“ A compact, nippy, economic car, great for beginners. Regular everyday use will have you filling it up with petrol about once a week. The car's length bonnet, with plenty of leg room, makes it a safe and comfortable ride. „
I got my 2003 reg corsa in 2010, so it was just under 7 years old. When looking at price, it really does reflect the state of the car, and I regret paying more for mine as I have had a number of problems. Firstly, the car runs great. Its a quick and easy run around considering its only a 1 litre. The gear box was easy to manoeuvre and since I had just passed my test it was very easy to adjust to, and many others would agree that it's an easy drive. When looking at petrol, it's also not too bad. If I put £10 in then i usually managed 70 or so miles out of it, and the petrol light flashes with 40 or so left in the tank, although this obviously is not a good idea. My insurance as a new driver was okay, about £1400 and that was with a few add ons such as privacy windows, and it was slightly higher because the car was black. The audio in the car was good, but as there are no back speakers I had some fitted. The electric windows are also a godsend, as most cars of this age do not have this. Although the car was small it was also spacious and the boot was a good size for longer journey's, I drove to Eastbourne and back from Birmingham with no problems and £90 worth of fuel. Despite the initial judgement, the car cost more than its worth. Within a year and a half two tires popped, the gearbox went, I had to replace the brakepads, and numerous other problems especially with the car battery dying if you leave it for a short time without the ignition on. Having not had a car before, I can't really compare, but driving down the motorway is definitely scary when your gearbox decides to break. Another major problem I had was with the water and oil. The water had to be refilled frequently, but I also found that my car overheated because of an oil leak. Soon after this two of the light bulbs in the front and back had to be replaced. It was a nightmare and I have to say it was a good job my dad was an engineer. All in all a great first car, however at this age, things will go wrong and they won't be cheap. The tires were £60 for the two alone, and the gearbox was an expensive nightmare. I had a new car recently and was sad to see see my little black corsa go, but on the other hand I don't have the funds for these types of problems again.
This review is based on a corsa 1 litre 3 door Gls version 01 plated, this is my first car since passing my test, the first positive I noticed about this car is that my insurance was very cheap about 600 for the year and im 19! Also the tax is very cheap aswell.
The interior is average, the seats are to low down for my liking as I'm only small, the seats aren't to comfortable, also when you start driving mine sounds like a tank due to only having 3 cylinders. Another problem I have with the car is that I have to sit very close to the steering wheel as I feel the clutch has to go to far in (maybe it's because I'm to small! I am 5ft 3) sometimes my legs can get in the way of the steering wheel and this can be annoying.
Also, I have issues with the accelerator, it is to close to the wall of the car, and there is a lip that come out which gets in the way, I often find myself with my foot on there! Its also either to sensitive or doesn't respond, this can be annoying!
However, my car comes with electric windows and power steering which is a bonus, especially for someone getting a first car! I find the power steering nice and light, making the car easy to turn, and manoeuvre.
The car is also very very good on fuel consumption, being a one litre, I don't have to put much fuel in the car and get around alot, about £45 of fuel fills up the tank! The car can also be very sensitive to any bumps in the road, but what can you expect for a first car!
It has not broke down on me however, and is very reliable, also if anything goes wrong the parts are very cheap to replace and so are new tyres!
I am just in the process of changing my 2002 52 plated Vauxhall Corsa.
I only did around 4000mile a year and found that a full tank would last around 4 weeks and it used to cost about £55 to fill it up.
In the 10 years I had my Corsa, I have spent less than £500 on repairs. The only non maintenance repairs (i.e. brakes, wiper blades etc) I had to the vehicle were as follows:
- I have replaced the oil pressure switch 4 times in as many years, the part cost around £8 and I fitted it myself.
- My rear springs snapped twice, parts cost around £25 and again, fitted myself.
Spare parts are easily obtainable and relatively cheap, for example, I had the full exhaust changed for just under £100 inc parts and labour.
I brought mine when it was a few months old for just under £6000, looking at local garages, you can pick a 2002 model up for anything between £1500 - £2500 depending upon condition and mileage.
