19 May 2013
Bought this car last year and had nothing but problems, problems problems. To start with it kept cutting out when I was driving about even at high speed, which started 3 months after I’d bought it. The rev meter jumps a lot, the heating packed in after 8 months of buying it and now the turbo is leaking. Surely this isn’t normal for only a 5 year old car? My first car was 8 years older and never had half these problems. My second car was only a year older and never had these problems. This one is by far the worse thing I ever bought and Vauxhall have been of no help.
Bought 12 months ago (April 2012) with just over 36,000 on clock now has 44,500. The worst Corsa I’ve owned. Suffers from intermittent "clutch" slip syndrome. Visited Vauxhall agents and they want almost £90 just to do diagnostic check. Don’t find it that economical about 45mpg. Serviced to schedules etc.
Bought my little Corsa 2 years ago and in that time I’ve done 20,000 miles on some of the worst roads possible; bumps, hills and twisting sharp bends, as my commute to work is a 98 mile round trip over the Pennines. I must admit I sometimes tense up when I’m about to hit a pot hole the size of a drain grate, but it soaks it up and keeps going. The engine is not the greatest, but I’ve never had a problem and I’m getting returns of up to 49 mpg. I fitted it with snow tyres in winter and it never gets stuck. Overall it is a very cheap to run, reliable and economical little car. I also fitted some alloys from a old BMW I had. I can’t believe how it sticks to the road. The only problem is the wife doesn’t like Corsas, she says they’re the worst car in the world, but I’ve forced her to drive it and from then on she has kept quiet.
I purchased my Corsa design cdti model in 2008 from new. The first time I’ve ever purchased a new car and the first time I’ve purchased a vauxhall. It had problems with the engine misfiring, seat warning light coming on when I leaned forward and the clock losing time; minor irritations, but I liked the comfort of the drive for a small car. The car has done below the average mileage 39,000 miles, but would not start last week. There has also been a strange noise coming from the driver side front wheel when I corner at above 30mph. My car was towed to the local Vauxhall dealership and I have been told that there is a problem with the fuel injectors. This is likely to cost £1400.00 and this is without finding out what the noise to the right front wheel is. In addition I have been told that when the injectors have been replaced there may be a need for other parts too. This may bring the cost to around £2000. I will never purchase another vauxhall again.
Oil cooler broken at 35000 miles!!
I’m now having real problems engaging first gear and apparently most Corsas suffer from this. The new model out this month has the gear changing rods etc fixed. Typical!
My wife and I bought our 1.2 Corsa Active + new in February 2009. We have now done 18.000 miles in it. The only problem we have had is with the heater control, which has now broken three times, all repaired quickly for no cost by Vauxhall dealer. I have always found the lack of torque to be annoying, though the car is actually quite quick. No problem cruising illegally on a motorway at 90mph. However, come to a hill and it is a different proposition. You have to treat this car as if it is a four speed manual with overdrive, then you will not be disappointed. We had a 2004 1.2 Corsa before which we gave to our daughter. Totally different, much more torque, better acceleration but go over 90 mph and it it revving far too highly. The 2009 Corsa is a compromise, in my mind determined by German autobahn drivers. The old Corsa, though much better around the lanes in Britain is a pain on Continental mororways, the new one, although a pain getting to speed especially on hills is a delight on German autobahns at 100mph, so long as you do not encounter long hills. But change down and take it 90 in fourth and it is fine. At the end of the day the car is a bit too heavy for its engine, but run around town as it is designed for - wonderful.
I picked up my Corsa active 1.3 cdti ecoflex on 1st September. I’m having problems with brake noise; the brakes work fine but the noise is bad. The dealer said this is a common issue on the Corsa because they have changed the brake pad surface. I would not have purchased the car if the salesman had told me about brake noise. I’m now in the process of trying to get my money back.
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I also bought a 1.3 cdti ecoflex in September 2012. This car also has a very loud grinding coming from the brakes. Went to Vauxhall dealers who told me that the brakes were normal, and that the suspension was harder now, and the alloys and the body work amplified the noise. This is utter nonsense. The brakes are behaving very strange, some times on full left hand lock the brake pedal will drop 1" or so. Then today on full right hand lock the grinding noise came without touching the brakes. This is very strange behaviour from a vehicle that is 5 months old - Bob Durnan from Cornwall
I got my Corsa live in September. Had no trouble with brakes what-so-ever, no noise, no grinding, I think someone is kidding somebody here. It is underpowered yes definitely. I went into a multi storey car park and it would not go up the slope, struggled to get it into first gear and nearly went back into the car behind me. I will never buy another Corsa 1200 – Mary Gall from Yorkshire
We wanted a second car, a small runabout, but with a high spec for around 10k. After a good look at what was about for the money we went for a Corsa 1.4 se auto and at a couple of months old was £7000 less than the new price. The car has been great the only thing that would improve it is the auto box is only 4 speed and it would be better with a 5 gear. Mpg 37 round town which is ok for an auto. Buy a Corsa a couple of months old and they make for a good buy.
Bought this Corsa from Lookers, Selly Oak. Got it for a song and to be honest it felt and looked brand new. It did have a problem with the rear bearings, but they were done under warranty. The Corsas are a bit whiney sounding, but that’s how they are. People moan about the power, but I think they are very nippy overall. These are good solid cars and look good aswell. One thing GM/Opel/Vauxhall, please stop buying unseen cheap parts as they are letting you down. Would I buy again? Yes!
We have owned this car from 8 months old with less than 5000 miles on the clock. We bought it because it had the integral bike rack, which pulls out from the rear bumper and can transport two bikes in complete safety. The engine was never going to be liveley with only 1.3 litre capacity but it always sounded rather industrial and the turbo lag was very poor. The engine comes from Fiat and was originally used to power water pumps in fire engines. The car had cruise control which is a feature that both my wife and I use all the time and was able to maintain 80 MPH in 6th gear on the motorway without problem. However, about a year ago, the car would suddenly lose power when sat at a junction or roundabout, giving absolutely no warning until you pulled out. This was extremely dangerous and happened several times before the engine management warning light finally came on. The result? A replacement turbo at just 32,000 on a car with Vauxhall FSH. £500 to replace. Just a couple of months later and 35,000 miles, the fault happened again but this time an engine sensor had failed and a further £150. The engine has always sounded like a tractor, smokes very heavily on cold starting and has very poor acceleration response, but is OK once up to speed. Unfortunately we have lost faith with the car as we are just waiting for when the power will next suddenly drop off and place us in danger whilst pulling out at a junction. This may never happen again of course, but its always in the back of your mind. We are just about to replace the car with a new one, but have chosen to avoid Vauxhall due to reliability and safety issues. We have to say, however, that the main dealer, Pats Garage in Lyndhurst, have been very good to deal with and the last time the fault happened they collected the car from my workplace. Had it not been for the turbo and sensor issues in such a low mileage car, we would have considered a further Vauxhall.
This report is a update on my new Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Active: It has now done 900 miles and is showing lots of little annoying faults. The 1.2 engine has to be pushed hard on all but flat roads, hence low mpg. Bearing in mind this is a heavy built car I would recommend a 1.4 or a 1.7d engine.
This car was bought by my partner who clocks a lot of milage as a home visiting carer. We had some initial issues, which led to a new car exchange after one week! The people at the dealership are great, but the vehicle continues to be problematic. It suffers from hesitation and loss of power at 60mph when wanting to overtake etc. It’s also intermittent so a bugger to diagnose. They dealership said last week, after driving it and experiencing the fault, "we know what it is" and they did something, but the problem is back again. We’re beginning to wish we had stuck with Ford!
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My mother also has the same problem with her car, she has done only 600 miles and she took it back to the dealer who said it had no problems, but it’s very difficult to over take with the lack of power. Did you get this problem fixed? Eileen from Lancashire
I have had the vehicle since January 2012. It has never been back to the dealership and So far no faults to mention. According to the car’s computer it achieves 66 mpg. I have only one criticism; I bought the car with climate control. It is not automatic and the air conditioning has to be manually activated. A minor niggle, not fully explained in the brochure. I’m very pleased with my purchase.
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Early days, though I was disappointed when, after having a puncture and using the temporary repair kit in the boot and injecting the sealant, the tyre repair people told me that they weren’t prepared to repair the damaged tyre. The sealant proves difficult to remove and although not unachievable they were unwilling to take the task on. Result? New tyre £140! Is there an alternative like a space saver wheel that you can buy? Performance is a bit lame too though it may improve in time. I like the styling and driveability though I’m now beginning to think I should have stuck with my OAP Golf bluemotion.
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A common issue with newer cars is the lack of spare wheel (it’s supposed to reduce the weight and lower fuel emissions - plus a bit of cost for the manufacturer!). A full size spare wheel for an older Corsa, with a brand new tire cost me only £20 at a scrappy the other day - nowt really. Another option would be to check the prices of tires/repair locally - if you get a flat again, take the car to a VX garage and ask for a price match? Iain Ellis from East Lothian (Haddingtonshire)
This car has only done 300 miles it has problems with the engine revs running on after releasing the throttle pedal. It also has very lumpy gear changing, very off putting reflections on the windscreen from the dash and poor pulling power. I reckon it is giving around 30 miles to the gallon so far.
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There’s a product (I’m sure there are more from other manufacturers) called Armour-All. They do a dash cleaner that leaves a matt finish - great for this problem - Iain Ellis from East Lothian (Haddingtonshire)
A great car. The wife loves it. It does everything she needs it to and it has never had a problem.
I’ve just put the car in for its MoT and the coil springs and top mounts had to be replaced. The car is only 4 years old and has only 38000 on it! I will not buy a Vauxhall again; my old Saxon was a far better car all round. I will save a bit longer to get a decent car next time and will go for an Audi A1.
I’m delighted with this car. The mpg is fantastic, roughly 56mpg and a nice bit of poke in it too. I can’t complain at all. Bought secondhand, but no problems yet and low tax to boot.
I bought my car from new and would never purchase another Vauxhall. The faults I have experienced are: Faulty wipers, stone trapped under the car, a recall on the breaks and now a water leak in the boot. I have contacted Vauxhall who have advised that I contact me nearest dealer and I would be required to pay for this. This car has only just done 24,000 miles and has been looked after.
I have owned a Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 design for the last 5 years, which I bought on finance. I loved my car, it was nippy and drove well and suited me down to the ground. When the finance finished in March this year I decided to part-ex it for a new Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Excite. This has been the worst decision of my life. I went to the dealers and they had a deal on 0% finance and a loyalty amount off of the cost of the new car. I was told that there was not a car for me to test drive, but that the one I was going to buy performed exactly the same as the one I was bringing in for part-ex. Having said this though I do not think a test driving it would have made any difference because I wouldn’t have taken it on the motorway or up a hill as I had just test driven a car for my son and we were taken a very short distance on the flat. The cars on this deal were also going very quickly so as I didn’t want to lose the deal I decided to buy the new car. What a big mistake that was since owning the car I have experienced lack of power up hills and on motorways, even to the point of being in a dangerous situation with a lorry! When going up steep hills, and I live on one, the car loses speed and you barely get up the hill at more than 35 mph and my foot is flat to the floor! It is dangerous, to drive when this happens and I am petrified of going anywhere near a hill or on the motorway, which is a big problem. I have been driving for 30 years and have driven many cars in this time and have never felt scared of driving a car! In fact I never let anyone else in my family drive as I enjoy doing it myself. I have returned the car to the dealership for them to test it out and their response is that there is nothing wrong with it and they have taken it out and had no problems on hills or the motorway. Even to the point of the service manager taking it out and saying that she got 66mph out of it up a hill and her foot was not even flat to the floor! I know that they are lying and have seen many reviews on here and on the internet about loss of power up hills and the unresponsive speeds on motorways. I am still in the process of fighting Vauxhall to admit that the car is underperforming.
I bought this as a second car as I own a Subaru Impreza, but needed something economical for commuting to work. I think it’s a nice looking car and I am able to get 600 miles to a tank if driven sensibly. I find the steering a bit vague, suspension a bit wishy washy, but overall a pleasent drive and economical, which is the reason I bought it.
