Used Vauxhall Tigra Coupe 1994 - 2001 reliability

Category: Coupé

Not bad looking, and cheap to run, but too small

Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (94 - 01)
  • Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (94 - 01)
  • Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (94 - 01)
Used Vauxhall Tigra Coupe 1994 - 2001 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Tigra coupe?

The Tigra gained a reputation for unreliability. There are problems with the electrics, engine, suspension and brakes

So, your first priority should be to look for a full service history, as it shows the car has been cared for and should ward off one major headache, head gasket problems. Look for sludge on the inside of the oil filler cap, too; as long as there's none there, you should be fine. The cambelt also needs changing every 40,000 miles, so check when it was last done.

When test driving, check for steering wheel play and listen for knocks and thumps from the suspension. Also look at the tyres for uneven wear - this could also indicate suspension issues. Check all switches and control work correctly and inspect the boot because the tailgate has a habit of leaking.

Finally, there were a number of safety recalls on the Tirga, so check with the servicing dealer to make sure the work has been done.

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