Opel Meriva (2017 year). Manual - part 9


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Opel Meriva (2017 year). Manual - part 9




Climate control

Demisting and defrosting the

windows V

● Press V. Activation is indicated

by the LED in the button.

● Temperature and air distribution

are set automatically and the fan

runs at high speed.

● Switch on heated rear window Ü.
● To return to previous mode:

press V, to return to automatic

mode: press AUTO.

Setting of automatic rear window

heating can be changed in the menu

Settings in the Info-Display. Vehicle

personalisation 3 112.


If V is pressed while the engine is

running, an Autostop will be inhibited

until V is pressed again.
If V is pressed while the engine is

in an Autostop, the engine will restart


Stop-start system 3 142.

Manual settings

Climate control system settings can

be changed by activating the buttons

and rotary knobs as follows.

Changing a setting will deactivate the

automatic mode.

Fan speed Z

Press lower button to decrease or

upper button to increase fan speed as

shown in the illustration. The fan

speed is indicated by the number of

segments in the display.
Pressing the lower button longer: fan

and cooling are switched off.
Pressing the upper button longer: the

fan runs at maximum speed.
To return to automatic mode: Press



Climate control


Air distribution s, M, K

Press appropriate button for desired

adjustment. Activation is indicated by

the LED in the button.

: to windscreen and front door



: to head area via adjustable air



: to foot well and windscreen

All combinations are possible.
Return to automatic air distribution:

press AUTO.

Cooling n

Press n to switch on cooling.

Activation is indicated by the LED in

the button. Cooling is only functional

when the engine is running and

climate control fan is switched on.
Press n again to switch off cooling.
The air conditioning system cools and

dehumidifies (dries) when outside

temperature is above a specific level.

Therefore condensation may form

and drip from under the vehicle.
If no cooling or drying is required,

switch off the cooling system for fuel

saving reasons. Activated cooling

might inhibit Autostops.

Stop-start system 3 142.
Depending on the vehicle equipment,

the display will indicate AC when

cooling is activated or Eco when the

cooling is deactivated.
Activation or deactivation of cooling

operation after engine start can be

changed in the menu Settings in the

Info-Display. Vehicle personalisation



Air recirculation system 4

Press 4 to activate air recirculation

mode. Activation is indicated by the

LED in the button.



Climate control

Press 4 again to deactivate

recirculation mode.

9 Warning

The exchange of fresh air is

reduced in air recirculation mode.

In operation without cooling the air

humidity increases, so the

windows may mist up from inside.

The quality of the passenger

compartment air deteriorates,

which may cause the vehicle

occupants to feel drowsy.

In warm and very humid ambient air

conditions, the windscreen might mist

up from outside, when cold air is

directed to it. If windscreen mists up

from outside, activate windscreen

wiper and deactivate s.

Basic settings

Some settings can be changed in the

Settings menu in the Info-Display.

Vehicle personalisation 3 112.

Auxiliary heater

Air heater

Quickheat is an electric auxiliary air

heater which automatically warms up

the passenger compartment more


Air vents

Adjustable air vents

To open the vent, turn the adjuster

wheel to the right. Adjust the air

amount at the vent outlet by turning

the adjuster wheel.


Climate control


Direct the flow of air by tilting and

swivelling the slats.
To close the vent, turn the adjuster

wheel to the left.

9 Warning

Do not attach any objects to the

slats of the air vents. Risk of

damage and injury in case of an


Fixed air vents

Additional air vents are located

beneath the windscreen and door

windows and in the foot wells.


Air intake

The air intake in front of the

windscreen in the engine

compartment must be kept clear to

allow air intake. Remove any leaves,

dirt or snow.

Pollen filter

Cabin air filtration

If the vehicle is equipped with a

heating and ventilation system or with

an air conditioning system, a particle

filter cleans the cabin air from solid

particulates such as pollen, dust,

mould and bacteria from the air.
If the vehicle is equipped with an

electronic climate control system, a

charcoal air filter cleans the cabin air

from solid particulates such as pollen,

dust, mould and bacteria from the air.

An additional layer of activated

carbon absorbs unpleasant odours.

