This is my second Tigra CC. I bought it in spring 2009 when the dealer offered a 33% discount (and full trade in value on my old Tigra). It's not a sports car and if you realise this, then it's great. It's quick enough in most situations and the road holding is very good. I drive with the roof down ALL the time unless it is raining and use it mainly for urban driving. I've done a 400 mile trip in one day and I was surprised how well it coped on the motorway and I didn't have any back ache at the end.
The Tigra is very cheap to run. Insurance is very low, fuel consumption is usually 40+ and servicing has been quite cheap as well.
I've had no problems at all except for a cracked windscreen which the repairer said had been incorrectly fiited when the car was built. My previous Tigra was having some problems with the roof mechanism / electrics when I sold it but otherwise was totally reliable.
The Tigra is very much under rated by people who should know better. The reason I think, is the Vauxhall badge. Use the car as a fun, open air drive and you will see how good it is.
I was lucky to be one of the first people in the uk to get one of these cars - lucky for me it was a company car too as the electrics were terrible! The boot was also electric and very unreliable.... meaning don't ever leave your valuables in this car as you may not be able to close it manually!!! The electric windows also packed up on a regular basis. The car is amazing looking and drives superb - mine was pretty fast! The Top Gear reviews said this car was better than the 1.8!!! The emissions are low so tax was really good too. The best feature is having the hard top / convertible roof that takes seconds to go down into the boot space. On the whole being a girl and having it in yr 20's was pretty cool. Mine was the baby blue metalic - I now have a hard top car and i am eager to have another convertible - audi tt or porsche boxter (In my dreams)
I ordered my Tigra 1.4 Sport in September 2004 after seeing one at the motor show in May but hadn't actually driven one. I had previously owned two Corsas which I was happy with so had an idea of what it would be like.
The car suffered from the odd rattle and creak which I put down to the fact that is was a convertible, but these gradually got worse and came on top of electrical problems (the roof and boot stopped working, the driver's door window stopped dropping when the door was opened and then both windows stopped working).
It went back to the dealer five times in two weeks to get these resolved. After putting up with the rattling from the front and rear suspension, a creaking roof, all the electrical problems and a minor incident involving a Ford Focus, I decided enough was enough.
Roof-down, the Tigra was a fun car to drive and certainly turned heads, but all the problems I'd had outweighed the positives, and in June this year I traded it in for a new Corsa Design which doesn't appear to have a single creak or rattle so far.
I have owned my Tigra for just over two months now. It is a joy to drive. It's so smooth especially for a convertable and is so easy to drive. The clutch is so light.
I chose the 1.4 Exclusive as I was looking for something economical and it has exceeded my expectations in that department. I am averaging 49mpg - which consists of a daily rush hour commute to and from work and country road driving.
I have experienced no problems - in fact, the car feels really solidly built. Don't let the badge on the front put you off, this really is an excellent car. It's cheap to run, insurance is cheap and with the savings I made on my insurance I also took out GAP insurance in case of the car being written off from back-end shunts and damaging the roof mechanism.
I have found no problems with the electronic boot, although I agree it would be good if you could close it from inside the car. The boot is also a good size with the roof up or down and the cubby hole behind the seats is excellent for extra storage. I have found the stereo to be good and have found no difference with the roof down.
The car really does turn heads, especially in flame red with the silver targa roof. I have had a number of cars now, including a Mini Cooper and a Peugeot 206cc and the Tigra is a much better car in every respect.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!