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Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 2000‑2007

4.2 (160 reviews)
160 reviews for Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 2000‑2007
Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 2000‑2007
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Not the car for a boy racer or big family. Drive it sensibly, great.

Vauxhall Corsa

CORSAFAN | 1st March '17

Some years ago I bought one of the first edition corsas to come on the market. It was a 1.2 model. I am a part time builder and regularly used to tow a trailer with building materials. I had it for several years until some joker ran into it and wrote it off. My next vehicle was an Astra van, but when the Corsa combo made it's appearance I jumped at it. That was on 2008 and still use it today. Never a fault. I have also my other car which is a 1.2 twinport that the camshaft siezed. The only thing to go wrong with it. But a complete engine rebuild and it's as sweet as anything. A jag it isn't, a large estate car it isn't. It's a 1.2 twinport: Drive it sensibly, no boy racing and it will take you smoothly where you want to go without fuss. If you are 20 stone and your wife even bigger, If you have a nagging wife, three kids and two dogs don't buy one, If you are a normal easy going couple with two dachsunds and the occassional parent...Perfect. But then I am 60!

4.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Not the car for a boy racer or big family. Drive it sensibly, great.

Vauxhall Corsa

CORSAFAN | 1st March '17

Some years ago I bought one of the first edition corsas to come on the market. It was a 1.2 model. I am a part time builder and regularly used to tow a trailer with building materials. I had it for several years until some joker ran into it and wrote it off. My next vehicle was an Astra van, but when the Corsa combo made it's appearance I jumped at it. That was on 2008 and still use it today. Never a fault. I have also my other car which is a 1.2 twinport that the camshaft siezed. The only thing to go wrong with it. But a complete engine rebuild and it's as sweet as anything. A jag it isn't, a large estate car it isn't. It's a 1.2 twinport: Drive it sensibly, no boy racing and it will take you smoothly where you want to go without fuss. If you are 20 stone and your wife even bigger, If you have a nagging wife, three kids and two dogs don't buy one, If you are a normal easy going couple with two dachsunds and the occassional parent...Perfect. But then I am 60!

4.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Spend spend spend

Vauxhall Corsa

debdeb | 7th June '16

I bought this car as it was low mileage and full service history. Within 6 days the water pump needed replacing. Then the battery a couple weeks later, then the alternator a few more days later. Then the timing chain. I was back and forth to the garage and trying to run a business where I needed my car. It sailed through the MOT though!!! Anyway its been making an awful noise for ages and nobody wants to look at it, keep telling me the engine management light is coming on as it is a common fault with corsas. Now been told the head gasket has gone so I am going to find myself an astra again as was spoilt with my last one and wish I had never got rid of it :(.

3.3/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

3.0/5

Running cost

3.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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money pit

Vauxhall Corsa

maz51 | 19th March '16

corsa lovely little drive, but ive never had my hand out of my pocket for repairs, headgaskett was the biggest one and its a common problem as is the car letting lots of rain in,my advice steer cleer especially the older models

3.3/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

3.0/5

Running cost

2.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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stay away

Vauxhall Corsa

dutumarcel | 12th March '16

Stay away from corsa c's. I bought this as my first car with the first hard earned money as a graduate. Should have kept cycling and saved up for a VW Golf.

I have had it for 5 months. Since I got it every month something went wrong. Wipers not working, mirror mechanism broke down, water pump went and then came time for the mot. Failed on a lot of things and cost me a lot to repair. Those include, both front suspension wishbones, cv joints, brakes, lights. I understand that some of these are consumables, but according to the vehicles past they were changed. I can only assume they were either poor quality parts, or the garages where it was fixed did a bad job.

A month after the mot, the car breaks down again this time engine light goes on and it's running on 3 cylinders... Mind you car was just serviced (new filters and oil and the servicing intervals were kept every 10.000 prior to me buying it). FYI the car has 66k miles. Now i need to go back into service... God knows how much it costs..

As per the actual having the car while it's not broken down.. It's ok around town. Slow and noisy over 2000 rpm at any speed. (I have the 1.2 twinport). Guzzles fuel in town. I drive like a granny and do all the hypermiling possible. I get around 270 miles a 44L tank... disgusting. At motorway speeds, it's fine at 50. Anything more, wind, engine, tyre noises are ridiculous. Fuel consumption goes again through the roof. I am 5.5 and can't sit comfortably in it no matter how i adjust the seats. Mind you, on mine, the steering wheel is fixed. It has plenty of boot space for a person, maybe two. It squeaks and rattles with every bump in the road. Speaking of which, it is dreadful on anything than smooth tarmac. Cornering is decent though but can feel the body roll a bit.

