Opel Meriva (2017 year). Manual - part 10


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Opel Meriva (2017 year). Manual - part 10




Driving and operating


It is not advisable to drive with the

hand resting on the selector lever.

Stop-start system 3 142.


The brake system comprises two

independent brake circuits.
If a brake circuit fails, the vehicle can

still be braked using the other brake

circuit. However, braking effect is

achieved only when the brake pedal

is depressed firmly. Considerably

more force is needed for this. The

braking distance is extended. Seek

the assistance of a workshop before

continuing the journey.
When the engine is not running, the

support of the brake servo unit

disappears once the brake pedal has

been depressed once or twice.

Braking effect is not reduced, but

braking requires significantly greater

force. It is especially important to bear

this in mind when being towed.
Control indicator R 3 96.

Antilock brake system

Antilock brake system (ABS)

prevents the wheels from locking.

ABS starts to regulate brake pressure

as soon as a wheel shows a tendency

to lock. The vehicle remains

steerable, even during hard braking.
ABS control is made apparent

through a pulse in the brake pedal

and the noise of the regulation

For optimum braking, keep the brake

pedal fully depressed throughout the

braking process, despite the fact that

the pedal is pulsating. Do not reduce

the pressure on the pedal.
After starting off, the system performs

a self-test which may be audible.
Control indicator u 3 97.

Adaptive brake light

During full braking, all three brake

lights flash for the duration of ABS



Driving and operating



9 Warning

If there is a fault in the ABS, the

wheels may be liable to lock due

to braking that is heavier than

normal. The advantages of ABS

are no longer available. During

hard braking, the vehicle can no

longer be steered and may


Have the cause of the fault remedied

by a workshop.

Parking brake

Electric parking brake

Applying when vehicle is stationary

9 Warning

Pull switch m for approx. one

second, the electric parking brake

operates automatically with an

adequate force. For maximum

force, e.g. parking with trailer or on

inclines, pull switch m twice.
The electric parking brake is

applied when control indicator m

illuminates 3 97.

The electric parking brake can always

be activated, even if the ignition is off.
Do not operate electric parking brake

system too often with engine not

running as this will discharge the

vehicle battery.
Before leaving the vehicle, check the

electric parking brake status.
Control indicator m 3 97.


Switch on ignition. Keep brake pedal

depressed and then push switch m.

Drive away function

Vehicles with manual transmission:

Depressing the clutch pedal and then

slightly releasing the clutch pedal and

slightly depressing the accelerator

pedal releases the electric parking



Driving and operating

brake automatically. This is not

possible when the switch m is pulled

at the same time.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:

Engaging D and then depressing the

accelerator pedal releases the

electric parking brake automatically.

This is not possible when the switch


 is pulled at the same time.

Dynamic braking when vehicle is


When the vehicle is moving and

switch m is kept pulled, the electric

parking brake system will decelerate

the vehicle, but will not apply

As soon as switch m is released,

dynamic braking will be stopped.


Failure mode of electric parking brake

is indicated by control indicator j and

by a code number or a vehicle

message which is displayed in the

Driver Information Centre.
Control indicator j 3 97, vehicle

messages 3 106.

Apply electric parking brake: pull and

hold switch m for more than

five seconds. If control indicator m

illuminates, electric parking brake is

Release electric parking brake: push

and hold switch m for more than

two seconds. If control indicator m

extinguishes, electric parking brake is

Control indicator m flashes: electric

parking brake is not fully applied or

released. When continuously

flashing, release electric parking

brake and retry applying.
Control indicator m 3 97.

Brake assist

If the brake pedal is depressed

quickly and forcefully, maximum

brake force is automatically applied

(full braking).
Maintain steady pressure on the

brake pedal for as long as full braking

is required. Maximum brake force is

automatically reduced when the

brake pedal is released.

Hill start assist

The system helps prevent unintended

movement when driving away on

When releasing the foot brake after

stopping on an incline, the brakes

remain on for a further two seconds.

The brakes release automatically as

soon as the vehicle begins to

The hill start assist is not active during

an Autostop.
Stop-start system 3 142.


