Those cheap Vauxhall Zafira's
Mines a 1.8 petrol with 130k on the clock – known as the silver bullet! Not fast, not economical , bit of a liking for oil but pretty reasonable to fix, 7 seats and gets dogs and bikes in pretty easily
Heart wants a vw transporter next but head is saying get a new zafira and run for 5 years although tempted to go dieselPosted 4 years ago
I bit the bullet and bought a 1.6 Exclusiv for £10145 today and, I must say, so far (20 miles) it seems very good indeed. It wasn’t even a pre-reg, it’s registered as brand new. I decided that, as I wasn’t thinking of selling it on in 3 years then, for that price, it was a no-brainer for me. It’s got a years tax and a lifetime warranty, AA cover for a year, and I found a £250 money-off voucher on the Vauxhall website.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for your help, chaps!retro83Member
kevmac1962 – Member
I’ve only just realised that this is a members group for cycle owners, of which I am not one. No idea how this got so far up the google rankings for a search of “Vauxhall Zafira discount”, but I’m quite pleased it did!
despite most members on here owning several bikes I suspect many don’t actually ride them so don’t worry about that! 🙂Posted 4 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
If anyone is going to go for this, I have a voucher for £500 and something (I think its around 575 and I believe it comes off before vat is added so its worth more). I’m allowed to give it to a “friend”, I’m sure I could do a deal on it, especially as it has to be used by the end of March and I’ll it be buying a car by then.Posted 3 years agoRusty ShacklefordMember
Christ…I bet these are sh1t! I mean, it’s a Vauxhall FFS…I wouldn’t be seen dead in one 😯
Mind you, I have been thinking about chopping my saloon in (2 bikes at a push, but little or no luggage & what a what a ball-ache) for a better load lugger. Hmmm, under 10k you say…
Erm, where d’ya see that Kryton? 😛Posted 3 years ago
My local dealer is advertising it in the Local rag. It gets a shit rating on Autoexpress but I’m wondering with an option of 7 seats but more appropriately a bike wagon type shape how bad could it be?
I’d be trading in the relative luxury yet impracticality of a no monthly payment so relatively very cheap 330i saloon though 🙁Posted 3 years agoRusty ShacklefordMember
Better off with this. http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/fs-volvo-xc70Posted 3 years agohoraMember
Better off with this. http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/fs-volvo-xc70
Until something goes wrongPosted 3 years ago
DezB – Member
I haven’t read all that but the only thought in my mind would be… what a great used car you could get for £10K…
Good point Dez, I would probably have to spend only 25% of that to get a loaded 320/330/520/530 diesel tourer good enough for M/Way use yet doubling as a weekend bike transporter*.
*My car is always the “second” family car, hence the cheapness.
Although I do yearn for an in-dash sat nav – fed up with trailing wires.Posted 3 years agowrightysonMember
Rarely do you “have to overtake anything” unless it is stationary in which case even the lowest powered of cars will achieve that quite easily. of course there maybe emergency situations that i’m not aware of…
That’s a whole different thread for driving gods like me. But yes if you live/work in rural Derbyshire you will need to overtake something quite often that is bimbling along!
Back to topic I’d definitely go used with remaining warranty…Posted 3 years ago
I don’t work for Vauxhall (honest! I’ve never even owned a General Motors car before – oh, except a 1978 Chevrolet Caprice, does that count?) and I don’t have any particular metaphorical axe to grind, so I can only report that I bought one of these brand new 1.6 Zafiras (not a pre-reg) for £10,145, including a year’s car tax. I’ve had it a month and it’s great. Huge amount of space, comfortable, lovely stereo, quiet, well built, aircon, good warranty…..and apparently it has 7 seats too.
Staggeringly, I can also confirm that I have occasionally managed to overtake other vehicles – and not just a 2CV. It may surprise people to learn that this is not a fast car and that I will not be driving to Nürburgring to race it against a Ford C-Max or Seat Alhambra – I don’t know about you but there are speed cameras and speed humps around my way. I am also currently middle-aged and unlikely to be going in the opposite direction any time soon. So hopefully no speeding points for me.
I would guess that it gets bad reviews from some of the press because it is reviewed as an £18,500 car. Clearly you would have to be of unsound mind to pay that for it. Look out for a review based on a Zafira 1.6 costing about half that (come on Auto Express, you know you want to!).
