Written on: 30/04/2013 by pramlal
BOUGHT A USED 1.9CDTI FAMILY BUS A YEAR AGO KEPT ALL THE SERVICES REGULAR.ON A VACATION IN DECEMBER 2012 HAD A BREAKDOWN 300 KILOMETERS AWAY FROM HOME. HAD THE VEHICLE TOWED INTO GENERAL MOTORS IN THE EAST-RAND. EVER SINCE GENERAL MOTORS CANNOT FIND A PROBLEM.GUESSING INJECTORS AND FUEL PUMP, THEN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM, THEN BACK TO DIESEL PROBLEM TO RE SERVICE INJECTORS AFTER 5 MONTHS SAY TO ME ENGINE SEIZED.I THINK THAT THE MANUFACTURERS/SERVICE PROVIDER OF THIS VEHICLE IS INCOMPETENT IN... (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2013 by Mossley1964
I bought a 54 plate 1,.9 6 speed vivaro , had few probs worn wiring where air filter had rubbed through , injector wires , had loss of power won't start in morning , checked egr valve and it was full of hung like solid black boot polish , took it off sprayed it up with wd40 cam off like black ink , put it bck together , started ist time , now goes like sh,,toff a stick , top van being a builder needs to be reliable :)))) (read more)
Written on: 17/02/2013
Had my long wheel base 06 vivaro for six and half years,just let me down for the first time. had new clutch,slave cylinder and master cylinder and gear oil,a supply pipe inc labour £543.00 I drop the oil every 10000 mile and keep the brakes up to scratch. One thing i would pass on to other owners is cover the engine with a sheet of visqeen as best you can because when it rains,the air intake on the bonnett leeks and the water drops onto the top of the engine and seeps down into the... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2013
I bought my vivaro van 19tdi from new on a o6 plate, its been a hard working tool from day 1 I have not had any probs with it up to now, I have it serviced once a year by the main dealers ( silly me ) but i do need this van to be in tip top condition for my work, however :- just before xmas my indicators packed up, I spoke to a friend of mine who knows abit about cars and he said tap the hazard warning light switch a few times !! so I did and HAPPY DAYS they came back on, no more said... (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2012
Bought the 115 version of this Van in March 2011 had done 63000 full serivice history. by March 2012 at 85000 had 0202 code replaced no 2 injector £700.00 now got 1 and 3 injectors gone at 90000. Garage say they have a new puller and may as well have the remaining 3 done, if they come out clean £800.00 otherwise £2000.00. My daughter has an L plate Vauxhall Astra done 85000 cost £500.00 3 Years ago, runs like a dream. make no mistake these vans are rubbish. (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2012 by coddy22
I've had a few problems with mine I had a fuel injector go on me but I blame sainsburys fuel on that, i now put bp in, and now and then a additive I've never had that problem for years. These vans like be looked after you don't then you have problems and belive its expensive. Clutch went at 50,000 thought that was a bit quick but changed it now its on 115,000 no problems. My gear leaver pin has worn thought it was the cables that was 160pounds wasted bought a new pin for 20 off a scrappy.... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2012 by P4cvj (1 review written)
I hear so many bad thing about this van yet iv had a good few since they were launched. And never had any trouble I do believe this is because I buy from new and look after them I do 1400 miles a week in this van and can't fault it they are so comfy and quiet. . Most of these vans when bought second hand have been put though the paces as the main percentage of these are hire van with a lot of major company's using them and so on they have got the market so they can't be that bad can... (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2012
I bought a second hand Vauxhall Vivaro. Got no ends of problems. Changed Glow plugs, MAF Sensor, Throttle potentiometer. Stii having problems. Engine starts but no revs what so ever. Have to wait to cool down for nearly 2 hours then it works ok but then get worried about switching it off as it may not go again. Had to call AA for help 3 times in 4 days to tow me garage and home. Very unreliable. Why did they ever make electronics in this vehicles? Cables and wires good old days. Atleast then... (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2012
apart from the look of the van, my overall opinion is pretty low for this vehicle. I have an 07 plate which i bought a year ago and have spent more than £1000 on repairs in 12 months. It is currentley back in the garage because it keeps cutting out and have been told to repair this problem it may cost as much as the van is worth. Problems i have had. Bracket behind the clutch pedal snapped.-£110 Cable within the gear box-£280 New alternator-£375 New power steering pump-£275 Injection... (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2012 by Mike048 (1 review written)
I'm waiting on a fuel leak off pipe connector for my Vauxhall Vivaro 2000cc 2008 from Vauxhall/Perry's parts in Burley Lancashire,my van has been in the garage 6 weeks and now i'm been told that Vauxhall have to get it manufactured.They can't give me an eta?I contacted Customer Care at Vauxhall and I'm still waiting for ETA for parts to arrive,Perrys at Burnley said 10 working days originally but that has past today!All my problems started with having all the fuel injectors changed,I got... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2012 by schadenfreude62