I bought mine in April 2011 with 8.5k on the clock from a Vauxhall dealer. I have had no problems whatsoever, much the same as my last 2006 SXi bought from the same dealer, which I had for 5 years. A great looking car in sapphire black, it is also very comfortable and economical. I would not change it for anything.
I had an Astra years ago, which I loved, so was looking forward to having another Vauxhall. I chose a Corsa as I just wanted a little economical runaround to get me to work etc. I couldn’t have been more disappointed and won’t be touching a Vauxhall again for a long time, they’ve seriously let themselves down. Firstly, I was surprised at the poor quality of the interior. Then I was slightly surprised at a recall from Vauxhall within the first few months, due to an issue with the handbrake. A few months later, it started slipping out of gear completely (it’s an automatic) and would just roll (the service light would come on too). This was frightening on a fast and busy road. The first time it happened, my husband picked me up and drove it to the dealers (as they refused to come and pick it up). They couldn’t find a fault so gave it back to me a few days later. Seemed fine for a few more months then the same thing happened again, accompanied by a serious shuddering. This time the RAC picked me up and diagnosed an electrical fault to do with the gear selector on the automatic transmission. It also needed a new ignition coil (within 18 months). The RAC took it to the dealership and they informed me that the RAC’s ’fault code’ was invalid to them so they couldn’t fix it!! The gear slipping problem still occurs, and the car does not feel safe. It has been through loads of brake pads and tyres (despite safe driving) and recently had a leaking shock absorber. It also leaks water into the passenger side footwell, but I can’t see where it’s coming from. It’s recently had another recall (the second in 2 years), this time for a problem with the brakes. It hasn’t been great driving in snow either as I found that it skids a lot, but that may be to do with it being automatic? I’ve had the car exactly 2 years now and it’s spent so much time in the repair centre, it’s ridiculous. I’m just about to get rid of it and I’m sorry to say I won’t be touching a Vauxhall for a very long time. I think they’ve seriously scrimped on the Corsas and are compromising safety.
I bought this car only a couple of weeks ago and it’s been a total nightmare! So far it’s needed new timing chain kit refit as I was told by the garage where I bought it that it was because it was "cold". I’d had it back for a day and then took it back as I was concerned about the noise it made as the engine got hotter. It took nearly 2 weeks to fix, thankfully still under warranty. It’s been one thing after another! I love the styling of the car and I thought would be an ideal run around car after owning a Subaru Impreza STi. I always liked the idea of the Corsa as it looked nice and seemed cheap to run, unfortunately hasn’t lived up to expectations and I would never buy a Vauxhall again.
A Good looking car, but with quite a few faults. I have the excite model 3 door 1.2 I have had to have 4 trips back to the dealer for the following : Gear Linkage - jumping out of gear; Grinding brakes (no fault); New light switch - lights turning on and off on own; Brake pads - finally replaced and found to be faulty, which was causing the grinding noise. Now for the big one. The engine, which used to be quiet has over the past three weeks got louder until it now sounds like a tractor!! The Vauxhall dealer said it is normal, but the noise is still continuing to get louder. Vauxhall customer assistance have contacted me and they have demanded for the vehicle to be checked asap; when booking the vehicle in reception were very rude. So, if you’re thinking about buying one of these cars bear these things in mind. I wouldn’t mind but it’s a "61 plate", new from September.
A nice looking car, but there is a problem with engine noise as it sounds like a tractor. Mine also has noisy brakes at slow speed. I’ve taken it back Vauxhall, but they say everything is ok. I don’t agree and I wouldn’t buy one of these again.
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I know exactly what that noise was. A rubber grommet holding the air box in. It happened to me they also tried fobbing me off, trying to tell me it was the injectors - Phil Ferrara from Leicestershire
Bought a 2011 1.4 Corsa SE 4 weeks ago - engine was nice and quiet initially, 2 days later noted a gridy whizzy noise when driving about 60-65 mph - which responded to coming on/off accelerator. I took it back to dealer who said it was in the dashboard so told to take it back to Vauxhall as still under warranty. Vauxhall can hear the noise but not tell me what it is - they don’t know! They took an exact other model out for a test run - and it does the same - apparantly? Told - that’s the noise it makes - any suggestions? I am not happy and feel I have been fobbed off - Tina from Inverness-shire
It could be the brake bearing as there has been recall from 2008 model upward so it best to get it checked out to make sure. Didn’t Vauxhall contact you? - Tracy L from Middlesex
I’ve had this corsa for nearly 4 years and all I’ve had to do is buy 2 new front tyres.
A nice little car, but with no spare wheel it can be a pain in the neck.
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Corsa D’s fitted with the sports body kit are never supplied with a spare wheel, this is to do with jacking it up I believe. However from 2011, the spare wheel is now only supplied on all new Corsas without bodykit if you ask for it at the factory (£110 extra) otherwise you get the temporary repair kit in the boot - William Lyle from Scotland
If there were minus figures it would get -5 stars. Where to start? 1). The car leaks water into the passenger side footwell when it rains. 2). There’s a rattle from the front of the car that the Vauxhall garage cannot locate; the car sounds really unsafe. 3). The timing slipped so I went to vauxhall and paid over £800 only to find when I went to pick the car up it now had a flat battery. Vauxhall tried to charge me for new key but I lost my rag and demanded that it be resolved. I went back the next week to pick up the car and the battery is now running flat if the car is left for over 4 hours (this didn’t happen prior to going to Vauxhall). 5). The car is not running right and the front engine mount requires replacing. 6). The car is leaking fuel from the pressure pump, the ECU’s light in on and now it won’t start. I will be going back to an independant garage now as Vauxhall have the worst customer service and must employ monkeys instead of proper mechanics. Conclusion: I will never buy Vauxhall again, even though I have had a pre-1995 Vectra, Cavalier, Nova etc., with no issues what so ever. The new Vauxhall’s are not up to the same standard and this one car has put me off the company for life. My car has less than 30,000 mile on it. A total joke!
I have had several problems with this car: 1. Coil springs snapped (a common Vauxhall problem) 2. Four different engine maps needed (this should have been sorted before the cars were released on the market) 3. Brake discs worn down in only 30k, so obviously made from too soft a material. 4. Three rear wheel bearings needed. 5. Engine goes into limp home mode quite frequently and the dealer can not trace the problem. 6. New glow plugs needed, but this is probably wear and tear. 7. 39 MPG on a long run from a diesel? The most unreliable car I have ever had the misfortune to run.
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I have just read your review for the 1.7 Corsa. I have had similar problems on a car that has done 18k. The rear wheel bearing collapsed and had to be replaced. Glow plugs replaced. Car went into Vauxhall for a service. When I collected the car from Vauxhall after the service, the mpg dropped considerably - down from 52mpg to 26! My partner thinks that Vauxhall have mapped the car incorrectly, but Vauxhall say that they cannot find anything wrong with it. Meanwhile, I am stuck with a car that was economical pre Vauxhall service, but is now rubbish. Can I ask who remapped your car and whether it cured the problem? Fran Isherwood from Lancashire
I bought this car in April 2006, when it was it was 1 year old with 4k on the clock. Ok, where do I start? Overall I think the world of the car, it`s quite rare to see a 1.8 these days and it does attract a few stares. I have it serviced every 20k and I had the cam set changed at 60k. It also had a recall a couple of years ago due to a problem highlighted by the BBC, but that was sorted with no problems. However, everytime it rains the driver’s footwell is soaked. It’s had a new screen fitted and this that and the other checked, but it’s still leaking. It must be a design fault, but Vauxhall won’t admit to that will they? Last week the n/s mirror lens fell out at 70mph so I went to my local dealer to get a replacement, only to be told "Sorry sir, Vauxhall have stopped making the lens or housing for that model". Great! So what do I do? "Sorry sir, I don’t know, have you tried a scrap merchants?" Yet the car is not even seven years old yet!! There is lots of road noise at 60+ and the handling can be a bit hairy, least ways ’til you get used to it’s funny little ways. If you drive like Miss Daisy’s older brother then you will squeeze 350 miles to a tank, if you drive like you have just nicked it you will get about 300. The ride is hard and bumpy, but I like that it feels like a go-kart. I also like its understated looks, red calipers, not much to give away it’s pedigree. I must like it as I have had it 5+ years although I have been looking at A3`s lately, 2.0 turbos.
I bought the car new. It needed a new turbo when 2 years old. Then at 3 years old, after being washed, water ingresss into ECU caused many problems; this is a fault on 1.3 CDTi Corsas. It now keeps fading almost cutting out and when I fill up with diesel it is even worse. Other than these problems the car is not too bad. It does need break pads every year and discs every 18 months.
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Likewise brakepads and discs at 18 months, despite careful driving of the car. Also has an annoying habit of a slight shudder when in low revs in second almost as if its being starved of fuel. Dealer suggests poor brand fuel from supermarkets? - David Briggs from England
First of all I have had many many cars over the years and touch wood have had very few times when I have needed to take a car back to the dealers for warranty work. Previous sum total after owning 8 new cars is just one rear hatch lock. So reading reviews on here am I to be visiting the dealer more now I have a Corsa? I hope not but ownership so far has been fault free. I bought my Corsa used just over a year old with 8k miles on the clock as an ex lease car. It still looks and feels brand new despite me piling 7k miles on in only 3 months. Perhaps the first owner did the toing and froing with the dealer to get the car sorted, but as mentioned in a busy three months I have not had a single issue. Now lets mention I am no Miss Daisy when it comes to driving and have raced cars and go karts for many years so I was not looking forward to the 1.2 engine I had picked purely for its fuel economy because I have to finance my own fuel on my commute to work. This car is actually totally schitzophrenic. Underpowered and lethargic when aiming to get good mpg and using little throttle the bonus being the 45mpg I get on my daily 100 mile round trip to work. Sometimes you wonder if there is even an engine in the front. What I did really appreciate though was the fact that this mpg is just as easily reached whether driving on a motorway or using a mixture of A and B roads in fact ironcally motorway consumption can be marginally worse than an undulating B road, which did surprise me. Oh yes I said schitzophrenic didn’t I? - well take the car by the scruff of its neck and keep the throttle down until you have 5000 rpm on the rev counter and no you don’t have a Ferrari, but you do suddenly have a car whose engine sounds as if it enjoys revving and is smooth and not gruff, a muted but roty engine note and a chassis that will not let you down. In fact this is the only car I have ever had where grip on the road is not an issue at all. It has stacks of grip and with the modest engine power little likelihood of upsetting things with clumsy pedalling. Unless the road is very uneven and bumpy you have a very faithful and willing car, which will propel you to speeds that offer driving enjoyment with ironically a lot of safety and your licence still intact. So what am I saying here is how does that make sense? I have had many fast cars over the years and still own one now in the shape of an A3 tfsi sportback with 200bhp and yet I really enjoy pushing the Corsa with its benign handling, masses of grip and roty engine because I am getting the experience of pushing a car to extract its performance, but without reaching speeds that would lose me my licence. Of course when driven this way the fuel consumption plummets to 33mpg instead of 45mpg, however, the irony is that to get 33pmg out of my 2.0 litre turbo Audi I have to drive it on egshells and freewheel down all the hills. So here is someone who has masses of racing experience actually finding fun in driving an underpowered ecomomy based shopper who is also getting to work and back economically. So what of the car itself. Other than liking its appearance from all angles with the exception of the view from directly behind I have been extremely impressed with the quality and finish of the car. The panel gaps in the metalwork are appalling and all over the place, but the paintwork is good and the panel gaps are simply not an issue to me who expects to run this car up to 100k miles. What matters to me is a comfortable interior and a workable driving environment and the Corsa in SXI form provides far more than I expected of it in that department. The interior design and layout is simple and straightforward, but that is exactly what I like in a car. Far too many car interiors these days look like they have been designed by someone who used to design Ghetto Blasters in the mid eighties. Masses of silver painted plastic and hotch potches of 3d geometric shapes with no functional reasoning just don’t float my boat. The seats and the adjustments for both the seats and the steering wheel are first rate, making finding your perfect driving position easy. As someone who has suffered from back problems all my life I am happy to report that the seats have proven to be one of the best I have encountered regardless of car cost or specification. I have all the toys I could possibly need. Leather wheel and gear shift, cruise control, air conditioning, mp3 input, sports seats, split fold rear seats etc., etc. There is not actually one thing where I am finding myself saying if only it had one of those. Well there is one actually a water temp gauge, but hey ho I presume there would be a warning light should the temps get too high. There is also a little ’and’ and it is those infuriating indicators. Attempting to manually cancel them results in the traffic following you wondering if you have totally lost your marbles as you alternate between signalling to turn right then left then right again. It’s even an issue when switching main beam on and off where a slight touch here has your overactive indicators going off on their own merry way again. So to tick all the boxes of a car review I will just mention that the ride and refinement are perfectly acceptable for a supermini, not in limousine standards, but never wearing or intrusive. I am a happy chappy and the acid test is this. If someone told me today that the Corsa I am driving now would be the only car I would have for the rest of my life would I be depressed and the answer is no. I still have lots more driving enjoyment to come with this little but eminently practical car.