Really cheap to run, very reliable and ideal as either a first car or just a little runabout like I had. The only downside was as it was only a 1l, it lacked power on acceleration and as it was only a 3 cylinder, it initially sounded a bit noisy however I soon got used to this. I was very sad to see this go, unfortunately, as somebody ran into the back of me while stationary, it has got too but I will be looking to replace it with another Corsa
This review is based on a: 1.0, 5v 2 door Vauxhall Corsa Club.
I personally feel a corsa is an ideal first car. I bought mine second hand (private) however, I do wish that I had waited and saved some money towards a more looked after car.
I paid £1,500 for an 02, 66k, heavily scratched and had a dent on the back. Besides this however, I really liked the shape of the corsa. There is plenty of room inside and the most tempting at the time was the fact that it was cheap to run and tax. The boot is a decet size, plenty of room for passengers however, i must state a taller person may feel a little cramped. You can buy the car like most, in various colours. My corsa was a 2 door althought you can also buy a 5 door version.
The 02 version had central locking, power steering, electric windows and a cd system.
After just two months of having the car the gear linkage snapped whilst driving on the motorway. The mechaninc said this was very common with corsas. To repair this cost £40 without labour. 8 months after the linkage was replaced it started to "slip", (could not get into first gear from third). I traded the car shortly afterwards.
Another downside I found with the Corsa was that it was very slow when accelerating after stopping at lights etc. It would also struggle when going up hills however, i must admit it was only a 1.0 engine.
Overall however, I feel a may have just been unlucky with the gear linkage as none of my other friends have had the same problem. I would recommend the corsa as a first car.
The Vauxhall corsa is a fantastic first car for any new driver, young or old. It handles fantastically and it's not that expensive to run and insure. I was 18 when i got my car as a present from my dad and i hadn't past my test at this point so i was on my own provisional driver insurance policy which cost me £743 for the year.
The interior is simple but comfy and there is a fair amount of boot space as well as plenty of room in the back for your passengers. The only downside i can think of is that it takes a lot of acceleration to get up steep hills. I do more mileage than an average driver and it has yet to break down in all the years i've had it. The clutch has gone twice but nothing more serious than that really. It handles fantastically on long journeys and motorway driving and doesn't struggle much to reach high speeds. It roughly takes eight seconds to reach sixty miles per hour. I honestly cannot fault this car. It is reliable, comfortable, nippy, and most importantly it is quite a safe car - well for the driver anyway, only one air bag!
I've owned this car for just over a fortnight, and i'm very impressed. I bought my '02 Reg, with 36,000 miles on the clock and previously accident repaired - but i'm very happy with it.
To me, it looks a very nice car. Nice shape, lovely blue colour and not too small for only being a 1.0. Decent boot size and there's quite a bit of space in the back for passengers, making it quite comfortable.
It drives very efficiently (i've only had to fill up £25 in 2 weeks of very excessive driving, with lots of cold short journeys) and there's still a fair bit left in the tank. Its very reliable - starting first time, every time no matter the weather. However, it is still a quite new car so this is expected.
Although it is a small car, the journeys are quite comfortable. A good amount of space inside the car and it handles well - both steering and breaking. Although there is a bit of body roll on the corners which isn't for those who get travel sick. Also, as expected from a 1.0, the acceleration is extremely poor and I always lose the 'who can pull off from the traffic lights the fastest' race.
A excellent little car, especially for a first car. It gets me from A to B comfortably and cheaply, with cheap tax and insurance as well.
I own a Vauxhall Corsa 1.2, made in the year 2003. It is secondhand and has 2 doors and a boot. It is in the colour 'spearmint', which is a turquoise colour.
This car is nice and compact and looks cute, but not this is not a flashy car. It has a nice sleek outside look and the colours are nice, they have a good range. My brother claims mine is overly girly, and there are other girly colours in the range, such as purple, which are a little feminine. But this can easily be a car that is attractive to both men and female.
The inside is not overly attractive. The seats aren't leather, they are cloth and grey and black. The front seats go forward and the back is quite spacious. The radio is quite attractive.
The acceleration is good, it will happily go at 80mph +. The brake is very good as well, but the handbrake not so much! You really have to yank it up to get the car to really stay secure. It feels very smooth and drives well: easy to steer and control.
