I bought the car in 2009 at an '04 reg with 40k on the clock, and for readers to have a rough idea how much it has been used, it has now done 120k so averaging around 26k miles annually, the car costs good mpg capabilities however unlike the newer cars, you really do have to drive well to achieve anything close to this, realistically for urban drivers your looking at halving the spec sheet, motorway miles will not achieve anything close to the mpg spec either, as a tip, optimum speed i found for achieving best MPG is 53mph in fifth gear.
The car didn't experiece any problems until around 80k miles, when the usual problems occured that you can expect from this model. The gear-box linkage often pops out which can be a costly fix at a garage if you take it there, it's a 3 second job, if that, so definately worth investing in a Haynes Car Manual for the car or indeed any car before purchase, just to save yourself some bob. The water-pump has gone twice which is another expensive fix at a garage on labour charges, when Haynes manual £30 on parts and a day off sorted it for me.
The car drives well, accelleration is better than you would expect, the 8 extra valves from the older model really does pack a punch especially in the higher end when you can easilly hit 110-115 on a flat.
To any boy racers, I strongly recommend you do regularly check your break pads and tyres as I found the thread wears thin very quickly, invest in some good tyre's for the car and this won't happen.
Would easily recommend this car for first - time buyers , I can appreciate the main issue for first timers is insurance, this car is group 2 ( or was last time i checked) and so is almost as low as you can get.
My very first car and I love it, when buying a car you always hear people saying oooo dont buy that or this make dont think i heard a bad word against vauxhall, but even if I had I like it and think it has been a perfect first car, great size & has everything I need, it is a little nippy for a 1.2 I like this but be careful as it can come as a bit of a shock. Great car in total no major problems just things that they have had to change during MOT's but nothing costy and has been all sorted there and then. The clutch is also very biting this is ok does take some getting used to did take me a while but still ok.
I got this car many moons ago. It was actually 7 years ago now. It is good but not amazing. Compared to other 1.2 litre engines out there it is suprisingly nippy. I have not experienced breaking down in it yet (touch wood). However it has been reletively exspensive every time i have had it serviced. It handles very well. The hand brake seems to come very slack after a few uses on hills. The brake pads wear down to easily. It has a radio and cd player which can be controlled on the steering wheel which is pretty cool. Apart from that the interior is pretty dull. In fact all Vauxhall dash boards seem to be identical from my experience. Overall in the 7 years i have lived with this car I am pretty happy. It will never be a Ferarri but I guess it will do for now. Good reliable car.
The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most reliable and efficient cars around, it has excellent mileage on a single tank of petrol, which is only around £40 at current petrol prices and can last upwards of a month if driven properly and at its most petrol efficient. At the moment with the current costs of petrol fluctuating madly, I can get about 200 miles out of half a tank, but mainly only if I am doing long distance journeys mixed with shorter distance ones, otherwise the car isn't as fuel efficient.
The car at this moment in time is only costing me about £400 in insurance and the tax is quite cheap at £125 a year, due to the low(ish) fuel emissions coming from the exhaust, which I think is quite good value for money when you are using your car every single day.
The tyres on my car have been there since it was made in 2003 and only now has it started costing me more to run than it is probably worth, which is going on four years, though it has obviously been built for much longer than that.
It is durable and reliable, with a built in CD player (saving you a few extra pennies) that has extra controls built around the steering wheel, helping you to change the song whilst still concentrating on your driving. These are ingenious if you are like me and want to be in control of your music when someone else is trying to change the track and you can simply move your finger and change it straight back.
The interior of the car is pretty bland as you would expect, most of it is upholstered in grey and a darker shade of grey but they are easy to clean and the back seats fold right down so you are able to get bigger items in the car, as long as you don't have passengers of course! As mine is a 5 door you also have none of the faff of clambering over the front seat in order to place yourself in the back, though many of my friends in their confusion still try...
The only major problem that I have had was the gear linkage breaking, but it took 7 years to do it and it was only made of plastic! These cars are definitely worth all the money you pay (though I would stick to the old shape as I don't see the new shape as a Corsa at all!) and I would sincerely recommend them to anyone that is thinking of buying their first car, as they are as good as many of their close competitors and a good little runner if you only need a car to knock about in.
I love my little car as it gives me the freedom I need to get around where I live and as I have a bright turquoise colour it always gets me noticed. I did think that when I first bought it I would stand out as I hadn't seen many of that colour about but alas since I bought it I have literally lost count of the amount I have seen the same colour...maybe not so original after all!
We purchased our car 2 years ago, and although I think it's a cute looking little car (and its great for getting kids and in out due to having 5 doors), its not the smoothest car in the world.
It's a basic car for a basic family. It has a CD player built in which is great. Obviously uses less petrol than many other cars due to small engine size, but that can make it a bit on the slow side - if you prefer a nippier car then this may not be for you - if you just was something to get you from A to B on the otherhand it is ideal.
Not much boot space and if you have a buggy, it may be worth trying it in the boot before you buy on of these. Originally our buggy fit in, then we got a new buggy and now it won't fit!
The suspension is awful, speed bumps are a nightmare, that is the worst part of it, to be honest, it's been a good little runner for us.
I purchased my Vauxhall Corsa in 2005 and am still driving it. It's a nice little car, very reliable, low maintenance, insurance. Even these days, I can fill up, costing roughly £35 and can get at least 400 miles with sensible eco driving. The interior is good, hardwearing. I haven't experienced any major problems with the car apart from a slight leak in the radiator. If you're learning to drive, this is THE car to learn in, because it is so easy to drive and due to its size, maneouverability is good. The power steering obviously helps in this area and it is a godsend compared to cars i have had previously. It is good around corners and sticks to the road well. There are many different upgrades you can get done to the car, such as lower suspension, induction kit, bigger wheels etc. All in all, a great buy.
There once was a car called Henry. He was a wonderful bright red five door corsa club, born in the year 2002. While other cars came and went, Henry proudly carried on. Until, that is, his owner took him to have an MOT. Whilst there, this evil owner took a fancy to a flashy new car and left poor Henry to wait for another owner, even though fit as a fiddle.
He was polished and preened, and left outside. And, low and behold, along came a newly qualified driver. Oh no, he thought, a brand new driver. Just how long can I possibly last?
Well, two years later, Henry has settled well to his new life. Ok, so his exhaust needed replaced, and a couple of tyres, but what do you expect when owned by a countryside ranger. He gets covered in mud, but always comes up shining. [As long as polish is used that is, as red corsa's tend to fade in the sun]. He goes where other cars slip and slide, even though he's not to quick off the block.
As for feeding time, well, he's just not fussy. Forget little and often, he barely touches a drop. He doesn't like too much oil, or water or grease. In fact, he's never been sick once. Well, except for a small problem with the handbrake... On one cold, cold wintery day, he decided just to stay put. He dug in his heels, and refused to budge till a man with a hammer hit his back feet. The nice man said Corsas don't like frost mixed with a handbrake, so try to leave them on the flat in a blizzard!
Inside, Henry should be easy to keep clean (thats if you don't always wear muddy boots)! He's got a lovely tape player to make you nostalgic, and seats that adjust to little or large. His boot could be bigger, but then he'd be harder to park.
Only one slight problem, which you'll already know. Look in a car park and you'll find hundreds of Corsa's. So make sure you put something on top of the ariel..
As for Henry, he's many years left. Not worth nicking cause really pretty cheap, and it seems like he just keeps running forever so well. And, ifhedid need an operation, well, the parts are sure cheap!