Overall, I would say I am extremely dissatisfied with it. So far, for the similar amount of money I paid each month to keep it running, I could have got a nearly new car in the same segment via finance.

2/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

1.0/5

Running cost

1.0/5

How it drives

3.0/5
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Great Little Car

Vauxhall Corsa

Charlie1975 | 28th February '16

What can I say, it's a great road handler, as nippy around town as it is across Snake Pass (A57) Sheffield to Manchester! Great acceleration, loves to rev… And I'm getting 40mpg around town and easily 50mpg on trips down the M1 to my Mums. Keep it at 70mph and under 4000rpm and it's 50mpg ALL DAY LONG! *Shell Optimax VPower in the tank always!I love this little car!

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Great first car

Vauxhall Corsa

connordavis7744 | 16th February '16

I have a well looked after 2006 Corsa and have owned it for nearly 3 months. I have a good speck with all of the silver trims on it and 1/2 leather seats, which suit the car well. I mostly use the car around town and occasionally take it on a motorway, and it does both of them well.

When i'm at a set of lights I sometimes have to look at the rev-counter to see whether the car is still on, so no complaints about refinement.

The only downside is with 4/5 people in the car, the suspension does struggle little bit, but that is expected as it is a small car.

If they are well maintained they will be a good car.

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Corsa C 1.2 SXI 3 Door

Vauxhall Corsa

LewisC123 | 31st January '16

Pros:

Great running costs (can get 350/400 miles out of a full tank)

Insurance and Tax don't break the bank either

Cons:

Road/Wind noise is too loud, you get to about 50/60pmh and have to turn up the radio.

High repair bills, have spent over 1000 pounds in the 1.5 years I have owned the car.

The car steams up a lot, you have to put the blowers on full and open the window for 5/10 minutes when you first use it, I have had to pull over at the side of the road to get out and wipe the inside of the windows clear because you can't see (apparently this is a common corsa problem)

The foot well in the front gets damp as well (also a common corsa problem)

Space in the back is a bit on the tight side.

Would I buy another- No, I don't think I'll buy another vauxhall again, unless they make a big change

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. Spend an extra 500 poundsand buy a Seat or a Mazda, you'd be suprised.

3/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

2.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

3.0/5
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2005 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Twinport

Vauxhall Corsa

Nathan19941511 | 27th September '15

This was my very first car and in my opinion on of the best first cars to own. Mine was 1.2 Twinport Design 3 door.

Starting with practicality it will take 4 adults with ease. The boot is adequate for the size of car will easily take a weeks worth of shopping.

Reliability is the only down side to this car. Mine has had a whole world of trouble in the 3 years I have owned it. To start off with it had a head gasket failure, then the timing chain needed changing at 80,000, so the car was off the road for 2 weeks near enough while the garage repaired it. Also I have water in the drivers footwell which is a common fault on Corsa C's can't afford the have the cause fixed which is a broken seal in the brake servo so having to wet vac the car about once a week but has caused the carpet to go mouldy and to develop holes, water has also gone onto the electrics and shorted out the airbag warning lights, handbrake light and shorted the air conditioning switch all have been replaced but another �200 wasted

Running costs are extremely good put in �50 worth of fuel and can get about 400 miles out of the tank so it averages about 40-48 mpg not matter how you drive it

Finally for a 1.2 it is pretty quick 0-60 in 11.8 seconds third quickest in its class behind the 1.2 Fiat Punto Sporting and 1.33 Toyota Yaris but feels quicker. Surprised many people at the lights in there 1.4's and odd 1.6 only problem is you seem to lose performance in 3rd gear as the car only has 81 pound feet of torque and could do with a 6th gear on a motorway as cruising at 70 the revs are around the 4000 rpm mark but that's expected at the car only has a top speed of 109 mph

Overall very good first car but make sure you do a full check on the car before you buy it otherwise there will be hidden faults as I found out

4.5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

3.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Was great at the time

Vauxhall Corsa

MrXYZ | 12th June '15

Bought 71600 miles £1450, traded in 3 years later 127500 miles £200.

Reliable, suitable at the time, never missed a beat till near the end, exhaust went twice in 5 months, £400 a time.

Being a 1l needed to drop gears to get up hills but was still a faihful runner.

3.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

3.0/5

How it drives

3.0/5
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