I decided to buy a 1.4 Corsa SRI new from Vauxhalls in March 2008 as at the time I was commuting long distances to work and was sick of sitting at the side of the road in my smoking Punto. I have so far had absolutely no reason to complain since. I haven't heard so much as a stutter from my car ever since the day I drove it off the forecourt. I have done many long journeys in the car, and it has always proved to be totally reliable. It reaches top speeds on the motorway with no problem at all, the engine isn't noisy and it has good acceleration for around town driving. It seems to be really good on petrol consumption, and is easy to handle.
The great build of the car is finished off perfectly by the smaller details. The interior of the car, from the lovely upholstery on the seat, to the glow in the dark radio buttons and attractive speed dials is all well thought through. I can't actually think of any negatives for this car, as so far I've had no faults and it has suited my needs entirely. Overall, I would say that this is a small but spacious car, which is reliable, attractive and excellent value for money. You could easily fit 2 children in the back and some shopping in the boot... I just would maybe think twice if you have a Saint Bernard!
I am the proud owner of a 1.4Sri Vauxhall Corsa and have been for approximately 18 months. I do around 22,000 miles a year and have been extremely impressed with the car! There are a few common problems which Corsa's can have, among which the steering rack can be problematic, I had to replace mine the week that I bought the car and it cost me approximately £500, although I know I could have bought a re-conditioned one for cheaper. Since I have replaced this rack I have done around 35,000 miles and have had no further problems with the car and have had very little expenditure.
The car is speedy and looks great as it comes with extra's such as a chrome instrument panel, gearstick and handbrake lever, in addition to exterior styling such as 5 spoke alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, SRi badges, Silver seatbelts, chrome door openers etc etc!
Generally the interior is well thought out, with lots of space for storage. The only disadvantage is that the door trims are plastic and have a tendancy to rattle. This can be sorted provided you are willing to be patient and remove the plastic trims and securing it in such a way where the rattling stops!
My main concern when I bought this car was the running costs, as it was a significant upgrade from my last L Reg 1.2 Vauxhall Corsa. I therefore felt it useful to state what costs I typically incur.
The tyres cost me £65-70 each, however I personally go for expensive low profile pirelli's. A budget tyre is sure to be cheaper than this.
Fuel economy is generally fairly good. With todays fuel prices it costs me on average £50 per 350-400 miles.
Servicing costs me around £150 per year, but I do do a lot of miles!
I have had to buy a new windscreen due to a stone chip - this cost me £75.00.
Tax costs me around £60-65 per 6 months, or £110 for 12 months.
I think this is pretty much all the cost that I have incurred.
To summarise this is a great little car, with the benefit of having a sporty, sleek small motor at fairly minimal price! The storage capability is good, the rear seats fold down and I find I can get my bike in the back. At Xmas I managed to fit in three people and a Xmas tree! I can also get a bike rack on the back which is very handy!
This is a lovley looking and fantastic performing little car. My girlfriend drives an L reg one of these and the first thing I noticed when she took me out for a drive in it was the sheer speed and acceleration of the car. I've had a few drives of it too (naughty me eh.. no insurance, damn shame), and I love it. OK here we go: Engine. Very quiet, very livley. Does 0-60 in 10.5 seconds which sounds like ages but when you are in the thing you head is glued to the back of the seat. Even at 90mph it is very quiet and you feel as if you are hardly moving. On the fuel consumption note, as you would expect, its not fantastic but we can get abot 100 miles from 10 pounds worth of petrol and to be honest, give my GF a motor bike and she would be a hells angel (i.e. she doesnt drive like a woman). Handling. The steering is very heavy and can be a right arse to try and get the thing to turn around mini roundabouts or even park it. Investing in power steering would be a must. The suspension is hard but gives a good ride, great for cornering, not so good if you get car sick!. Build. Very well built, very little wind noise from the car. The doors feel heavy and you feel very safe inside this car. On older cars look at the hinges. As these can go very easily, the doors are that heavy that you could smash these off no problem. Pedals+Driving position. Both very good, gear changes are easy and slick (the reverse gear can be a bit harsh sometimes and I can never get used to lifting up a knob to put it into reverse.) The seats recline as usual, for some reason I feel this car will be better suited for smaller people as I feel very close to the wheel when I drive it and I'm on ly 5ft8. All in all a lovley little car Alex