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This was the first car which i bought when i passed my driving test. It was perfect for my needs at the time. The engine allowed enough power for a new driver without being too fast, it was cheap to run and lasted over three years without any problems. The boot was a reasonable size and you could easily fit 4 passengers in the car without problems. The only reason i sold the car was because i had convinced myself i deserved something else after driving for 3 years, however I'm pretty sure that its still going strong somewhere.
I recently passed my driving test in 2011 and for a 19 year old, this little car is fantastic, I have a 1.2 litre engine and they are so cheap to run. The insurance wasn't as painful as most teenagers insurances are these days. Great little car and I hope it lasts me a while. I don't see any downside to my Corsa and as a first car it is brilliant. I would recommend a Corsa to any new driver or anyone looking for a cheap run around. The only thing I would change about my Corsa is that I got a 5 door and not a 3 door because it is a pain to have to get out whenever somebody wants to sit in the back seats.
I have recently started driving and i absolutely love this car it drives very smoothly and most importantly is cheap to run around, I believe the vauxhall corsa 1L is in the top category for insurance meaning it is cheap to insure.
Depending on what litre you are driving obviously effects this figure but the combined MPG (miles per gallon) is between 50-60 per gallon which is very good for an older car.
Like i said in the headline perfect little car for new drivers or drivers that just need a little car that is cheap to cover.
The only thing i dislike about the pre 2000 corsa's is not having power steering you have to work very hard to do manoeuvres and this can be annoying in times when you are in tight situations. I feel having not power steering is not really a major issue especially when it is saving you the best part of half a grand to get a newer model.
I bought my 1999 "T" plate Corsa 12.i Club 5 door in August 2003. I actually went to look at another car altogether but I saw this one and the rest, as the say, is history. It had 5500 genuine miles on the clock and had a service history. I have now done 34000 miles with the car and can honestly say it has served me very well. It averages 44 mpg with 50 mpg easily coming up on a run. I had the tyres swapped front to back each year but had them replaced anyway when they were 11 years old owing to cracks in the sidewalls. I have had two new rear springs, front gaiters and a clutch apart from routine servicing and the car runs very well. It has never let me down and has travelled over the country including Scarborough and the South East. Oil consumption is non existent. I find the driving position comfortable and enjoy the little "gizmos" like height adjustable seatbelts and variable speed rear intermittent wipe. The radio/tape player has "Traffic" and works well. Is there anything I dont like? Very little, it isnt the quietest car in the world and the manual gear shift is a bit rubbery. Would I buy a Vauxhall again? Definitely.
Christmas morning 4 years ago ~
After a chaotic morning in my house, with wrapping paper thrown everywhere and pile's of toys scattered around the living room it was time to go up to nanna's house for the boys to get their pressies there too!
I drove up in my rust bucket fiesta with the exhaust hanging off, threatening to drop any moment, and there parked next to my dad's car was a metallic blue Vauxhall Corsa!!!
I knew straight away it was mine, and even though I had already had 2 sacks of pressies from my mum and dad, I said to my hubby....
'Ooooo!!! my new car, look!!!'
He said how do you know it's yours??
But I just knew!!
So knocking the door, my mum answers, still in her dressing gown and told us it's too early lol!! It was about 9.30am, but it was Christmas morning, and to be honest I am worse than the kids lol!!
We all went in and the kid's started opening their presents. My mum walked over to the fire place and casually said
'You left a present here last night'
I ripped it open, faster than you can say Bob's your Uncle lol, and made a weird screeching sound!!
Now this wasn't the first car my dad had bought me, but the other's had been stolen (2 others, an Escort and a Fiesta), and it really wasn't something I was expecting!! I was sooo pleased that I ran out of the house shouting my thanks and jumped straight in!!
Then I was told the bad news.... No MOT!! Why??
He had bought it 2 nights ago and couldn't get it in the garage in time..... I would have to wait to drive it :o(.
As soon as the MOT and insurance was swapped over I couldn't wait to drive it, despite it being an older car (R plate, 1997) it was really comfortable to drive. The insurance was really cheap too as was the tax.
It didn't have all the mod cons, such as electric windows and the like but it was a nice little car to drive. I was pregnant at the time of having this car (5 months to be exact) and even when I was expanding it had ample room to accommodate my growing bump.
I already had 2 children and even with their seats in the back, there was ample space for another person or another car seat.