Driving and operating


Ride control systems

Traction Control system

The Traction Control system (TC) is a

component of the Electronic Stability

Control system.
TC improves driving stability when

necessary, regardless of the type of

road surface or tyre grip, by

preventing the drive wheels from

As soon as the drive wheels starts to

spin, engine output is reduced and

the wheel spinning the most is braked

individually. This considerably

improves the driving stability of the

vehicle on slippery road surfaces.
TC is operational as soon as the

control indicator b extinguishes.
When TC is active b flashes.

9 Warning

Do not let this special safety

feature tempt you into taking risks

when driving.
Adapt speed to the road


Control indicator b 3 98.


TC can be switched off when spinning

of drive wheels is required: press b

Control indicator k illuminates.

TC is reactivated by pressing b

TC is also reactivated the next time

the ignition is switched on.

Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

improves driving stability when

necessary, regardless of the type of

road surface or tyre grip.
As soon as the vehicle starts to

swerve (understeer/oversteer),

engine output is reduced and the

wheels are braked individually.
ESC operates in combination with the

Traction Control system (TC). It

prevents the drive wheels from


ESC is operational as soon as the

control indicator b extinguishes.
When ESC is active b flashes.



Driving and operating

9 Warning

Do not let this special safety

feature tempt you into taking risks

when driving.
Adapt speed to the road


Control indicator b 3 98.


ESC can be deactivated: hold b

depressed for approx. 5 seconds.
Control indicator n illuminates.

ESC is reactivated by pressing b

again. If the TC system was

previously disabled, both TC and

ESC are reactivated.
ESC is also reactivated the next time

the ignition is switched on.


If there is a fault in the system the

control indicator b illuminates

continuously and a message appears

in the Driver Information Centre. The

system is not operational.
Have the cause of the fault remedied

by a workshop.

Driver assistance


9 Warning

Driver assistance systems are

developed to support the driver

and not to replace the driver's

The driver accepts full

responsibility when driving the

When using driver assistance

systems, always take care

regarding the current traffic


Cruise control

The cruise control can store and

maintain speeds of approx. 30 to

200 km/h. Deviations from the stored

speeds may occur when driving uphill

or downhill.
For safety reasons the cruise control

cannot be activated until the foot

brake has been operated once.

Activating in first gear is not possible.


Driving and operating


Do not use the cruise control if it is not

advisable to maintain a constant

With automatic transmission, only

activate cruise control in automatic

Control indicator m 3 100.

Switching on

Press rocker switch m at the upper

end, control indicator m illuminates



Accelerate to the desired speed and

turn thumb wheel to SET/-, the

current speed is stored and

maintained. Control indicator m

illuminates green. Accelerator pedal

can be released.
Vehicle speed can be increased by

depressing the accelerator pedal.

When the accelerator pedal is

released, the previously stored speed

is resumed.
Cruise control remains activated

while gearshifting.

Increase speed

With cruise control active, hold thumb

wheel turned to RES/+ or briefly turn

to RES/+ repeatedly: speed

increases continuously or in small

Alternatively accelerate to the desired

speed and store by turning to RES/+.

Reduce speed

With cruise control active, hold thumb

wheel turned to SET/- or briefly turn to

SET/- repeatedly: speed decreases

continuously or in small increments.


Press y, control indicator m

illuminates white. Cruise control is

deactivated. Last stored speed

remains in memory for later speed

Automatic deactivation:

● Vehicle speed is below approx.

30 km/h.

● The brake pedal is depressed.
● The clutch pedal is depressed for

a few seconds.

● Selector lever is in N.
● Engine speed is in a very low


● The Traction Control system or

Electronic Stability Control is




Driving and operating

Resume stored speed

Turn thumb wheel to RES/+ at a

speed above 30 km/h. The stored

speed will be obtained.

Switching off

Press rocker switch m at the lower

end, control indicator m extinguishes.

The stored speed is deleted.

Switching off the ignition also deletes

the stored speed.

Parking assist

9 Warning

The driver bears full responsibility

for the parking manoeuvre.
Always check the surrounding

area when driving backwards or

forwards while using parking

assist system.

The parking assist makes parking

easier by measuring the distance

between the vehicle and obstacles,

and giving acoustic signals.

The system consists of four ultrasonic

parking sensors in the rear bumper. If

the vehicle is equipped with a front

parking assist, the system consists of

four additional ultrasonic parking

sensors in the front bumper.
Control indicator r 3 97.


