mile and ignore the cheap price. - Buy one owner with history van in well cared for condi from Buckinghamshire

Submitted: 2011-02-11 | ID: 49989

Allistair, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.0 cdti 2007

1 star review

DON’T BUY, THESE VANS THEY ARE POO. I bought the 2007 2.0 cdti Vivaro with full main dealer service ’cause everyone said the gearboxs had been sorted and what happens? The gear shift has gone stiff, had oil change still stiff, so now have to get new gearbox. They don’t cost as much as the Transporter so every one thinks they are great but is it worth the down time? I’m getting a VW t5 130 Swb tomorrow and every time I pass or see a Vivaro van I will pitty the sucker driving it. DON’T BUY A VIVARO.

Responses to this review

I pity you, all vans need servicing esp high milers. Buy with no history and under book price and you are heading for trouble. There are a lot of envious van owners out there who slate the Vivaro due to its popularity, look around they are everywhere. A few abused lemons shouldn’t condem the thousands of good Vivaro’s out there, mine included. Smartest vans of all time - Dave Boyle from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 2011-01-29 | ID: 50001

Brian Idden, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2010

5 star review

My second Vivaro and yes, I would buy a third, it’s so so improved from the previous; CD, blue tooth, air con., love it! A little work horse.<br /><br />

Responses to this review

I got one of these today and it’s a great van with blue tooth. When the radio or CD is on, do you get a beeping sound? Mine does but does not go away unless you turn the radio off or loud enough to cancel the beeping out? Otherwise great crewcab van - Steve Smith from Yorkshire

Submitted: 2011-01-22 | ID: 49999

Kevin Cornford, Sussex

Vauxhall Vivaro lwb 2006

3 star review

Bought van when 6months old. When loaded only does around 30 mpg (I do drive hard) already on third set of front pads and I take corners at 60 to 70 so not on breaks unless I want to stop. Like my VW the hand-break should be 6 inches higher, radio has a common problem going out of frequency, the fuel pick only being plastic breaks off from the tank if you go through water at speed and the seat belt is poor at rewinding.<br /><br />

Submitted: 2011-01-04 | ID: 49998

Local Taxis, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

2 star review

Bought new, was ok for first 20000 miles then aircon went, terrible wind noise from side doors and stupid design seat belts that get trapped in the doors and get ripped also damage the locks, mid row seat very hard to get into rear in the dark, poor quality seat covers that come away from their bases. 28000 miles airflow meter faulty and abs fault. 57000 miles rear bearing and front disks and drop links front wishbones. 64000 miles clutch slave cylinder pedal to the floor no clutch rear door lock fault. 79000 miles steering rack ends and track rod ends worn out, also using engine oil like an old banger, also turbo pipe rubbed through on water bottle hose split apart so service mode 2000 revs max £259 +vat for a rubber pipe. Good points: Never left me stranded, alway got me home. 30mpg /45mpg good handling ride ok lwb tyres last for ever (Goodyear marathon). The minibus has now done 160000 in just over 3 years. Would buy a Sprinter next time, last Merc 208d did 340000 miles with hardly any probs.

Submitted: 2010-12-13 | ID: 49975

Ian Higgins, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

2 star review

Bought second hand, thought good van at first, had new clutch, gearbox and now 2 fuel pumps, yes 2! And all the other stuff cleaning pipes. Good looking van but I’ve lost a lot of earnings.

Responses to this review

With you on that one, I would never buy another, we are now on our fourth fuel pump (after 92k miles!) - from Suffolk

Try avoiding low sulphur diesel and your diesel pump should be more reliable, unless you have a new Vivaro which can run happily on low sulphur fuel. There are lots of brands suffering pump wear due to low sulphur fuels, try adding Millers eco max to the fuel tank and give the pump a lube - Dave Howard from England

Submitted: 2010-11-13 | ID: 49970

Rob Olding, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 2004

4 star review

I’ve had my Vivaro nearly 4 years, it certainly seems like a good enough van. No probs. Nothing out of the ordinary for me to afford. I change oil @ 6000’s and happy enough at 109 000. Happy days so far! (54 000miles and no probs) Probably go for a transit next for a bit more power though.

Responses to this review

It sounds like front ball joints and track rods - had mine done after MOT, £150-ish cured it - from England

Submitted: 2010-11-13 | ID: 49973

Mike Turner, England

Vauxhall Vivaro Crew Van 2006

4 star review

Had Vito dualiner before Vivaro. Purchased at 1yr and 8000 miles, goes better, drinks less diesel and rides better than the Vito. However, at 32000 miles the front suspension clunks, bangs,knocks- steering vague. If I could locate where its coming from I’d fix it myself numerous trips to dealer and all the usual excuses. "Can’t hear anything mate!" "They all do that mate!" to name but a few. High spot was last trip to dealer-vehicle on ramp, technician says "all tight here mate" as he does 360 degree circuits with a socket/bar on all subframe mounts! One stud has ripped the thread out of the subframe completely and been replaced with mild steel threaded bar secured at either end with m8 mild steel nuts. Allegedly an acceptable repair! Am seriously p----d off and consulting solicitor. Great van when working- if you are self employed and considering one, get the missus to kick you in the nuts- it’ll hurt less than the pain of the money you’ll lose when its in the garage.

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Hi, I have just bought (6 weeks ago) the new Vivaro crew van. The interior lights stay on, don’t go out. I took it back to the dealer who replaced a module in the cab - they still stayed on... then stripped interior out, replaced loom - still the same... but say I am not entitled to a new van even though they cannot solve the problem. I am now contacting Trading Standards - Mark Wilde from Surrey

I had a similar problem with a clonky sounding suspension. After swapping out most of the bits I thought it would be, it ended up being the front subframe bushes. Drives ace again now. Mine’s an 07 115 swb with 83k on the clock. - Colin McCabe from Lancashire

Submitted: 2010-10-20 | ID: 49967

Andrew, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 2004

4 star review

I bought a 1.9 Vivaro (54) nearly 12 months ago, my only problems I have got since July is that the stop light and engine light flash intermittently the temperature needle zooms from min to max then after 7-8 minutes it goes off might not do it again for a few days theres also a whirring sound when I turn the engine off, secondly the airbag light stays on but usually if you stop driving then restart it goes out. I have had it checked out and the results say no fault found and no stored fault. I believe the stop/engine sensor is connected to the flywheel could it be a bad connection, damp and the airbag sensor is under the passenger seat could this be the same or is it more likely a fault in the engine management system. My mechanic says as it’s not showing a fault the vehicle is safe to drive but its quite annoying.<br /><br />

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Check the wiring under passenger seat. It’s a common fault so I’m told - Tom Smith from England

Hi, I’m having the same fault. My garage has found damaged wiring loom due to it being too tight for the van. Advise a good auto electrition. Don’t take it to Vauxhall, they wanted £194 to diagnose the fault which had already been found before any repairs to be carried out - from Lancashire

Submitted: 2010-09-17 | ID: 49983

Santa, United Arab Emirates

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.3ltr petrol 2008

2 star review

My car has had a lot of battery problems at 5,000 kilometers then at 6,000 kilometers and at 19,000 kilometers. It has finally been resolved. My A/C problem has been there since 35 Kilometers when the car was brand new, they changed some valve or something and then it became ok, but now at 40,000 kilometer again there is A/C problem and it is in the dealership garage as I am writing this review; its been two days and they have not come up with an answer to why the A/C is not cooling. The head lights have been foggy since the day I bought it, after complaining alot the headlights were replaced but then after a week they started becoming foggy again. This car has made a lot of trips to the garage, I am not happy with it and would not recommend it to anyone.

