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      04.07.2013 15:17

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      If you could find one that doesn't leak great little car.

      My partner bought this car for me for my first car. At first I thought it was fantastic. It's comfortable, quick and looks nice. We have one daughter and from there started the problem. It's a massive problem getting her in and out of the car. It's so small in the back that trying to carry a toddler into the car seat is a nightmare. I've bumped her head several times on the door frame and my partner has as well. Once her pushchair is in the boot there isn't much room left for shopping. I pay £90 every 6 months for tax which I feel is a little high. In my opinion the worst thing about this car is the fact that vauxhall used the wrong silicon on these models so a lot of them leak. If it didn't leak this would be a perfect first car or run around.

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      12.05.2012 19:55

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      good car

      The vauxhall corsa sxi 1.2 16v
      synonymous with tack body kits and tinted windows this little car has alot to offer for the price you can pick it up for these days.
      The Looks:
      This car has a slightly sporty look to it and should come with a neat little spoiler and alloy wheels, many of the chavs purchase it opt to lower the car by about 40 or 60 mil, which gives it an even sportier stance.
      Reliability:
      Mechanicly this car isnt bad for a vauxhall, try and find one with less than 90K miles and you should be fine if its just a first car which you wont keep for more than two years. Although the engine is pretty sound there are many common faults with the internal components, if your lucky you wont encouter more than one and there usually not too costly to repair, just a tad annoying, examples are; central locking, steering column, ignition etc.
      Economy:
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      46 mpg
      Insurance Group
      7
      Euro Emissions Standard
      4
      CO2 Emissions
      146 g/km
      At 46 mpg this car is pretty cheap to run, keep the revs down and you'll be supposed how efficient it can be.
      Performance:
      Thanks to the 16 valves this car really moves for a 1.2 litre engine its stable round the bends too so can be great fun for a 1st time driver without being to powerful.

      Overall:
      id say that 1st car or not this is a great buy, its sporty and popular and cheap to buy insure and run. This car is on its way out but give it one last hurrah because its still one of the best.

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      01.05.2012 18:09

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      An ideal first car

      I wrote off my new car last year and i just wanted to buy something fairly cheap that was a 'good little runner'. There was a Corsa in the garage near my house for £2,000 so i bought it. It is the 2002 version. Firstly, i would say the design is really good. I like my cars to look nice and sporty, but like many dont want the insurance to be sky high! So the great thing about the SXI version is that its got all the sports extras such as alloys, spoiler etc, but it is only a 1.2 litre so doenst cost you an arm and a leg to insure. Secondly, i have to drive quite a long way to work every day so wanted something that is good on petrol and reliable. I have only had it for one year and there have been no problems with it (touch wood) and the fuel consumption is really low. I would recommend this car to any young person who wants to look good but not pay ridiculous amounts for insurance.

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      20.11.2011 01:58
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      Great for a first car or even normal usage.

      This is my first and three years later still my car I use. I bought the car originally second hand for £2,600 just before I passed my driving test. Why? Because the car outer design looked modern and great for a first car. I was told many that I should get an older car as they are more reliable and if I crashed an older car then it wouldn't be so bad. Three years later, this car has given me no troubles. Only one or two minor things had to be done over the three MOT periods and that has been all. *Touch wood* The car is really nice inside, sporty looking and perfect to drive. The car gives me around 80 miles per 1/4 tank roughly which I think is brilliant. I'm now scared to go to a different car which could be the opposite of the dream my Corsa is giving me! This car will not be forgotten. Oh, one thing about this car is that the drivers side pillar is always in the way.

