This was my first car as an 18 year old male, so I needed something which was cheap to insure. I it is a 2005 model and at the time was of purchase 4 years old. I really would not recomend it as after just under 40000 miles the camshaft snapped breaking half the engine with it. this is a common fault and Vauxhall has since recalled this car model, stating that the camshaft bolts were not tightened enough. Unfortunately for me it had already broken. As you would expect vauxhall refused to pay the £1700 that I payed in repair costs. The good things about the car are that is it easy to park and the clutch is easy to learn if you are a new driver. Everything else is bad, the steering is a vague and has play in it. It is so loud at 70 you need to shout to have a conversation. And the car just rattles and feels like you are going to fall through the floor as you drive along.
I own a 2001 1.0L Corsa Club which I've owned for almost 2 years now. It's a pretty old car but I bought it on a strict budget, based on its reputation for being reliable and economical. It pretty much lived up to this - there have been no major repairs, only a replacement wiper rubber, and the handbrake needed tightening, which is pretty normal for an older car. I'm often amazed at how seldom it requires petrol. The foot controls are very smooth, the gearbox feels good, and it handles very nicely on the road. Certainly a perfect first-time car, great city car, spacious enough for my needs.
The only downsides are it can lack power if I misjudge the gears, and end up struggling up a hill, whereas a more powerful car would probably cope. Then again, it's what you'd expect from a 1L engine, a 1.2-1.4 would be adviseable. Also the suspension bushes appear to be going, which isn't uncommon in this car (from what I've read), which creates a groaning noise at low revs. But they can easily be oiled, which sorts the problem for a while, eventually they'll need replacing, but the parts are inexpensive and it's a relatively simple procedure, shouldn't cost much.
Overall, a good, reliable car which is pleasant to drive and economical to run.
I had a 1.2 SXi Corsa. It is the WORST car I have ever driven. The ride was so harsh, it gave me a trapped nerve in my back. The quality of the car itself is poor.
The engine dropped a valve into the cylinder at 35,000 miles, and as it was out or warranty by 9 months, Vauxhall wouldn't help. they quoted me £3000 for a new engine.
I will never buy a Vauxhall car EVER again for as long as I live. The dealers don't care once they have your money. Prisoners in Guantanamo Bay are treated better than Vauxhall customers.
I owned this V REG 1999 1.0L 12V Club for a year before recently having it written off, not my fault may i add. On petrol it was good, insurance was ok for me being 21. When i got the car for a bargain i didnt realise the radiator was knackerd, dont know anything about cars i drove it for two months with it over heating like mad god only knows how the little beast didnt explode. so after two months had to have the radiator changed. 2 weeks later it was over heating again. money was tight so i kept driving it for 6 months turns out it had an oil leek...again is survived my abuse. i got a friend to do me a full service so it wasnt so bad. The first M.O.T I put it though would of cost me 500 pound for wear and tear parts (about everything needed replacing) but again my friend got it though the M.O.T for 150 pound, shows how much garages rob. so in about 6 months the car cost me more than it was worth. BUT...It still went like a tank though my ignorance untill the day a brand new car pulled into my lane and hit me head on from end caved in...everyone was ok but the car completly written off. I cannot really slag the car off coz it with stood all my mechanical abuse. Would never have another one but for a first car its cheap just not me. its im my oppinion second in the list of chavvy boy racer cars behind the saxo and im not the sterotipical 21 year old racer even tho my insurance doesnt look at it that way!! ANYWAY Im getting a PT CRUISER...GOOD BYE AND HAPPY CORSAING
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