Submitted: 2010-09-01 | ID: 49987

Adam, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2006

4 star review

No problems at all, apart from the flimsy aerial breaking, just replaced it with a Halford’s one. Only just bought a whole set of tyres and on 54,000 miles now. Lovely van to drive, very poky little engine. Just wondered why they didn’t use darker cloth on the seats?!? Best van I’ve ever bought!

Submitted: 2010-09-01 | ID: 49986

Nick Alder, Huntingdonshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 kg 5 speed 2005

4 star review

Was an excellent van, bought at 23,000 and used it 6 days a week for work and then carried enduro bikes at weekends to different places. Serviced as required but fan belt wrapped around cam belt sitting in traffic and destroyed the valves. Had it repaired... now 2 months later it started missing so replaced the crankshaft sensor but still doing it?? Anyone with advice please let me know? Or is it time I got shot of it. It’s got 92k on the clock now.

Submitted: 2010-08-31 | ID: 49988

Tim, Wiltshire

Vauxhall Vivaro SWB 115 Sportive 2007

5 star review

Bought new and built to order SWB with tailgate and twin doors.Fantastic Van. 78k and still on original discs and pads. Excellent handling, 44mpg, very cheap to run and service even at main dealer. Tows well but power out of 2litre engine a bit poor. Engine should pump out a few more horses really, especially as I also have a Zafira B 150ps which also has a 2 litre engine. Small problem with instruments due to dealer messing up ECU software load but replaced under warranty. No gearbox, turbo or timing problems as it is the new Euro 4 engine and box combo. Will buy again. Highly recommended.<br /><br />

Submitted: 2010-08-19 | ID: 49982

Rick, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5cdti 2005

5 star review

Bought van 2005 55 plate had it nearly 5 years never had a problem yet, not 1, the back tyres have just been changed 56000 miles later. I never use main dealers, this time I’m changing oil/filter myself, all the discs might need replacing next year. I hope I get another 5 years out of it.

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Reporting back 62,000 on clock, had cambelt done last year, still runs like it does the day I bought it - from Lancashire

Submitted: 2010-08-06 | ID: 49976

Dave B, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 DTI 2003

1 star review

I advise people not to buy one of these vans. I cannott stress it enough - this has cost me a lot of money to put right; from garage bills to loss of earnings because I’m self employed.

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Well just because you chose a lemon doesnt mean the rest of us have, if you can’t distinguish a good van from a bad one that’s your tough luck. Buying a used van is always a risk, you have no idea how the previous owner treated it mechanically, that’s the risk you take. Again a service history at least shows its had its oil changed on time and this gives you a chance of owning a good van over a dud - Frank Whittle from Kent

Submitted: 2010-08-05 | ID: 49978

Ian Lazenby, Norfolk

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5 cdti 2004

5 star review

Bought new in 04 after driving all the vans on the market this was by far the best. Had the option 2.5 which is the better engine, being a mechanic I do oil change every six months, then MOT/service yearly, apart from electric window motors packing up (£45 each) not had a moments trouble ’til this week. Just started slight oil leak from bell housing, so gearbox off job, all those people complaining about bad gearboxes, more like bad driving thinking they’re in a sports car, take your time changing gear ’til warmed up then no problems will happen. I have worked on Transit, Vito, Sprinter, VW, Citron, Fiat, all have gearbox problems when rushed in winter until warmed up. Mine cost £22,000 lwb high roof air con exter door with opening window electric pack, top of range stereo. Best machine I have ever bought, 2.5 built in Spain, great! 1.9 built in Luton need we say more....

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Hi, what mpg do you get? I have a 2.5 cdti 2006 high roof and get 33 mpg motorway...seems a lot - John Jones from England

Submitted: 2010-07-09 | ID: 49980

Stephen Wiggins, Devon

Vauxhall Vivaro Crew cab 2.5 2004

1 star review

I would never touch another Vauxhall. I purchased a 54 plate 2.5 diesel turbo SWB with 68000 miles on the clock with a new exchange engine fitted supplied and fitted by Vauxhall. After 16,000 miles the bottom bearing gave up the ghost. After many phone calls to Vauxhall they agreed to replace the engine but I had to pay for the fitting, so I agreed. Now, after 27,000 and 18 months later the engine has decided to pack up again. Vauxhall are refusing to do anything about it all do I’ve got the engine checked by an independent Aauxhall approved dealer who said it’s a manufacturing fault but still Vauxhall refuse to do anything about this. I won’t go on about the three gearboxes and the three inlet manifolds the three sets of injectors. It will take a lot for Vauxhall to turn me round...

Responses to this review

What symptoms did you get when the injectors went? Bought a second hand Vivaro 2 months ago and when I turn on the ignition the engine idles but there is no response from the accelerator for a few minutes... then it will drive fine until I switch it off but it won’t easily start again. Any ideas? I need the van for work - Neil Gillingham from Ayrshire

I too have similar problem with an idle engine on my Vivaro 06 plate, with no accelerator response for about a minute upon ignition, not every time but on a significant number of occassions to be worrying. Other than that and a few electrical errors the van is cracking. If anyone has any info on this idling it would be much appreciated - Tristan Drew from Yorkshire

Had same problem with mine, it was the injectors but injector number 4 had welded itself in so needed a new head 12/1/2010 and a £2200 bill. Then 3 months later mass flow sensor & vacuum valve solenoid 3/4/2010 and a £200 bill. Then this week steering pump blow out the back 22/6/2010 and a new £220 bill. Don’t buy these vans - Rob Shaw from Yorkshire

I have same problem but find that if I restart with a little accelerator it works fine - Mick Curr from England

That’s the fly by throttle going through self diagnostics and attemption to calibrate itself. It seems to happen more on cold mornings I was told. Perhaps its a sign of a sensor failing? - from England

Submitted: 2010-06-08 | ID: 49890

Phil Cliffe, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 TDi 2004

4 star review

I bought this van 3-4 years ago, with 27,000 on clock. It is now coming up to 90,000 an it still starts and drives like new. My only complaint is the lack of power when motorway driving/overtaking. The rear hubs failed at 30,000 and I spent £1000 at 72,000 miles - all new pads, disks hubs bearings, rear stub axles and cambelt. I am now looking to trade against Trafic Sport 115PS. I would keep this van for another 20,000 miles but lack of power is pi**ing me off.

Submitted: 2010-06-04 | ID: 49896

Rod, England

Vauxhall Vivaro SWB1.9 CDTi 2008

5 star review

Fantastic, had it from new as a company vehicle, it’s now done 120,000 miles, the only extra work done was tyres and brake pads, it’s just a shame about Vauxhall; the dealership we use is c**p, but they did try to change the timing belt on the last service, only to find it had a timing chain. The lumber support has broken in the back of the seat, but thats just me, need to loose a few pounds!

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Hi, what year is your van? - from England

Submitted: 2010-05-29 | ID: 49899

Mark Yuen, England

Vauxhall Vivaro sportive cdt1 2009

1 star review

Absolutely c**p!!! overheated first week I had it with only 40 miles on clock. Spent more time in the garage than on the road, had a pot of rust, windscreen wiper clonking then after been repaired fell off on M25. Air con doesn’t work wind noise on drivers door the list is endless. Customerr care is s**t!! Trying to get money back now, avoid like the plague!!