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        02.11.2011 18:35

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        best car ever

        My first car i had was a vauxhall corsa, from then i went to a nimble Ford Ka. But then after 3 years i had no choice but to return to a Vauxhall corsa. I now own a 3 door, vauxhall corsa 1.2, 16v sxi. So far i cannot fault it.
        When driving the engine is so queit you forget that you have already switched it on!!
        The car is great to handle, a little push on the steering wheel and your turning the corner.
        The corsa is very spacious or roomy with plenty of boot space and its so easy to drop down the back seats.
        The Corsa is refined, comfortable and good to drive. Running costs are affordable The fuel economy has been poor so far, although it has only done 7500 miles and is still loosening up and is slightly improving. When we first got it i was lucky to get 32mpg but now it is pushing towards 40mpg

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        17.09.2011 17:45

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        I'd recommend as a first car but I'd look at other options as well

        I bought this car in 2009 (5DR) for £4k in silver with 32000 miles on the clock. I've put 26000 miles on it and am about to sell it to switch to a Polo. It has been a good first car - over two years I haven't had to spend any money on it besides new tyres and break pads. I feel safe in it. It does around 350-400 miles per tank (around £55 to fill at the moment - 133p/litre). There is plenty of room in the back and the boot so although it is good as a first car it would probably also be suitable for small families as a relatively economical choice.

        Pros: Good interior (no metal showing like there would be in a Ka for example) - includes CD player, air con, feels safe and solid, fairly economical.

        Cons: Has started to go through a fair bit of oil so I've had to keep it topped up regularly - sometimes because of this the engine can get noisy.

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        24.03.2011 01:26
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        A nice car for urban enviroments. Easy to park and handles nicely. Good for first time buyers.

        My first and current car, The Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Sxi has been a mostly trouble free first car. First of all i should mention im driving a 2004, second hand corsa so alot of this review is based on how the car is performing after 6 years of driving.
        The Corsa is a fantastic first car as its small and compact frame is good for getting in and around busy towns and cities. The small size lets new drivers worry less about knocking off side mirrors and scratching paintwork when driving through small gaps and parking in small spaces.
        The cars controls are all nicely laid out in easy to reach places allowing the driver more time watching where they are going rather than messing with the air con. The car comes with a decent quality stereo with lcd display on the dash showing current track number and controls attached to the steering wheel for easy operation whilst driving.

        The interior is plain and simple with comfortable, head adjustable seats although like most small 3 door cars, things can get a little cramped in the back especially when on long journeys.
        The car features electric mirrors and windows as well as temperature and time display on the dashes lcd.

        Being a 1.2 the engine does not have much kick, but it is reliable and does not guzzle fuel if driven economically.
        Problems that are likely to arise over time are leaky pressure switches and bad gear linkage but these can be fixed without breaking the bank.

        Parts are cheap and easy to come by due to the cars popularity. It is cheap to run and insure and handles very nicely.

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        09.07.2010 14:53
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        For a cheap, economical car, go for a Corsa

        Well what can I say, I changed to a Corsa after owning a Clio, and what a massive difference between two small cars.

        The Corsa feels much firmer to drive, is more economical and is a lot nicer to look at. The controls within the car are very easy to use as there is nothing complicated or fancy dan about it, it's just a typically efficient German car.

        It is cheap to tax, insure and run, and I normally get around 400 miles from a full tank of petrol. It is a fun car to drive, it's very responsive in terms of steering, acceleration and braking and is particularly nice to drive on a long distance. I often head up to Sheffield/South Yorkshire from the North Norfolk coast, which is about a 300 mile round trip, and I have never once felt uncomfortable or bored while driving the car.

        For a small car, there is plenty of room for legs, and the boot is fairly big as well, I can normally carry 2 very large cricket bags with absolutely no problem.

        Parts are also very cheap if something goes wrong, which has been very rare for me (touch wood!)

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          18.06.2010 17:55
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          A good first car.

          My Corsa was the first proper car I ever bought for myself. I had driven a clapped out 16 year old banger for 6 months after passing my test and decided it was time to buy a decent car.

          At the time I didnt know what I was looking for and after hours of looking at cars in multiple showrooms and on the autotrader I decided that I liked the corsa. For a 17 year old lad it hit all the key areas.

