Have you heard of any problems for the 2008 Opel Zafira diesel? And also what miles to the gallon does it give?
Also looking at Ford Focus 1.6 diesel - any problems with that?
Thanks for all your help
Filed under reliability - Asked by Teresa Glynn (Ennis) - Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:08
There are a couple of problems with the Zafira diesel, mostly to do with the diesel particulate filter (it gets clogged and has to be replaced, which is expensive), the exhaust gas recirculation valve (which jams, and which means you need to replace it), and the dual-mass flywheel. On the inside, check for faulty central locking and rear seats that won’t lock into position when you lift them up out of the boot. Economy should be around the 40mpg mark, depending on how you drive it.
Ford Focus 1.6 diesels of similar age might have turbo trouble too (if the engine feels hesitant or down on power), and you need to listen for creaking steering racks, check for faulty air conditioning and listen for noisy suspension.