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You probrably paid peanuts for it and then expect a faultless van, don’t blame the van. How much did you pay, what year is it, how many owners, is it ex lease hire? See my point... - Jamie wwwww from Buckinghamshire

Submitted: 2010-05-20 | ID: 49897

Andy Moore, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 DTi SWB Sportive 2003

5 star review

Bought new in 2003. Used daily but short stop start runs hence a mileage of 45000 some 6 1/2 years later. Mine was a two yearly service interval, which I have kept to. Apart from run of the mill stuff it’s had a new wishbone and anti roll bar (the bushes couldn’t be replaced on their own). Still on the original battery. It’s been really cheap to run and has definately earned it’s keep.

Submitted: 2010-05-12 | ID: 49901

Andy, Durham

Vauxhall Vivaro 2005

2 star review

Cracking looking van in my opinion, seems to eat brake discs for some reason compared to the way I drive. Always sounds a tad rough in the cold weather. Diesel pump just went on it at 65000 miles, cost an absolute fortune to replace that. Gutted I am. Always seems to have small niggling problems. Now on the look out for another van - just not another Vivaro. 2 of my friends have the same van - the same story there, and yet another with gearbox troubles!<br /><br />

Submitted: 2010-04-21 | ID: 49902

Kev Blair, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9DTi 2700 2002

5 star review

Bought this model at 44,000 miles and it has run like a dream. Now approaching 100,000 and only replacing for the bigger model, Movano. Great van, great runner, has served me well.

Submitted: 2010-04-19 | ID: 49903

Paul H, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

3 star review

Good van until 60k, then new clutch, slave cylinder and then new fuel pump. This van has cost me £1800 in the last 6 months. I drive steady and service at the correct times. If you buy a new van every 3 years then a Vivaro is for you and don’t forget that it is a Renault in disguise.

Submitted: 2010-04-15 | ID: 49907

N Wood, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2001

1 star review

THESE VANS SHOULD HAVE A WEALTH WARNING - DO NOT BUY. I had one with the company I used to work for, from new, and had loads of trouble: new gearbox, new fuel pipes, starter motor... the list is endless. Anyway, ended up taking redundancy and thought it would be an idea to take van, tools etc... Alright for about 3 months, then problems started, warning light came on and Vauxhall were clueless. I took it to Neil Harrod, the man’s a top bloke. The main fuse had gone, got that sorted. A week later I took it back, 2 injectors gone £250 each. I thought "f**k this" and sold it to the local garage.I heard that after he changed 2 other 2 injectors went. I wouldn’t have another if you gave me one, I did some research on this site and others, I spoke to a few mechanics, The Totota Hiace kept coming up so I bought a 53 plate - mint - and have not had one problem having already done loads of miles. BE WARNED - DO NOT BUY VIVARO, TRAFIC or PRIMASTAR.

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** Do not buy a Transit ** The rusty body and engine sump will start to grate. Also has chav status. VW Transporter has dual mass flywheel issues so a £1200 bill ticking time bomb. Viviaro’s are everywhere and for good reason. If you avoid the abused ones - Rod Hull from Essex

Toyota Hiace is a pile of junk. - Jason Morgan from Cumberland

Submitted: 2010-04-15 | ID: 49904

Sarah Banks, Wiltshire

Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive Crew Cab 2008

1 star review

Water leaks into the top of the engine and fuses the injectors to the head. As we still have warranty they will cover the cost but they will not replace your vehicle if it is over 12 months old, so ours has been in the garage a week and will be in there another 3 weeks until they can get the specialist tool they require to remove the injectors. This is not only my husband’s business vehicle but it is also our family vehicle as well. We are apparently "lucky" that 2 have gone now as apparently another lad has been in 4 times already to replace each one. The fix for this is to put silicone underneath the windscreen which stops the water getting in. Will I buy another Vauxhall? Definitely not, I would rather walk.

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Lucky you, I have had the same problem, it’s done 70k and 2.5 yr old, out of warranty. It’s going to cost me a small fortune, Nissan dealers are absolutly cr*p. Don’t buy any of the Nissan/Vauxhall/Renault types vans - Mark Wilson from Devon

I have had the same problem with my injectors. It’s a 58 Sportive 115ps with 61k on the clock. I have had the van since beginning of November. It has been in for door sensors now the injectors are totally knackered. Vauxhall don’t want to know as it is outside the warranty as of 31st Dec 2011. Got a quote for £1,500 and Vauxhall will pay the rest which they claim to be 30% on to my quote. What a joke customer service is as well. I am off to a solicitor tomorrow to see where I stand. I would never have another Vauxhall not even if it was giving to me - Derryl Little from Dumfriesshire

Submitted: 2010-04-03 | ID: 49908

Antony Firman, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 115 ps 2008

4 star review

Vehicle is a 115ps Euro 4 engine with a Fridge conversion, which I purchased as a 58 plate pre-registered van which had been stood on Dealer’s forecourt for 12 months. I paid £14000 and it was valued at £22000 when new. Current value is approx £7000. My work as a self-employed courier requires me to drive 2200 miles per week so van has covered 60000 miles from Sept 12th last year to March 2010. It is serviced on the button by a Unipart registered dealer in keeping with warranty requirements. So far only work required under warranty was a sticking rear loading door. Front tyres and pads have just been relaced. It is as good to drive now as when new. Comfortable, fast and responsive and with a 6 speed box and returns 38 mpg with mixed country/ motorway driving. Interior is still looking good with regular cleaning and seems to be very hard wearing.I have experienced none of the negative faults reported by some users and bearing in mind the hard usage the vehicle is getting I cannot rate it higher. If it had cruise control/bluetooth I would give it 5 stars.

Submitted: 2010-03-22 | ID: 49920

John Harris, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro swb 2003

3 star review

Just purchased this van with 78,000 miles on clock. Noticed that it pulls to the right under acceleration and then back to left on de-acceleration. Any ideas? Apart from that all seems to be fine.<br /><br />

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I have 3 of these vans. Your engine mountings are gone allowing movement - from Fife and Kinross Shires

You need to check your wheel allignment - from Ukraine

Check your engine mounts, I had that problem before on a different vehicle - Fred Jones from Middlesex

This happened on mine. I found out that it was the wheel alignment. Get it tracked up - Matt boyles from Leicestershire

Hiya mate, I’ve had the same problem on a 96 Escort van, after the garage changed the engine mounting a young lad realised it was actually a broken wishbone. Easily missed - from Dorset

Hello, did you fix this problem? Mine does the same. I would appreciate any advice as to what it could be - Lee Ibberson from England

My van pulled to the left when you accelerated and then to the right when you backed off the throttle. It has done this on 2 occasions and it was the bushes in the wishbones each time. You cannot tell the bushes are gone until they are removed from the van. Replaced them and the van runs fine, still going strong at 185,000 miles - from Cheshire

Hi, did you get to the bottom of this problem as I have exactly the same and it’s driving me mad. Trying to solve it. - Thanks Dave ( dpwmultitrade@hotmail.co.uk ) Dave Windell from London

Submitted: 2010-03-10 | ID: 49911

Vijay Patel, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro sportiv lwb 2006

3 star review

I have owned this van since 2007 when it had done 13k, now its 50k and no major problems. The engine management fuse went, which cost a bit in diagnosing the dealer, going to sell it because think it’s Renault! Should sell as its a 2.5 rare engine.<br /><br />

Submitted: 2010-02-22 | ID: 49921

Paul Cuthbert, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2ltr sr cdtdi 2007

3 star review

Nice van, I had transits before this Vivaro, well what can I say? Problem after problem. I hear there is a lot that can go wrong with the gear box but doesn’t it all come down to how we drive and look after them?

