I would never have believed it until it happened to us!
And if you're reading this, it's probably happened to you to. We recently had the spare wheel stolen from our Vauxhall Zafira. Not only was this expensive to replace, it was hugely inconvenient and could have left my wife and two kids stranded in the middle of no where.
The clasp that secures (not sure if that's the right word to use here) the cage to the underside of the Vauxhall Zafira had been forced and bent allowing a thief to steal the spare wheel. Even more infuriating is that Vauxhall will not take responsibility for what can only be conceived and 'poor design' and suggest that you contact your insurance company. The likely hood is that your insurance excess would exceed the average cost of replacement for the Vauxhall Zafira spare wheel rim and tyre - about £100, which makes it a pointless exercise. So who ends up paying out...you do. And who profits...the thief and Vauxhall.
Please register your loss and your story on this site if you feel as I do that Vauxhall should first of all reimburse those of us who have fallen foul to this issue and secondly rectify this problem - they may have already done so for the release of the Zafira II in 2005.
The Zafira is a good all round family car
Based on the Vauxhall Astra chassis, there are quite a few similarities between the two cars, such as the general driving ride and the quality of the car as a whole.
There have been a few problems that general users have seen with the cars, such as:
Saying this, however. The car is very practical and does have some very good points. The innovative ?Flex 7? seating system makes it very easy to switch the car from 5 to 7 seats without too much hassle.
Other nice features include easy access to the car thanks to the wide opening doors, ideal for families with small children, and an anti-stall device. Designed to stop the car from stalling a low revs.
The car is generally very good and although a minority of owners have had some problems, it represents extremley good value for money and provides a great means of getting the whole family from one place to another.