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Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1993‑1997(25 reviews)
A fantastic first car!
Mamajojo | 21st November '13
Well I passed my test a few months ago, at the grand old age of 44! And wanted a car which was easy to drive and also cheap on insurance, well my little corsa ticked all the boxes. I call her Blodwyn as she originates from Wales. She cost me Â£645 and had previously belonged to an old man from new who had drove just 26000 miles and had really looked after her. Not only did she pass her MOT with no advisories but not one spot of rust can be found on her, as the MOT described her " a brand new car with an old reg!"
Blodwyn is a p reg so 16 years old, but she starts first time, all the time. She has no fancy gadgets like power steering but shes that small you don't notice it really. She drives really well, very forgiving. I have read reviews which state it isn't a really comfortable car but i find her very comfortable and she travels well at speed too, no rattle or shaking a little road noise but nothing that bothers me. A bit like a go cart turning sharp corners, but i just take them slow and its fine.
The cabin in very, very basic no cig lighter but i shall be getting one put in soon for my satnav and the radio isn't the best but space wise, it seems larger inside than you'd imagine, quite deceptive really. Boot size is decent enough, holds 8 full carrier bags and would probably hold a small buggy.
Overall i can fault this little car and for a first car it is ideal. Very good on petrol too. It had just over half a tank when i bought it a month ago and it still has near enough te same amount in and thats traveling to work and back each day at a 24 mile round trip.
I highly recomend. I am hoping to keep Blodwyn for quite a while yet but will be looking at a newer corsa when the time comes to replace her, that will be a sad day.
My lovely girl, Corsa 1.4 LS Auto
GergelyB. | 3rd October '13
My lovely girl. I call her like this. Actually she is a red 1.4 automatic corsa. I really love it. I had taken 14 000 miles without any problems. I start with the negative things. The MPG in city traffic is a little bit high, 25 mpg and there is some oil leak on the engine, but it is not loosing it too fast, I do not even need to refill between oilchanges. I would not say it is a big trouble. I think this is all what I do not really like in her. I think it is very spacious for this size cars, trusty, never let me down. I drove it down to Hungary, and back without any troubles. (2500 miles) Highway MPG is 40, including Germany. Very cheap to insure, road tax is not a fortune as well the parts costs peanuts and the 1.4 engine is strong enough for the small bodywork. I love it. Very good, and reliable car.
Small, Reliable, Characterless
Athome | 3rd July '13
I was in a hurry to get another car as transport needed and purchased this 1997 Corsa 1.4 manual about a year ago. First expense was for the ignition unit which failed within a month. Also replaced plugs and HT Leads. Since then it has been reliable. Then a new exhaust was a lot of extra unwanted expense last month.
I need to fit a folded up wheelchair in the car and it is really not big enough. Just can be done in the (very small) boot.
Lack of P.A.S. I find not very good. It is surprisingly heavy to steer when manoeuvring into parking areas for such a small car.
Paintwork fades quickly. I try and get about 3 coats of good quality polish on, but still faded more. (Red paint).
Just never taken to this car. I do not enjoy driving it, just a means of transport. As soon as I can save enough money to get a decent car this Corsa will go.
Not roomy. Very small boot and not roomy inside.
Not a pleasure to drive.
Not fun to park.
Good on petrol.
If you want a small around town car and can manage without P.A.S. it is probably okay. If you want to fill it with a weeks shopping for a family of 4, forget it!
good all rounder
DannyBoy1892 | 2nd July '13
bought it when it was about 10 years old & put over 20k on it in the first year i had it as it was my first car & it didn't really let me down.
drives good enough on the motorways & longer journeys, not many better for short journeys, shopping etc.
easy to customize too & not expensive or complicated to add your own touch.
better looking than some of its rivals, although a fiesta of the same age would beat it on reliability.
c3sgt | 16th June '12
I've had my little green corsa for 9 years now with 220k on the clock!
Still going strong with few problems ever. She's serviced regularly every 5000 miles by myself and what ever needs doing has been done as and when required. The most expensive thing I have had to replace was an remanufactured alternator @ £75!
My only criticism, when I first owned her, was the wallowing suspension which I cured by my own choice replacing the shock absorbers all round with KYB gas filled. Totally transformed the cars handling even without a front anti-roll bar fitted as standard.
My normal commute is a 60 mile round journey in very rural surroundings. This car has never let me down once. It is probably the most economical car I have ever run in terms of total cost per mile. It has taken some abuse along the way even filling it up with logs on more than one occasion.
Unfortunately, she is coming to the end of her life due to corrosion, I shall be sad to see such a reliable old friend go.
Would I recommend a Corsa? Absolutely!
Loved My Corsa
Daryl1993 | 17th April '12
I got an R reg corsa for my first car and i loved owning it. It had no power steering or anything like that but i didnt mind. It was spacious for a 3door and it never broke down. I drove mine over 20,000 miles in one year and it never broke down and started 1st turn of the key everyday
. Fun To Drive
. Looks Good (Best of all corsas if you ask me)
. Look after it and it looks after you
. Works in all weather types
. Good on petrol
. Rear wheel bearings went a few times
. Noisey on motorway but get used to it
If you are going to get your first car or get run around get a corsa b model absolutly fantastic cars and the never go wrong
iandethridge | 18th January '12
Great little car, economical to maintain and in mpg. As with many vauxhalls of this vintage a bit prone to steaming up in damp condittions.
sauliusO | 2nd November '11
im 184cm tall, so it's a little bit too small, not spacious.
I wouldnt be able to drive it for like 5h straight. no space for left foot.
My work is just like 4miles from home so engine is always cold from work and to work, so MPG is very high on cold engine, but when i took it for long drive it showed me good MPG. I own car 3month and no problems at all.
Drives smoothly as such a small car.
Corsa 1.2i Merit 3dr Hatch
rogerS | 12th August '11
Bought one of these three years ago, for our daughter. She wanted something as her first car from passing the driving test, and we found ours privately.
The car was not in first class condition, but it passed the MOT and she drove it around for a while until various things needed looking at. In all, up to now, I have replaced the thermostat, radiator, head gasket, exhaust back box and it has been absolutely fine ever since. Our son owned it for a year when he passed his test and she was at Uni, but now he is at Uni she has reacquired it from him.
I occasionally check the fluid levels and can honestly say it has been very good.
Compared to something newer, the handling is wallowy and the steering is heavy for parking (not powered). It is noisy on rough roads.
But on the positive side it is cheap to insure and run, and there are plentiful spare parts in breakers around the country at sensible prices. If you are handy with a spanner, it is beautifully simple and well designed and makes DIY servicing and repair very straightforward.
An ideal first (or backup) car.
Very good car in everyday use and easy to maintain.
elvinB | 3rd August '11
I know this car for a 3 years and it had never give a problem that i can recall. It is very spacious for the size of the car, including the boot, which is big. The 1.4 engine and the insurance makes this car very cost friendly to run. This car is very smooth on the road with the power assisted steering giving you beautiful handling, and, the extra traction for winter means you are not left by the road side in snowing conditions. In all i would say, This car is a good buy with little extra such as, under seat draws and cup holders built in.
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