With regard to the warranty, it seems to cover most things and it lasts for as long as I own the car (or 100,000 miles. Or as long as Vauxhall can stay in business selling a Zafira for £10k). As an example of the warranty exclusions, they won’t cover the exhaust falling off on the M40 in the year 2023 which, frankly, seems reasonable.
I intend to keep it about 8 years and then get rid of it for hardly anything, so depreciation of about £1,000 per year which seems bloody cheap to me when compared to a second hand car with no warranty. I contend that, if my cunning plan comes to fruition, I will be a financial genius with no points on my license. Either that or I’ll have another mid-life crisis (the first one was brilliant! See 1978 Chevrolet Caprice for details) and buy a Ferrari. And a motorbike.
As an aside, I’m not sure why anyone would care in 2014 about the badge on the bonnet. I do remember when I was a small child becoming slightly aggravated when a Skoda drove past, but not for a good few years now. My next door neighbour, in fact, has two Skodas – honestly, I haven’t said a word.
As another aside, my Zafira smells fantastic. Really, it’s lovely. Good old Vauxhall, manufacturing a feast for all the senses (although it doesn’t taste good, so possibly not ALL of the senses).Posted 3 years agotobstersMember
I bought one of the new 1.6 ones on offer about 6 weeks ago. Sure there are cars I’d prefer, but its perfect for what we need right now. I wont be doing track days in it, it carries loads of house reno waste to the tip, transports my family comfortably and safely, has a lifetime warranty, feels solid, rarely goes on the motorway, I won’t cry if the wife dings it etc.etc. If I was a single man, with no kids, doing lots of motorway miles, then I wouldn’t look at one, but given current circumstances its a complete no brainer at that price.
Also its my second VX over the past 6yrs, and I currently have no reason to worry about reliability; the 04 Astra didn’t miss a beat. Just my own real world tuppence worth having bought one, and owned VX’s, rather than what I’ve read in reviews.Posted 3 years agohoraMember
If you want something abit special a used Audi A4 estate is hardly going to set the world alight dynamically. I read on STW today someone saying one goes round a corner well. Wow.
I’ve currently got a Xsara Picasso 1.6 and Jesus I’m struggling to fault it. Its dull as ditchwater but carries ALOT and doubles as a van very easily.
I am toying with the idea of a Honda S2000 or similar and KEEPING the MPV. Both together would come in waaaaay lower than a nearly Audi A4 dullwagon. Much better.
As I said earlier, I really don’t see the issue with Zafiras. If someone is that arrogant, well I guess you live in a house set in acres of land too.Posted 3 years ago
Crikey he’s right, its the 120bhp 1.8 they are selling off.
Doesn’t look two bad either aand even has touch screen Nav according to the blurb!Posted 3 years agoPePPeRSubscriber
I’d get one if I could afford one, we run our cars into the ground so being able to buy a car new and drive it for 11-12 years like we do would be ideal.
Sounds like a practical decent car, probably not the best but, I can’t see cars like a VW Touran being worth double this!Posted 3 years agobeinbhanSubscriber
I bought one of the 1.6 zafiras in December, It replaced the one I had previously. There has been no problem with it. It does the job I bought it for. Chuck the bikes in the back and go it will sit at 70 to 80 on the motorway quite happily. I’m long past the boy racer stage its a tool for getting from a to b and for the price it was a no brainer.Posted 3 years agorocketmanMember
…is no-one buying them still?
the BIL bought one he can only buy cars that have been authorised by his mrs. For me its a horrifying vehicle to sit in, so far removed from what I think is a normal car I am just really really glad to get out of it. I cannot understand how anyone could possibly think hmmm yes thats a nice car I’ll buyone of those….
And relaxPosted 3 years ago
got ours last week( but put the deposit down a while back,- govauxhall in wimbledon = sloooow)
1.8 (120) anyway drove up to Ae and back with 2 bikes and a load of kit this weekend, much easier to load unload than my mk1 focus
was fine to drive and got about 35mpg for the round trip, has enough oomph to overtake the sunday drivers and cruises fine on the motorway, seats were comfy
will make taking the family + bikes and kid trailer etc up to peebles for UKGE/ EWS tweedlove in May so much easier,
im sure the car snobs will hate me but i think its a bargainPosted 3 years ago
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