Submitted: 2010-02-15 | ID: 49922

Steve, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2900 1.9 di swb 2005

5 star review

Bought mine direct from BT, it’s a 2005. Had 39,000 on clock and full service history - BT are faithful to the recommended service intervals. There are a few things I will say. 1: Always have it serviced at main dealer 2: Buy from somewhere that offers an AA warranty and take out the policy for 2 years. After 2 years change the van and repeat! 3: Buy low mileage if possible and always buy at book value for year etc - eg If its cheap there is a reason!!! Mine is used 7 days a week (about 250 - 300 miles per week), Oil / Filter is done every 6 weeks and Full service every 3 months. If you look after them they are fantastic vehicles, BT use them, AA use them and many many traders up and down the country use them.

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To change your oil every six weeks is very costly 9ltr of oil at £15. A litre + a filter + labour no change from £200, why you would change your oil at every 2000 miles when it recomends 18,000 miles is beyond me, that has cost you £1800 in oil and service costs in between every service interval, think your talking c**p, just like the vans - Will Crossan from Scotland

Response to the angry Scottish Dwarf with the transit fetish, calm down your working class tranny is not free of its faults, ie Rust as early as 3 years, floor mounted gear stick, rusting sumps, dated looks. All vans have some issues ie VW crafter gearboxes weak , buy a cheap non historied van don’t expect trouble free motoring. Vivaro great van, drives like a car, good looking and very practicaL, Scuttle removal and reseal as a precaution takes half hour to do,so not a problem, Gearbox don’t force a gear, change oil every 2 years. Do this for my alfa, had it 7 years drives like new and more reliable and prettier than my previous Audi - Mike Benelli from Buckinghamshire

Oil needs to be changed every 9,000 to 12,000 miles if you want your engine to last, - Diluted Broken from England

Submitted: 2010-02-13 | ID: 49923

John Bernard, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2002

1 star review

I have this van on an 02 plate. I bought the van because I used to drive the Trafic version for another company, which I thought was a fantastic van. After starting my own business I bought the Vivaro privately & after one week the turbo went, £1072 for a new turbo. Steering was wobbly after a few weeks so I replaced both track rod ends but steering is still the same. Luckily I haven’t had any problems with the gearbox. I am selling this van and I’m going to buy a brand new Vivaro; I have been assured that the issues with the earlier vans have been sorted, hope so.

Submitted: 2010-01-27 | ID: 49952

Richard Sterland, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2006

5 star review

The best van you can buy, my 2006 model 1.9 cdti has done me proud. I’m a service engineer and travel the country 6 days a week, i’ve now done 1740000 miles and nothing has gone wrong; I change the oil and filter every 4 weeks. All I have changed is the tyres and brakes, not bad for the miles eh?

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Hi Richard, I had a test drive yesterday 13/2/10 on a Vauxhall Vivaro 115PS Diesel Engine, it handeld well, 6 speed easy to use,engine very smouth, all round good, 8 weeks old, whose engine is it, Vauxhall’s or Renualt’s? Are they made in Luton or France? When was the Euro 4 compliant common engine fitted to these vans? I’m thinking of buying the Vivaro Sportive Model, what’s your opinion? You read the other owners experience? What a costly DISASTER. Or I might go for a VWT30 SWB Panel Van. I appreciate your comments. Regards, - Zoran Zaharijevic from Buckinghamshire

Submitted: 2010-01-24 | ID: 49953

Peter Slattery, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 cdti 2005

2 star review

Didn’t really have much trouble if I’m honest until it mysteriously went up in fire. No evidence of any sabotage. Fire officer believed fire started because of an electrical problem. I have heard that this has happened to other Opel, Renault, Vivaro type vans. If any one can give me info if they know anything please let me know.

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There has been a recall for alterations to the dashboard and engine bay looms - danger of fire. Check the Vosa site for details of recalls - Steve Dibble from Northamptonshire

I bought a Vauxhall Vivaro cdti 2900 lwb in September 2010, FOUR MONTHS OLD. Parked up at 5.30pm. Fire engine woke me up at 3am to it on fire. Flames coming out of the front wheel arches. It rolled down our hill on fire into two parked cars!! Setting them alight too. No changes or alterations to the van and nothing plugged in, fresh of the forecourt. Fire Officer and Police found no external cause. Has any body else had any other experiences? - Daniel Bradford from Essex

Yes indeed. My 2002 Vivaro went up in flames 4 years ago. Fire in the fuse box right over the L/H wheel arch. I was driving at the time so managed to put it out. Cost around £2,500 for insurance to fix! No obvious cause! - from Dumbartonshire

I cant believe i have found your story's exactly the same as mine! i bout my vauxhall vivaro sportive, brand new off forecourt had it 11 months no alterations. parked up at 16:30 for the night, was woke up at 3:30am with it on fire! fire was coming out of the wheel arch (drivers side) and where the bonnet meets the window screen (drivers side) vauxhalls response.... proove it! they no this is a impossible task as all eveidence is destroyed in the fire! I cant believe that they can get away with it, surly this needs looking into further? all our stores sound like the fire originated in the same location also! please contact me if you can give me any information on your vehicle fires.... nickdoherty@live.com - Nick Doherty from Greater Manchester

I cant believe I have found your story which is exactly the same as mine! I bougt my vauxhall vivaro sportive, brand new off forecourt had it 11 months no alterations. Parked up at 16:30 for the night, was woke up at 3:30am with it on fire! The fire was coming out of the wheel arch (drivers side) and where the bonnet meets the window screen (drivers side. Vauxhall's response.... prove it! They know this is an impossible task as all evidence is destroyed in the fire! I cant believe that they can get away with it, surely this needs looking into further? All our stories sound like the fire originated in the same location also! Please contact me if you can give me any information on your vehicle fires. - Nick Doherty from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 2010-01-20 | ID: 49948

Ian Harris, London

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

4 star review

I like the van but I recently had problems with the clutch, changing gear was hard and I had to force it into gear, especially when it was cold. I changed the clutch, slave and master cylinders but it was the same if not worse and I had a nightmare bleeding the system, any ideas what is wrong please?

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Hi! I have same problem on my Vivaro 04 plate, it recently had new clutch and master cylinder etc., but is now hard to get in gear when cold. The garage says that it might now be the linkage cable, but I need to find out more - Colin Steel from Wiltshire

I have 54 reg Vivaro, I struggle to get mine in gear aswell, I’ve had the gear linkage changed and it’s still doing it - Michael Appleyard from England

Hello, I have never had any success with my van 02 1.9 dti only has 56k miles on clock. Power stearing pump failed at around £700 to replace, was never the same again, heavy to stear and fails when cold on a fast turn of the wheel. Have to have pads and disks changed every service, but I only drive 8k miles a year. Just had a new clutch fitted at a local garage (took them 2 attempts to get it remotely like it was) Now the gears are very hard to select when cold and have to force it into second gear. Also the garage have crushed the wiring loom when putting gearbox back in so revs stay at 3500rpm or just die totally. Took van to Vauxhall diagnostics to find this out. Although interestingly they said the gear change was fine even though they kept it for 4 days to do cold starts. I am very suspicious of this because it blatantly wont go in gear. Now I’ve read your same problem here I think it must be a major fault and Vauxhall are denying it - from Warwickshire

Had the same problem after changing clutch. Difficult to get in and out of gear in cold. Got better when they changed the oil in the gearbox !! It seems they have to replace oil after change of clutch and the book says synthetic !!, They put in "normal" Oil and now it is OK again - Ivar Mortensen from Norway

I know what you mean about the power steering pump, mine failed at 29k, genuine replacement was about £170 + vat, I think. I drive a 54 vivaro. 1.9 cdti, It’s great on fuel economy, 600miles on 80 litres, thats 100 miles more than my transit would do. Gear box trouble is something to look out for though apparently  - Freddie Palmer from England

Submitted: 2010-01-16 | ID: 49942

Paul Taylor, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

1 star review

I am a fully skilled motor technician, I’ve worked for 31 years in the trade. I’ve had experiance with 04 van, starter fault ,track rod ends with the most movement I’ve ever seen ,ball joints worn badly,gearbox faults, oil leaks. We recently serviced 04 van, used vauxhall engine oil and filter, now oil pressure light and stop light illuminates on dash and after road testing and parking van brake servo now not working due to vacuume pump fault.I would not have one of these vans if it was given to me. Utter crap. I feel sorry for people who rely on their van for their work, spends most of its life in the garage for exspensive repairs. Much better off with a Toyota Hiace and no garage bills.