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When turning indicator off try switching them off same way as indicating - John from Kent
Awful car! Never again will I buy Vauxhall. It’s had problems from new; lack of power, lights faulty, brakes faulty, seats faulty. It’s a load of rubbish and I can’t wait to get rid of it!
Mine has only done 16,000 and had a recall from the dealer last month. The bearings were replaced yesterday and there is now a ginding noise when it is driven. There is also a noise when the steering wheel is turned. I have had Vauxhall cars for years and they have always been great, but this has little power at times when you try to accelerate.
I love my 58 plate Corsa! Nice shape, size, interior and an enjoyable drive. Having down sized I was worried I’d miss the space, but so far that has not been an issue. Love it!
No problems to date. I’m very satisfied with the performance and the petrol consumption is good. It does need wise use of the gearbox but cruises at motorway speeds smoothly and quietly, with very little road noise from the Firestone tyres. Steering and roadholding is excellent. An attractive car that’s well finished and has all the neccessary accessories. I do have one complaint; why do they put in a cd30 radio that won’t play MP3 discs?
I bought this in May 2011 and am fairly pleased with it. There was an early problem with the dealer over paintwork and spare keys and I had to pay half so just over £100 out of pocket which was abysmal dealer service. (non Vauxhall independent dealer) The car had done 15000 miles when I bought it. I did not want features like air conditioning and alloy wheels and heated door mirrors, which is why I chose the Life model. However, I did think it came with adjustable steering wheel and the handbook says it does but it does not have that feature, which is a great shame. The handbook should be corrected, there is no asterix to denote it’s an option. The car itself drives well and I am averaging over 40 mpg in mixed motoring. The lack of an engine temperature gauge is a penny pinching disgrace in this day and age though. The seating is fairly comfortable and I find the car has enough power for my needs. The gearing is good for a 1200c supermini with 3000rpm only at 70 mph. I thought I might have problems with the indicators and the thick A pillars affecting visibility, but I havent. Nor have I had any problems with reflections in the windscreen. I have experienced problems though with the clutch from cold starts, it is horrendous and I had to take technical advice on it. I now keep the engine speed up for this and Vauxhall should hang their heads in shame over this, its very poor. I like the boot capacity and I like the fact that I have a full size spare wheel. It is reasonably spacious for 2 adults and the radio is easy to use and tune. I only give this car 3 stars because of the awful clutch when the car is cold and because the handbook is so unhelpful on so many things. If Vauxhall could have addressed those points the car would have been so much better and would have merited at least a 4 if not a a four and a half rating.
This car has been made into a bad buy by Vauxhall’s after care people, who could not care less about guarantee work. After you have bought the car their slogan should be "Do one" as they have a clause to cover everything and about the only thing covered is that the paint won’t change colour. I would advise anyone to steer clear of Vauxhall.
I have a love/hate relationship with this car! I love to look at it, the noise it makes, the go-kart handling! The things I hate are the pretty poor mpg - it struggles to average over 35mpg on the motorway, I’m driving like a pensioner and I’m 24 years old. Reliability has also been pretty poor, had a wheel bearing and brake disks and pads replaced under warranty within three months of owning, another wheel bearing went nine months later which I had to fork out £200 for. The heating system is all over the place making the engine light come on and off when it wants to! The car only has 35k miles, pretty disappointed really with reliability! But would I buy another? Probably yes, because it still puts a smile on my face!
Being the 2010 model it’s had the tweaks to improve its handling and ride comfort. Has it worked? Most definitely! It corners very well and inspires confidence, though a Fiesta has slightly better handling there isnt much in it and the ride of the Corsa makes up for this. The new 1.4 100bhp engine is pretty fizzy. Loads of grunt and brisk performance are available while the fuel economy is good at 49mpg and tax is only £90. The SE version has replaced the Design, but it comes with a heap of equipment and it’s forever being complemented as a very posh car. I’ve had some fun with the heated seats on unsuspecting passengers :-) A great car that can easily cruise on motorways whilst feeling nimble around town!
I bought a brand new car last June. I have had ridiculous amounts of problems with this so called energy saver vehicle: It does not accelarate properly; The engine management lights keeps coming on and I have to take it in everytime. I get told by Vauxall that this is why they give a warranty because the car can have problems. Ridiculous excuse again! If anyone is looking to buy a Corsa please don’t, its c**p and it will cause you more grief than anything else. Also since its first service last month there has been a beeping noise from the brake and I have been told it is the "characteristics of the Corsa". What on earth???
Just bought this car and drove it home 70 miles with no problems. It cruised on the motorway at 65/70 mph; on tick-over it’s a bit funny because it’s a 3 cylinder and sounds quite throaty at low speeds, but saying that it is very economical. The spec on the life is good, for example it has electric windows, air con, pas, and a nice factory fitted Cd player and feels to have good build quality.
Bought the car new in 2008. So far it’s had new discs and pads all round, new wheel bearings, problem with the alarm, an annoying rattle, poor offside rear visibility. The mpg however is about 40mpg. It is certainly very nippy! Absence of jacking points is annoying. No spare wheel hasn’t caused a problem to date. I have had several other new Sports and SRi models in the past but I think this may well be the last!!
I have owned this car for around three months now and it is absolutely fantastic. It drives superbly well with only minor wheelspin and torque steer in first and second gear. It picks up speed even at top end with huge agility and precision, I have a few minor issues with bits of trim coming loose but it only needed resticking and was fine. The interior of the car is brilliant with nice recaro bucket seats and leather steering wheel and everything is where you expect it to be. The boot is quite small but still okay. I fit all my shopping plus my mates in so suites me fine, the only downer is the insurance, which for me being 20, is almost £2,000 but come on, it is a 1.6 turbo after all. So all in all, I give it 5/5 on driving, 4/5 handaling, 4/5 trim, 5/5 interior, and 5/5 on looks.
I was satisfied with the appearance of my car (bought it brand new) and the interior etc. I just have the plain version, only extras I have really are electric side morrors, however I find the boot very small. My old P reg was much bigger. I find that the acceleration is sluggish, especially between 3rd and 4th gear and sometimes it struggles to get up even a slight hill with just me in it (I’m small!). If I have passengers, it’s embarrassing! The car barely moves with my foot down on a hill. I have also found an ongoing problem with the clutch control and handbrake ..and NO ! I do not have problems getting the biting point! I have been driving for 20 years, and drive around ten different vehicles via my job. I have no problem with clutch or gears thanks, but this Corsa is a nightmare. It seems to change it’s preferred bite point everyday and as such ends up Kangaroo-ing off at lights or hills. My partner drives it and also finds the same. I would recommend this car for a first car, but I will NOT be buying another when the warranty runs out this year. I’m disappointed.
I have a Corsa 1.2 sxi. I agree with people when they say it’s a bit underpowered. I fitted a performance chip, £7.00 off ebay. The performance now is much improved. Acceleration and hill climbing improved too, fuel economy really good. This is a really good car, I’ve had no problems with it at all in the 3 years I have owned it. The electric power steering takes a bit of getting used to at high speeds, but other than that it’s a great car to own and drive. Fit a chip, only two wires to connect so easy and you will notice the difference right away, trust me.
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I had one of those chips fitted too and it ruined my car! What I understand now is that they "trick" the engine to give more fuel and air, basically your car is running in ’choke’ mode permanently! - Lawrence Jones from England
My Corsa still runs great, not had nothing go wrong. The performance chip is still connected just passed new MOT and I can get well over 350 miles to a tank of fuel - Terry Bowdley from England
Where did you get the chip from? Have the same car and for £7 I’d grab one. Cheers - Martyn Hixon from Swansea
Well my car at 18,000 needs a new steering rack and it’s very disappointing and Vauxhall couldn’t care less!!
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I bought my Corsa Active new, a great little car, but at 20,000 miles, it required a new steering rack. Thank god for the warranty - Carol McLaughlin from Fife and Kinross Shires
Bought this car from a Vauxhall dealer (Hartwell) in March 2010, with 21,500 miles on the clock and one previous owner. Just 2 months after I got it, things started to break, the steering became loose and unresponsive, also the horn stopped working. I took it back and they said steering rack had come loose. They tightened it, replaced horn buttons on the steering wheel and also found an oil leak which was leaking onto the breaks, it cost me nearly £150 just for them to tighten the steering rack. Then a couple of weeks later (now out of warranty) the steering came loose again. Took it back again and had a go at them so they fixed it again! And now the whole car creaks and bangs and doesn’t sound safe....then the suspension broke, one of the springs completely snapped. Now looking to sell it. Also fuel consumption is C**P! Not impressed!!
I purchased this car in March 2010, previously owning a 1999 Corsa for which I got the £2000 scrap part exchange allowance. I find my new car, which has just done 6500 miles, rather less than inspiring due primarily to the sluggish acceleration. Additionally I find that it is too easy to over correct the indicators when manually cancelling their operation and inadvertently indicate in the opposite direction! The front windows took to lowering themselves when parked and the software had to be investigated twice, and the remote door locking system decided to become confused for a few days. On delivery I noticed that there were small gaps under the front wing which would let road residue inside the wings which may result in long term corrosion - the response to this was to point out that it was a mass produced car and what else could I expect? One person in the dealership suggested that I seal it with bathroom sealant, another pointed out that such action would invalidate the warranty. All in all I consider that my previous Corsa was better - the performance was better and it was more economical. The new car is averaging about 45 mpg urban motoring and about 55 mpg on longer runs. I am glad that I didn’t pay the full purchase price for it - I enjoyed the 2k scrap allowance and the dealership was offering a further £1700 off the new price. Buy another? Probably not.
Underpowered car with a very clattery diesel engine; have to keep radio on consantly or gives me headache, poor visibility; have to lean to the left when turning right just to see around bends, windscreen wipers knock on full speed, front screen demist takes ages to clear; started carrying a towel to wipe the windows it’s that slow! Gear box playing up when engaging 1st gear, poorly placed hazard warning button to close to radio controls, nightmare glare off the dashboard on the front screen especially in sunny weather. All in all bought this car to replace ageing Zafira based on lower tax £35 per year and smaller diesel engine. Really am sorry I bought this car beware with these newer Corsas they’re not as good as the older ones when you consider the one I own is just over 27 months old and already having problems with it especially the drop in fuel economy from 56mpg to 44mpg for no apparent reason.
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Quick update, just as I thought this horrible little car couldn’t get any worse now. The brakes are squealing and on start-up, plumes of grey foul smelling smoke come bellowing from the exhaust. I’m going to have to get this sorted at Vauxhall Stockport while it’s still under warranty. Take heed, stay away from these nasty little cars :( - Martin Carey from Lancashire
I bought my Corsa in July 2010, had problems with the wipers, kept hitting off the paintwork when I had them on in fast mode. Took it back to the dealer, didn’t even look at it. 2 days later, I took it back again, bumping noise coming from front tyres. Dealer said that new brakes were fitted, needed some time to bed in properly. Returned 2 weeks later, noise still there, left it with the dealer for 3 days and they couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Went to a local independent mechanic, he took it for a test drive, told me that the cv joint and ball bearing on the left front tyre was gone. He valued the repair at £250 and that’s including workmanship. He told me to return the car to the dealer, he contacted the dealer and told them what the exact problem was. 3 days later, car was returned, no problem since. The cv joint on the right front is starting to go now. If you are looking at a new car, avoid corsas and Vauxhall completely.
