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    Hello everyone!
    I’m brand new to the forum… All the way over here in South Africa.
    I just bought a non-runner Zafira-B Panoramic with the Z22YH engine and auto transmission, and I’m hoping to DIY my way through the issues and get it running on a shoestring budget. You can imagine that, if I can pull this off, I will have got an awesome car for dirt cheap. I have 3 little kids, so it will be really handy having a 7-seater when my parents or in-laws come on holiday to spend time with the kids, especially since my current car is a ’97 Astra F hatch!
    We don’t have anywhere near the same kind of value-for-money on used cars as the UK does , so it’s really hard to get a good used car here for cheap, which is why I bought the non-runner… people tend to shy away from cars that need work (and even more from a non-runner) but after hearing his story and doing some research, it seems like the issues that the car has are all fixable without breaking the bank. The guy had just replaced the coil pack in recent months, and then was told by the GM dealership that he’s got faulty injectors. He had them removed and taken to a place that specialises in injectors and was told that they are leaking, but got a crazy quote for the job and decided to cut his losses and sell it.
    From my Googling, and poking around forums and watching YouTube, it seem the car is now in “limp mode” (never knew that that was until a few days ago!)… it starts and idles, but roughly. It will move a bit when I put it in Drive / Reverse, but with almost no power… So as it stands, it will only run on a flat road at an absolute crawl.
    I’ve been looking around, trying to get info related to the Z22YH, and since you guys in the UK get the Z22YH on multiple Vauxhall cars, I’m hoping that I can get the right info and pointers here. The Zafira is not very popular in South Africa. I see waaaay more VW Tourans and VW Caddys. And even among the few Zafiras that there are, the Z22YH variant is not a common variant, nor is the Panoramic.
    All this adds up to a car that I hardly see on the road, but it has the potential to be a really really good car if I can get it running and fix all the issues.

    So here’s what I’ve done so far, and the issues I have found:

    • bought the car
    • got it towed to my home
    • ordered a bluetooth OBD2 scanner from China so I can read and clear fault codes and diagnose issues (… will get here next week some time)
    • the battery doesn’t hold a charge
    • rear electric windows weren’t working due to a blown fuse… need to get a replacement
    • found out how to use the ‘panoramic sliders’ (dunno what the correct name is), but also found out that the front 2 ‘sliders’ are missing
    • watched a few videos and read a few forums that suggest that the injector seals are most likely the issue and they need to be replaced
    • watched a few more videos on how to replace the seals, and saw a few genius hacks to do it without that special injector seal tool (more on that in a later post)
    • got a price for a set of seals from ebay seller Vauxcenter in the UK , waiting on local agents to also give me pricing so I can see which option is cheaper.


    I’m at the very beginning of my journey with this car, and I hope it turns out to be a success story rather than a regret.
    I’ll add pics of the current condition of the car, plus any ore info in the coming days, and I’ll keep updating this diary as I make any progress.
    I hope it will achieve 2 things…

    1. any/all input from the community here will only help me
    2. maybe someone else with a Zafira has (or will have) similar issues and might one day look through this diary and find useful information


    Ok, I think that’s enough for one day… this is already quite a long story I’ve written!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inevitability View Post
    Hello everyone!
    I’m brand new to the forum… All the way over here in South Africa.
    I just bought a non-runner Zafira-B Panoramic with the Z22YH engine and auto transmission, and I’m hoping to DIY my way through the issues and get it running on a shoestring budget. You can imagine that, if I can pull this off, I will have got an awesome car for dirt cheap. I have 3 little kids, so it will be really handy having a 7-seater when my parents or in-laws come on holiday to spend time with the kids, especially since my current car is a ’97 Astra F hatch!
    We don’t have anywhere near the same kind of value-for-money on used cars as the UK does , so it’s really hard to get a good used car here for cheap, which is why I bought the non-runner… people tend to shy away from cars that need work (and even more from a non-runner) but after hearing his story and doing some research, it seems like the issues that the car has are all fixable without breaking the bank. The guy had just replaced the coil pack in recent months, and then was told by the GM dealership that he’s got faulty injectors. He had them removed and taken to a place that specialises in injectors and was told that they are leaking, but got a crazy quote for the job and decided to cut his losses and sell it.
    From my Googling, and poking around forums and watching YouTube, it seem the car is now in “limp mode” (never knew that that was until a few days ago!)… it starts and idles, but roughly. It will move a bit when I put it in Drive / Reverse, but with almost no power… So as it stands, it will only run on a flat road at an absolute crawl.
    I’ve been looking around, trying to get info related to the Z22YH, and since you guys in the UK get the Z22YH on multiple Vauxhall cars, I’m hoping that I can get the right info and pointers here. The Zafira is not very popular in South Africa. I see waaaay more VW Tourans and VW Caddys. And even among the few Zafiras that there are, the Z22YH variant is not a common variant, nor is the Panoramic.
    All this adds up to a car that I hardly see on the road, but it has the potential to be a really really good car if I can get it running and fix all the issues.

