Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback?
The youngest examples came with a three-year warranty. However, don’t think newer Corsas sold in the years when Vauxhall offered a 'lifetime' warranty will be covered, because this wasn’t transferrable between owners.
Be sure to buy a Corsa that’s been properly looked after, with a nice, fully stamped up service book. Check the log book to see who the first owner was, because lots were bought by fleets or run as hire cars, and these examples are more likely to have been abused by their drivers.
The six-speed manual gearbox can be problematic; if there’s rattling then the bearings are worn and it’ll require a replacement. To prevent this happening, the gearbox requires its oil changed with every service.
Rear brake discs are known to seize due to a sticky hand brake linkage: replacement calipers are around £160.
Suspension top mounts are a common failure. Many need replacing within two to three years, or as little as 10,000 miles. Fortunately, they’re not expensive to fix, and the replacement parts seem to last much longer.
Is a used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback reliable?
While the Vauxhall Corsa isn’t without its problems, that’s true of most of its direct rivals, too. It also performs well when it comes to consumables.
Data from CAP Derwent suggests that the Corsa is better than average for electrics, bulbs, wiper blades, air conditioning servicing and brake discs, although it isn’t quite as good as some of its contemporaries when it comes to brake pad wear.