          *** Price ***

          I paid £5000 from a reputable car showroom- it came with 7 days free comprehensive insuarance, 3 years warrantee, 12 months MOT and 12 months tax, plus the standard mats, tank of fuel etc. I feel that it was priced about average for a car with 22000 miles and in such good condition, with the extras. Other costs such as insurance were all quite reasonable considering my age and driving experience- its in a low insurance bracket. Due to the car being quite common parts and repair is very easy and cheap.

          ***Looks***

          The Corsa is, in my opinion, a reasonably good looking car. Mine was dark blue, with colour coded bumpers and the standard Vauxhall alloy wheels. All of which suit the car and very simple and inoffensive. The shape is both practical and good looking. It looks like what it is- a sporty hatchback. I did adapt my Corsa slightly to siut my own tastes- ie tinted windows, front grilles and I had it lowered, none of which cost me much money. There are a good number of different options with regards to the looks of a Corsa.

          ***Performance & Economy***

          The big let down for me with the Corsa is probably what most people would consider a big plus point- it is too easy to drive. I personally love driving and want to feel like im driving the car and for it to be fun, the Corsa, I think anyway, is stupidly boring to drive. Sure its quite quick and nippy for a 1.2l engine and the handling is superb. I dont think you could lose control of the car- and I think thats the problem. I think with economical driving its possible to do 38-40mpg if you drive in such a way- I never acheived this.

          Overall I think this is a good car. Its easy to drive, cheapish to run and insure and I think most people would find it an ideal car.

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            13.05.2010 17:43
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            A great first car!

            I bought my corsa 1.2 3 door sxi in august 2007, as soon as we bought it we found out there was a fault with the car - every time i turned left there was a severe knocking noise, which the garage told me i was making up, until we took it elsewhere and found out the car had been in a major crash and no one had told us - however, this isnt saying there is anything wrong with a corsa, because they are brilliant little cars, i find mine very quick around the city, not really good for motorway driving however, can be quite noisy and 'tinny' mine has done 50k miles and no problems as of yet, although the electrics have gone a few times, and you need to make sure to keep the radiator topped up! which i discovered to my horror one day in the middle of december when the heating stopped working!!
            all in all a really good first car!

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              29.04.2010 04:03
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              A good buy for a first car

              I've owned a 54 reg Corsa of this make for nearly 3 years now, and even though it's my first car I must say I've loved it, though it does have it's flaws.

              The car is very reliable, it has never broken down or not started while I have owned it, and any work done has been minor such as new tyres during a service.

              Personally I find the car quite comfortable, the AC unit is very good, though the seats after time can sink which causes the metal framework to poke at you after a while! However most of the time I don't notice this. It drives very smoothly, the only problem of note would be that the acceleration can sometimes be sluggish. Interior size is also quite impressive, can seat 5 quite easily and there is a good amount of boot space for a hatchback.

              Regarding quality, problems would be the impliments that hold the boot tray up - both of these have subsequently come off in the car and I've had to make makeshift replacements to keep the boot tray up, which otherwise is very annoying while driving. However, I have been driven into once and the rear bumper sustained no damage despite it feeling quite a hard hit so I can vouch for the safety of the vehicle!

              Overall, I have very much enjoyed owning this car, and would recommend it as a great first car. It is reliable, a smooth drive and surprisingly spacious.

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              21.04.2010 23:57
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              recommended for all

              Ive owned this car for about 2months now and love everything about it. I really cant fault it. The benefits are that its a small car so great for new drivers and parking, very light power steering, only £80 to tax for the whole year and cheap insurance which is great since im a 19 year old guy.

              The parts for this car come very cheap. So far ive had no problems with this car. Its very stylish which is always a plus. It comes with a silver center console which is an expensive extra on some models but comes included in the car. With a small car you wouldn't expect to get a big boot but with this car it goes very deep and i manage to fit a pushchair in fine. The car has front and back fog lights making the car safe from the start without you having to spend extra money on it. The car has double locking which makes it very very hard for someone to break into your car.

              There is space for 3 people in the back, true it is a bit of a squeeze but this car wouldn't really be purchased for large families. These cars do retail quite high but id say there so worth the money. Its very reliable and an all around eco friendly car.