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I`m an airline pilot 20,000 hours and I’d say avoid the ugly Toyota and buy what you like, just make sure it`s mint, serviced with proof of history and not sitting outside any social housing estate and you should be fine. Nothing wrong with a used, - cared for Vivaro or any van that hasn’t been abused by a from England

I had a Toyota, too small in the back and it had a liking for oil. If the van`s had a hard life and it`s not always easy to spot, especially on a Vivaro due to it`s ageless design, then you will not have such a great experience/ ownership as most Vivaro owners. I would avoid the so-called bargain vans and opt for a well cared for used example with full dealer history or specialist history or buy new, - that way avoiding a dog and expensive repair bills – Gr from England

Submitted: 2009-12-31 | ID: 49939

Ian Fleming, Scotland

Vauxhall Vivaro cdti 2009

5 star review

The best van I’ve ever owned, but i must admit I am concerned about 1st and 2nd gears when my van is cold, they can be difficult to engage. Anyone got any advice?

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Had the same problem with my 52 plate Vivaro for about 2 weeks, now it’s in the garage needing a new gearbox - so get it looked at soon. So far it could be £1600 for new gearbox and clutch and I am not sure if that includes the VAT. Reckon one could be £1300 plus the VAT. This is the worst van I have ever owned. I had it two and a half years and it’s already cost me nearly £2000 in lots of different repairs - Barry Howe from Essex

Treat it gently until the oil warms up. Many modern vehicles including some Ferraris have this problem!! - from Northamptonshire

I think you will find most diesels take a few minutes to warm so everything is nice and loose, try starting it and leave ticking over for a couple of minutes before setting off. My sprinter hated this winter - Dave Hargrave from Cambridgeshire

Hi, fellow Vivaro owner. I’ve had a few of these vans and there always a cow bag first time in the cold mornings (December). Once the box has warmed a little is it OK?? I’ve had an 1.9 Sportive on a 05 and currently have a Sportive 2.5 on an 08. Both little gits first thing, but fine after a few miles. Just the way thay are! If it’s an bad problem, it may be checking the oil viscosity against the winter temperature ratings and changing the gearbox oil to suit. However you would have to change back again in the summer, to get the correct lubercation requirements. Hope this helps! - Matthew Fox from Lincolnshire

Weak gearboxes are a common problem with these vans. I had mine rebuilt but cheapest place was north London, a full days job and a long drive with only 3 gears left lol. I’ve done approximately 30k since and gears all okay, but many electrical faults now. No power under 2000 revs and cuts out periodically, 50% of the time it needs easystart to get it going. It’s done 130k miles only and this is just a handfull of its probs. Good luck. PS Try not to force it into gear too much or more problems will develop - Jez West from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 2009-12-26 | ID: 49955

Steve Riley, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 dti 2002

5 star review

I think I must have a different van to everyone else! I’ve have had mine 2 years done 130,000 miles, I bought it 40,000 mile on the clock. I’ve only ever had to replace tyres, ball joints and brake lights, power stearing pump also went but was a 70 quid fix. I have repaired a few of these gearboxes 200 quid for the bearings and a days job not to bad, but I have never had to do mine.I owned a Transit before this and a Vito and i would say it is as good as they were.

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Steve hi, I think my box at 53000 miles is starting to go?? No grinding but gear location difficulties. Does this sound like the box or the clutch? Would you undertake a repair?? Thanks - from Cheshire 07960 390334

Hi mate, I’ve got the same problem. Do you fancy doing my van? - Simon Luke from England

Had a 2004 Vivaro until 5 weeks ago when I traded for a Peugeot Boxer, wishing now I had kept Vivaro. It was 1 yr old when I bought it and I had it serviced every year by main dealer (friend works there), never had a problem with it really comfortable, quiet and economical plus traded it for £2500; think I was mugged. Toyed with idea of a Transit but can’t warrant the extra money. Needless to say I’m signing for a Vivaro next week - Mike Green from Durham

Submitted: 2009-12-12 | ID: 49961

Derek Woods, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.0 cdti sportive 2008

2 star review

I bought this van brand new. On delivery it had a puncture in os front tyre. When the tyre was removed for repair it had been repaired twice already (very poorly). Not a good start. After 7000 miles the gearbox became noisy at 13000 miles, it was very bad, then the gearbox was replaced under warranty along with os wishbone assembly and droplink with the total cost over 5k. After a further 1k miles the driveshaft failed, which was replaced under warranty again. I’ve got to say that the van drives like a car and as it’s the 115 psi version it goes like hell, it’s not that good on diesel though doing about 33mpg on a run. The seats are nice and supportive and the power steering is nice and light with decent feedback, although it tends to spin the driving wheels on anything over than bone dry roads. Would I buy another? No, I will go for a Transporter or Vito next time.

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VW dual mass flywheels weak (£2000). Vito rust from inside out all over unless you buy from new and get rid after 3 years. Toyota, airbags, flyby wore need one go on - Dan Baker from Berkshire

Submitted: 2009-11-22 | ID: 49965

Charlie Griffin, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

5 star review

Used 6 x days a week, bought it with 20,000 now at 64,000. It is the 1.9 CCTi version. No problems with g/box. In fact no problems at all. Best van I’ve had and beats the Vito that cost me a damn fortune to keep on the road by miles. I’d definatley buy another one down the road.

Submitted: 2009-11-10 | ID: 49936

Terry T, Essex

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

4 star review

For some reason every time the van has an M O T it needs new brake pads and discs, but other then that it is a great van, it has never let me down and it is on the road 7 days a week. Fuel consumption is fantastic. The only thing that worrys me are the reviews on here about the gear box. The van has done almost 79,000 and I don’t really want to spend all that money on a new gear box but I really don’t want to get rid of the van.

Submitted: 2009-11-08 | ID: 49935

Jonny, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 cdti swb 115bhp 2006

5 star review

An excellent van but stay well away from Vauxhall servicing because they’re useless. They tried to tell me i need new discs all round and I only needed rear ones. Bought it in 2007 with 6000miles on the clock and have now done 130000 miles and not one problem, even though it’s always fully loaded and driven quite rough some times. Find yourself a decent mechanic and it’ll give you no problems. The biggest problem I’ve had is when i filled the tank with petrol! - Jonny from Yorkshire

Submitted: 2009-10-31 | ID: 49934

Will, Moray (Elgin) and Nairn Shire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

1 star review

I have the Nissan Primastar version of this van. It’s an 07 plate with the 2ltr diesel version - it’s done 126,000 miles and its falling to bits. The dealerships are poor, good van body, the rest is c**p. 1 day old, no reversing sensors, dealer unable to repair, possible driver fault? Four months old, no air conditioning, not covered under warranty (stone chips)? 36,000 miles, four discs, two sets of pads; 40,000 miles, rear anti roll bar fell off, garage said caused by poor servicing, they serviced it. 72,000 miles; 4 discs, 2 sets off pads. I say it’s got a year’s warranty on parts, reply not for brake parts. 74,000 miles, put van in garage for new timing belt, was told its takes 2 days to change belt at approximately £400. I called to pick up van to be informed the engine does not have a timing belt but your fuel pump is leaking fuel, your turbo is suspect, and your power steering is leaking, estimated cost £2000-£2500 - it may be more. A van at 19 months old will cost me £4000 in repairs, these vans are c**p, if you’re only doing 3,000 miles a year they are OK otherwise avoid. But the good news is the gearbox is OK.