    So here’s what I’ve done so far, and the issues I have found:

    • bought the car
    • got it towed to my home
    • ordered a bluetooth OBD2 scanner from China so I can read and clear fault codes and diagnose issues (… will get here next week some time)
    • the battery doesn’t hold a charge
    • rear electric windows weren’t working due to a blown fuse… need to get a replacement
    • found out how to use the ‘panoramic sliders’ (dunno what the correct name is), but also found out that the front 2 ‘sliders’ are missing
    • watched a few videos and read a few forums that suggest that the injector seals are most likely the issue and they need to be replaced
    • watched a few more videos on how to replace the seals, and saw a few genius hacks to do it without that special injector seal tool (more on that in a later post)
    • got a price for a set of seals from ebay seller Vauxcenter in the UK , waiting on local agents to also give me pricing so I can see which option is cheaper.


    I’m at the very beginning of my journey with this car, and I hope it turns out to be a success story rather than a regret.
    I’ll add pics of the current condition of the car, plus any ore info in the coming days, and I’ll keep updating this diary as I make any progress.
    I hope it will achieve 2 things…

    1. any/all input from the community here will only help me
    2. maybe someone else with a Zafira has (or will have) similar issues and might one day look through this diary and find useful information


    Ok, I think that’s enough for one day… this is already quite a long story I’ve written!
    Good luck on your journey even though I would suggest posting on a Zafira forum.


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    The 2.2 can suffer from two issues, one is that the timing chain can stretch, which throws the timing out; and the other is that the high pressure fuel pump in the engine bay can fail. Your issue might be one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koki View Post
    Good luck on your journey even though I would suggest posting on a Zafira forum.
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    Thanks... Will definitely do so.
    Quote Originally Posted by LastOne View Post
    The 2.2 can suffer from two issues, one is that the timing chain can stretch, which throws the timing out; and the other is that the high pressure fuel pump in the engine bay can fail. Your issue might be one of those.
    Great tips, thanks! How would I go about checking if it's the timing chain that's stretched?
    I watched an awesome YouTube video where the guy diagnosed and repaired a high pressure fuel pump issue by plotting the fuel pressure demand against the fuel pressure being delivered (using his diagnostic tool) . I'll post the link below. So once I have a way to read the data, I have an idea how to diagnose that problem. But i have no idea how I might be able to tell if it's the timing chain.

    YouTube link for the video i mentioned ...

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    first pics below. bumper got pulled off while towing, had to stop in a hurry and re-attach to a safer spot... AC condensor also got bent in the process

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    Quote Originally Posted by LastOne View Post
    the other is that the high pressure fuel pump in the engine bay can fail. Your issue might be one of those.
    As well as the fuel regulator having issues too. The same fault code (P1191) appears for both the fuel pump and regulator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    As well as the fuel regulator having issues too. The same fault code (P1191) appears for both the fuel pump and regulator.
    Will definitely look out for that fault code.

    Since I have no idea when the last time the car's fault codes were read / cleared, is it advisable to clear all fault codes as soon as I get the reader, and then wait for codes to reappear? Or should I already be taking the fault codes reported and using those as the base to figure out the car's problems?

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    If the fault is present (which it should be) I would suggest clearing them running the car for a bit and scanning again just so you don’t get confused.


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    when you clear whatever it has found, if it is still a problem it'll come back... so i would read, clear fault codes, start, and read again, than take it from that last reading

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    Quote Originally Posted by LastOne View Post
    The 2.2 can suffer from two issues, one is that the timing chain can stretch, which throws the timing out; and the other is that the high pressure fuel pump in the engine bay can fail. Your issue might be one of those.
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    As well as the fuel regulator having issues too. The same fault code (P1191) appears for both the fuel pump and regulator.
    Saw a YouTube video yesterday on the "pedal test" to read fault codes while I wait for the OBD2 to arrive (should be this week).
    Quick note is that the way to do it on an Auto is different to a manual, which I didn't know, so I struggled for a while thinking it wasn't working or that I was doing it wrong.

    But anyway... I got quite a list of fault codes! This is my understanding of what they mean (from a very quick Google search last night). Will do more crawling on forums today to get more info.
    303 01 = engine misfire Cyl 3
    1191 5A : fuel pump or pressure regulator (as mentioned above)
    0105 06 : MAP sensor
    0120 02 : throttle body
    1550 01 : throttle body fail
    1112 64 : swirl flaps malfunction
    0460 71 : fuel gauge reading incorrect

    I placed an order for an OP-COM ... that will most likely take around 10 days to get here.

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