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                21.04.2010 16:55
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                perfect for new drivers

                This is a great beginners car. Costing me only £50 a month to insure as a provisional driver and only £90 with a full license its very cheap, however that quote is with my dad on with me, but its only £130 for just me which is very cheap.

                The car comes with ABS
                Double locking, making it impossible for someone to break in without smashing a window
                Front and back fog lights
                Driver and front passenger airbag
                Headlamp leveling
                Only thing i found strange is that it doesn't come with electric windows.
                The car also doesn't have air conditioning and as it only has 2 windows that can be opened, the car gets very hot.
                The speakers that come with the car are very good for standard and can take quite a beating. The radio on the car took me ages to work. The buttons arent very clear and the booklet that came with the car didnt have my radio in. Bit strange.
                After about 2 weeks of buying the car the radio broke, vauxhall said this happened very regularly and almost all of them break (why not make them better) so i took it out and replaced it.
                The car has a plastic front splitter which seems to fall of all the time, again, vauxhall said this happened regularly. This car comes with a silver centre console, but doesn't come with all models and is an expensive extra.
                I was very lucky and got this car for only £1100 of a family friend. These cars retail quite high and ive seen some being sold at £9000!! Do a bit of research before you get one and you can get a bargain.
                The windscreen wipers went really quickly and had to be changed within in a few months. The car has power steering which is a must have for this day and age.
                The car comes with alloy wheels. Many cars they make the handling worse but i notice no difference with this car.
                Although the car is quite small it has a decent sized boo, but this isnt a family car so its easy for a small shop.

                I would recommend this car for a young or elderly driver. Not families.

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                20.03.2010 16:44

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                Good little run around, cheap to run

                My Corsa SXi 1.2 in Black was the first car I bought out right, it was on a 54 plate (6 months old at the time) and was great.
                The inside had everything you need for a little run around, great sound system, the interior was black and modern with ample room in the back for passengers, the boot was a good size for a little car. Enough room for plenty of shopping!!!
                The car came with the SXi alloys which made it look quite sporty. The 1.2 engine was ample for driving around town (the only car Ive been court speeding in!!), The response was good and the cornering was ok.
                They Corsa SXi fell into both lower insurance and low car tax brackets. The tyres were cheap to replace and maintenance was economical. Fuel consumption was good and would be advantagous in the current climate.
                A solid cheap to run/maintance car ideal city car.

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                08.01.2010 16:23
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                A good car with a few faults, quickly forgotten once you step behind the wheel

                The Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 SXI was my first car at 17. Lucky enough to afford a new car, I purchased my gleaming black example and brought it home with an immense feeling of pride. Looking at the car today, six and a half years on, in the hands of my sister and I still feel the same sense of pride. I have to control feelings of anger when I discover my sister does not washing the car on a daily basis as I once had.

                Nicknamed Uh-Oh, on account of the numberplate and my erratic driving, my Corsa gave me a faultless 3 years of driving. Surprisingly nippy for such a small engine, I loved the funky interior, although admittedly this is not to everyone's tastes. Further to this, I have noted that all Vauxhalls, and sadly my old, dear Corsa is no exception, succombe to a very date appearance inside after a couple of years. The silver plastic along the centre console is not as bright as it once was, and the steering wheel/gear stick seem far shinier and worn than it's fairly low (circa 50,000 miles) mileage might suggest.

                Despite this, from the outside, the car is still pleasing on the eye, and doubtless I much prefer the older shape to the recent, blob-like facelift Vauxhall has thrust onto the market. Handling is much like a go-kart, with fairly, low stiff suspension, although this does make for a bit of an uncomfortable ride, especially when coupled with hard seats.

                In summary, I'd strong recommend this car, and after over 6 years we have never had a problem. The car may not be quite as economical as one might expect from a 1.2, and the ride may not be as comfortable as it should be, but if you're willing to overlook these minor faults then ownership of a Corsa SXI will deliver countless rewarding drives.

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