I love my car!! It’s fab in every way, only thing I would complain about are the pillars obstruct view sometimes and the car runs out of screenwash so fast! I hardly ever use it! Other than that wouldn’t swap it for anything :)
Corsa C SXI look great and drive great, but after a while little things keep going wrong with them that become big things, had mine 3 years plus and it’s only properly broke down now with a throttle sensor fault. Ideal for 1st time drivers but high maintance cars, burns oil and poor for long distance. Put an Irmscher kit on a Corsa and it will look fab, just like mine, for that am going to give 3*
Got a 2007 5 door club full automatic 1.4. Seems ok, fuel economy not what I’m used to average 32-37mpg if driven carefully. Performance is fine, good city car and fine on m/way. Got 17500 on the clock & is ex mobility with full service history. Not had it long but it’s a good spec small car, parts etc cheap and service costs fine. Economy on my Renault Scenic 1.5 dci is outstanding at 55mpg plus and it’s much bigger motor but dodgy electrics! Will report further on Corsa in a month or two but quite happy with it, auto box is nice and smooth too.
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Update on my motor, as I did one earlier in the year. Still impressed with the car, economy - getting around 350 miles per tank of fuel = around 35-ish mpg. OK to drive but not the best car if you’re over 6 ft tall and regularly have passengers in rear. Everything working fine, seems to be a well built little motor. Happy up to yet, decent boot and would have one again, although the auto box leaves you in no man’s land now and again on bigger roads, but a great city car. 4 stars out of 5 at the mo, only let down by being a little underpowered as the auto box seems to kill the power - Gary K from England
Have a 1.4 automatic Corsa 2007 but fuel economy is very poor. I think it is not changing into higher gears quick enough or may be some other problem. Is there anything that can be done for the poor fuel economy? Dawood Hassan from Essex
Bought Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Club and have ben very pleased with it. The wide pillars are ok when you are aware of them and compensate for them. No difficulty in climbing hills or on overtaking. You can’t expect the performance of a sports car from it. I liked the space. Seat 5 people comfortably. I would have liked a quick-clear system for the windscreen especially during the winter. I would buy another Corsa.
Love my 09 Corsa Active, second one I’ve had from brand new. Did have prob with climate control dial jamming but Vauxhall fixed under warranty. Dash is big on this model and sometimes get reflections on front screen. All in all a nippy car with loads of room had it packed floor to ceiling and top box on with no problems with keeping up speed. Feels solid and doesnt look cheap inside like some cars.
Hey, I had a 2009 Corsa 1.3 CDTi SXI a few weeks ago (as a courtesy car) when my 308 HDi Sport went into a bodyshop to get a dent and few scrapes out of it... (I was pulling into a petrol station and the high sided kerbs around the pumps caught the door sill and wrecked it)... Anyway I had the car for about a week and a half, I didnt enjoy it one bit to be brutally honest.. It was slow and un responsive, the turbo took ages to kick in (I even wondered sometimes if it had a turbo) and just generally not pleasant to drive. I do alot of miles and the Corsa CTDI isnt the car for the job, also they highest MPG i got was 54 and that was on the motorway! I get 59 mpg in my 2L HDi 308 on the motorways with the cruise control on.. I woudn’t recommend a Corsa or Vauxhall to anybody, because they are c**p..
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What a totally pointless and stupid comparison. The Corsa is designed to be frugal and cheap and cheerful, hence the 1.3 engine. It will not have anywhere near the performance of your 2 litre Peugeot. Bet the Corsa is more economical, you only get what you pay for - Bob from Ayrshire
Responder, read what the lass said! "I do alot of miles and the Corsa CTDI isn’t the car for the job, also they highest MPG I got was 54 and that was on the motorway! I get 59 mpg in my 2L HDi 308 on the motorways with the cruise control on "Corsa is obvo NOT more economical - even when compared to a 2L car!" Iain Ellis from East Lothian (Haddingtonshire)
I have the 3dr version which comfortably accomodates me, hubby, 2 teenagers with the dog in the boot. It’s a fantastic little car and can easily take on the bigger engined boys on the motorway. The car has been with the family for the best part of 4 years and during this time we’ve had to do very little to keep it running.
Just come back from two weeks in Spain with a Corsa 1.2. This car was so bad I will need to ensure that I specifically request that I am NOT provided with another Corsa for rental in the future. The acceleration is virtually non existant and it screams round (cruises?!) at a minimum of 3,500 revs on the motorways. The model I had was fitted with cruise control but it was pointless enabling it because as soon as the car approached anything even resembling a slight gradient, it would lose power and I would have to change down into fourth, then third reducing my speed on motorways from around 75 to 50! This car had only done 5,000 km but it felt like it had been thrashed all over the place. Not surprising really, the amount of times I had my foot right to the floor in order to get anything out of it was ridiculous. I honestly thought the rental company had fitted some kind of limiter to it! Maybe it’s fine for people that only pootle around town and never go near the open road but the engines so flat,even the smallest amount of motorway driving just becomes a chore. Suffice to say, I won’t be buying one in the near future. Rubbbish.
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I had a Corsa 1.2 on hire over about three months and went everywhere in it; Norfolk, Highlands, Wales. Great time, fast and nippy, good fuel con. Kept its own on the motorway. A lot of umph for such a small car. I’m afraid you must have got a turkey, next time ask to have a try (can’t see them objecting,you are going to be hiring one), take it up the nearest m/way and floot it. If unhappy, demand another or go somewhere else - Ross Vincent from Cheshire
I bought my Corsa on the 23rd July ’10, so far I have had no major problems. When I test drove the car I noticed the brakes were grinding but was aware that this car had not gone in for the disks and pads refitting for the 2008 recall, as for fuel I get 220 miles for half tank and that’s driving round town. Have not done much motorway driving in it yet but would expect to get pretty close to the figures as diclosed for this car by Vauxhall, I reckon on a full tank motorway driving this car will do 450-480 miles.
I’m so glad i have read a good review, I collect my 1.2 club next week; I thought the test drive was lovely.
I had the 2008 Diesel Ecoflex as a driving instructors car for 1 year and it was absolutely fantastic. The fuel consumption was superb. The injectors needed replacing after about 35,000 miles, but apart from that pleasure to drive. Can’t speak highly enough about this sexy little car.
Not as nice to drive as my old Astra, does any other owner have trouble on hills? I find it quite dangerous as I have to put the handbrake on and once on the move again, when I take the handbrake off and put my foot on the accelerator, it revs like mad for a few seconds before taking off. The car drivers behind me look quite worried. Even worse if having to stop and start in traffic on hills. Also rear view when reversing is very poor, while the Astra has extremely good all round vision. Other than that, not too bad, the best I can say is that’s it’s very pretty, and good on long journeys with no stopping and starting.
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I have a 58 plate corsa active easytronic and have had the same problem on inclines, took it back to vauxhall and was told all semi autos do the same thing - Kevin from England
Hi I have got a 2007 Vauxhall Corsa easytronic auto 1.2 3dr. I have noticed the petrol goes quite quick on it especially when I do long journeys. Does this happen to your car? What can I do to help petrol last longer? - Gary Charles from Nottinghamshire
This is quite an attractive looking car apart from the black paintwork, never again, scratches so easily. I have had a Corsa before but this has no umph especially on hills, foot to the floor and going no where. My partner has a Fiat Panda that has more get up and go.
I bought this as an ex driving school car with 13,000 miles on the clock. It has now donw 130,500 miles on the original clutch, has never broken down, and always starts - except one time when I left the radio on for 4 days and the battery went flat (I was on holiday). A great little car, she’s starting to show her age now with rusting but her engine starts up every time and still sounds and runs sweet. I’ve never had any major repairs or problems, just normal running costs; services, exhausts etc. I would recommend to anyone as a reliable, economical, easy to drive, easy to park, good all round visability (unlike some of the later models), fun to drive brilliant little car. I’m dreading the day I have to trade her in because she’s got too much rust.
Bought this small car Corsa active in January 2010. Seemed ok to start with but within 3 months had new disc fitted, now just been called back to vauxhall for mod on handbrake. I have also complained twice now about accelerator sticking. I’m assured by Vauxhall this is a characteristic of the car. Has anybody had this problem?
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Hi there, I have exactly the same problem! When I change gear and take my foot off the accelorator the rev counter goes up and sounds like I’m really reving the car. I have taken it to the garage 3 times to be fixed and on the third time they said there is no more they can do as Vauxhall have said it is a characteristic of the car. I’m not sure if this is correct or if they are just trying to fob me off!!! I have spoken to Customer Care who were not very helpful and said there was nothing they can do, so frustrating. I don’t know where to go and who to speak to now. Did you speak to Customer Care about your car? - Louise Latter from Kent
1.2 Corsa (5 door Active), 3k miles, driving school car. No acceleration until 3k+ revs. If you change gear, the car ’lurches’ forward as the engine revs. DO NOT fall off fast enough, (=clutch wear?). 5 door has 200% better vision. Had a 3 door 1.3 diesel.. (black= see the scratches) lousy vision to the side and backwards (ie, turning your head), but a sweet little engine. Verdict: Recommend 5 door 1.3 diesel - Steve from Yorkshire
Bought mine in 2008, was happy for a bit, then the suspension springs went, took it back to the garage, they said it’d be repaired under warranty, but cost me £200 for labour??? Then in April this year, while driving home from work, the engine management light came on, pulled in, filled with water, sat for 15 mins, then started the engine, 5 mins later, the same again, had to get the thing towed home. Called the garage, which I did, at my own expense. Got a call about a week later, they said it’s my fault! I should never have driven it with the engine management light on, which I did not!! And now they say it’s the head gasket, and it isn’t cover by my extended warranty!! They just will not take me seriously. I need my car as I work 6 miles from home, which although it isn’t far, its a 2 bus ride journey, and because I’m a hairdresser, I can’t get out to do my customers hair at night. I will never own another Vauxhall in my life. Biggest mistake I ever made. My next door neighbour’s neice, had a ’56 mplate corsa as well, and it’s awful funny how the exact same thing has happened to hers!!! - Karen Brown from Lanarkshire
I have a 2002 Corsa Sxi 1.2 and I must say that it’s a good all rounder as this is my first car. Although the fuel consumption is rubbish, this car does 90mph on the motorway without much effort. Interior and exterior is great for the class and the price it was offered for when this first came out. Would like to see at least one cup holder by the gear stick rather than having to open the storage lid which has a cupholder in. Love this car and would like a diesel engine but they’re rare and expensive.
I bought my Corsa 1.2 57 plate brand new. Is it just me or is the fuel consumption on this car very, very poor? My girlfriend’s dad has the exact same car and he feels the same way. Does anybody else feel this way too?
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I’ve had a Corsa Design 1.2 5 door since it had 1400 miles on the clock. I agree that it is very underpowered, probably because they’ve made it so heavy. Fuel consumption. mostly around local roads, some motorway, is 40mpg ie well below what’s expected. It has loosened up a lot now it’s at 10,000 miles but can still irritate me intensely when I have to change down on moderate hills. Well appointed and with nice gadgets (except auto lights which are too sensitive) but it’s been back twice under warrantly to have heater/air con (i.e. fridge setting!) controls fixed. And the front brake squeal/grating is atrocious. The Vauxhall dealers don’t want to know about it, say it’s to do with the new brake pad composition. I’ve had three Corsas of which my 2002 was the best. Doubtful if I’ll be getting a fourth - Rod from Cheshire
I bought a 1.2 Active in December 09 having had a 1.4 Astra Sports Hatch as I thought it would be cheaper... big mistake. It is very underpowered and really struggles on hills of any sort, the fuel consumption is, as a result, dreadful so much so I have been to look at options regarding changing this after 6 months - Ruth Clark from Cambridgeshire
Yes I totally agree in fact its quite scary, I bought this car thinking stupidly low CC would save me money as I am not a fast driver, but it’s costing me a fortune and I am going to have to get rid of it and research into a more economical car, which is sad as I really like the look of it ....never mind we live and learn good luck with your Corsas!!!! - Juleen Tyson from Surrey
Yes I agree, the fuel consumption is very poor and my 1007 Corsa is terrible goin up hills! - June Henson from Durham
I believe the only way to write a report like this on a car is after owning one for a considerate amount of time, it is 2 and a half years now since I picked up my Glacier White Corsa SXi diesel from our local Vauxhall dealer brand new and it’s an absolute cracker, apart from a couple of minor niggles! It has currently done 30,000 care-free miles and the only real problem that has occured was the heater would only work on certain occasions and this was replaced under warranty - this is a common problem with the Corsa and anyone who has this problem should contact their Vauxhall dealer for it to be replaced before the warranty expires. The next niggle I find is that there can be a terrible reflection of the dashboard through the windscreen and the access on the 3 door model to the rear seats can be a bit of a pain. Apart from that nothing! And I’d quite happily buy another or recommend a Corsa to someone else, especially the 1.3 CDTi engine option! It is very frugal and has good punch once you get up the revs. It can be a bit slow initially but has plenty power enough for most people. Although I would agree with some comments about the 1.0 and 1.2 - I have driven these and they are too slow. It is good car from Vauxhall and backed by a good local dealer.