The boot was plenty big enough to hold my sons pram, which was an umbrella fold travel system, but did have enough space when I bought a different larger Mama's and Papa's pram.
I could fit plenty of shopping in the boot, so this car did just fine.
It was a 3 door, so getting the kids into the car could be a bit tricky but it was do-able.
I never had any major problems in the 2 years I owned this car, until one of the spark plugs blew and it was cross threaded by the mechanic who put a new one in, this caused it to keep on popping back out :o(.
We were going on holidays and about 20 miles down the road, the spark plug blew again. My dad came to the rescue by wedging the plug in with a screw driver!! We made it the 60+ miles on holiday, drove around for the whole week and it finally gave way in the service station on the way home.
As luck would have it my mum and dad were driving down to their caravan and saw us pulling in, they drove up to the end of the road and turned back after ringing me and finding out if all was well.
My dad wedged the plug back in and it made us home. I decided then the car had to sadly go to car heaven :o(. As we made our way up I couldn't help but feel sad. We pulled up outside the scrap yard and a man offered me £350 for the car.......
Of course I agreed!! We sorted the V5 form there and then and off he went, I saw the car parked up for a while and then I saw it being towed away to the scrap yard, he obviously hadn't bothered repairing it or taking anything off it. He knew what was wrong with it when he bought it so I didn't feel too guilty lol.
Overall for a first car I would say a little Corsa is ideal. They are neat little compact cars, making them easy to park etc... The insurance is low and cheap to run.
£30 used to fill the tank and that would last me ages, I do quite a few miles through the week, with the school and shopping runs and just generally popping out etc and it lasted a good 3 weeks before it went down to 1/4 tank and then I would refill it anyway.
Ohh the starter motor went towards the last few months too, and hubby used to have to knock something in the engine with a stick to make it start!! Nightmare if I was alone lol!!
This was repaired by a garage and it cost me about £35.
I loved my Corsa, she had pretty pink stickers too!!
My first car was an M reg red 1.0 Arizona Vauxhall Corsa, which I brought in 2005 for a thousand pounds. I'd always wanted a Corsa (don't really like red cars and my first driving instructors car was a red corsa, but beggars can't be choosers) and a family friend who was a mehanic said he'd let me know of any second-hand cars that we for sale. When he phoned he told me that a woman that knew had a Corsa and asked if I'd be interested in buying it. The women turned out to be a neighour who lived opposite me. So my car-to-be was sat in the car park opposite me flat! For the previous five years, every time that I'd opened my bedroom curtains, my future car was right in front of me! When I eventually took the car out for a test drive, it was a nice smooth drive. I was so exicited, I remember counting out the money before handing it over to my neighbour, and then being given the keys (I ended losing the spare key).
At ten years old it had sixty miles on the clock. My Corsa was easy to drive and very economical. I regularly travelled 20 miles a day from home to work and uni. I only paid roughly £40 a month for petrol (I liked to keep the tank topped up) and insurance was cheap.
Great first car
Easy to drive
Economical - cheap to run
Enough room for passengers to sit comfortably
Plenty of room for shopping bags
A tough little car (had a deer ram into my side door (which freaked me driving at 70 miles an hour in the dark, only left a small dent)
Faired well in cold whether (including snow)
No power steering, really had to turn the steering wheel when turning round corners and when parking.
No immobiliser or central locking (once left my door unlocked in a car park all day. Luckily nobody noticed I tried not to keep anything worth nicking in the car, and kept everything out of sight).
Stuggles in fifth gear which causes the engine too be too loud, so not so great on the motorway
Did cut out on me a few times
Seats too low down for me (At 5'3 I'm only small)
I stopped driving this car when I started having seizures and had to give back my licence for a while. Typing this made me miss my little car. I would buy a newer version, but my heart's set out on a Mini Cooper.
I had a P-Reg Vauxhall Corsa a few year back. Great little runner. However it got wrote off.
Strong Vehicle, but the fact you can pick up a great many Haynes Manuals from car boot sales tells its own story. Like any car, its not indistructable. However because of that you will find a great many spare parts lying around in scrap yards. Being a 1.1, it wasnt the fastest thing on the roads. Its lack of power steering means its also a bit heavy when going round corners. However it doesnt stop this car from being loved.
The heater was alright, and having manual windows and mirrors, there was never any problem with electrics. The radio could be changed easily, and as it was second hand, I got a free lock with it.
