Cheap Car, Cheap Insurance, Cheap Tax and Cheap Petrol for the miles you get out of it, what more do you want out of a little run about? This car was my second car bought for me as a birthday present I was over the moon. This car is not the next james bond audi dont get me wrong but its a good run about and never fails at gettin me from a to b with no problems. It is cheap to run and insure compared to alot of cars. Its easily fixable if you are in the unfortunate position that something does go wrong; due to the fact that there are so many out there there are always parts going spare. Its spatious inside (not what people expect) and has genuinly a nice respectable interior. I cant say a bad thing about this car other than it might just be abit too common for all those people that want to stand out in a crowd. I believe this is a good investment in a small cheap car.
This was the first car i drove after passing my test. I was immediately attracted to the cheap insurance i found for this car online. It was £90 a month with my dad on with me and £130 by myself which isnt all that bad. Im also very fond of corsa's. There just a likeable car. But if you are going to get one get a bigger engine then a 1.0. This car would get places quicker being pushed. Also as its such a small engine it cant take as much bullying as say a 1.2 therefore is much easier to stall EVEN THO it has an anti stall system.
It has Power steering which is a must have in this day and age.
Driver and Passenger air bag. Always a plus.
CD player which is great for long journeys or just blasting music on the way to sainsburys.
It does have a decent sized boot but saying that its not the best for big family shops.
Doesnt have a sun roof or air conditioning and the fact that it only has 2 windows that open, if your stuck in traffic on a hot day it isnt the most experience.
It also doesnt come with electric windows which is just annoying!
Overall a nice little car for a nice little price if you know where to look. These go from around £1500 second hand and can be as much as £9000 new!
Only really recommend this for a young driver, someone living in a place such as london, or an elderly driver.
I brought my Vauxhall corsa expression 1.0 litre 3 door hatchback around 3 years ago second hand from my cousin; the corsa itself is a no thrills cheap car (I use the term cheap in inverted commas because its relatively inexpensive for a car of this standard.)
The overall feel of the car is first-class, with the new 2001 on style you have power assisted steering which makes it a lot more easy to shift than the older model.
I cant quote on the boot space because I have a big amp that fills the whole of the boot and I have never seen it empty, but guesswork probably tells me that it is reasonably sized and could fit a weeks shopping at least in their (as long as you are not the Beckhams!)
The corsa has hardly any problems mechanically even though I have had some problems, for example when I indicate to go left sometime the indicator gets jammed in and the light stays on, also I have had one oil light that has been showing on my corsa for about 2 years! When I took it to the MOT they said they have serviced its problem yet the light for some reason has stayed on! However all of these problems are small compared to other problems with other cars.
Nowadays you can find a corsa like this second hand for around £2500, or you can buy it 1st hand for around £7000 Either way I think this is a bargain because compared to other cars of its size and power it comes out somewhere near the top performance wise and somewhere down the bottom price wise which is always a good thing!
I dont think there are many negatives about the corsa, some, for example the ones I mentioned earlier are minor and do not effect the way the car dives, one thing I will say is compared to other cars the corsa gets very dirty very easy, I dont have a clue why this is but be warned you might have to take it to the car wash every few weeks!
The corsa that I drive is manual locking and does not come fitted with an immobilizer or an alarm, so it might be necessary to have them fitted.
As far as extras or upgrades go the corsa is no thrills. The corsa offers minimal upgrades but does come with all the mod cons, air con, radio etc etc...
Overall I rate the corsa a 7 out of 10, its a great car, its easy and simple but is also no thrills and has a few minor problems, its a great starting car for new drivers but may not be the right car for you if youre looking for a spacious family car or if your on your 3rd car.
Having bought a new Corsa at the time (ST51) I must say I am very impressed with it compared with the old Corsa we owned. This corsa is a lot different internally and externally (as the other Corsa was the old style). I particularly like the lights on the car on the front and back which look pretty sporty. Internally the car has 5 gears and it also includes a power assisted steering. Power Assisted steering is different from power steering itself. This device basically tightens the tension when you are going fast and obviously when you are going slow the steering is very light, this is very handy when trying to get into the tightest of spaces. Even the seats in the Corsa are quite comfortable and you are able to adjust the height on the seats aswell now unlike the previous model. The boot in the Corsa is reasonably sized and perfect for myself as I own a golden retriever dog so there is enough room for the dog to sit in the back. When we bought the car we have been given a 3yr breakdown warranty from Vauxhall that operates through the AA I believe. Overall the car has just gone through its first service unscathed with absolutely no mechanical problems at all. The Corsa itself varies in price depending on model and petrol/diesel engine. Prices start at around £6995 and continue upwards to around nearly £11,000. Also you may want some extras on your car which will also bump up the price. Our Corsa was available on special offer for a mear snip at only £6500 and that wasnt including our trade in!. The car was purchased from Arnold Clark who have been very good to deal with, not long after purchasing the car they phoned us up to confirm everything was going well. I found this very good customer service as some companies cannot wait to get you out the door with their products. I would definately recommend the Corsa. I had mentioned about the irritating noise the indicators make and the diesel sounding engine but
after a while you get used to it, either that or you drown it out with some music :-). The Indicators in the car make a tick tock noise everytime the dash board flashes and this can get quite irritating after a while. Also when you are accelerating the car also sounds like a diesel engine but once you are going at top speed you dont actually notice the noise anymore. The car isnt bad at accelerating for a 1.0 engine. Finally, the car is has a central locking remote on the keyfob which allows you to dead lock/immobolise the car. A good security feature on the car is that when the car is locked you are unable to open the petrol cap which deters people trying to syphon petrol out of the car. The petrol cap can only be opened when the car is unlocked. Overall a Top car made by a quality company.
I was recently given a Vauxhall Corsa as a courtesy car after a tail end shunt in my own car. If you care to follow the whole story you can read it in 'RAC I've just had an accident'. In the meantime the garage gave me a 'W' reg Corsa. Silver in colour and small in size at least I had something to get to work in. This was the first car loaned to me, I might suggest this was a pre 2000 model as it was very hard inside and dull and dismal plastic dashboard, door trims, steering wheel, in fact everything had that awful moulded look or feel. So, nothing to write home about. With the work on my car supposedly completed we swapped cars and off I went. Only to find three faults. After a bit of jiggling with the garage we arranged a day when they could again loan me a car. The day arrived and the Corsa I had last time was there on the forecourt. 'Never mind' I said, it's only for today. But the guy in the garage gave me the nice shiney blue one sitting alongside the crappy silver one. 'Great' I thought, 'a change of colour' After putting in the key I could see that they had taken this baby back to the drawing board. The layout on the dash was altogether much more friendly, even a bit more colourful. The window arrangement was much better in the rear view mirror but spoilt by a middle backseat headrest. Overall though it looked nicer and felt better. So in with the key and off I went. Now I like large comfortable saloons like the Honda accord 2.0 Esi but this didn't worry me at all. It drove very well and considering it was a pokey little 1.2 engine if was like the proverbial off a shovel. It moved swiftly and held the road well. The gear changing was smooth (when I remembered to do it, mine is an automatic) and the drive was both free and comfortable. Now, I don't profess to be that geezer on the telly that gives you the brake horsepower and torque of the angle of the dangle. I am writing this opinion to tell those who want
to look how nice this car was. Believe me, I'm a fussy person when it comes to creature comforts. In fact when they let me use the first Corsa I immediately wiped it from my 'Possible purchase' list. Now though, it's a completely different story. If I have to go down to a smaller car for any reason I shall certainly go for a test drive as you should if you are considering buying one. They have a great little car here and apart from it being quite nice, it was bloody good fun as well.