When reverse gear is engaged, the

front and rear parking assist is ready

to operate.
An illuminated LED in the parking

assist button r indicates that the

system is ready to operate.
The front parking assist can also be

activated at a speed up to 11 km/h

with a brief press of the parking assist

If r is pressed once within an

ignition cycle, the front parking assist

is deactivated at a speed above

11 km/h. It will be reactivated if

vehicle speed has not exceeded


Driving and operating


25 km/h beforehand. If vehicle speed

has exceeded 25 km/h beforehand,

front parking assist remains

deactivated when speed drops below

11 km/h.
When the system is deactivated, the

LED in the button extinguishes and

Park Assist Off pops-up in the Driver

Information Centre.
The system is deactivated

automatically when exceeding

25 km/h.
If the vehicle is equipped with rear

parking assist only, the system

automatically switches off when

reverse gear is disengaged. Manual

deactivation is also possible by

pressing r.


An obstacle is indicated by a buzzing

sound. The interval between the

sounds becomes shorter as the

vehicle gets closer to the obstacle.

When the distance is less than

30 cm, the buzzing is continuous.


In the event of a fault in the system,

r illuminates or a vehicle message

is displayed in the Driver Information

Additionally, r illuminates or a

vehicle message is displayed in the

Driver Information Centre if a

malfunction of the system due to

temporary conditions like snow

covered sensors is detected.
Vehicle messages 3 106.

Important hints for using the

parking assist systems

9 Warning

Under certain circumstances,

various reflective surfaces on

objects or clothing as well as

external noise sources may cause

the system to fail to detect

Special attention must be paid to

low obstacles which can damage

the lower part of the bumper. If

such obstacles leave the detection

area of the sensors during

approach of the vehicle, a

continuous warning tone will



Performance of the sensors can

be reduced when sensors are

covered, e.g. by ice or snow.
Performance of the parking assist

systems can be reduced due to

heavy loading.
Special conditions apply if there

are taller vehicles involved (e.g.

off-road vehicles, mini vans,

vans). Object identification in the

upper part of these vehicles

cannot be guaranteed.
Objects with a very small reflection

cross-section, e.g. objects of

narrow size or soft materials, may

not be detected by the system.
The parking assist system will not

avoid a collision with objects which

are out of the detection range of

the sensors.



Driving and operating


The parking assist system

automatically detects factory-fitted

towing equipment. It is deactivated

when the connector is plugged in.
The sensor may detect a non-

existent object (echo disturbance)

caused by external acoustic or

mechanical disturbances.

If engaging a forward gear and

exceeding a certain speed, the rear

parking assist will be deactivated

when the rear carrier system is

If engaging reverse at first, the

parking assist will detect the rear

carrier system and provide a buzzing

sound. Press r briefly to

deactivate the parking assist.

Rear view camera

The rear view camera assists the

driver when reversing by displaying a

view of the area behind the vehicle.
The view of the camera is displayed

in the Colour-Info-Display.



The rear view camera does not

replace driver vision. Note that

objects that are outside the

camera's field of view and the

advanced parking assist sensors,

e.g. below the bumper or

underneath the vehicle, are not

Do not reverse the vehicle by only

looking at the Info-Display and

check the surrounding behind and

around the vehicle before



Rear view camera is automatically

activated when reverse gear is



The camera is mounted in the tailgate

handle and has a viewing angle of



Driving and operating


Due to the high position of the camera

the rear bumper can be seen on the

display as a guide to position.
The area displayed by the camera is

limited. The distance of the image that

appears on the display differs from

the actual distance.

Guiding lines

Dynamic guiding lines are horizontal

lines in 1 metre intervals projected on

the picture to define the distance to

shown objects.

Trajectory lane of the vehicle is

shown in accordance with the

steering angle.

The function can be deactivated in the

menu Settings in the Info-Display.

Vehicle personalisation 3 112.

Warning symbols

Warning symbols are indicated as

triangles 9 on the picture which show

obstacles detected by the rear

sensors of the advanced parking


Display settings

Navi 650/Navi 950: Brightness can be

set by first pressing and then turning

the outer ring of the multifunction

CD 600: Brightness can be set by first

pressing and then turning the

multifunction knob.


