Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback?
Corsas have proved themselves very tough, sturdy little cars, and there are no particular areas of weakness, although we have heard of a few failures with the power steering rack.
However, it's vitally important to check that any prospective purchase (where necessary) has had its cambelt changed every 40,000 miles. Failure to do so could result in major damage, and an equally major bill.
According to What Car?'s reliability surveys, Vauxhalls as a whole are all-but tied with Fords in terms of their reliability, just below average. The only slight disappointment is that, when problems occur, Vauxhalls take more time and money to fix. However, the omens for the Corsa are good, as the previous generation was one of the 20 most reliable cars on Warranty Direct's fleet.