Air conditioning regular


In order to ensure continuously

efficient performance, cooling must

be operated for a few minutes once a

month, irrespective of the weather

and time of year. Operation with

cooling is not possible when the

outside temperature is too low.


For optimal cooling performance, it is

recommended to annually check the

climate control system, starting

3 years after initial vehicle

registration, including:



Climate control

● functionality and pressure test
● heating functionality
● leakage check
● check of drive belts
● cleaning of condenser and

evaporator drainage

● performance check


Driving and operating


Driving and


Driving hints ............................... 139

Control of the vehicle ............... 139

Steering ................................... 140

Starting and operating ............... 140

New vehicle running-in ............ 140

Ignition switch positions ........... 140

Retained power off .................. 140

Starting the engine .................. 141

Overrun cut-off ........................ 142

Stop-start system .................... 142

Parking .................................... 144

Engine exhaust .......................... 145

Diesel particle filter .................. 145

Catalytic converter ................... 146

Automatic transmission .............. 146

Transmission display ............... 146

Selector lever .......................... 147

Manual mode ........................... 148

Electronic driving programmes 148

Fault ........................................ 148

Interruption of power supply .... 148

Manual transmission .................. 149

Brakes ........................................ 150

Antilock brake system ............. 150

Parking brake .......................... 151

Brake assist ............................. 152

Hill start assist ......................... 152

Ride control systems ................. 153

Traction Control system .......... 153

Electronic Stability Control ...... 153

Driver assistance systems ......... 154

Cruise control .......................... 154

Parking assist .......................... 156

Rear view camera ................... 158

Fuel ............................................ 160

Fuel for petrol engines ............. 160

Fuel for diesel engines ............ 160

Fuel for liquid gas operation .... 160

Refuelling ................................ 162

Fuel consumption - CO



Emissions ............................... 165

Trailer hitch ................................ 166

General information ................. 166

Driving characteristics and

towing tips .............................. 167

Trailer towing ........................... 167

Towing equipment ................... 168

Driving hints

Control of the vehicle

Never coast with engine not

running (except during Autostop)

Many systems will not function in this

situation (e.g. brake servo unit, power

steering). Driving in this manner is a

danger to yourself and others. All

systems function during an Autostop,

but there will be a controlled reduction

in power steering assist and vehicle

speed is reduced.
Stop-start system 3 142.

Idle boost

If charging of the vehicle battery is

required due to vehicle battery

condition, the power output of the

generator must be increased. This will

be achieved by an idle boost which

may be audible.
On vehicles with Uplevel-Display or

Uplevel-Combi-Display, a message

appears in the Driver Information




Driving and operating


To ensure the pedal travel is

uninhibited, there must be no mats in

the area of the pedals.
Use only floor mats, which fit properly

and are fixed by the retainers on the

driver side.


If power steering assist is lost

because the engine stops or due to a

system malfunction, the vehicle can

be steered but may require a higher

or lower steering effort.
Control indicator c 3 97.


Vehicles equipped with hydraulic

power steering:
If the steering wheel is turned until

it reaches the end of its travel, and

is held in that position for more

than 15 seconds, damage may

occur to the power steering

system and there may be loss of

power steering assist.

Starting and operating

New vehicle running-in

Do not brake unnecessarily hard for

the first few journeys.
During the first drive, smoke may

occur because of wax and oil

evaporating off the exhaust system.

Park the vehicle in the open for a

while after the first drive and avoid

inhaling the fumes.
During the running-in period fuel and

engine oil consumption may be

higher and the cleaning process of

the diesel particle filter may take

place more often. Autostop may be

inhibited to allow for charging the

vehicle battery.
Diesel particle filter 3 145.

Ignition switch positions

0 : ignition off

1 : steering wheel lock released,

ignition off

2 : ignition on, for diesel engine:


3 : starting

Retained power off

The following electronic systems can

work until the driver's door is opened

or at the latest for 10 minutes after the

ignition is switched off:

● power windows
● power outlets


Driving and operating


Power to the Infotainment system will

continue to operate for 30 minutes or

until the key is removed from the

ignition, regardless of whether any

door is opened.