I bought my Corsa 1.0 Active, 1 month ago from a main dealer. I test drove the car no problems but the day I bought the car home it started to sound like a tractor. I took it back to garage but they said there was nothing wrong with the car and told me to take it to a Vauxhall dealer to see if they could find a problem. Vauxhall said it was the timing chain, so had to take back to garage (luckily under warranty) and have a new timing chain. A week later driving on the M25 the engine light appeared, sensor fault, car still making terrible noise, revv’s on it own when idle at traffic lights or sitting in traffic. I just feel unsafe driving this car, the biggest mistake I have ever made.
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One word for a Vauxhall Corsa - cr*p! My Corsa was constantly in the garage for the same things over & over again. The engine light was always coming on. Terrible car! - Vicki Malpass from England
I’ve had the car from new, done 70,000 miles in it and really can’t complain. Me and this car have been through some thrills and spills, one such spill involving being cut up and swerving into a house, no major issues, had an engine replacement after 2 months after the timing chain snapped but that was done quickly and painlessly. Never been religous with servicing, oil and filter change every now and then but still no problem. I’ve driven it hard from day 1 and all that’s to show is a few bumps and squeaks. The recalls were annoying (had 4 now) but they don’t cost anything. Haven’t ever thought about replacing it ’cos as they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Fair enough the seats aren’t sofas, and the plastic’s a bit cheap and clacky, but the only people who complain about things like that are the people who seem to think they’ll get Rolls Royce workmanship at Vauxhall prices. For the money I paid for this car it’s been nothing but brilliant. I would definitely recommend one to anyone who has a realistic idea of what they’ll get for their money, but avoid the 1 litre as it’s the lumpiest engine in the world and 1.2 litre as it is a whiney little thing.
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Can you tell me how much your engine replacement cost and how long it took? My Corsa 1.2 Life 2004 broke down just as I left M8 motorway. No warning lights on or anything. Just a clunk and then steam coming from bonnet. On opening no water. A mechanic friend said chain not broken but loose. I think I need replacement engine - Margaret Mills from Lanarkshire
My car has just broken down, i am told is problem with one of the cylinders. Being a Sunday no garages were open so the truck carried my car home. I got this car as it is one of the few cars in insurance group 1. Suspension is soft so the car has a good ride, it also rolls quite a bit on the corners. But with a 1.0 engine this was never going to be a sports car. If i drive it carefully I get good fuel economy, over 40 mpg around town. Fifth gear is a low ratio to make the most of the engines power, at 70 mph the engine is doing nearly 4000rpm. The car is happy enough cruising at 80 and can achieve nearly 100mph, but I try to keep it to 70 because once you take it faster it starts using a surprising amount of petrol for such a small engine. I would not recomend this car as the steering is very vague, not sure if it has been driven into a curb hard by a previous user(ex rental car) but I hear that this car model does have vague steering. The engine is loud when cold, it’s actually as loud or louder than the diesel car I learnt to drive in, but once it warms up it settles down. There are better cars out there.
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Given the wording of your review, I think you have given 1 star only due to the fact it has recently broken down, the 1 litre engine is basic and lumpy I agree but surely not 1 star bad? You have both praised and complained in the same paragraph so surely 2-3 stars would have been more fitting? - Ian from Kent
It goes like a rocket but on motorways the steering wanders all over the the place; Vauxhall are asking for £240 for steering alinement check, even with 29 months warranty to run they said I must have hit the kerb. Other then that it’s great, just a bit of noise from the heater motor and some times the engine cuts out when slowing and a little knocking noise behind drivers seat. Thanks Vauxhall, keep up the standards.
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If the engine’s cutting out when you slow down I’d say that’s a serious problem. Therefore assume you are being sarcastic when you say "Thanks Vauxhall. Keep up the standards". If the engine on my vehicle was cutting out when I slowed down I certainly would not be saying this! In fact, in combination with the problems you have had with the steering I’d be giving it a one star review! Lucy McGowan from Hampshire
ï»¿I was supplied with this very poor quality car while my own was in for repairs. Apart from anything else, the fuel consumption is pathetic. I picked the car up from the car rental with minute fuel in the tank (their policy) I put £10 worth in the tank, that’s 8.63 ltrs. 57 miles later the tank was showing empty when I then put £25 worth in. These must be the worst fuel figures in the car industry......5.7 miles per £1. Thank goodness I get my own car back on Thursday.
Worst buy ever - Corsa’05 plate! Car has 40,000miles on clock and had catastrophic engine failure on Christmas Eve’09, resulting in new engine being required, cost £2,500 (new clutch put in too). Still has ongoing problems with heating and oil/water leaks. We thought possibly the severe weather had something to do with the problem but have now found out, through Sunday Mail, there are many 05plate corsas out there with serious engine problems. Vauxhall currently investigating this and will report back to paper next week.
It’s the wife’s car, but I also use it, unfortunately ! Lacks umph, passenger seat tilt, slide forward mechanism broke, cheap and nasty ! Front screen gets loads of condensation in cold weather, takes ages to clear, any one else have this problem? Heated screen would have been a nice idea Why have same " dial " for heater as fitted to radio, confusion rules ! Light switches in an unsuitable location. Wouldn’t get another Corsa, better cars available.
The Corsa is absolutely cr*p! I’ve had 2 of these: the first one smashed into a lampost and the second one had to have a new engine, what the hell does that say about Vauxhall? The paint is very shoddy, my father has had the Vectra and it is the same again, nothing but trouble, sensors going and gearbox locking up! Never again will I touch these cars, awful run of the mill headgasket failing s**t. I dont even want to give it a star.
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Sounds more to me like bad driving :D - Tasha from Hampshire
I agree with Tasha, how is you smashing into a lamp post Vauxhall’s fault??? And if you blew the engine up, again, sounds like your fault - Ian from Kent
Wrapped around lamp-post? You sure the car was to blame mate? I doubt it. Now I know why insurance premiums are so high - Bobby from Scotland
I have a Corsa at the minute and it’s the biggest pile of cr*p I have ever come across. Don’t try going up hills because you’ll fail big time and you dread to drive it on the road or you’ll get run over by a tractor! As for the electronics in the car, well you might as well have batteries or a pull string. I would give it to the poor in Africa any day. Do not buy! - Maire from Norfolk
Okay I had a Vauxhall Corsa and there were continuous oil/water leaks, head gasket kept going, failed MOT everytime! Would take it to the garage over & over again, nothing but trouble. It was only three years old when I got it but within three months. the thermostate went, at this point it was December. My new Nissan Micra has the same engine size and has more umph! Fair enough, smacking into a lamp post wasn’t anything to do with the car itself but they are awful cars! Thank god I now own a different car! Had no problems with the Nissan Micra! Get rid of the Corsa while you can! - Vick Malpass from England
My god, it crashed itself into a lamp post. Terrible thing when cars drive themselves into inanimate objects - Steve from Surrey
What does you smashing your Corsa into a poor defenseless lamp post say about Vauxhall? It says they attract numpties like yourself. Take responsibility for your p*ss poor driving - Chris Morris from England
Sluggish, new clutch after 14,000 miles due to plates contaminated, new heater as old one very noisey and out of balance... just found out the £800 panoramic sunroof I had fitted when I ordered the vehicle has sprung a leak "Sorry this is not covered on warranty as it’s classed as trim", £470 to replace a new piece of rubber?!! ... I don’t think so. I would seriously not recommend buying Vauxhall, even to my worst enemy. Be warned, the get out clause is " Has it been fully serviced ??"
Worst decision of my life, awfull car to own and shockingly bad reliability. Never again am I buying a Vauxhall.
It’s ok but acceleration is a bit poor.
Having had two Corsa C’s previously and been very happy with both I chose to buy another and went for the near the top of the range Corsa D, 1.7 Diesel in Design trim in White (£390 saving over metalic’s) with options of electric sunroof, cruise control, climate control and computer. The vehicle looks great and distinctively individual in White with the black glass panoramic roof that comes with the sunroof option. Now down to the nitty gritty the good, the bad and the ugly (well no ugly) points I have found with this vehicle to date. Firstly I must say that I love the sturdy, solid feel of the vehicle and the (German) build quality is good although not excellent (the rear screen has been install out of line with a big bottom gap on one side and no gap on the other side). The internal materials are also mostly very good quality; the piano black centre console is particularly smart and pleasing (although again not all materials are great with the cabins secondary plastic’s appearing a bit 1980’s Ford Escort dashboard quality, but durable and easy to wipe clean all the same). The external paint quality is first class and cannot be faulted. Internally the cabin is light and airy but there are a few niggle. Firstly the piano black strip trims on top of the dash reflects in the screen on very bright sunny days and this can be quite disconcerting. Front occupance headroom is not brilliant and although the driver’s seat is height adjustable I still find my head brushing the headlining. The door opening check straps do not adequately keep the door open and often on hills the heavy door will close whilst one is attempting to exit the vehicle. Rear legroom while the front seats are set right back is very poor and it is difficult for rear passengers to put their feet in the rear footwells to ingress the vehicle. The buttons that operate the computer on the centre dash panel are not backlite as are all the others, unless you have the radio on. The depth of the glove box is minuscule, and therefore rather pointless although it does have its own light upon opening. There is no engine temperature gauge, an utter cheapskate omission as is the fitting of a single tone horn as opposed to the dual tone that it was supposed to be fitted with as was specified in the broacher. The indicator switch (the same as on the last Vectra models) takes some getting use to but once familiar with it appears intuitive in use, although its operation can be heavy and confusing at certain times. The rear screen cannot be flip wiped but has to be turned on to its intermediate wipe setting then off again, an additional operation and a nuisance. However this negative can be countered by the automatic rear screen wipe function that operates when the vehicle is put in reverse with the front wipers on. As I always reverse onto my drive this is so useful in the rain. The operation of the automatic external lighting fitted to this model is excellent as is the anti-dazzle electro chromatic rear view mirror and I would not be without these features on future vehicles. However the same cannot be said about the automatic windscreen wipes that operate automatically in the rain, they are just to sensitive and override the variable intermittent wipe function when set, in all but the lightest of drizzle. This is plain annoying, as you have no control over the wiper operation other than to switch the wipers fully off and thus the fitting and use of the variable wipe function becomes superfluous and redundant on this vehicle. The seats however I can report are very supportive with squab side bolsters but perhaps do lack lower back bolster support. On the road the vehicle all but excels. For a diesel it is very quite and many passengers upon their first ride in it have question if it is a diesel at all. Around town it is quite refined to drive (although no where near as refined as my wife’s Honda Jazz). The only let down here is the engines on/off turbo nature where acceleration off turbo at low revs is a bit sluggish but as soon as the turbo kicks in it will fly. However where it comes into its own is on the motorway. With its standard fit six-speed box, it lopping long legged nature and the optional cruise control it is so relaxing on long journeys. Two thousand engine revs equates to 75mile per hour in top and it will hold this all day long. Fuel consumption is also excellent returning between 45 and 50mpg around town but on longer journeys 55 to 57mpg can easily be achieved whilst holding a constant 75mph. This gives an excellent range of well over 500miles between fuel fill ups. Over the 12000miles that I have run this vehicle nothing has fallen off or packed up and no oil has been used, However there is a very annoying bumping noise in the base of the B post behind the driver when driving over uneven surfaces and I shall have this looked at before the 3 year manufacturers warranty is up.
