I have only ever driven Vauxhall Corsa's and there is a very good reason why. The old ones (mine is a P reg, 1995) are really cheap to pick up. Mine cost £500 with a full MOT. The one I had before that was a 2000 plate and I was given that for free. They are really simple, reliable cars. The petrol seems to last a long time, I travel about 40 miles a day and that costs me about £25 a week, which may sound expensive but my boyfriend drives a mini and it costs him double that!
Of course it depends on the previous owner but I always find that even the old types never look scruffy on the outside. Also parts are really cheap to pick up, a full set of tires is around £120 and the insurance is really low! I think they're in the D band of insurance (one more expensive than the lowest).
The steering is fairly light on the Corsa too, my old one had city light steering which was fantastic, my new one isn't so light but it is still power steering so easy to drive.
Moneywise and reliabilty, I would always recommend this car. Especially for a first car as we all have our little bumps and bashes when we first learn!
I have this car and it has always been a really reliable vehicle. I drive it almost every day and only have to spend about £10-£15 on petrol every week, and I do drive quite a lot of miles in it so it's an excellent choice of car if you're looking for a car that's cheap to buy petrol for.
You might know if you've read some of my other reviews that I'm a student, and like most students I don't have that much spare cash to spend on transport. This car is a reasonable price to buy and is really good on petrol, its a great way to save money, if you just need a small car. It only has 2 doors so if you were part of a big family with kids then you might want something bigger. But for me this is perfect and I really love this car so much. I don't think I could have a better car for what it was I was looking to get.
The car does not have power steering so if you're not very quick at turning corners then I wouldn't recommend this car for you, as you have to feed the wheel quickly and especially in lower gears this can be hard, but you will get used to this so don't let this put you off. It is fairly easy to drive, the clutch is good, the gear stick is also good, and the handbrake is a good one, too. I learnt to drive in this car and have been told that it is one of the best cars to learn to drive in. I agree with this as I found it really good to learn to drive in. I would definitely recommend it for someone who was looking for a small car to learn to drive in. The petrol thing that you have to unscrew to put petrol in didn't seem to like me at first as it took me ages the first time I tried to open it but I have got used to it now, it just has a knack to it you'll pick it up soon enough though.
The car isn't amazing looking obviously but I think it is one of the nicer looking cars compared to other small cars that I have seen. Especially if you wash this and keep it looking shiny like mine then it looks good enough for a student. You can't expect students to have top of the range ferraris, if you are a student then I recommend this to you, personally I think its a fantastic little car and I really love it. I think it looks cool for a student to have this car. And its available in loads of colours so you can get one to suit you.
The seats are comfy and the front seat adjusts really well, also the boot is bigger than you would think. Overall, a great car for a student.