Reading these reviews has reinforced my opinion of the vivaro, I bought my lwb 2008 with 45,000 miles on the clock from a local dealer in bournemouth. Soon after it started to run on 3 cylinders so got it diagnosed at main v.hall dealer: one of the injectors down but they could not say which one so wanted to replace all 4! the van was just out of warranty so had no intention of paying £1200 plus to a main dealer, got a local auto electrician to indentify which injector it was and sourced a... (read more)
Written on: 27/01/2012
hi all i own a 06 renault traffic it has coverd 136000 miles and drives like new. I am a mobile fork truck mechanic and do alot of travelling across the country. The van has never let me down has passed every M O T . It is always fully loaded and carrys the weight well. It has had one clutch in its life and small repairs to general wear and tear items. I carry out all my own maintenance and servicing on the van and leave nothing to chance. The gearbox is great and has never been a problem i... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2011 by fwings (1 review written)
Bought a used vivaro that had a fault real cheap and being a ex mechanic thought easy peasey it only had 80k on the clock and had a cam belt fitted. Managment lights were on so changed EGR MAF still on anyway my mate cleared the codes every time so no cost there. Eventually traced it to the wiring loom rubbing through on top of the gearbox, once sorted no trouble for a long time,then lights again and would cut out but would restart, traced this to a corred fuse in the main fuse box in the... (read more)
Written on: 11/10/2011 by metalhead197235 (1 review written)
2008 vivaro van 54,000 miles on the clock losing power took it in for diaognostics needs 4 new injectors but cant remove them all rusted in apparantly a common fault any help from vauxhall what do you think.RUBBISH VAN (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2011
light came on in 2008 took to v dealers had to pay for diganosis (not chesp) said it was filter placed ok for 6 months light on again another payment for dig this time needed gaskets ok again for about 8 months then after another payment was told needed new injectors (4) but this may not be the problem?may need new vaule pump if a certain code came back guest what 6 months later back in for yet more diga and new pump, well you can guest what it is now 3 months later(july2011) and is booked... (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2011
I had a rush of blood to the head and TREATED myself to a Nearly new van, Ex BT Vivaro 1.9 DTCI, full history etc, £5500.00 plus the dreaded, new clutch slave cylinder after the road test, (Should have backed out then), air bag light after three weeks, a day in the workshop (Under guarantee) 1 day loss of work, wheel wobble at 60 mph, crunching second gear when cold, 1st signs of gear box failure, then the inevitable emissions light, glow plugs and relay, supposedly, fixed the problem,... (read more)
Written on: 08/05/2011
im buying a vivaro next week for 3k down london with around 60000miles on the clock.it's a good buy?wht can go wrong with this vans? (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2011 by richnd (1 review written)
After purchasing a 2007 vivaro swb in october 2010, this was a begining of a nightmare, engine cuts out whilst driving along. got it looked at by my trusted garage who did the dianostic check.turns out the van needs 4 new injectors each costing £250 PLUS VAT EACH. And this is only if they can remove the original ones out!! thats the hard bit, god knows what i will do if they cannot be removed. So many problems with these vans, i cannot believe it was ever allowed into production, how can... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2011
Hi guys,i own my vivaro for a while now and all what i read here its a pile off shat,i am a courier and i have a lwb vivaro never i will not get another van and i have on mine 148750 miles i do service the van myself and put the best oil and evrithing onit,dont rev the van on cold never and change the oil on 7500 miles and then talk about a vivaro,and dont forget guys,vivaro its a van not a ferrari go slow onit. (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2011
gearbox on the way out £1500, deisel pump £750,
fuel pump sensor £250. wont rev when cold for 30 secs,
garage tell me that there is some elctric cables that rub on the engine because there never fitted securely will be the next thing to go.
drives well but would never buy again (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2011
I bought a Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 SWB in april 2009 with only 36,000 miles on the clock. A few weeks later the air con packed up, I had it re-gassed but it went again soon after. I then drove the van on the motorway for the first time and discovered that when driven at 60mph or over the power completely goes out of it and I ended up doing 20mph in the fast lane (highly dangerous). I have paid around £1000 trying to have the problem sorted to no avail as nobody seems to know what is causing this... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2011 by sbarley05 (1 review written)
if your a millionaire and you want to be skint buy a vivaro the thing is never out of the garage.ive had mine from new and had first fuel pump at 26k then new gear linkage and air mass meter at 35k then had 3 more fuel pumps since.the last one was 3 weeks ago and then broke down 2 weeks ago and gearbox and clutch are now gone at 90k.WOT A POO
VAN DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON ONE OF THESE. 1 STAR IS NOT WORTH GIVING!!!! (read more)
Written on: 07/02/2011
I have had my 2007 sportive for four months and have had no problems until the engine managment light came on.
