Product Type: Vauxhall cars
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Your going home in a Vauxhall As-ta-ra!...Am I? No, sorry...its a Corsa.
Vauxhall Corsa (pre 2000)
Member Name: jamesgosling
Vauxhall Corsa (pre 2000)
Advantages: Cheap, fun to drive, easy
Disadvantages: Weakness to Coaches/Buses
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.
Summary: Lacks any fancy new gadgets, but makes up for in heart