Vauxhall-Zafira-4This month sees us focus on both the Vauxhall Zafira and the Astra H. Both Griffin emblemed vehicles are derived from the Astra chassis, however, one was a popular hatchback tussling with the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf for supremacy, while the Zafira became a staple vehicle for those requiring extra space.

The Astra H was first introduced into the market in 2004, replacing the rather jaded Astra G with sharp lines and a well-built interior. While the Zafira B came out in 2005 with similar styling and once again based on the Astra estate’s underpinnings. The Zafira and Astra were launched with a range of powerplants, which included 1.6-, 2.0-, or 2.2-litre petrol engines and 1.3-,1.7- and 1.9-litre diesel options.

This variety of engines and the addition of new technology has provided a number of challenges.

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Click below to see technical contributions on the Vauxhall Zafira and Astra H from:

Autoelectro – looks at rotating electrics issues with the Astra H and Zafira B

Cambiare – covers a variety of issues that are common on the two Vauxhalls

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of lubricants

Corteco – says checking the engine mounts on the Astra H and Zafira B is safety critical

Dayco – discuss issues with the Zafira’s and Astra’s belt tension

First Line – focuses on the bearings on the Zafira

Gates – looks at timing belt and thermostat issues

Lucas Oils – on the Vauxhall’s power steering system

Motaquip – on a number of issues affecting the Zafira and Astra

Meyle – best practice with shock absorbers, crankshaft sensors and tie rod ends

RMI – explains common issues with the Vauxhall Zafira B and Astra H

TecRMI – gives us the lowdown on a couple of problems on the Zafira

ZF – explains about the CSC issue on a Zafira

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