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At 126,000 miles what do you expect? - It`s at the end of it`s life – Kit Karr from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 2009-10-22 | ID: 49937

Matthew Bateman, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5cdti sportive SWB 2007

1 star review

Do not buy one of these vehicles! On the face of it the van is excellent, fast, quiet, loads of extras and looks really good. Have owned the van from new and have done 32000 miles. In this time the van has put itself in limp home mode a total of 7 times. Each time the van needs an oil and filter change due to ’poor oil quality’. Apparently this is due to it needing to regenerate but regen light has never been on! The Vauxhall dealer thinks there is something wrong with it but Vauxhall technical say it’s my driving style. How do they know it’s my driving style? Have they been following me driving down the motorway? Most of my mileage is motorway, the dealer asked me to take a log of my journeys which I’ve done but technical aren’t interested and will not contribute to the oil changes (£100 a time) and will not send a technician out to assess the vehicle though last time it happened they said they would & Vauxhall care are unable to overule the decision made by technical, oh yeah and I am not allowed to speak to technical! So I’m stuck with a van which is under warranty which Vauxhall won’t fix. It looks like I’m going to have to get stuck into a legal battle! My advice buy something else and stay well away from Vauxhall!

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This is exactly the same problem as I have got with my van. Have they sorted anything out with your van yet??? My van is still in the garage now! I think a charity shop has better customer service than any Vauxhall dealer - Gaz Gaz from Swansea

Sounds like your MAF sensor playing up, cheap to change at £45.00, done mine after a "limp" home, just Vauxhall servicing is shocking, stay away from them and use a reputable garage - Christopher Stone from England

Submitted: 2009-09-21 | ID: 49931

Peter Diet, Newport

Vauxhall Vivaro Combi 2008

4 star review

I bought a Vivaro 2 litre 115 ps combi ( minibus) in April 2008 brand new. The steering made a terrible noise and they replaced the steering pump under warrantee. The battery (varta) packed up without warning after a year which was also changed on warrantee. It’s done 25k and so far has been good. It’s really quiet at speed and does about 600 miles on a tank. I have heard about the gearbox problems but these seem to be the old euro 3 1.9 engine ( I hope).

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Update: I still have the van after 72k, it has just passed its first MOT and I’ve had no problems since. I bought alloy wheels for its birthday. It looks good and is still doing 600 miles on a tank, rear tyres doing 35k, fronts 20k. I’ve also had new pads - front at 60k, rear at 45k. - from

Submitted: 2009-08-04 | ID: 49929

Mervyn Davies, Conwy

Vauxhall Vivaro 20cdti 2007

5 star review

Fast, reliable and quick. Highly recommended but would advise post 07 model as the gearbox problems have been sorted.

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You state gearbox problems sorted with post ’07 vans, not true. They have the same bearing problems as before, mine failed at 100k miles at a cost of £1,000. The head gasket failed at 113k miles at an estimate £1,800 cost. Once the gasket was replaced, the engine would not start, replaced one injector because it was stuck in head and had to be drilled out! The van has been in garage for four weeks and no end in sight. Avoid these vans - from Northumberland

Submitted: 2009-08-04 | ID: 49927

Phil Marriott, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9tc 2003

3 star review

I have a 2003 Vivaro it has done 140000 and the gearbox has just about collapsed. It’s going to cost me about a £1000 and that’s doing it myself. I was warned of the problems with Vivaro’s by an AA patrol man who uses these vans but still went ahead and bought one. They also have a problem with the speed restrictor in second gear. They are gutless when you want a little bit of power pulling out of junctions and trying to get up to speed; apparently this is incorporated in the ecu specifically to protect the weak transmission bearings. Very overrated van - stay clear.

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Hi Phil, can you ring me regarding your van? My number is 07904142142 anytime; I’ve seen your vehicle - Ziad Ali from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 2009-07-21 | ID: 50103

Andy Mann, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 Sportive 2003

3 star review

Well, what can I say? After reading these reports, I’m in the market for a new van and it will not be a Vauxhall Vivaro. Over 6 years of motoring I stuck by the Vivaro thinking it was just one of those things. I’ve now had enough - 3 gear boxes, injectors, turbo... the list is endless. Only done 75,000 but enough is enough.

Submitted: 2009-07-16 | ID: 50100

Brett Hughes, Oxfordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5cdti. 2005

5 star review

I’ve had the van from new and it’s just turned 150k miles, quiet,fast and reasonably economical if driven right, apart from service items all it’s had is an egr valve,rear brake caliper and a track rod end. The gearbox is just starting to get a bit sticky but it’s still on it’s original clutch so it’s probably that. It has to go back to the lease company soon and I will miss it, best van I’ve had in 20 odd years.

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Hi, can you tell me what mpg you get? I’m doing 33 on a motorway run in a 2.5 cdti high roof unloaded....am wondering if that’s a bit high? Thanks - John Thoms from Gloucestershire

Submitted: 2009-07-06 | ID: 50101

F Pence, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.0 cdti swb Sportive 2007

5 star review

I have had the Vivaro from new, and after 2 years I am very pleased with it. Its only been back to the dealers for servicing, replacement arm rest and A/C condenser (all at service). The new engine and gearbox have not proved problematic like the earlier model. I use this for work and it has not let me down or cost me any time. I had a VW T5 before this van and it had 22 warranty repairs in 3 years!!! It is averaging 37 mpg (loaded with tools), is quiet and will get to motorway speeds with no bother. I know it is widely accepted that these vans have gearbox problems, but I think these have been sorted out with the new model. I have 3 friends who have the pre-2007 Vivaro’s and they report no problems even after many miles. I would recommend this vehicle.

Submitted: 2009-06-10 | ID: 50099

Ben Payne, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 20 cdti 2008

5 star review

I’ve now had several Vauxhall Vivaro’s (now leased throw Europcar). It is the best van I’ve ever driven, I’ve never had a problem - comfortable, fast, very economical. A great van, I spend most off my days in it and do many, many miles each year. I recommend it highly - drive it right and it will look after you. Forget the Transit (c**p), Transporter’s (slow and use to much oil), LDV Maxus (forget it). 5 stars for the Vauxhall Vivaro!

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Transporters slow? Don’t think your 2.0 cdti will keep up with my 174, and I’ve never needed to top up the oil - G B from Cheshire

Think my 221bhp 2.5 cdti would though mate. Full holeshot racing tune and map. Exhaust and filter. As well as inlet and outlet manifolds. The van is on a 58 plate if ever you want to give it a go????? - Micky P Parker from England

I love the little boys having a p*ssing match - mines biger than yours ... - from England

VW looking a bit long in the tooth now - Hugo Martin from Berkshire

Submitted: 2009-04-28 | ID: 50117

Bryan Duncan, Argyllshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9cdti 2004

1 star review

Had the van since new. Reassuring to hear I’m not the only one with gearbox and clutch problems... mine went at 32,000 miles. I live in a very hilly part of Scotland and am now on my 3rd set of discs. Comfy enough van but I’m getting a Transit.

