5 Common Vauxhall Meriva Problems

Common problems and repairs

Problem
Won't go into gear

If you find that your car won't select a gear, quite often 1st gear, then you might be having a common Meriva issue, a gear linkage failure.


What to do:

You'll need to get a mechanic to check the gear linkage and advise on repair costs.


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Problem
Steering feels vague and unresponsive

If your Meriva steering feels vague, is harder to turn and doesn't seem to be responding to the steering input then your car might be suffering a common Meriva power steering issue. The change in steering feel is often combined with the EPS (Electric Power Steering) light coming on.


What to do:

The solution is usually to replace either the steering angle sensor or torque position sensor. This will need to be done by a qualified Vauxhall specialist mechanic.

Problem
Boot not opening

A common issue on the Meriva is a failed boot switch, this will stop the boot from opening and can be a real pain.


What to do:

The solution is to fit a new boot switch.

Problem
Excessive oil consumption

This is a known characteristic of the 1 litre engine in the Meriva.


What to do:

The solution is to regularly check the oil level and keep it topped up. Regular servicing and filter changes essential on this Meriva.


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Problem
Suspension makes a knocking sound

If your Meriva makes a knocking sound from the suspension when you're driving over uneven surfaces then your car might be suffering from one the car's common issues, a failing steering rack.


What to do:

If the steering rack is to blame (hopefully it could also be bushes) then it will need replacing.


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