This car is enjoyable to drive and very nice to look at. I really like this car!
I bought this car 5 years ago, when I was just 17 years old, and have driven it ever since. It is the perfect beginner's car. Compact, yet attractive, user-friendly and highly reliable, this little car is sure to serve you well.
Although it's only a 1 litre - don't be fooled - it's extremely nippy, and its light weight means that it's real quick off the mark. The acceleration feels great, and it can reach high speeds pretty easily. It also feels very safe, unlike many small-scale cars (I've heard some pretty scary stories about cars such as the Ford KA, which supposedly just crunch on impact due to their lack of any substantial bonnet). This car has a significant length bonnet, complete with plenty of leg room, making for a safe and comfortable ride.
My car came with a radio and cassette player (a product of its time!) but no CD player. Having said that, it was dead easy to get one from ebay and I even installed it myself (evincing how easy it must have been - electronics is not my strong point at all!). I would disagree with those reviews that say the speakers are pretty avergae, though I guess it depends on what your view of average is. Sure, they aren't nightclub speakers but they can certainly reach unbearably loud volume levels and there are great nozzles to adjust the bass/tenor of the music.
Economically it's also a gem; I use mine regularly every day and only need to fill it up about once a week (about £30-£35).
Great for boys or girls alike, this car will certainly prove to be a trusty steed for any buyer, and whilst one day I might upgrade to a better model, I can't see myself wanting to drive anything other than a corsa in the near future!
I had a 1 ltr corsa and it did me proud most of the time, it was economical on the petrol a tank used to last me 760miles and most of all it was a neat and clean car. The main problem I had with this car was the air control valve turned round and went wrong on me which in turn the corsa ECU closed down and the car became a kangaroo at times due to the lack of air to the engine. This fault I was told was common on the new type of corsa and the faul cost 129£ just for the part and then of course the diagnostic testings, however if you do need diagnostic testing go to a local backstreet garage which usually charge the first time but then turn round and give you a free re-set on the chip as a thank you for using them, infact the part is so simple to fit anyone could do it just unplug and go with the new fit. But they are good cars and good on wear and tear
I did some 150 miles in this car while taking my Pass Plus exam; and what a tedious, irritating car it is.
First off is the engine, which being a 3-cylinder motor makes a fruity noise, at least if you go above 3000rpm - below that it sounds extremely dull. It's very very gutless, with only around 50bhp and nearly a ton to haul, and the engine makes the clutch vibrate (obviously just a Vauxhall thing because an old 3-cyl Subaru Justy I tried didn't have the same problem).
The car itself gives you headaches and back pains, seriously... the engine makes your head sore and the hard unsupportive seats make your back ache.
The handling and general driving experience is as tedious as you'd expect, with no surprises, zero fun, and the steering lacks feel and is vague - but for most drivers I guess it'd be "adequate".
The interior seems decently put together but it lacks any innovation (as with every aspect of the car), and is made of poor-quality plastics which probably wouldn't stand a few years of punishment. The interior space is very good in the front with plenty of leg- and head-room.
The outside styling again is boring, but it isn't offensive and will age fairly well.
This is a car for people who really don't have a mind of their own, as with many Vauxhalls. They just choose their car as some kind of thoughtless default choice, which makes it a horrible car on its own, ignoring all its faults. But, if you want to be the same as a million other people, go right ahead and buy one of the worst cars in its class!
I have had my Corsa Club for almost a year now and I absolutly adore it! I bought it brand new (MF53) as I got a really good deal- £6995 paid over 5 years although with interest it works out £2000 dearer all in all. i out down a £1000 deposit and pay monthly installments of £126. The car is pretty good on fuel, I do 20 miles of "stop/start" driving each day and usually only need to out in £15 per week. It is very roomy inside, i am a tall girl at 5ft 10 and i do not look or feel big in it. Although if you are a really big man or then you might feel a bit cramped! It has some good features for a basic model, including a temperature telling device, central locking, electric windows, radio and cassette player with good sound quality. Its interior is pretty darn stylish, especially with all the cute accessories which i have hung up in it lol! If you are a girlie girl then this is the car for you likewise if you are a big butch guy then it could suit you aswell, just don't hang fluffy dice in it! Mine is a lovely blue green colour, but they come in every colour under the sun!