The camera is deactivated when a

certain forward speed is exceeded or

if reverse gear is not engaged for

approx. 10 seconds.
Activation or deactivation of the rear

view camera can be changed in the

menu Settings in the Info-Display.

Vehicle personalisation 3 112.


Fault messages are displayed with a

9 on the top line of the Info-Display.
The rear view camera may not

operate properly when:

● The surrounding is dark.
● The sun or the beam of

headlights is shining directly into

the camera lens.

● Ice, snow, mud, or anything else

covers the camera lens. Clean

the lens, rinse it with water, and

wipe it with a soft cloth.

● The tailgate is not closed


● The vehicle had a rear end


● There are extreme temperature




Driving and operating


Fuel for petrol engines

Only use unleaded fuel that complies

with European standard EN 228 or

E DIN 51626-1 or equivalent.
The engine is capable of running with

fuel that contains up to 10% ethanol

(e.g. named E10).
Use fuel with the recommended

octane rating. The engine specific

requirements are given in the engine

data overview 3 228. A country

specific label at the fuel filler flap can

supersede the requirement.


Do not use fuel or fuel additives

that contain metallic compounds

such as manganese-based

additives. This may cause engine



Use of fuel that does not comply to

EN 228 or E DIN 51626-1 or

equivalent can lead to deposits or

engine damage.


Use of fuel with too low an octane

rating could lead to uncontrolled

combustion and engine damage.

Fuel for diesel engines

Only use diesel fuel that complies

with EN 590.
In countries outside the European

Union use Euro-Diesel fuel with a

sulfur concentration below 50 ppm.


Use of fuel that does not comply to

EN 590 or similar can lead to

engine powerloss, increased wear

or engine damage.

Do not use marine diesel oils, heating

oils, Aquazole and similar diesel-

water emulsions. Diesel fuels must

not be diluted with fuels for petrol


Fuel for liquid gas operation

Liquid gas is known as LPG

(Liquefied Petroleum Gas) or under

its French name GPL (Gaz de Pétrole

Liquéfié). LPG is also known as

LPG consists mainly of propane and

butane. The octane rating is between

105 and 115, depending on the

butane proportion. LPG is stored

liquid at around five to ten bar

The boiling point depends on the

pressure and mixing ratio. At ambient

pressure, it is between -42 °C (pure

propane) and -0.5 °C (pure butane).


The system works at an ambient

temperature of approx. -8 °C to

100 °C.


Driving and operating


Full function of the LPG system can

only be guaranteed with liquid gas

which complies with the minimum

requirements of DIN EN 589.

Fuel selector

Pressing LPG switches between

petrol and liquid gas operation as

soon as the required parameters

(coolant temperature, gas

temperature and minimum engine

speed) have been reached. The

requirements are usually fulfilled after

around 60 seconds (depending on

exterior temperature) and the first firm

press on the accelerator. The LED


 status shows the current operating



: petrol operation


 flashes : checking conditions

for fuel transition to

liquid gas operation.

Illuminates if

conditions are fulfilled.




: liquid gas operation



five times

and extin‐


: liquid gas tank is

empty or failure in

liquid gas system. A

message is displayed

in the Driver

Information Centre.

If the fuel tank is empty, the engine

will not start.
The selected fuel mode is stored and

reactivated at the next ignition cycle if

conditions allow.
As soon as the liquid gas tanks are

empty, petrol operation is

automatically engaged until the

ignition is switched off.

When switching automatically

between petrol or gas operation, a

brief delay of engine tractive power

may be noticeable.
Every six months, run the petrol tank

down until control indicator i

illuminates, then refuel. This helps

maintain fuel quality and system

function for petrol operation.
Fill the tank completely at regular

intervals to prevent corrosion in the


Faults and remedies

If gas mode is not possible, check the


● Is there enough liquid gas


● Is there enough petrol present for


Due to extreme temperatures in

combination with the gas

composition, it may take slightly

longer before the system switches

from petrol to liquid gas mode.



Driving and operating

In extreme situations, the system may

also switch back to petrol mode if the

minimum requirements are not

fulfilled. If conditions allow, it might be

possible to manually switch back to

liquid gas operation.
Seek the assistance of a workshop in

the event of all other faults.