Starting the engine

Manual transmission: operate clutch.
Automatic transmission: operate

brake and move the selector lever to

P or N.
Do not operate accelerator pedal.
Diesel engine: turn the key to position

2 for preheating until control

indicator ! extinguishes.

Turn the key briefly to position 3 and

release: an automatic procedure

operates the starter with a short delay

as long as the engine is running, see

Automatic Starter Control.
Before restarting or to switch off the

engine, turn the key back to position

During an Autostop, the engine can

be started by depressing the clutch


Starting the vehicle at low


The start of the engine without

additional heaters is possible down to

-25 °С for diesel engines and -30 °C

for petrol engines. Required is an

engine oil with the correct viscosity,

the correct fuel, performed services

and a sufficiently charged vehicle

battery. With temperatures below

-30 °C the automatic transmission

needs a warming phase of approx.

five minutes. The selector lever must

be in position P.

Automatic Starter Control

This function controls the engine

starting procedure. The driver does

not have to hold the key in position 3.

Once applied, the system will go on

starting automatically until the engine

is running. Because of the checking

procedure, the engine starts running

after a short delay.
Possible reasons for a non-starting


● clutch pedal not operated

(manual transmission)

● brake pedal not operated or

selector lever not in P or N

(automatic transmission)

● timeout occurred

Turbo engine warm-up

Upon start-up, engine available

torque may be limited for a short time,

especially when the engine

temperature is cold. The limitation is

to allow the lubrication system to fully

protect the engine.



Driving and operating

Overrun cut-off

The fuel supply is automatically cut off

during overrun, i.e. when the vehicle

is driven with a gear engaged but

accelerator is released.

Stop-start system

The stop-start system helps to save

fuel and to reduce the exhaust

emissions. When conditions allow, it

switches off the engine as soon as the

vehicle is at a low speed or at a

standstill, e.g. at a traffic light or in a

traffic jam. It starts the engine

automatically as soon as the clutch is

depressed. A vehicle battery sensor

ensures that an Autostop is only

performed if the vehicle battery is

sufficiently charged for a restart.


The stop-start system is available as

soon as the engine is started, the

vehicle starts-off and the conditions

as stated below in this section are



Deactivate the stop-start system

manually by pressing eco. The

deactivation is indicated when the

LED in the button extinguishes.


If the vehicle is at a low speed or at a

standstill, activate an Autostop as


● Depress the clutch pedal.
● Move the selector lever to


● Release the clutch pedal.

The engine will be switched off while

the ignition stays on.

An Autostop is indicated by the

needle at the AUTOSTOP position in

the tachometer.
During an Autostop, the heating and

brake performance will be



The steering assist will be reduced

during an Autostop.


Driving and operating


Conditions for an Autostop

The stop-start system checks if each

of the following conditions is fulfilled:

● The stop-start system is not

manually deactivated.

● The bonnet is fully closed.
● The driver's door is closed or the

driver's seat belt is fastened.

● The vehicle battery is sufficiently

charged and in good condition.

● The engine is warmed up.
● The engine coolant temperature

is not too high.

● The engine exhaust temperature

is not too high, e.g. after driving

with high engine load.

● The ambient temperature is

above -5 °C.

● The defrost selection does not

inhibit an Autostop.

● The climate control system

allows an Autostop.

● The brake vacuum is sufficient.

● The self-cleaning function of the

diesel particle filter is not active.

● The vehicle was driven at least at

walking speed since the last


Otherwise an Autostop will be

An Autostop may become less

available as the ambient temperature

approaches the freezing point.
Certain settings of the climate control

system may inhibit an Autostop. See

"Climate control" chapter for further

information 3 132.
Immediately after motorway driving

an Autostop may be inhibited.
New vehicle running-in 3 140.

Vehicle battery discharge protection

To ensure reliable engine restarts,

several vehicle battery discharge

protection features are implemented

as part of the stop-start system.

Power saving measures

During an Autostop, several electrical

features such as auxiliary electric

heater or rear window heating are

disabled or switched into a power

saving mode. The fan speed of the

climate control system is reduced to

save power.

Restart of the engine by the driver

Depress the clutch pedal to restart the

The engine start is indicated by the

needle at the idle speed position in

the tachometer.
If the selector lever is shifted out of

neutral before depressing the clutch

first, control indicator - illuminates

or is shown as a symbol in the Driver

Information Centre.
Control indicator - 3 96.