Our elder daughter had the pleasure of the use of a current model, Y registered Vauxhall Corsa as a loan car whilst her 1997 (previous model) Corsa 'Breeze' has been in the body shop. Some miscreant in a Nissan 200 coupe decided to modify her rear bumper a few weeks ago, so it went in for a 'no fault' repair, courtesy of the Nissan Driver's Insurers. We bough the Corsa now owned by our Daughter in August 1997, and we have been well-pleased with it. This has been the subject of a DooYoo opinion entitled " Not a Great Car, perhaps ...." I had a 20 mile drive of the loan car, so these are my impressions, relative to the older model, and they have all been discussed with and endorsed by my daughter. When launched last year, there was the usual amount of gushing praise by the muttering rotters and reptiles in the media, all lolling their tongues out at the thought of all that lovely advertising revenue. Such an 'improvement' over the previous model, so all the puff said. The pre-2000 model had been in production for over 7 years and generally impressed in the super-hatch market with its style, interior space and cheap servicing. Dynamically it did not excite a keen driver and was thus never considered to be the equal of the equivalent model Polo or Fiesta or even, on occasions, the Micra. However, with our 2,300 accumulated GM Credit Card points (see op entitled "Why doesn't everyone have one?"), and negotiated discount, we bought that car new for £6,200, with 1 year ‘free’ insurance. That insurance deal was so valuable to us. For an extra £50 we included initially 2 (and later 3) student drivers then under 21 - one of them a learner !). Thus, even if it wasn't the brightest kid on the block, it suited our needs and purpose at a very advantageous price That was for a 5 door model with a 1.4 litre 8 valve-engine, power steering, sunro
of, and radio-cassette player. We have been well-satisfied; there were no problems at all during the warranty period and since then we have replaced one exhaust and one tyre (accidental damage). It now has just over 36,000 miles on the clock, and will require a couple of new front tyres before too long, and the battery will require replacement by winter 2002/3. The servicing from Vauxhall was not entirely to our satisfaction, but that is another issue (and opinion to be written). Anyway, enough of the old model - what about the new one and, more important, will I be tempted to buy one ? After all, I now have 2,515 GM card points on my GM card (thanks to extra partner points). We now do most of our spending on Heather's card, which has another 1,000 points or so. Our current intentions are to trade in our Renault Espace between March and July, for a Vauxhall of some sort.... This loan car was a fairly basic Special Edition 'e' model, based on the Club base level car. I had seen them advertised at the local Vauxhall dealers at £6995, on the road, with metallic paint. However, the best deal on a Corsa at present is on the SXi special edition for about £8995 (3 door) with a year's free insurance. LIKES 1 Body shape In my opinion, this is improved. It is even more spacious than the old model, and I do like the look of the high-level rear lights. It will be interesting to see if the external dark grey plastic withstands the effects of light which whitened the trim on the older model. No way of stopping this photo-degradation, and replacement of this plastic trim costs about £80 in total. 2 Seats and driving position Much more comfortable, and I reckon I could drive it long distances without getting a pain in the thigh – as I could NOT in the old model. And there are THREE headrests in the rear (that was only available on the top of the range). Three lap/diagonal seatbelts are n
ow in the rear (rather than the two plus a lap belt with the previous model). 3 Economy Over the 280 miles that our daughter drove, it used £20 of fuel, and she handed it back with a little more petrol than when she collected it. That averages out at about 45 mpg. This compares with about 38 mpg average for the 1.4 Corsa old model in the same sort of driving. 4 Standard Fittings Power steering, Drivers airbag and central locking were quite expensive options with the old model, and were difficult to find in stock (requiring special orders). Indeed, one of the features which attracted us to the old ‘Breeze’ special edition model was the power steering as standard. 5 Instruments So many of the previous model did not have a rev-counter, but all of the current model Corsa have them. So useful to be able to check the engine speed ... if you are that way inclined ... and a petrol-head ... which I am. A warning light is also there to show when a door is not closed properly. 