I took it to v dealer who has identfied it as a injector not working.
They said they broke two tools trying to remove the injector and have put it back together now, only now it has a loud nocking noise comming from the center of the engine.
They have told me that this has happened because they have put a new injector in and it is to powerfull.
The fact is they cant confirm if a... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2011
I never could have believed I could hate a van so much. Boughht my 55 plate Vivaro in November of 2007. Power steering pump went in December of that year-still under warranty. Steering rack failed soon after. 6 sets of lower ball joints, 3 door handles, master cylinder, clutch, 3 wheel bearings, 2 gear cables, alternator, starter motor, boost pressure soloniod, injectors, dash lights staying on, got stuck in third gear, it lost fourth gear, all round gear selection is really bad. All before... (read more)
Written on: 18/11/2010
I bought this Vivaro 1.9 second hand with 40k on it. I run on average 2000 miles /week as a courier. No problems for a while then at 90k I had to have a refurbished gear box and new clutch (£1600). Now at140k I've just spent a further £1400 on having the injectors drilled out of the head as they'd seized in,rear wheel bearings, front disc and pads. I'm taking it back in today as there is a fault with the immobiliser, it intermitantly will not start, I've been stuck in quite a few service... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2010
I own a 54 vivaro 1.9 cdti van. owned it for 18 months. The van appealled at first. Nice looking, good load size. Comfortable cab with three seats and cd player. just what i needed. Then the wallet started opening. First 2 new power steering pumps and a new rack. Then sensor went. Bonnet lid flew up and smashed windsceen. Alternator failed had to be replaced, now having problems selecting gears. Rear doors catchs have fell to bits.just waiting now for something else to go wrong. Where i`d... (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2010
2003 Vivari bought with 15k on clock from Vauxhall dealer, always serviced and maintained. Had new fuel pump and injectors, van starting problems, new power steering pump, and now just having new clutch fitted and gearbox reconditioned as they let water in. Van completed 107k motorway miles, heater no good when its raining and switches starting to fail. I will have spent about £4,500 in repairs over four years. Gutted!!!!! would never buy another (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2010
Had this 58 plate van since new. Had all its services on time. It's the lower powered 2.0 (88kw) so it does get raged a bit. The back/side door mecs fell apart which was down to a pin falling out (cheap plastic rubbish) although i managed to fix myself but it doesn't seem right on a nearly new van. Worst of all- at 53k miles, the 6th speed was whining under load, Vauxhall changed it under warranty. 3 weeks later, the brand new gearbox seized up whilst driving.... Its back at Vauxhall for its... (read more)
Written on: 22/09/2010
pile of !!!! will never own another one as long as i live ,,, three gearboxes, three slave cylinders ,two egr valves complete wiring loom new feul pump new turbo an still things keep going wrong ,an thats only over 1500 miles the van has only done 66k THROW IT AWAY IF YOU OWN ONE (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2010
I have had van for a year-it previously sat for 12 months on Dealers forecourt due to being a cancelled order. I have covered 102000 miles in 11 months-all night driving-and drives as well as the day I took delivery. With full service every other month all I have replaced are light bulbs. I get 38 mpg and cruise at 80 mph on motorway.Drives like a large car, comfortable and fast. At moment I cannot fault the vehicle.
My only regret is not choosing additional options such as bluetooth and... (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2010
bought van new 5years ago 56000 no trouble atal its a 2.5cdti hope it last another 5.will never take van to main dealer for service. i think some poeple are just unlucky with the problems they have,you dont here of the could 1s.yes i would recomend 1. (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2010
i bought Vauxhall vivaro cdti 2900 crew van 1 month old. Clutch gone , gear box problem, Speed sensor gone , steering rack gone,water pump gone. Cost me same as new. My old Ford Escort i used for 5 years no problem at all. I am fed up. Waste of money and time. (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2010
2nd one of these.
First 2002 van had a new berbox at 50000 miles.
This 2006 van had new clutch at 35000 mles and another one at 45000 miles.
New Turbo and ECU at 45000 miles.
Drivers seat is broken, but a new one costs around £1000 !!.
front drivers side lower Suspension arm replaced, steering vague, 29/30MPG.
Looks great, Cab is roomy but I wont be buying another one.
I may try a Transit next. (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2010
had the van 2 years and i have had 2 clucthes and 2 gearboxes within 5o,000 miles they are absolutely useless, i wouldnt recomend one to anybody my other van is a ford transit and its done 60,000 miles and hasnt even blown a headlight buib!!! (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2010
170.000 miles as a mini bus.