Restart of the engine by the stop-

start system

The selector lever must be in neutral

to enable an automatic restart.
If one of the following conditions

occurs during an Autostop, the

engine will be restarted automatically

by the stop-start system.



Driving and operating

● The stop-start system is

manually deactivated.

● The bonnet is opened.
● The driver's seat belt is

unfastened and the driver's door

is opened.

● The engine temperature is too


● The charging level of the vehicle

battery is below a defined level.

● The brake vacuum is not


● The vehicle is driven at least at

walking speed.

● The climate control system

requests an engine start.

● The air conditioning is manually

switched on.

If the bonnet is not fully closed, a

warning message is displayed in the

Driver Information Centre.
If an electrical accessory, e.g. a

portable CD player, is connected to

the power outlet, a brief power drop

during the restart might be noticeable.


9 Warning

● Do not park the vehicle on an

easily ignitable surface. The

high temperature of the

exhaust system could ignite the


● Always apply parking brake.

Pull switch m for approx.

one second.
The electric parking brake is

applied when control indicator


 illuminates 3 96.

● Switch off the engine.
● If the vehicle is on a level

surface or uphill slope, engage

first gear or set the selector

lever to position P before

removing the ignition key. On

an uphill slope, turn the front

wheels away from the kerb.
If the vehicle is on a downhill

slope, engage reverse gear or

set the selector lever to position

P before removing the ignition

key. Turn the front wheels

towards the kerb.

● Close the windows.
● Remove the ignition key from

the ignition switch. Turn the

steering wheel until the

steering wheel lock is felt to

For vehicles with automatic

transmission, the key can only

be removed when the selector

lever is in position P.

Lock the vehicle and activate the anti-

theft alarm system.


In the event of an accident with

airbag deployment, the engine is

turned off automatically if the vehicle

comes to a standstill within a certain



Driving and operating


Engine exhaust

9 Danger

Engine exhaust gases contain

poisonous carbon monoxide,

which is colourless and odourless

and could be fatal if inhaled.
If exhaust gases enter the interior

of the vehicle, open the windows.

Have the cause of the fault

rectified by a workshop.
Avoid driving with an open load

compartment, otherwise exhaust

gases could enter the vehicle.

Diesel particle filter

The diesel particle filter system filters

harmful soot particles out of the

exhaust gases. The system includes

a self-cleaning function that runs

automatically during driving without

any notification. The filter is cleaned

by periodically burning off the soot

particles at high temperature. This

process takes place automatically

under set driving conditions and may

take up to 25 minutes. Typically it

needs between 7 and 12 minutes.

Autostop is not available and fuel

consumption may be higher during

this period. The emission of smells

and smoke during this process is


Under certain driving conditions, e.g.

short distances, the system cannot

clean itself automatically.
If the cleaning of the filter is required

and if previous driving conditions did

not enable automatic cleaning, it will

be indicated by control indicator %.

Simultaneously Diesel partic. filter is

full continue driving or warning

code 55 appears in the Driver

Information Centre.


 illuminates when diesel particle

filter is full. Start cleaning process as

soon as possible.

 flashes when diesel particle filter

has reached the maximum filling

level. Start cleaning process

immediately to avoid damage to the


Cleaning process

To activate cleaning process,

continue driving, keeping engine

speed above 2000 revolutions per

minute. Shift down if necessary.

Diesel particle filter cleaning is then

If control indicator g illuminates

additionally, cleaning is not possible,

seek the assistance of a workshop.


If the cleaning process is

interrupted, there is a risk of

provoking severe engine damage.

Cleaning takes place quickest at high

engine speeds and loads.



Driving and operating

Control indicator % extinguishes as

soon as the self-cleaning operation is


Catalytic converter

The catalytic converter reduces the

amount of harmful substances in the

exhaust gases.


Fuel grades other than those listed

on pages 3 1603 228 could

damage the catalytic converter or

electronic components.
Unburnt petrol will overheat and

damage the catalytic converter.

Therefore avoid excessive use of

the starter, running the fuel tank

dry and starting the engine by

pushing or towing.