Repairs and adjustments may only

be made by trained specialists in

order to maintain the safety and

warranty on the LPG system.

Liquid gas is given a particular odour

(odorised) so that any leaks can be

detected easily.

9 Warning

If you smell gas in the vehicle or in

the immediate vicinity, switch to

petrol mode immediately. No

smoking. No naked flames or

ignition sources.

If possible, close the manual shut-off

valve on the multivalve. The

multivalve is located on the liquid gas

tank in the load compartment,

underneath the rear floor cover.

Turn the thumb wheel clockwise.
If no further gas odour is perceptible

when the manual shut-off valve is

closed, the vehicle can be used in

petrol mode. If the gas odour persists,

do not start the engine. Have the

cause of the fault remedied by a

When using underground car parks,

follow the instructions of the operator

and local laws.


In the event of an accident, switch off

the ignition and lights. Close the

manual shut-off valve on multivalve.


9 Danger

Before refuelling, switch off

ignition and any external heaters

with combustion chambers.
Follow the operating and safety

instructions of the filling station

when refuelling.


Driving and operating


9 Danger

Fuel is flammable and explosive.

No smoking. No naked flames or

If you can smell fuel in your

vehicle, have the cause of this

remedied immediately by a



In case of misfuelling, do not

switch on ignition.

Fuel filler flap is located at right rear

side of vehicle.

The fuel filler flap can only be opened

if the vehicle is unlocked. Pull flap at

the recess and open.
To open, turn the cap slowly


The fuel filler cap can be retained in

the bracket on the fuel filler flap.
For refuelling, fully insert the pump

nozzle and switch it on.
After automatic cut-off, it can be

topped up by operating the pump

nozzle maximally two more times.


Wipe off any overflowing fuel


To close, turn the fuel filler cap

clockwise until it clicks.
Close the flap and let engage.

Fuel filler cap

Only use genuine fuel filler caps.

Diesel-engined vehicles have special

fuel filler caps.

Liquid gas refuelling

Follow the operating and safety

instructions of the filling station when

The filling valve for the liquid gas is

behind the fuel filler cap.



Driving and operating

Unscrew protective cap from the filler


Screw the required adapter hand-

tight onto the filler neck.

ACME Adapter: Screw the nut of the

filling nozzle onto the adapter. Press

locking lever on filler nozzle down.
DISH filler neck: Place the filler nozzle

into the adapter. Press locking lever

on filler nozzle down.
Bayonet filler neck: Place filler nozzle

on the adapter and turn to the left or

right through one quarter turn. Pull

locking lever of filler nozzle fully.
EURO filler neck: Press the filler

nozzle onto the adapter until it


Press the button of the liquid gas

supply point. The filling system stops

or begins to run slowly when 80% of

the tank volume is reached

(maximum fill level).
Release button on filling system and

the filling process stops. Release the

locking lever and remove the filler

nozzle. A small quantity of liquid gas

can escape.
Remove adapter and stow in vehicle.
Fit protective cap to prevent the

penetration of foreign bodies into the

filler opening and the system.

9 Warning

Due to the system design, an

escape of liquid gas after

releasing the locking lever is

unavoidable. Avoid inhaling.

9 Warning

The liquid gas tank may only be

filled to 80% for safety reasons.


Driving and operating


The multivalve on the liquid gas tank

automatically limits the fill quantity. If

a larger quantity is added, we

recommend not exposing the vehicle

to the sun until the excess amount

has been used up.

Filling adapter

As filling systems are not

standardised, different adapters are

required which are available from

Opel Distributors and from Opel

Authorised Repairers.

ACME adapter: Belgium, Germany,

Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland

Bayonet adapter: Netherlands,

Norway, Spain, United Kingdom

EURO adapter: Spain

DISH adapter: Bosnia-Herzegovina,

Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France,

Greece, Italy, Croatia, Latvia,

Lithuania, Macedonia, Austria,

Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden,

Switzerland, Serbia, Slovakia,

Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey,

Ukraine, Hungary

Fuel consumption - CO




The fuel consumption (combined) of

the model Opel Meriva is within a

range of 7.4 to 3.7 l/100 km.
The CO


 emission (combined) is

within a range of 169 to 99 g/km.









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