The upsides of this car, far outweigh the downsides. It's cheapness to run, availability of parts, and general look and pleasure of the drive is what comes out on top.
What a great car!
This car like most others that decide on this car was my first. I was sharing a car with my brother beforehand and now that I was married and had a baby on the way I decided I needed my own car. Having 0 no claims bonus and not being the most confident in drivers I opted for a small, economical car and decided on a Vauxhall Corsa.
I bought a 1999 model blue Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 engine size. It was three door which was ok when there was just one passenger but a pain with more than 3 people in the car. I kept this car for under a year as when my baby came along it was too much of a hassle putting her in and out of the baby car seat along with many other reasons I will reveal later.
It was cheap to fill the tank with petrol and 10 pounds worth of petrol would last me ages, so it was economical. It was kind of cute to look at, but not the most attractive of cars. Insurance was cheap and road tax compared to most other cars. It is easy to fit into tiny parking spaces and a smaller car is easier to drive around in if you are a new driver as there is less chances of banging the side mirrors of parked vehicles.
Even with all these advantages I would not recommend this car. This model unlike the newer Corsa model does not have power steering. This car caused me shoulder and back pain due to having to use so much force to steer the car, you would not expect any car in the year 1999 to be made without power steering. When I bought the car I only drove the car slightly so did not know it was without power steering, it was my stupidity to assume it had it and not ask the previous owner. I was heavily pregnant at one point and I absolutely dreaded having to do a three point turn or any other funky manoeuvre due to the hardness of the steering.
This car may be economical but it is so hard to get it going, it is so powerless. It was probably due to the size of the engine and driving up a hill being stuck on a traffic light was the worst. I would have to put my foot very forcely on acceleration to get it going and still it would be incredibly slow and make an awful noise.
This model is not very attractive, the newer model cars in the Corsa range are so much more presentable. Even from the inside of the car it was very basis. I found the car too small and cramped, didn't help that I was pregnant at the time. It was not a very comfortable drive, not only the steering problems, but the clutch and gearbox was too stiff. I didn't realise how many limitations it had until I changed my car. I personally will not be hopefully buying a Corsa again in the future. I think Vauxhall have far better small car alternative models out there.
The Corsa is a great car. I bought my first one for £1500 second hand, which is a realistic price for a young person wanting their first vehicle. The insurance isn't too much either and its great for teenage street credibility as opposed to other choices of cars for that budget.
I have had my Corsa for almost 8 years now and don't really want to buy a different car. It gets me from A to B in one piece and I must say having driven other makes, that the Corsa feels very safe to drive.
Other members of my family have different models of car and it is quite difficult and expensive for them to get replacement parts. Since the Corsa is such a popular choice there's always cheap, reliable spare parts at the local scrapyard. Try these first as a proper Vauxhall dealer will charge you the earth for parts.
I have had my car broken into and I was blissfully unaware that older cars without an immobiliser are the main targets for thieves. Luckily mine had one and the thieves only got it down the road, but it's not always easy to tell which car has one, rendering the older generation of Corsas prime targets. There is an easy way to combat this. My advice is to purchase a stop lock to act as a deterrent if you are considering buying an older Corsa.
I have now had a baby and find that the Corsa is really unsuitable for families. To get the carseat in means moving the front seats forward everytime you want to go out. It is an ordeal trying to get the pram in the boot too. Once you have it in, there is no room whatsoever for anything else.
Overall, it is a great little car that you can count on and I am reluctant to let it go but for our needs with a baby it just doesn't pass the test.
Oh the Vauxhall Corsa - my one and only car. It was a 1996, 1.1l, 'Arizona'. Already 100,000 miles on the clock when I bought it from my brother, it was definately on its last legs, with many people declaring it only a matter of time, weeks even, before it broke down.
But I showed them, WE showed them, me and her, me and my beautiful Charmaine. Reaching a maximum speed of 120 on a downward slope and peaking at 70 on the slighest of upward slopes, it produced radically different journeys along the A2, taking two hours one way, and half an hour the other. It was the excitement of whether there would be a hill along a road, when first was almost the pre-requisite girl, and the number of people in the back seat meant some people had to alighy the vehicle. Different routes were needed depending on whether, with extra luggage meaning hills were a no-no entirely and another 40 minutes were added to my journey.