6 Radio/Cassette Superior RDS radio/cassette. All models now have a decent radio-cassette. The low rent versions with the previous model had only 2 speakers and our cassette player lasted 18 months before it started 'slipping' badly. All current models have at least 6 speakers fitted. 7 Seats Better back support and the fabric appears hard-wearing - and they have 'Active headrests', which seem to give even better protection against whiplash injury. All models now have the seat height adjustment. 8 Brakes One of our slight criticisms of the old model was that the brakes seemed 'spongy'. We asked for this to be attended to at the first service, but there was no improvement, and our soon 'bled' the brakes himself, but again no improvement. Those on the Novas were very poor (an acknowledged weak point with the model). The brakes on the new model were first class. <
br> 9 Warranty Now, you get a total of 3 years' warranty. 12 months, unlimited mileage manufacturers warranty, with a the second and third year up to 60,000 miles, including breakdown cover. All you have to do is have the car serviced by a Vauxhall dealer - with service intervals at 20,000 miles/12 months. Much improved on the older models where the 2nd and 3rd year extension to the warrantee cost, I think, about £350 - and the servicing was every 10,000 miles. Thus as long as the car is serviced annually, by a Vauxhall garage, then it should be good for 3 years at least 10 Price for package Overall, the prices are cheaper, and you get more for your money than in 1997, so are my conclusions WOWEEEE !!!! - MUST go out and buy one whilst stocks last ? With my GM card points, I could go out and buy a 3 door E model for about £4,400 what a bargain !!! Well, ... er .... no, not quite. As indicated there are so many good improvements made to a car which has been well-liked by the Gee family. But, there is no such thing as the perfect car, in any range. DISLIKES So what didn't we like about the new Corsa ? 1 Engine I cannot say that I enjoyed the 3 cylinder engine. OK, the power output is not much less than the old 1.4 litre engine (58 bhp compared with 60bhp), but it is much more sluggish. The reason for this is that the torque output from the engine is less (85 Nm compared with 106 Nm at higher engine speed (3,800 rpm, rather than 3,000 rpm). And THAT makes the difference. As the Yanks say with their 'gas-guzzlers' - "There ain't no substitute for coobic inches". Apart from the relative lack of power, I did not enjoy the engine noise. On starting it seemed to 'chug' - like some old bangers I used to own in the 1960's and 70's. The resultant engine noise has an unpleasant 'beat'. How about t
he 1.2 litre (4 cylinder) engine ? Well, that is a possibility, but I have been put off all small Vauxhall Ecotec engines because of reports in the motoring press of cambelt problems. 2 Power Steering The power steering on the old model was the type operated by hydraulic fluid. This gave plenty of 'feel' and was not too light. Such a vast improvement over the older model Corsas without power steering. But the new Corsa has an electric power steering. This is just so light that it feels like the sort of steering wheels that are used on computer games .. no effort at all. It is supposed to become heavier at speed, but if it did, it was not sufficient. The Astra has a similar system, which seemed to work so much better on a test drive with one of those models. 3 Gearbox One of our minor dislikes of the old model Corsa was that the gearbox was 'notchy' when new and this has not improved. Indeed, in spite of careful lubrication, it has become slightly 'sloppy' as well. That one the new model shows no improvement. Indeed it is little better than that on our son's 95,000/110,000 mile Novas. 4 Driving Impressions The whole car is lighter than the old model by over 70 kilograms, and I suspect that all of that is at the front of the car. Perhaps this is why the new car did not feel as stable in cross winds? Oh yes, and the indicators make an annoying noise. I did not really notice but daughters and Heather did, and reckoned they could not 'live' with it ( ... women ... huh .....!!!). 5 Trim Well, apart from the seats, I wasna impressed. The doors were lined with cheap plastic mouldings that marked easily. I would find this difficult to live with. I also reckon that they are relatively expensive to produce, when compared with fabric trim for doors (that would weigh less, I am certain). The more expensive versions have cloth trim on the doors.