In the event of misfiring, uneven

engine running, a reduction in engine

performance or other unusual

problems, have the cause of the fault

rectified by a workshop as soon as

possible. In an emergency, driving

can be continued for a short period,

keeping vehicle speed and engine

speed low.

Automatic transmission

The automatic transmission permits

automatic gearshifting (automatic

mode) or manual gearshifting

(manual mode).

Transmission display

The mode or selected gear is shown

in the transmission display.


Driving and operating


Selector lever

P : park position, wheels are locked,

engage only when the vehicle is

stationary and the parking brake

is applied

R : reverse gear, engage only when

the vehicle is stationary

N : neutral

D : automatic mode with all gears
The selector lever is locked in P and

can only be moved when the ignition

is on and the brake pedal is applied.

Without brake pedal applied, the

control indicator j illuminates.
If the selector lever is not in P when

the ignition is switched off, the control

indicator j and P flash.
To engage P or R, press the release

The engine can only be started with

the lever in position P or N. When

position N is selected, press the brake

pedal or apply the parking brake

before starting.
Do not accelerate while engaging a

gear. Never depress the accelerator

pedal and brake pedal at the same


When a gear is engaged, the vehicle

slowly begins to creep when the

brake is released.

Engine braking

To utilise the engine braking effect,

select a lower gear in good time when

driving downhill, see manual mode.

Rocking the vehicle

Rocking the vehicle is only

permissible if the vehicle is stuck in

sand, mud or snow. Move the selector

lever between D and R in a repeat

pattern. Do not race the engine and

avoid sudden acceleration.


Apply the parking brake and engage

The ignition key can only be removed

when the selector lever is in position




Driving and operating

Manual mode

Move selector lever out of position D

towards the left and then forwards or


: shift to a higher gear


: shift to a lower gear

If a higher gear is selected when

vehicle speed is too low, or a lower

gear when vehicle speed is too high,

the shift is not executed. This can

cause a message in the Driver

Information Centre.
In manual mode, no automatic

shifting to a higher gear takes place

at high engine revolutions.

Electronic driving


● Following a cold start, the

operating temperature

programme increases engine

speed to quickly bring the

catalytic converter to the required


● The automatic neutral shift

function automatically shifts to

idling when the vehicle is stopped

with a forward gear engaged and

the brake pedal is pressed.

● Special programmes

automatically adapt the shifting

points when driving up inclines or

down hills.


If the accelerator pedal is pressed

down completely in automatic mode,

the transmission shifts to a lower gear

depending on engine speed.


In the event of a fault, g illuminates.

Additionally a code number or a

vehicle message is displayed in the

Driver Information Centre. Vehicle

messages 3 106.
The transmission no longer shifts

automatically. Continued travel is

possible with manual shifting.
Only the highest gear is available.

Depending on the fault, second gear

may also be available in manual

mode. Shift only when vehicle is at a

Have the cause of the fault remedied

by a workshop.

Interruption of power supply

In the event of an interruption of

power supply, the selector lever

cannot be moved out of the P

position. The ignition key cannot be

removed from the ignition switch.
If the vehicle battery is discharged,

start the vehicle using jump leads




Driving and operating


If the vehicle battery is not the cause

of the fault, release the selector lever.

1. Apply the parking brake.

2. Hold the selector lever trim at the

marked position and pull to

unlatch at the back.

3. Fold the selector lever trim

upwards. Pull to unlatch at the


4. Move the selector lever trim to the

left. Take care that the plug and

the wiring harness at the bottom

are not damaged.

5. Insert a screwdriver into the

opening as far as it will go and

move the selector lever out of P or

N. If P or N is engaged again, the

selector lever will be locked in

position again. Have the cause of

the power supply interruption

remedied by a workshop.

6. Mount the selector lever trim onto

the centre console and refit.

Manual transmission

To engage reverse, depress the

clutch pedal and press the release

button on the selector lever and

engage the gear.
If the gear does not engage, set the

lever to neutral, release the clutch

pedal and depress again; then repeat

gear selection.
Do not slip the clutch unnecessarily.
When operating, depress the clutch

pedal completely. Do not use the

pedal as a foot rest.









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