It lacked the finer things in the modern day world of cars. It didnt possess power steering - but this simply meant 3-point turns and parallel parking were merely small exercise sessions (something the obese people of the UK could use once in a while), nor did it possess air conditioning - but the small hole in the front of the pedals let in a lovely draft.
The seatbelts, well, to say they didnt work was a little bit of an understatement. They were never really needed as such, but they did come off when pressure was applied, so I am glad no head on collisions occured.
Despite these lack of luxuries, the handling was terrific, due to its size and relatively low weight, and the fuel consumption was also relatively good when you used good gear changing. A £10 top-up of petrol could get you around 100 miles.
It only downside, its kryptonite, was only discovered in its final moments. During a leasurely drive to school, minding my own business, Magic 105.4 on the jukebox - it approached, carrening out of the side street, with no where left for me to turn. A coach - 55 seater, pulling into my road, and with a brick wall on the other side my prospects were not good. The coach hit the backend, knocking me into the wall on one side, and crushing the back of the car with the other.
One final adventure for the duo of James and Charmaine, one last kiss, and then she breathed her last breath, and I turned her off. One. Last. Time...
I will never forget you.
The 1996 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 is a beast with its heavy steering and dreadful handling when parking or turning the car in the lower gears. The trouble with the car is mainly due to its complete lack of power steering, which makes driving the car at very low speeds quite hard. Its so very heavy to maneuver the Corsa into a parking space at the supermarket or in a car park, that its tiresome to say the least.
If you take the car into town and horror of horrors, try to park it in a space at the roadside amongst other cars then you have a real job on your hands. The steering was is heavy that I am sure it would have been easier to park a chieftain tank than attempt to park the Corsa.
One good thing in its favour is its fairly low insurance group, but even with that being the case, the cost to insure the car for a younger driver is sky high. The car doesn't have any fancy alloy wheels, just the usual steel wheels which were common to most cars at that time, unless you were a flash git that could afford the alloys.
You got a set of plastic wheel trim covers that fitted on and to stop them being lost you could attach them using cable ties to keep them in place. The trouble with the wheel covers is that they are very easily scuffed and so quickly became a bit shabby looking. Due to the heavy steering during parking, which can cause you to have to drive back wards and forwards so many times to get the car into a space, there is a chance of curbed wheels.
The interior of the car is a deep grey with deep grey fabric seats, which are comfy enough for a little town car. The interior gadgets are a cigarette lighter! A slightly rubbish radio cassette player! Um...let me think...yep thats it!
Some models are only a 3 door model so that makes it rather awkward to get in and out of and would make it difficult to extract yourself from in case of an accident. The front seats have enough room to sit reasonably comfortably in and there is enough legroom to fit a tall person into the drivers seat. The only problem with that is that the seat has to go back and that leaves no leg room for the person behind you.
In terms of mpg don't expect much more than 28/30 mpg out of the car, which when compared to todays Corsas is rather poor. The paint work on the car is very low quality and the body of the cars do show signs of early rust forming. Avoid the white coloured cars,as the paintwork never comes up shiny. It was that horrid almost matt white that was popular and cheap no doubt, so no matter how you wash and polish the car, the exterior always looked very tired.
There can be a problem with the car burning lots of oil, which means it may have to be topped up quite often. There may be a reason for that other than just because that type of car needs lots of oil, but I can't make a judgement on that. In spite of that the older Corsas are still about and sell well.
Comparing the car to some of the newer Vauxhall Corsa cars. I can say that these newer Corsas are a whole different bag. What a nippy well made car! A joy to drive, quick off the mark, lovely interior and cracking sound system. Nice exterior design and lovely glossy paintwork.
The older cars have a poor Euro Ncap rating, but newer cars have been much improved as has the crash test rating and are very popular with their owners. I can see why people love these newer Vauxhalls as they are great reliable little motors.
The older versions, without power steering were something you drove only because you had to and derived very little enjoyment from that. So I can only rate based on that and I am giving it just a 3 star rating. The newer models are a complete 5 star car.
The pre-2000 Vauxhaull Corsa is a superb car. It's quick, light and pretty reliable, as well as being surprisingly robust and resilient in harsh weather and treacherous road conditions. Although the pre-2000 models are somewhat heavier and chunker than the later models, they are certainly not without their charm and boast electric windows and power steering.