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Hi David! Good review, was wondering if you had sorted the bumping noise out as I too have the same issue but mine is no longer under warranty and wondered if it was something easy to stop as its soooo annoying. ("However there is a very annoying bumping noise in the base of the B post behind the driver when driving over uneven surfaces and I shall have this looked at before the 3 year manufacturers warranty is up".) Cheers if you respond - Donna Hinchliffe from Yorkshire
I have the same sound from behind driver door. What was the problem? - Irene Preston from Perthshire
We bought this car after owning 3 Corsa’s before we bought new a 1.2. Great looking little car but fuel consumption, well its very poor. The car is 5 months old with 4800 miles and we have just sold it and bought a Dodge Nitro 3.7ltr and believe it or not it’s cheaper to run so I suggest you do the same. We’ve lost a fortune and we would never give another one space on our drive. By the way we did put on rolling road for the day and yes a magic 24 to the gallon, thanks but no thanks.
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I had the same banging sort of noise that sounded like it was coming from behind and to the right of me. It turned out to be the brake/suspension compensator which apparently adjusts the brakes when the car is loaded. My friend just tightened it up and I haven’t had any more trouble from it. Took him 10 minutes, that’s all. Hope this helps you - Eric Moon from Lancashire
I bought this car new in 2005. Knowing that I would be doing a high mileage I went for the factory fit LPG option. In all respects it is as capable as any other Corsa and does what is required. The major benefit is the lower running costs, with LPG being less that 60% of the cost of petrol or diesel, and when even taking into account the lower mpg when running on LPG it still works out a much greater distance can be covered for £10 of fuel. Another plus is the annual road fund licence for this vehicle is only £15 so a good saving there too. The only downside I have found is that the LPG tank takes the space normally used for the spare wheel and as such the car is supplied with a can of tyre sealant.
I brought a Vauxhall Corsa in July 2008, it was 6 yrs old, which in my opinion in no age for a car. It was under 3 yrs finance and I have now decided to get rid of it because I have had nothing but the same old problems over & over again! First problem occured in Nov 2008, when my thermostat went, I would come out to the car early in the morning to a car that would just not warm up, then after that was fixed, I had an oil leak and found the orange warning light flashing, I took it in to find the head gasket had gone. In the April another oil leak occured, there was a fault with one of the valves. Then in July 2009, there was another oil leak, it broke down on the bridge of a busy road, the engine completely overheated even though there was water in it. Then a day after it came out of the garage, I had been shopping and it it made a funny noise when I started it up, the orange warning light flashed again, I took it to the garage, who couldn’t find a problem, after driving it to work afterwards and leaving it in the carpark for a few hours, it refused to start. When it went into the garage, I found out the head gasket had gone yet again, and petrol and water were leaking into the oil! Then in Nov 2009, the theomostat went again and the oil light was flashing, even though I filled it up with oil. Then in Jan the warning light came on, the temp gauge was going from cold to practically overheating, I have now found out the head gasket has gone again. Am far from impressed and wouldn’t touch another Vauxhall with a barge pole. Piece of rubbish, clanking, noisy and poorly built!
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Hi, I am sorry to say that you have been had by the garage if there is nothing wrong with the thermostat, let me explain (this problem has happened to me and my friends a lot.) The engine management light only comes on if there is a fault with the engine management system, if there is it detects the fault and the orange light comes on and goes it to safety mode causing it not to start. The engine management system only consist of sensors and wires, nothing to do with machines or gaskets. Sensors tell the engine when to let fuel in and out and air in to let the fuel burn and when to let the fan kick in. You don’t have a faulty thermostat it would probably be an engine coolant sensor that does not sense the temp so the fan does not turn on so it over heats. The car may not start because it is in safe mode. Get the sensor fixed then try staring it, then replace the head gasket. What I hear is it’s not the Vauxhall that has got problems it’s the garage; they don’t have a clue about modern tec and main dealers just rip you off - Mr Singh from Lincolnshire
Well I will not get my next car from John Monroe! I have recently changed garage, who have changed the oil pressure switch yet again! Hopefully they are a better garage. But it has ruined my trust in Vauxhall Corsa’s altogether! - Vicki Malpass from Staffordshire
After buying the car in 2001 I have been driving up to 6000 miles per year and have had no trouble with this car. The boot is quite small but I regularly took another person scuba diving around our country. The car is regularly serviced through a local garage to keep it in top trim. I would recommend the car to anyone for a good type of small car.
I bought my 08 3 door Corsa Breeze brand new. It did take some time for engine to loosen up and is better now. Two years on I have a problem with the front anti roll bar links and it rumbles and rattles over bumpy roads. Getting fixed by Vauxhall dealer next week - I hope under warranty. I never really ’bonded’ with the car and don’t like the grab handles on the front seats. Nearly had my fingers off several times. Yes it’s got lots of toys but it’s sluggish up hills and takes time to get rolling. Wish I had gone for a 1.4. Looking to change the car once work done - thinking of going back to a Nissan or Mazda. A a little person I also find the car difficult to reserve park cos of the shape at the back.
What’s wrong with you all? This is a great little car with loads of equipment, cruise control, fuel computer, heated elec mirrors and loads more. This car is so much more nippier than my wife’s (09) 12.5 Zetec Fiesta, more comfy, more toys, bigger inside, better on petrol. This car was registered on the 10th Jan 2009 and has done 25,000 miles and there has been no problems what so ever. I will definitely think strongly about getting another one next year.
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What do you mean? What is wrong with you all? Your Vauxhall must have been built on a good day! Mine was 6 yrs old when I bought it. Bought it in July 2008, by November 2008, there were various oil leaks & the thermostat had gone. Then in Jan 2009 the head gasket went on it, then in April another oil leak. Then in the July of 2009 the head gasket went again, then this Novemebr gone, the thermostat went, in December I went to refill it with oil as the oil sign was falshing & there was oil all over the engine, it was overheating. It was in the garage 2 weeks yet again and now the head gasket has gone yet again! Worst car ever, paid £3,500 for it and if I hadn’t had the warranty it would have cost me around £2,000 for repairs. You’re very lucky, as is anyone who says this car is good - Vicki Malpass from Staffordshire
How many miles have you done on your car, Jay? Mine is a ’09 1.3 ecoFLEX diesel. After 45,000 miles, the heater control stopped working - common fault, repaired. Power steering packed up - common fault, repaired. Knocking under the car - rear shockers replaced, steering rack replaced, new pads and discs replaced, nearside brake caliper replaced? Eventually, the suspension top mounting bearing was replaced. Last Saturday, the timing chain broke after 56,700 miles, still in garage under repair. At today’s standard, those faults should not happen on a modern car, especially the timing chain - Bill from Yorkshire
Well our Dear Silverbelle, is no more but if we could have her back brand new we would. In just over 7 years, I broke a front spring on a big pot hole. The usual gear box linkage went. My biddy 1 ltr engine did 10 miles to the litre, 113,000 miles, never a day she didn’t start. Took her off franchase once for a service at 6 years, bloke put wrong oil in her which blew the oil pressure switch and somehow messed up the heater which i had to pay around £200 to repair. Been looking for a long time for a replacement car worth buying and been very diappointed and confused. I have driven for 23 years without a scratch but this year have been involved in 2 non fault accidents in the Corsa, she saved us twice. Fist time an idiot ran striaght into the back of the car doing about 35mph, caved the boot in, jamming the spare wheel in the holder. it was repaired. Six months later, a 17 year old with a car full of mates ploughed his saxo striaght through the traffic lights into the front of me, agin she saved us. She has now been classed a total loss, shame, i had just put new brakes on the front. This was a car for taking it easy in, she was never trashed, always serviced, never needed any top ups of oil. tyres did 35,000 a time. one exhust in 113,000 miles, original clutch. no major componants ever failed or replaced. A dream car. Dreading buying something new, have looked at alsorts, there is no joy in it, then try to buy something safe, theres ncap 5 and ncap 5, they vary enormously. Any way I shall plough on with reviews. Not sure I would buy another Corsa, read quite alot about steering failing on new models.
First of all how can anyone moan at the performance when its only a 1.4 - its not going to be the fastest of cars ay. Overall I am happy with my Corsa, a few problems though; I seem to be getting a strange sound like a squeeking when driving on rough road surfaces and the brakes don’t seem to be as good as they should. Other than that I find the power ample (although it would be nice to have more) steering very sensitive and the quietness of the engine is astounding.
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How does your engine sound on the motorway doing 70mph? I feel it sounds like im constantly reving lol and I want to get out and push it - Tracy May from England
I have this car at the moment while my usual vehicle is in for repairs. What a disgrace this is! I’ve never driven an automatic before, but I hope they aren’t all as bad as this. Fuel consumption is dire, 30mpg AT MOST on long distance journeys, atrocious compared to my own car (a 2003 Deisel 1.7 Dti Corsa, which gets at least 45-50 mpg on long distance trips). The car constantly revs like a beast, especially on hills, which it struggles up, not good when driving around Wales! The noise from this constand over-revving is ear splitting and sounds like I’m a boy racer tearing up the town rather than just driving normally about my daily business! A few minor positives; nice interior, nice looking dash. Good driving position and nice to have adjustable steering wheel and seat height. These in no way make up for the poor quality of this car! I can see that when my current car needs replacing, it won’t be with a newer model Corsa.
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Are you SURE it was a full automatic? Or was it a triptonic, a so called auto/manual box, using a triptonic in auto mode gives just the symptoms you describe IE dropping into what appears to be the wrong gear at roundabouts and slowing down - Jim Brown from Lancashire
It’s not very good on hills, I’ve just driven it back fron Somerset on the A303 and it was very sluggish. Also, I can’t change down from 5th gear to 4th, a bit of a problem. Next time think I will buy a Nissan or Mazda.
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Yes buy a Nissan, have just traded my Vauxhall Corsa for a Nissan after my Vauxhall caused me nothing but problems! Read the reliability reports on Nissan Micras’ and the overall star rating is 5, they are rated completely reliable! Unlike most of the comments on Vauxhall Corsas’ seem to be all common problems, Some people have good Corsas’, but I guess they’re just lucky. I wasn’t! - Vicki Malpass from Staffordshire
I have a Corsa and have had a few problems, like any other car, but it is well worth it even though it takes a lot of oil due to its 3 pistons and small engine. It gives 80 or 90 miles on a tenner and is a really good car. I think it is a great first car to keep your speed down and not get those six points in the first 2 years so I would recommend it for all you first time, new leaner drivers. I have to say we have three corsas in the family and they are, God willing, really good runners so far.
The car runs and accelarates well, responds when asked to. I must have got one that was built on a good day as the reviews I have read are mostly bad ones.
I got this Corsa on a 3 year contract hire for the wife to use during the week as a run around for shopping and school runs. Overall it is a nice vehicle with great build quality for a small car. Very economical, especially around town. The downside is you need to rev the car a lot when changing up from first as it judders horribly. Quite surprised this is happening on a new car that has only done 3500 miles. I don’t think i would go for a vauxhall again, I just wanted a change from japanese vehicle. Big mistake!
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I had the same problems with mine; the clutch has been replaced once and the car still judders, i am seriously thinking of taking legal advice - Lindsey from Northumberland
I see what you mean but if it doesn’t make a smooth take off changing up the gears look out for signs of your head-gasket going, not a nice job. I have had no problem with my Corsa and it’s really old. I find this a good reliable car with cheap, available parts; you can do most odd jobs your self with the manual :). A good car that I would recommend! - Kasia from Nottinghamshire
Oh dear! I must be among the few satisfied Corsa owners. I bought a Corsa two months ago and after reading the previous reviews wonder if we’ve got the same car! I’m not a good driver (60 years’ behind the wheel and a score of accidents) but I opened the car out on the M25 and got an easy 80 with more to spare. Petrol consumption seems to hover around 40 to 45. The only major niggle is the reflection from the large windscreen and the totally inadequate parking lights. And we could do with a vew more dashboard pockets. Sometimes I wish I had bought a Fiesta but then friends point out there’s more gadgets to go wrong. So please don’t close down your Spanish assembly plant!