One of the problems with all cars now, with the provision or the option of a passenger airbag, is that the very useful shelf on top of the passenger side of the dashboard has now disappeared. A real loss - somewhere to put the letters to post .. or the street map ..... 6 Bodywork Well, I thought that we had problems with the paintwork on Heather's Honda Accord Type R.. The same property of ‘soft paint’ is there with the new Corsa – in spades !!! It had obviously been through car-washes and the silver metallic paint showed up loads and loads of fine scratches, which would not polish out (I tried). This is the downside of the new environmentally friendly water-based spray paints being used by the UK/EC car plants I also noticed that when the doors were closed, the door tops flexed. I would not be surprised if the doors eventually distort and there are water leaks ... The external door handles, in black plastic look cheap... and nasty ... and fragile .. Conclusions So how did our daughter feel overall ? Well I went with her back to the dealer to return the car and to collect her own car. She reckoned that her own car would feel like a bag of cr*p, being over 4 years and 36,000+ miles old, but no. She soon enthused about 'her' power steering, which although a little heavier, has more 'feel' ... and the feeling of solidity ... and the extra power of the 1.4 litre engine ... and that handy shelf on the passenger side of the dashboard ... and the much more acceptable noise made by the indicators. So I reckon Vauxhall will be hard-pushed to tempt her with a new Corsa when she comes to change cars in 2003. But would I buy one ? Well, as indicated above the price is certainly tempting. At £6995, even assuming little extra discount for a cash (no part-exchange) deal, it would be tempting with a £2,515 GM point discount. Bu
t could I live with it ? Well, no, most definitely not with that model. That engine note, the general lack of substance of the car, those plastic door liners (and Heather moaning about the indicators would annoy more than the noise itself). But how about the Elegance ... or the SXi ... but how much better is that 1.2 engine ? .... or the SRi ...perhaps with a 1.4 litre or even a 1.8 litre engine .... Well, perhaps, but the price of the 1.8 litre SRi is more than an Astra 1.8 SRi costs (and the Astra indicators sound nicer) ... decisions ... decisions .... Other Models ? Well, if it wasna for the GM points and I was searching the market for a new small hatchback, I would look at the Toyota Yaris, the Renault Clio, and wait to look at the new Polo and even the new Fiesta.... or the new Micra when it appears. My money (at full whack) would certainly be unlikely to go on a new Corsa. But I did prefer it to a Peugeot 206 ... and many of the problems could be corrected if GM put their tiny minds to them ... and also sort out their Vauxhall dealers, perhaps ? © Sidneygee 2001
Ive now owned my Corsa 12v since November 2000 and in this time Ive clocked up over 1600 miles without any problem. I will say Ive found this car a great improvement over our old shape 1500 diesel car.First of all the looks have improved, the front now looks like a Ford focus from the front and the rear looks like a Punto with the lights set high up agains the tailgate window.More importantly they have improved on the ride quality with was a great let down on the previous model.First thing you notice is the excellant electric power steering.I find this very light round the doors and for parking, but on the motorways it has a solid feels with still feels very securer.The car now feels like Vuaxhall advertise,It a small car with the ride which compares to a mondeo, nice silky and smooth. We bought a 1.0 12v model for fuel economy reasons after owning a diesel for so long we were used to 50mpg+.I will say I was scared about owning a three cylinder car with a small engine.I remember the speed from previous cars like my Nova and Mini and the embrassement of people getting stuck behind me on hills!!!!.This engine however doesnot follow the previous cars as its engine is delightfully quick from the standstill upto fifty miles an hour.After which it will happly pull 90mph on the motorway and still accelerate up steep banks with four people at 70 mph.On the downside I only manage 41mpg travelling 11 miles each way to work everyday,whcih is mainly made up of dual carriageway driving. I suggest if you buy this car to make sure you buy a model with cental locking, as I find it a pain to keep locking the drivers door with the key.The lock is also hard to find in the dark as the key goes in at a slightly upwards angle. The interior is nice, but has a overall plastic feel on our model, however its not unpleasant.Radio has a quality sound. Driver comfort is excellant from the height adjusting seats which are nice and firm.Example both me 6 foot 2 and my
girlfriend just over 5 foot(shortarse) find it comfortable to driver for long periods and I still have plenty of room to move about. With the new Corsa you get 1 years free insurance and three years warranty and breakdown cover.I really recommend this cars and i find it drives better than the Punto and Clio current models.Well worth the extra money!!