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Dear Bryan,I work in a garage so I feel sorry for Vivaro owners. My son came in six weeks ago with a smile on his face, "look what i have bought a smart 55 plate silver vivaro 1.9d" My manager and I just laughed, "well we wil be seeing you a lot more" my manager said. The first thing to go was the clutch master cylinder, then the fan belt snapped and wrapped around the timing belt; luckily the cam gear gave way. Next the clutch master cylinder again and clutch. Now for some reason the cam belt has; it feels like engine trouble. Thats just his! I could go on for ever over repair on these cars in the last few years. I would like a tenner for every gearbox and disc and wheel bearing I have changed. He slagged his transit but I never layed a spanner on it, except for general service parts. The Vivaro is not a good van - Nigel Bainbridge from England

Submitted: 2009-03-30 | ID: 50109

Martin McGuinness, Fife and Kinross Shires

Vauxhall Vivaro lwb/hr 1.9cdti 2004

1 star review

Contrary to my previous report, never again will I have one of these. Once it reached 100,000 miles everything went pear-shaped - starter, alternator, steering rack, all front ball joints and bushes, drive-shafts, and now gearbox whining in third. It’s paid of in 2 months thankfully, by that time there will be a box of matches and petrol can waiting for it... if it makes it that far. DON’T BUY ONE OF THESE IF VALUE YOUR BUSINESS - THIS HAS NEARLY FOLDED MINE DUE TO UNRELIABILITY!

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FFS any Vehicle with 100,000 miles will need lots of maintenance and parts replacing, if I bought van or car in its mid life I’d expect to have to replace a few bits and pieces ie clutch, maf, cam belt, discs, etc. common knowledge ffs. What planet are you people from? - Jesus Christ from Oxfordshire

Submitted: 2009-03-30 | ID: 50107

T M, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro SWB1.9 CDTi Sportive 2006

5 star review

Bought at 6 months old, 2 and a half years ago. 43,000 miles later and it is the best buy I have ever made, I’ve had many types of vans, the only reason I’d change is for the facelift model.

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Maybe you’ll change your mind once you ve done another 50,000 miles!- Lewis Restall from England - from

Submitted: 2009-03-23 | ID: 50105

Dave Cordier, Kent

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

1 star review

I have got the basic model,s eating very hard, no aircon - temp reaching 50c; cloths soaking wet with sweat, bottom bleeding - its like sitting on a wooden bench all day. Give me a Transit any day!

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Why didn’t you buy a van with a/c then? Seems a bit odd to blame a vehicle for not having a/c, transit without a/c would be the same, you need preparation H - Peter Bean from Devon

Sounds like you already have a Transit, go and check lol. Vivaro is very comfortable to drive and nice to hand gearshift, unlike your floor change rot box. Stick with your Transit, a real pikey wagon. - Vivaro pure class and I`ve noticed it outnumbers Trannys from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 2009-03-19 | ID: 50114

Jason Robinson, Wrexham

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5 DTDI 2003

4 star review

I have had this van for about 4 years and bought when it was 1 and a half years old. Overall it has been brilliant. I have put on about 60,000 in this time, which isn’t much for such a capable engine; maybe not the best on juice though. It pulls well although there has been a noise from the gearbox when pulling in second. This has been the case ever since I buying the van and hasn’t got any worse??!! I am not so sure about the Vauxhall service agents though as when my warranty was about to run out I took the van to sort the noisy box out, they messed around for about two weeks until the van was out of manufacturers warranty then refused to sort out the noise. Now changing to a 2.0 cdti lwb, from what I can gather the bulk of the problems seem to be with the earlier vans. Buy with lots of warranty.

Submitted: 2009-03-16 | ID: 50113

Ash, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2002

1 star review

Avoid at all costs, gearbox is rubbish. Clutch and master / slave cylinders are not up to the job. Discs are hopeless, this van is no workhorse, it will cost you a fortune to maintain instead of earning you money. Buy a Mercedes, VW or Transit instead and you will be better off!!!

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Hi, I have a 02 van bought at 40,000 miles, now done 53000,but sadly the gear box (I think) is going (?) I’m finding it hard to locate gears but no grinding of any sort, goes up easier than down, is it the box or the clutch? any help, please?? - from Cheshire

Submitted: 2009-03-13 | ID: 50111

Craig Williams, Oxfordshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2007

1 star review

Problem after problem... now gearbox has gone after 30,000 miles. This is costing over £1,000 for reconditioned replacement.

Submitted: 2009-01-08 | ID: 50122

T Williams, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 cdti 2006

4 star review

Comfortable drive on long distance; fast and economical to run; elegant to look at and uncluttered interior.

Submitted: 2009-01-07 | ID: 50123

Ryan Bell, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2005

1 star review

Do not buy one of these vans- stick with transit, only 43000 miles and had 2 new gear boxes and 2 new cluthes, van spends more time off road than on it even the vauxhall mechanics say they are rubbish. DO NOT BUY ONE OFF THESE TERRIBLE VANS IT HAS NEARLY PUT ME OUT OF BUSINESS AND VAUXHALL DO NOT CARE IF YOU PHONE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THEY CAN’T SPEAK OR UNDERSTAND A WORD OFF ENGLISH.

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Had all those issues with my old Transit. Never buy a Transit again, looked mint when i bought it at 6 years old but within a year was a basket case. Gearbox grinding and oil drained through rusted sump causing a con rod to distort - Dave Smith from Kent

Submitted: 2008-12-29 | ID: 50089

Anthony Taylor, Sussex

Vauxhall Vivaro 2004

1 star review

I’ve had this van 4 years and the gearbox has gone at 34,000 miles. I’m not happy about it - what will go wrong next?

Submitted: 2008-12-03 | ID: 50091

Cameron, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5 DT 2003

4 star review

This van saved my life, I had an accident a week ago, I lost the back end on a wet road, I ended up on the side on the van in a field, just off the road. I walked away from the van with only a cut knuckle and that was because a wooden stake went through the small little window on drivers side n into the steering wheel. (I was quite lucky there really, I could have ended up a lot worse). The van was a write off because another stake had pushed in the corner of the roof but other than that a perfect van. The 2.5 TD 2900 I had was a flying machine 147bhp 300NM of torque, I’d get another for sure!! Well recommended van! More solid than a Transit, and I’ve owned a Transit!

Submitted: 2008-11-25 | ID: 50092

Steve Qugley, London

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5 cdti 2005

4 star review

I have had this van from new and with 52k on the clock have had little trouble. The service costs have been high on the 2 services I have had, they insist on renewing the brake discs all round which I am sure is what they say to everyone. The power is more than adequate from the engine and I also got mine with an extra side loading door which has been a god-send. I am thinking about renewing soon and was thinking about a Transporter but after reading the reviews I think my search might see me buying another Vivaro.

Submitted: 2008-10-27 | ID: 50088

Robert Worth, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2002

2 star review

I have had this van 42 months and what a nice van to drive when running ok !!!! At 35,000 the fuel pump went a &pound3,000 bill at dealers and now at 38,000 the gearbox needs replacing. I wouldn’t buy again - get a Transporter!

Submitted: 2008-10-17 | ID: 50093

Zed Hameed, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 CDTI 2004

2 star review

Just gone onto a mere 29.000 miles and the gearbox has had to go in as the bearings etc have gone, have never ground the gears and have always changed gear smoothly, now find out its going to cost about £1500 to fix really ******* off would have bought a Transit as before so will never buy one of them again, haven’t even paid for it yet. Beware, the running costs are expensive, also turbo sensor went - £120.00.