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I really enjoyed reading your report as I’m seriously thinking of buying a Corsa Design tomorrow after looking at it today I’m going back for a test drive. It’s only done 21,000 miles, one owner and full service history. Further more, it’s from a reputable garage so fingers crossed, it should be ok. You have restored my faith in this car, thanks again :-) Sue Clarke from Yorkshire
My Car is 18 months old and has 10000 miles on the clock, with one service under its belt. So far I’ve had no other costs or problems. The pro’s are: good performance, economic fuel consumption, ample comfort, no rattles or squeeks, very good handling. The Cons are: engine needed 8000 miles to loosen up, windscreen and rear wiper controls can be confusing and it’s easy to kerb those nice alloys.
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When you say ’loosen up’, what exactly do you mean? I’ve had mine 3 weeks, and the performance is shocking. I have never had to switch to 4th gear on a gentle hill on a motorway. Will it improve with time, or have I been duped into buying a car that should only be used for going to the shops and back? - Georgina Bray from Yorkshire
The biggest load of rubbish I have ever owned. Only 23000miles on clock yet Oil leaks from the engine, which garage cannot trace the reason for. It gives 38 mpg if you are lucky. Leaks 5 pints a month, burns 1 pint per 1000 miles. The clock refuses to work. The driver’s seat is difficult to move except when you are driving along, when it decides to move under its own power. I will never touch another Corsa, I have seen better rubbish at our local tip. I would have given it ’no stars’ but the lowest score is 1.
I bought a new Corsa from a main agent. It is the worst car I have ever owned. The faulty steering locked up on me, the engine kept on stalling. I took it back to dealer who said that there was nothing wrong with it. I’ts locked on me again, I was only doing 20 mph, it was lucky I managed to brake to avoid mounting pavement. The agent then agreed it was a fault with electronic power steering.
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Now the gears won’t engage in 1st and 2nd at times. It’s now only done 12,000 miles, the battery went a month ago - Digby Taylor from Denbighshire
Owned mine for 18 months now. I bought the 1.4 Design 5 door. (don’t like any oil burners!!!). Love it to bits and cannot find the time to drive it enough! I have cruise auto lights and wipers, electric sun roof and climate etal... get 44 to the gallon on a run. We have lots of hills in Devon ,so more power could be desired, but the low road tax was more important. If you put your foot down it will respond so I don’t know why a previous review had issues about joining the motorway???? As I am retired from work I don’t need to drive around like a lunatic, and it is nice to relax in an enjoyable car and watch all the idiots living on their nerves in case there is a tractor is around the next corner... because most cars wouldn’t stop in time but my Corsa would!!! Good build quality, I have no rattles, and can fit four adults and good amount of luggage in for weekends in Cornwall. Good car and I have owned and driven a lot over the years. I used to drive 20,000 per year as a rep so I could not tolerate a rubbish car!!! If you want a sensible car and don’t want the next class up then you could do worse than trying a Corsa.
Just traded this car after 30 months and 50,000 miles. Overall I was pleased with the car, it was quick and reasonably economical, averaging 45 mpg according to the trip computer. Actually the difference between long journeys and around town was very small. This car had auto lights and wipers, I have had these features on other cars and I have to admit that they worked perfectly on this Corsa. Now to faults. Rear nearside wheel bearing replaced after 12 months, 24 months and gone again when it was traded. Gearbox replaced after 2 years and 40,000 miles. Half leather trim on drivers seat split adjacent to airbag after 12 months and going again at time of trading. All above were repaired under Vauxhall warranty very quickly with no quibbles, so overall pretty good but watch the wheel bearings and gearbox (loud wine in 6th gear).
Got my hands on this when my 2007 Saab 9-5 1.9D conked out just before driving into the Lions enclosure at Longleat. Where I lost the chance to get the wife to get out and push. I thought it rode pretty well and was decently packaged. But, oh dear - the performance. Which isn’t the be-all and end-all of everything, but do bear with me. It was really hard work to get it to go above 60mph and overtaking was a complete no-no. Joining traffic on a busy motorway - even going flat out down the slip road - was worrying, as there was no chance of speeding up to get into that elusive gap. You had to take it or leave it once the road ran out. Changing lanes wasn’t easy either. In fact I would say it is bordering on the dangerous to take this car onto the motorway. God alone knows what the 1.2 must be like. This isn’t a case of not being used to a less powerful car. I never had the problem with an 04 Fiesta 1.4, which on paper gave away 10bhp, and which I owned until recently. In fact it took me back to a day when I went haring along a windy back road in said Fiesta in order to convince my know-it-all teenage son that you didn’t need big engine to have fun if you drive properly. I am quite certain there is just no way I could have done anything like that in the Corsa, it would never have recovered from the loss of momentum at the bends. In fact come to think of it my, 92K Toyota Hiace diesel van was way faster than this sad little thing. It also strikes me from the rewiews here that the old Corsa gets far better press than the new one. Which brings me back to my Saab (broken down at 30K miles and 2 years old, you may recall). I had a previous generation Saab 9-5 (2000W) and I have to say the quality was far ahead of the current model. The interior plastics were superior, as was the quality of leather, carpets, even the ’superior’ stereo in the new car was far inferior to the ’standard’ stereo of the older one. They even took out the bit ot hardboard beneath the load compartment which must have saved all of 50p. My brother still has my old Saab and the difference in quality just gets more noticeable the more time passes. Of course, both the Corsa and the Saab are GM products, that company that is well known as being more interested in making money than cars. Seems that, after all, maybe it isn’t particularly good at either. A friend once advised me never to do business with someone who is skint. I think these reviews are a good example of why this is a sound principle .
I can’t believe Vauxhall have produced such a NAFF CAR. I am currently enduring the misfortune of having to drive this heap whilst my car is in for repair. So, lets get on with it. 1. Badly thought out position of lights switch 2. Odd automatic gearbox. Spring loaded gear stick that returns to the centre when appropriate position selected. There is no ’P’ for park, the ’D’for drive has been replaced by ’A’? What for? Automatic? Why not ’F’ for forward as ’R’ is reverse? 3. When in ’A’ the car on occasions appears to have problems in selecting the right gear so losing power! In addition when changing gear there is a definate jerk and no smoothness at all! 4. Easy to select ’1’ instead of ’A’. 5. Strange dashboard that reflects in the sloping windscreen! 6. This car warrents one star because I admire Vauxhall for having the nerve to put such "CRAP" on the road! 7. Please don’t waste your money - this car clearly needs to go back to the drawing board as Vauxhall clearly haven’t tested this car.
Well, deary me. I bought a 1.2 Design A/C for around 10 grand (with extras) a few weeks ago. And I am deeply deeply regretful. The interior has no feel to it, that it is manufactured to make money. Not many people happy to own it. Cheap plastics, eugh. And I know, 10 grand isn’t a lot of money nowadays for a car. But lets not forget that the Fiat 500 is a cracking car, nice interior all for 1500 quid less. Also, its not a car you’d ever drive on long distances. 2,000 revs in first gear make your flipping ears bleed. You put your foot down and it decides whether or not it likes you enough to even attempt any acceleration whatsoever. It’s like my ex-girlfriend! I will admit however, that it looks quite nice in the right colour and alloys, and nothing has gone wrong with it... yet. But that can’t excuse its useless engine and stupid screaming everytime you want to give it some. Its not that economical either, I average, on a good day 28-30MPG. My say? look for something else.
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Hear hear......I’ve purchased a 2009 1.0 Corsa, a wee run-a-round for taking kids to school. It’s got three thousand miles and already I’ve topped up on oil three times... seemingly, according to Vauxhall. it takes a litre of oil every thousand miles... honestly! The fuel consumption is also rubbish. £42 to fill up and get 321 miles. I took it to garage but seemingly this is normal... NEVER AGAIN!!! Can’t wait to get rid of it! - Annie Ritch from West Lothian (Linlithgowshire)
The car was very nice to look at, great design and the interior was just as good. The stereo controls on the steering wheel was great and the ipod dock, although it took me a while to work out how to turn it onto ipod mode and wasn’t clear. The seat was very low even when you raised it i still found it to be quite low and being 5 ft 6in I still felt I was looking over the top of the steering wheel. The power on this car was a serious downside, it hated being in 4th gear and even in 3rd on hills it struggled to even hit 30 and if hills were attempted in 4th it would just come to a standstill. Overall it was a nice car but the power was irritating and I wouldn’t buy one myself.
This is my first and last Corsa; it’s the worst car I’ve ever had. Yes, on the outside looks nice and stylish but my god its a c**p car to drive. Mine has been into the garage 3 times for modified brake pads and still the same, it suffers from clutch judder and its suspension is very poor. My husband refuses to drive it because its a tinny, whinney useless pile of cheap metal.The sooner I get rid the better. Don’t waste your hard earned money.
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I agree. I have a Corsa sxi and I’ve had the pads replaced 3 times, a new clutch and Vauxhall are not interested. What a waste of money - Mark Cornhill from England
I bought a 58 reg 1.2 life and had the same problems with the brakes. The car has had the clutch replaced after 4000 miles on the clock and still judders from cold. The worst car i have ever had - Lindsey from Northumberland
Because its an older model, it doesn’t have central locking, which is bit annoying when trying to get 2 toddlers into car and stop them running into road! The build is poor and ’clanky’, also the boot lid doesn’t fit very well, causing rain water to get in.
Bought this car new when new model was released. I have had it for 2 and a half years and have no regrets. The car is very underrated, can’t really fault it. Smooth, quiet, drives like a larger car although probably smallest car I have ever owned. Great fuel economy and I do not think it lacks power: perfectly adequate for it’s class, certainly out-performs my previous car (Rover 400, owned for 10 years). I would highly recommend it to anyone.
This car can only be discribed as "s***". I bought the 05 plate Corsa 1.3 CDTi and the car was fantastic, the interior was just quality. I had it 3 years and then bought the 58 plate in 08 and what a 100 per cent let down, I think with the Corsa c Vauxhall packed everything they could into it and duped the public into thinking that the next model would be even better therefore getting rid of their new stock and making a mint on the disgustingly cheap and nasty made new model. OK yes I got duped and yes people will be saying that I had the chance to go for a test drive or to look round it but when I was shown the vehicle in Reg Vardy in Leeds. I was shown inside the CDTi model and was told that the only difference would be the engine as this time round I wanted the petrol engine to cut overheads due to fuel inflation. Finally all I can say is I’m looking forward to a new SEAT Leon 2.0 TDi which I’ve just recently put a deposit on and there will be no more Vauxhalls for me, I’m finished with this company. My 58 plate is now up for sale.
I bought this lovely little 1.0 12v Corsa Twinport for my Xmas present on 15 Dec 2008. Previously, I had a beloved old P reg Fiesta. It had blown up on the M42 motorway the week before (my fault, didn't service the poor car!!), so when the chance came up to buy a 2004 Corsa, I couldn't turn it down! I had an R reg diesel Corsa, a diesel dog, it was so slow, but a good ride; I part-exchanged it for the 04 Corsa. This little Corsa is a revelation, it drives like a dream, it is economical and cosy. The best features are the gorgeous alloy wheels, its brilliant tiny turning circle, its economical 1.0 12v engine, and low road tax. I couldn't believe the drive quality, the Corsa is a bit skitterish over rubbish road services and surprisingly very fast for a 1.0 litre. The drive quality is good and decent for such a small engine. The Corsa drove very well to central London and back in Feb 09, it drove like a dream. Even the Aston Martin DB9 Cabrio that tried to race me on the M1 past London couldn't beat my little Corsa!! Ha ha!! The only complaint is that it is quite a light car; it should be a little heavier to cope with the rubbish road surfaces. And it's got a bigger tank than the Fiesta, so it needs a service now. I like the Corsa. It has pas, e/w, c/l, gets admiring glances wherever I go. And its economical, I bought another car, a 1.0 Micra 2002 52 plate; it is a gorgeous little car, so the Corsa is up for sale, offers over £2200 please.
Good car all round.