New seat,alternator and ecu under warranty
air con pump failed at 120k,sourced good used one.
3 sets of track rod ends,wheel bearing.
uses a little oil but has been way more reliable than my 2 and 3 year old mercedes sprinters.
Drivers like it and its still a fuel miser (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2010 by 1mediaman (1 review written)
I run a film production company and ferry crews and kit all over the uk. I have a sportive double cab model. The van drives great and is quite. we went for the Vauxhall version because of the dealer network and we are 15mins from our local Vauxhall dealer. so far so good! however the warranty never seems to cover anything that fails, vauxhall try to get out of fixing anything. The fist thing that failed at 10 weeks old was the central locking, we had to have the AA break in to get us moving... (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2009 by viv345 (1 review written)
My Vivaro is two years old and I've suffered none of the problems that the above reviews have mentioned. New tires are all I've had to buy, as a matter of fact the van even missed its last service (4000 miles ago)and still no problems. The trouble with these forums is that generally people don't right reviews unless they're unhappy with something.So I'm here to correct the balance. My vivaros the b*****ks! (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2009
bought van/sportife new "FAB" DREAM VAN, AFTER MY OLD TRANSIT WITH 250,000 ON THE CLOCK,WITHIN NO TIME THE CRACKS APPEARED IN ITS BUILD QUALITY,TRIMS,LOCKS,MUD FLAPS,CLUTCH SIDE DOOR SLIDE ALL HAD TO BE REPLACED,CHEAP VAN BUT COST DEAR!STILL THINK ITS A LOOKA,NICE FACE SHAME ABOUT THE LEGS. (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2009
117k so far. AA recovered 5 times. 2 turbos.1 boost valve. 2 sets gear cables. Driveshaft. Catalyst. Master cylinder and slave cylinder. 2 pipes to gearbox. Back in at Dealers again, no clutch and low power from turbo. Don't even let someone give you a Vivaro for free!!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2009
Had Vauxhall Vivaro van for 3 weeks and turbo blew!! cost over a £1200, hadv it back for 4 weeks and gearbox went cost £1500, got it back 3 days later went to petrol station to fill up, and clutch went!!!!!!! worst van ever had a kangoo for 3 years only ever cost me a new set of tyres!! now i get the van from hell!!! (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2009
thinking of buying a vivaro ? dont its a poor van- it looks nice and drives like a car but its rubbish
new gearbox-new fuel pump-new egr valve - new crank case sensor -new ecu - new steering rack- new throttle pedal - new mass airflow sensor -new flywheel there is more ive had done but i have tears in my eyes and i cant go on lol
had an old smiley transit for years with no problems but it was looking a bit sore so it had to go -i have almost paid out the original price of the van in repairs (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2009 by samuel97 (1 review written)
I have been running a Vauxhall Vivaro swb 1.9CDTI since 2005 (54 plate), fitted with 6 speed manual gearbox. The gearbox has developed a serious oil leak which appears to be coming from the breather pipe mounted on top of the gearbox housing. In cold weather both reverse and second gears are difficult to select, but no problems in warm weather! Like many other reviews here, my van has done only light work and has just covered 40,000 miles. My local independent garage has recommended a... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2009 by jimsvalet
I thought my Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9DTi LWB was great,fitted new stereo to get bluetooth and speedo stopped,as it happens all systems are connected and getting it done was a nightmare,if i leave van unused for any more than 5-6 days then battery goes flat and now my alternator has melted,i thought i had an engine fire.not have this much longer.had 3 ldv convoys and thought they were bad,they are simple and basic and easy to fix.would not buy another vauxhall,not a quality product. (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2009 by paul00000
The Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9DTi LWB is a lovely motor just what i needed, looked great, drove like a dream. it broke down with in 12 hours of having it, i done 70 miles. the turbo went, been in the garage now 2 weeks, but now wont be ready for another week so 3 weeks in total. they had to replace the turbo, engine, gear box and more.
Written on: 08/01/2009
This is a poorly designed van as there are no armrests because of angle of door/window design, and instruments are blocked due to angle of steering with airbag, which means you cannot see the fuel low warning light.
When viewing rear of van through door mirrors the stupid curves of the van detract from judging parking distances. Washer bottle is hidden well below the offside wing which means you have to put water and screen wash into a 2ltr plastic drinks bottle. (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2009 by twated (2 reviews written)
Gearboxes, clutches, stearing racks, drive shafts, injectors 53 reg repair costs this year £2,760, second clutch slave cylinder failed he thinks, another clutch now £500 inclusive of labour, happy new year! (read more)
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