/ Vauxhall Meriva-do you own/ would you buy one?
Should have said, its the 1.7 deisel, '54 plate.
Had a hire one and almost died when the pice of crap refused to accelerate up a slight incline in second. I had to drop it in to first to escape the tractor that was bearing down on me from behind. Also they are horrible to drive. Just get an astra, focus, leon, megane, etc.
New Astra is good for 6 footers, but not the old one. I got a late model Vectra, tons of room.
You're thinking of the Agila.
Meriva is between a Astra/Vectra - just with a higher roof.
The Agila isn't based on any of Vauxhall's convensional hatchbacks, it is a shared platform with Suzuki.
Meriva is based on an Corsa.
> The Agila isn't based on any of Vauxhall's convensional hatchbacks, it is a shared platform with Suzuki.
My parents have had a 54 plate Diesel and it's done North of 130,000 still going strong. Don't think anything major has fallen off it. Not particularly pretty or fun to drive, but I found it very practical when I've borrowed it for weekends. Definitely a lot more space than a Clio.
The layout was weird too, especially the centre console. My wife and I both agreed that it was truly awful. I've had loads of hire cars, and this was the worst, even more so than the battered Clio we once rented from Alicante, or the completely shagged A-class Merc in central Paris from Easy-rent-a-flight-and-car-and-hotel.com!
A Skoda Yeti will give you all the room you need, and more besides. When new the Yeti is cheaper than the equivalent Meriva - however Meriva's are often sold with massive discounts, basically because they're not really that good.
No / not in a million years.
We had a 2003 model, 1.8 petrol. It was great, comfy enough, not quick but not sluggish, either. didnt notice it being thristy.
For the size of the car the boot was massive and very flexible too (sliding rear seats)
had a few minor issues, nothing expensive (warranty)
we kept it to 850000 with no major outlay beyond the usual consumables.
Vauxhalls are shit, don't do it...
> we kept it to 850000 with no major outlay beyond the usual consumables.
Eight hundred and fifty thousand miles? Maybe I'vew underestimated it
> You're thinking of the Agila.
> Meriva is between a Astra/Vectra - just with a higher roof.
No it isn't we have a meriva and an astra - chalk and cheese
one is a van with seats in the back that has no power and poor cornering, the other is an acceptable car!
I've had a couple, and my Dad had plenty of them, and no issues particularly (apart from the Astra SRi that got nicked, but that's hardly Vauxhall's fault).
There aren't really any completely crap newish cars, TBH, just some are better than others.
Zafira is Astra-derived, Meriva is Corsa-derived, AIUI. Don't think they ever did a Vectra based large MPV.
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