Bought this car when only one year old from the local main dealership. Has been reliable but lots of niggly problems, for example went back 3 times for faulty electric window, the seat on the drivers side gets stuck and has to be punched to move it and the dealership have been unable to repair it as it is an intermittent fault. More seriously it leaks when it rains, and has again been back to the dealership 3 times and has still not been rectified. Finally the electronic control unit has now gone and I have been quoted £703 to replace it and it is now out of warranty. I would not recommend a Corsa after my experiences, I feel very disillusioned as I chose this car for its reputation of being reliable and economical. In my opinion it would be ideal for a very wealthy but incredibly dull person.
I bought my blue 3dr Vauxhall Corsa, 2002 plate 4 months ago. I haven’t had any problems with it except the fan belt screeching but had it tightened and was fine. Overall a very spacious car, big-ish boot, nippy car even though only a 1 litre - cheap on insurance and a very high spec. Great economical engine and I would recommend it, especially for younger lads and girls. It is really economical and ace to drive, smooth and clean. Would definitely recommend to buy used as I did but make sure you bargain... especially in this credit crunch!!
Purchased a year-old Corsa 3 months ago. Have had niggly problems, some of which the fault of the dealership not fixing them after the car was a courtesy car, e.g. broken air vent, but in addition there was a clunking noise on the back left side of the car when going over bumps or round corners. After persistence in getting the dealership to look at this, it later turned out to be a shock absorber needing to be changed (after 1 year - ?). In addition, the electronic clock reset itself randomly on a particularly cold morning. It did this again in the last few days. Vauxhall couldn’t originally find a reason for this but at present the car is back with them and apparently ’a part is on order’, so watch this space. I parted with a much loved but older Toyota Yaris and I really do want to love the Corsa. I need to get to grips with how to work the relatively small engine for a very heavy car, as this makes hills much more of a challenge than they should be. Economy doesn’t seem too bad so far but I would definitely agree that I find I’m in a lower gear than my old Yaris for most instances, even having to slip to 4th on the motorway which I never would have had to do in my old car and this makes a big difference to fuel consumption. Guess I would summarise that the car is a nice overall ’package’. One more thing - and this may be incredibly obvious! - I would recommend pushing any dealer for an extended test drive of any car you’re interested in, or perhaps even hiring one for a weekend. Sounds obvious but definitely worth it.
29-10-2008 - Well I’ve recently bought a 1.0 Club on a 06 plate (not the new shape) with less than 10k on the clock. It’s immaculate both inside and out. I am firstly amazed by it’s tiny motor. Having driven many small hatchbacks over the years and being less than happy with their respective engines. The tiny motor in the Corsa is a revelation, no doubt due in no small part to it’s 4 vales per cylinder design (twinport). It’ll win the traffic light Grand Prix (if you want it to). It’ll pull like a train up-hill. Also it’s so flexible that you can be in 5th gear running less than 1000rpms and it’ll still pull away smoothly and swiftly, of course if you need to accelerate sharply you’ll need to change down, but for normal day to day driving it’s more than happy being driven this way. So it may only have 60bhp but how it delivers it is spot on. Ride comfort is also quite good, soaking up the majority of bumps with no fuss. Sleeping policemen too can be tackled with no need to slow right down, as has been the case with other cars I’ve driven. Parking is so easy it’s almost laughable, with plenty of glass and excellent wing-mirrors it’s an absolute doddle to parallel-park in even the smallest spaces. Also here is where the speed sensitive power steering comes into it’s own. I’ve already said that going is good, but stopping is better, with ABS and Brake Assist fitted, it really does stop on it’s nose. At first the brakes seem too sharp, but after only a few miles you wonder how you ever managed without them. Cornering is sure-footed, but the skinny high profile tyres don’t really lend themselves to great road holding, however, I’ve no doubt that if you’ve a mind to that a new set of alloys with wider rubber would cure this issue. For me personally the car pulls and stops so well that it’s no chore to slow down that little bit for a tight bend. All the controls fall easily to hand and have a nice positive feel to them. My only gripe is that the clutch feels slightly off-set to me, in as much as I have to move my leg more to the right than I have been used to, but I have adapted to this too. The upside if this is there’s a massive amount of room for you to rest your foot in when not using the clutch. Being a 3 door car access to the rear is always a problem, but the car helps by virtue of having seats that fold well out of the way, maximizing the available room for you to get into the rear seats. Now it’s a small car so rear space is never going to be good, but if like myself you have small kids then it’s not a problem and you can even (when parked) turn around to hand them things as their never far away. The boot too is on the small side, but it’s deep and a good shape, again making the most of the available space, You’ll get 3-4 of those blue bags that Tesco sells (called big green bag) in there, but little else. The seats are easy to fold down though so increasing the space is easy if needed. You’ll be making less stops at the pumps too, with 50+MPG achievable. So to summarise... 1. Goes well 2. Stops better 3. Easy to park 4. Comfortable 5. 50+ MPG too So what have I learned from owning a Corsa? Ignore the press and test drive one yourself and make your own informed decision. Why? Because most car manufacturers develop their cars constantly and on a 06 plate the Corsa is arguably better than it’s ever been, but the consumer will never know this because the press are to focused in reviewing the new model. (which btw is not as good as it’s made up to be).
This is the first brand new car that I have ever bought for myself, due to illness I have finally had to admit that I’m getting too knackered to go crawling under cars. The Corsa looks fantastic and I’m delighted with what I got for my money. It’s now done 650 miles, and so far so good. It’s comfortable to drive and good enough for going on a long run as long as you are not in a hurry. I find that I have to keep the revs a bit high on the hills and change down a gear sooner than I’m used to. Drivers visibility is an issue both through the tiny little front "portholes" and the rear pillars which are a little on the large size ( 3 door ). I want to service the car myself when it’s time but service information is minimal and warranty issues are a problem. Dealers seem to have the upper hand and service charges seem a bit on the expensive side for a very simple "oil change". Otherwise an excellent car.
Just bought 01, 1.2 Auto Corsa sxi. Love the car, drives great but I am now sitting here without it because it broke down on me today. While driving along the engine just cut out and it stalled to a stop. Why? Well the breakdown company said it needed to be plugged into a diagnostic machine to find the problem, more money and I have only had it for a week... Hope the garage can solve this minor problem.
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I completely agree, Do Not Buy ANY Vauxhall/GM cars, I myself have had brand new nightmares from them and lost a lot of money in the process. All Vauxhalls are S**T. Buy a Ford, Honda, Fiat or SEAT, anything but GM... RUBBISH! Rico Cole from England
I would give it 0 but 1 is the lowest. This car is the WORST car I have ever owned and I have only owned 2. At 35,000 miles, a valve fell into the engine and was wrecked. This happened while going 60 mph in 5th gear. Vauxhall didn’t care because the car was 9 months out of warranty. This car was FULLY maintained at Vauxhall and as they don’t care, they build these cars to fall apart just as the warranty runs out. I would advise against ANY Vauxhall vehicle as they are badly built and their dealerships are the most unhelpful people you could ever meet. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
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Completley agree! - Vicki Malpass from Staffordshire
This car is such a pleasure to drive!. I’ve always driven corsa’s since I first passed my test two years ago. The 2001 model is absolutely fantastic. But.. having said that i just found out my windscreen washers aren’t working on front or back? is this common? why does it happen?.
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I believe this is a common fault in Vauxhall cars, although you can get it fixed I’ve heard - Najma Patel from Lancashire
Fuse, can’t remember which one but it’s that. Too much use or using it when the water is frozen - Nick W from England
I bought my Vauxhall Corsa Design in October 2007 and totally regret it. One major fault is the leaking of wax fluid from the bottom of each of the doors - it sticks like glue to the ’sills’ and is impossible to remove. I am currently arguing this with Vauxhall who advise that this is a "design fault on all new Corsas" which I just need to live with. They have removed the offending substance with glue remover but say this will keep on occurring. My advice - buy a Renault Clio. I always had Clios and they are a far superior car to the Corsa. Lots of little differences which made it a pleasure to drive - eg: mute button on finger-tip control / lever to put back seat (Corsa has a wind down system - how antiquated is that!!)
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You must be mental if you think the Renault Clio is a superior car to any other. Trust me, I’ve had two and they’re both awful - Mark Ingram from England
Very pleased with the car... however, when setting off in 1st gear and revving to around 1,800 rpm it carries on revving around at 600 rpm after you have depressed the clutch. Is there any way of switching this off? Other motorists at the lights think I am trying to "burn them off " in my 1.2!
I chose the new Corsa as I thought it would cope well with the towns and cities. There have never been more than two people in the car at one time - this is for the best as the back seats do not look like they would provide much comfort for an adult - this is not a family car. Vauxhall claim that the 1.2 Life manages 48 miles to the gallon but I was not surprised to discover that this was in reality around the 42 mark - whos journey to work is on a rolling road and doesn't involve stopping?). The limited space in the back is made up for with the large boot space. I paid extra for side-airbags as these do not come as standard - I feel that these really are must have safety feature. Reliability has so far been exemplary and there have been no extra, unexpected costs attached to my Corsa - this is exactly how it should be. I would recommend the Corsa to anybody looking for a great town / city run around that has good fuel economy and low maintenance and insurance costs.
Overall a good car, however a few negative points also must be mentioned.. The driver’s view of the road and surrounding area is severely restricted because of the very wide posts down the sides of the windscreen, especially on the driver’s side. The (very small) switch to activate the fog light is hidden away almost down below the level of the steering wheel... too hard to get at if you actually encounter fog and need to use it safely without pulling over as you have to take your eyes off the road to actually find it. The seats are fiddly to move forward if passengers get into the rear of the car. Poor performance power wise (its only a 1.2, 16v but still could be better) and fuel economy for such a small engine leaves a lot to be desired. Other than that I’m delighted with the New Corsa; however when the next one comes out i think Vauxhall would need to fix these type of things.
I just purchased my car on Thursday and it is a great drive but I do have problems with the front and back wipers. Apart from that there are no regrets. I wish I had purchased one sooner even though i had always loved my Volkswagen Polo.
Handles very well round corners and is very nippy; get a lot of problems with the windscreen wipers and washers - front and back. All in all a pleasure to drive.
Just recently received my new Corsa 1.2i design and can’t really fault it. Yes i would agree with many reviews that the engine is slightly out of puff on hills. This means it needs to be revved in order to get up to speed, subsequently fuel is less efficient. But having had 3 Polo’s previously this makes for a refreshing change. The steering is excellent, along with the grip. And the cabin is as roomy as the previous Polo’s, although the three door rear space is minimal, but then if i needed the room i would have a brought a 5 door. The toys as standard on this model are fantastic, automatic rain sensing wipers, light sensing auto lights, and auto rear view mirror, not forgetting Aircon, electric windows and mirrors, all make for a touch of luxury on a wee car.
I’m in love with my little, bright green Corsa. It wasn’t a car I’d ever really fancied before but my husband bought this one then decided it was too ’girly’ for him, so I ended up with it. It’s a dream to drive, easy to handle if a little heavy on the steering since it doesn’t have PAS. The pedals are close together but that was easy to get used to. The boot is surprisingly roomy and easily takes a weekly shopping load. Overall a nifty little car.
Just had delivered my new corsa sri and love it. Great engine and well made inside and out.
Excellent car, reliable, can’t fault it.
Cheap to run, cheap to tax at only £35 per year. Very economical. Very good build quality. Generally speaking a great buy.
Bought the latest Corsa a few months ago and it’s a big improvement on the earlier models. Spacious and attractive, ample power and refined, an excellent car.
Hated it, poor handling, clumsy, unresponsive, like driving a small cardboard box.
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Have you posted a review of the last cardboard box that you drove - so I can compare it with your review of the Corsa? Tag Tag from Cambridgeshire
My Corsa is now 5 years old and I must say that it has been a pleasure to drive for that period. Although it might now be time to upgrade it will be a shame because this has been a great car, cheap to run and extremely reliable.
This is a fantastic car, it really does deliver everything that Vauxhall say it will, no surprise that it was What Car? car of the year 2007. It drives smoothly and the engine just gives you that little extra when you need it, very responsive. Great car, would recommend to anyone.
I bought the Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi mainly because I liked the look of it. However, I feel safe driving it, found it to be extremely reliable and with it doing approximately 50mpg it has also proved to ve extremely fuel efficient. In short, it looks, good, drives well and is a very economical drive.
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