At a pretty impressive acceleration rate, 0-60 in just under 14 seconds, the speed is definitely not something to be sniffed at, nor is the surprising amount of modern features like a very ergonomic steering wheel, comfortable seats and a CD player on the later 2000 models.
The car has a very fluid handling, particularly when dealing with sharp turns and corners. On top of this, the pre 2000 Corsas don't actually take a great deal of looking after, and I've never known a first hand model to fail its MOT, even after considerable age.
The shape, arguably, is a little bit goofy, but the frameworks are very logically thought out and aerodynamic. They come in a surprising variety of colours and the paintwork is usually great, and not at all prone to chipping.
The windows are electric and never jut or rattle during the arguably otherwise loud drive, and the car is safe and not prone to flipping in crashes owing to its light weight.
The upholstery is not particularly stylish, but rather it's functional and comfortable. There's plenty of space in the boot to move a few large suitcases around, but if you're going on long trips with lots of luggage, the necessity for the back seat passengers to carry their luggage on the laps, no doubt propped up by the sadly short back roof, becomes particularly irksome. You can open the sunroof though, which makes a pleasant change in the Summer, (some of the the post-2000 models don't actually come with sunrooves) and this can sometimes make up for the lack of proper air conditioning, but not when the weather is unpleasant.
It looks particularly dated now I'm afraid, though, and the whilst the engine will never let you let you down, this is not a flash car, although if you really aren't bothered about driving round town in a status symbol, this is a highly recommendable car, since few improvements have been made in the post-2000 models, and these are subsequently priced much cheaper, and aren't particular inferior cars.
If it breaks, it's cheap and easy to fix (It's designed that way) and is actually pretty cheap to buy, although fuel consumption is a little on the weak side, this is a great model of car that I would wholeheartedly recommend for people who don't mind owning a dated model and are trying to get around on a budget. Definitely recommended.
My L reg Corsa may not be the most modern car in the world and probably not the fastest, well, deifinitely not the fastest but it is everything you need in a car.
I have a Vauxhall Corsa 1.5 GLS TD. It's a 5 door and nippy. As a young man my insurance costs are astronomical as such the fact that it is a group 3 really comes into play. If you are worried about speed or power then don't be. This will beat Peugeot 106's, Citroen Saxo's and Volkswagen Polos newer than it. It tops out at 102mph but it takes a lifetime to get there. It has needed one MOT while I have owned it and it cost less than £200 to fix. I can't rate the reliabity of this car enough, while everybody elses 2004 reg cars were breaking down, my little Corsa keeps going and going. Bear in mind, this is with a new driver at the wheel eeking every ounce of power from it.
The fuel economy is alright, nothing really special but you'll get over 40mpg in a diesel like mine.
Expect to pay around £400 for a car like mine and no more. Look out for rust on the sills and around the door hinges. Check the underneath of the car for any rust as this is where they tend to go wrong and die.
Overall, you get more than you pay for in this car. It won't break down, it will go like stink (comparitively!) and it is cheap to insure. If you are looking for a first car or maybe even just a second car after the 2 seater then this is for you. You won't regret it, I promise you.
Got this car as my 1st car in december 2008, loved the feeling of having a car and is extremely cheap to insure. Amazing MPG and on long journeys i am able to push 45 - 50 mpg which is amazing as the vehicle is 10 years old. Lovely car to drive, one slight niggle was that the air mass sensor often plays up and it needs to be replaced............ howevere this can only cost around £30 so not really a huge problem if anything goes wrong.
Parts for this vehicle are extremely cheap and i was able to get a lovely re-spray on my vehicle's slightly worn paintwork.....now looks as good as new.
This car is perfect for a 1st time driver, they can be picked up very cheap expecially off e-bay :D i have seen some sell for £200 (be wary) and usually around £600 with low mileage for their age. Mine had done 68,000 at only 9 years of age whihc is well below the average annual mileage most common in Britain.
The ride is very soft on the standard suspension, feels like you are on a trampoline over each speedbump or slight hole in the road, not a problem if you change this though. Cheap to modify for all of those boy racers out there and especially cheap to service as there is hardly anything to do on them. Standard British manafacturing, sun roof is a dream, look for a corsa with sun roof if possible as they make driving that little bit better :D I have loved every minute with this car and never want to see it go.
This is an amazing car for the price, you really must consider it for any 1st time driver. I speak from experience........or lack of :D