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Hi, Hope you dont mind me emailing you i have recently read your review on the vauxhall vivaro, My question is when your turbo sensor gave up did it make a humming sound ( if you remember ) I have a 2004 1.9 which has sunk over £2000 in the last 3-4 months and to top it off the wire to injector 2 has a bad connection ( the van runs and sounds like a tractor ) quoted today by vauxhall £1066 to fix ) Once again hope you dont mind me messaging you any help is great help. Kind regards John - from West Midlands

Hi, Hope you dont mind me emailing you i have recently read your review on the vauxhall vivaro, My question is when your turbo sensor gave up did it make a humming sound ( if you remember ) I have a 2004 1.9 which has sunk over £2000 in the last 3-4 months and to top it off the wire to injector 2 has a bad connection ( the van runs and sounds like a tractor ) quoted today by vauxhall £1066 to fix ) Once again hope you dont mind me messaging you any help is great help. Kind regards John - from West Midlands

Submitted: 2008-10-13 | ID: 50094

Marc Binnie, Angus (Forfarshire)

Vauxhall Vivaro SWB 1.9dcti 6speed 2004

1 star review

Well my experience of this van is thankfully short, but not sweet. I started a new job 5 weeks ago, picked up the van from Arnold Clark van centre in Glasgow, 4 days late after a set of injectors, clutch and MOT @99,000 miles. I drove 2000 miles and the gearbox packed in, wouldn’t select 1st, 2nd, 4th or reverse!! The lease company have pulled the plug on the contract as it’s too expensive to run now, being a 54 plat and now over 100kmiles. not a bad van to drive, a bit lacking in the oomph department and if you don’t like courtesy cars or motorway hard shoulders its one to be avoided!!!

Submitted: 2008-09-24 | ID: 50096

Ashley Skinner, Dorset

Vauxhall Vivaro 2003

2 star review

Had the van 7 months, its only done 47,000 miles and the gearbox has gone, wish I got a transit now !

Submitted: 2008-09-16 | ID: 50095

Chris Everett, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2002

1 star review

Bought my van 2 years ago second hand in good condition. Wish I had spent my money elsewhere. in the past 18 months I’ve had to have new master and slave cylinders, new clutch and the gearbox has just gone for the second time! Great van when it works but unfortunately it doesn’t work for long. At least I’m getting my money’s worth out of the RAC...

Submitted: 2008-08-13 | ID: 50098

Pete, Cardiff

Vauxhall Vivaro 9 seat bus 2008

4 star review

Have only done 7000k so far as only had it 2 months ago. It drives ok, went to the South of France with 9 people plus skis at limit. French motorway speeds and did about 36 mpg. I was looking at the Mercedes and the Volkswagen but they are ridiculously expensive. There’s a performance chip available for this apparently and a friend who fitted this was impressed with the greatly increased power. One annoyance is that I ordered factory fitted black windows and it came without them! So I’ve put limo tints over them instead and it looks cool.

Submitted: 2008-08-06 | ID: 50097

Paul, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2003

3 star review

Great van, good looking, good on fuel, comfortable, well made, rubbish gearbox , gearbox bearings made out of hardend porridge... BEWARE!

Submitted: 2008-06-25 | ID: 50084

Jon Roberts, Flintshire

Vauxhall Vivaro l900 lwb mini-bus 2004

4 star review

Bought vehicle new, have now done 126,000 miles and have just ordered another. 2 sets of discs, 1 master cylinder, 2 cam belts at due change and a service every 18000. miles including pads, tyres and oils plus filters, nothing more, and its all stop start work around town.

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Correction: the oil should be 5/30, I would buy Ford’s oil for it - Martin Jones from Essex

I would do the oil and filter every 9,000 miles not 18,000 if you want your engine to last. - Ho Simmy from England

Submitted: 2008-05-16 | ID: 50085

Paul Mayers, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 DTi 2900 2002

2 star review

The only thing wrong with this van is the fact that the gearbox, clutch and brakes are not up to the job. The gearbox has cheap bearings and at £1000 pounds a pop for a reconditioned replacement this can prove rather expensive. The clutch just hasn’t got the grunt for the job in hand so you can add a few more pounds to the running costs for replacement every 30,000 miles. The brakes just don’t last and the master cylinder is a bit suspect. So if you like spending loads on service and repair this is the van for you!!!!!!!

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I don’t like spending loads on van repairs and lost income and that’s why I now avoid Ford Transits and their couldn’t care less dealers - Pete Jones from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 2008-04-15 | ID: 50082

Paul Jones, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2.0cdti 9 seat minibus LWB 2007

5 star review

Bought almost new from Vauxhall dealer. Covered 6000 miles in 2 months. Very smooth engine. Will sit all day at 90-100mph (abroad of course). We use it as an alternative to the run of the mill MPV’s (old car was ’03 Galaxy) and do not regret decision for a minute. Excellent for big family (6 of us + 2 dogs) who like to travel - loads of space for luggage. Very good for towing large caravan - but keep an eye on your speed - very easy to creep up to 70+. Slick 6 speed box, light controls, nice ride. Handling okay, but remember this is a basically a van with seats ! No complaint about space or comfort of seats. One niggle is that the stereo is not up to the standard of my last car - but for £16k including the alloys and roof ladder that I got added it’s a lot of metal for the money. So far I have achieved about 36mpg.

Submitted: 2008-04-14 | ID: 50081

Martin McGuinness, Fife and Kinross Shires

Vauxhall Vivaro lwb high roof 2004

4 star review

have had this vehicle since 6 months old love it due to good points quick for a van great on fuel cheap to run i.e. road tax and insurance big van inside due to high door handles well good to drive now done 80000mls bad points 3rd gearbox needs no4 now this is an inherent problem have spoken to Vauxhall and Renault mechanics they recon to be changing at least 1 a week eats brakes even though i have had major problems with gearboxes i will buy an other vivaro or one of its variants i.e. primistar or traffic

Submitted: 2008-01-23 | ID: 50080

Tony Whitchurch, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9Di 2700 swb 80 2006

4 star review

Very smart van. Nice and neat to drive and good load space. Good cabin area with lots of stowage areas. Very good on fuel and low insurance rating. Good hardworking van that looks the biz.

Submitted: 2007-11-22 | ID: 50079

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  • "Looking for 2 second hand pistons for this van. Can't seem to match the code on the pistons to any other code, how to I find out the right size, requ..." (tan, 13/12/2014 11:35:33)
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  • "This morning my vans central locking keeps making a noise when the engine is running. Sounds like the locks are locking and then unlocking, although ..." (John, 08/12/2014 22:07:54)
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  • "My *08" Vauxhall Vivaro, was recently sat on the drive unused for approx 10-12 weeks. When i came to use, I noticed the brake pedal went straight to ..." (Ian M., 03/12/2014 19:51:34)
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  • "When I start up in the Rev counter speedo and fuel , tem gauges are All fine but when van gets warm they Stop working In till the next day . And we..." (Stef, 01/12/2014 16:09:20)
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  • "Vauxhall Vivaro 55 plate. I have a strange problem. When it rains, it loses power - the revs will not move more than the minimum for about 15 minute..." (Vauxhall vivaro 2005, 24/11/2014 19:00:09)
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Answers

  • Chris Gray's question has been answered: "I have the same problem with my 2006 Opel Vivaro 2.5. have replaced turbo boost solenoid and the buzzing sound is still there. I cant get this problem - Michael McGuire from Leitrim' '..." (01/12/2014 12:07:17)
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  • Jonathan West's question has been answered: "I had the same problem and it ended up being no oil in the gear box which f cked the bear box up so I had to buy a new - gary from Somerset' '..." (22/09/2014 17:40:34)
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