Those cheap Vauxhall Zafira's
Another thing about the Zafira…
We once had someone collect a table and chairs from us. He limped out of his Zafira and, whilst balancing on one crutch, managed to flip the seats in order to make it fit. It really was that easy. Spectacularly easy.
Possibly not a game-changer but that seating system is very good.Posted 4 years agopopstarMember
At work we had few Zafiras for shuttling duties, they were rather allright. Much better than LDV vans we used to have, and still better place to be than in our current new Renault Megane Scenic. But those were diesel automatics racking 30k miles pa.Posted 4 years ago
Zafiras aren’t aggressive lookers but very practical for family use, I rate them higher than Megane Scenic.chriswilkMember
I’ve got an older 1.8 petrol.
Had it for 5 years and it’s OK.
good for round town with the family.
Bikes inside aren’t great. Front wheel needs to come off even with the seats forward, ‘cos they slide forward and don’t fold flat.
Longer journeys are a bit thirsty, but overall it’s been very good to us.Posted 4 years ago
sorry but a dealer offering £8341 off a car points to the imminent death of a brand…
Skoda UK offered boggo 1.6 petrol Octavias for 10k new about a year ago (a cancelled taxi deal?).
The Zafira is a run out model- they probably had loads unregged still parked up in storage allover.
No ones claiming they are amazing cars. The Touran aint exactly sparkling and the Altea was ‘ok’ to drive.
I’m test driving a Zafira tonight.Posted 4 years agokevmac1962Member
Hello folks. I’m thinking of buying one of these £10k Zafiras next month, either the 1.6 petrol or the diesel (it’s about £12k). If I buy a Zafira for £10k and then, after 3 years it’s worth £5k (I think that’s doubtful – probably more like £6k), then I’ve lost £5k (£1,667 per year). If I don’t buy a Zafira then I could buy a rival model (Galaxy / Touran etc) for about £20k. After 3 years I will have lost a lot more than £5k – probably more like £8k-10k maybe. Am I right, or am I missing something obvious? Surely it’s not about the percentage depreciation, but the cash depreciation? And if this car is basically a 1-year old model (pre-reg to 2013) isn’t that still a good deal for £10k? The last two cars I’ve bought new (Daewoo Matiz & Hyundai Getz) were both run-out models and I wasn’t aware that I was missing anything!Posted 4 years ago
I don’t need a fun car, just a car!
Any advice welcome…..
Buy to keep say 5yrs? I actually don’t think they are bad cars. They aren’t ugly, they aren’t exciting but then again if you bought an Audi you’d suffer depreciation, or if you bought a used one and the turbo (and annual servicing?).
A new proven car for 10k? Show me any new car that isn’t worth 50-60% retained value after 3yrs?Posted 4 years agoMad PierreSubscriber
To contradict all the usual STW experts who don’t actually own one: I’m on my fourth Zafira and have had 1.6, 1.8 petrol and currently have a 1.7 TD.
They have all been great cars – hence why I get another every 3 years!
I have had no major mechanical issues on any of them. The best thing is they are like having a small van when it comes to biking but can switcheroo to carrying a load of people in seconds. I’ve looked at other similar mpvs but price and design have yet to match the Zafira on any I have seen.Posted 4 years agodownshepSubscriber
A friend of mine bought one of these 1.6 petrol runout Zafiras, not to replace his 53 plate petrol Zafira, which is still going strong after 100,000 miles but his wife’s Mitsibishi Colt that was falling apart after 4 years. If you need a simple, affordable 7 seater for kiddy ferrying around town, want to avoid 2nd hand risks and don’t mind a basic spec car with a less than sexy badge, these really are a no-brainer.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I just get my head around a 1.6 petrol 5 speed manual in a Zafira sized bus.
I’ve a 1.6 petrol c-max, so a similar size/power. It only ever feels underpowered when completely laden and trying to go up some of the trickier roads in the yorkshire moors. It’ll happily sit at speeds sufficient to lose your licence on the motorway and acceleration’s never been a problem unless you really have to reach the back of the next traffic jam first.Posted 4 years agodmortsSubscriber
After 3 years it will be worth about £2.5k according to this – http://www.lovemoney.com/news/cars-computers-and-sport/cars/15479/car-depreciation-ten-hold-value?source=1009001Posted 4 years ago
Which is bollocks.
Show me average mileage 1.6 Zafiras that are for sale at 2.5k/3yrs old.
Again national search 5yrs/60k:
Of course they are trade sellers on there but still. Where can you buy a Zafira for peanuts?Posted 4 years agotobstersMember
I’m also interested in a cheap Zafira for lugging family, bikes and house stuff about in. My current car is an Astra, and having only owned Golfs previous to this I have no concerns over Vauxhall build quality. Nothing has gone wrong in 6yrs.
Sure, it isn’t exciting or sexy, but a new car, with a lifetime warranty for sub £10k seems like a good deal… Unless I’m missing something. Plus we do 8k miles pa so petrol is fine with me.
Can what little street cred I have left survIve Zafira ownership though… That is the main question.Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
Hmmmmm have been eyeing up used zafiras atoning the 6k mark as we need to expand on the focus 5 hr drive back from the in-laws with 2 kids and a load of presents was enough to convince me
They may not be pretty but look a shit load better than a berlingo or a multipla !Posted 4 years agodmortsSubscriber
Which is bollocks.
Possibly! The 1.6 Zafira seems to depreciate steeply. But if you scroll down the link the 1.8 Zafira appears in the least depreciating cars list.
The current values seen on Autotrader aren’t discounted end of line models bought 3 years ago. Maybe a £10k end of line Zafira would be around £3k after 3 years? In-laws bought a ‘new’ Renault Scenic just before the latest model came out, after 3 years it wasn’t worth a lot at all, hence we have it!Posted 4 years ago
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