2003 Opel Corsa C 3 door 1.7 DTi turbo diesel 16v


A great German super-mini


Nothing has gone wrong with the car, except a key warning that lights up on the dash once a year, maybe only 3-4 time since I bought the car.

General Comments:

A very good looking car. My car had the 1.7 DTi 16v 75HP diesel engine; very economical and always starts up, no matter how cold the weather is in winter.

The engine is a bit noisy when cold at idle, but I like the diesel sound anyway, so no problem. Pulls like a train after the turbo kicks in 2500 RPM. I like this Corsa and the 1.7 DTi engine so much that I have bought another one of these for my brother.

Fuel consumption is about 5-6 litres when used in town.

I would recommend anyone that is thinking of buying one, to get one.

I've used my car for 100.000km and changed the belts just in case.

By the way, the steering is soft and responsive. The air-con is superb and all the electrics in and out never failed.

A good looking run around, easy to park, buy one!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2014

1998 Opel Corsa Swing 1.4


A Classical Mini like VW Beetle


Never been stranded by this car.

Thermostat is changed at 85.000 km (in 2003)

Central heating tap changed at 90.000 km

Exhaust pipes and silencers (excluding catalytic converter) completely changed at 92.000 km. (in 2004)

Horn buttons on the steering wheel are torn in 2003 (78.000 km) although I rarely used them.

General Comments:

Engine is very reliable, but reluctant to produce torque when it is cold. Best performance between 3000-4000 rpm. No motor noise is heard in the cabin, but if the road is not smooth enough, you hear a lot of tyre noise. This car is very comfortable if the road conditions are not too bad. Not a long distance cruiser of course, but very practical and agile in the city. Steering wheel and gear lever doesn't make the driver get tired. Headlamps are enough for city usage, but weak for a long distance drive. Easy to drive, comfortable as a compact car, but not make you feel safe over 120 kmph. Plastic equipment is satisfactorily good. But horn buttons on the steering wheel were torn at the end of the 3rd year. This is a common problem of this car. I didn't see a Corsa above 4 years yet that those buttons aren't torn. Air conditioning system is free of problems even at very hot weather. Fuel consumption is very low. (sometimes 5.5 liters outside the city with AC in summer) Break system never failed. Date/hour/temperature/radio channel display is very useful. Radio is changeable with an MP3/CD player. If you do this, you can still use the car display for the date/hour and temperature. Good speaker system with 4 speakers and two tweeters, but you feel the lack of cross overs. The car's overall performance is very good for this class. I have never regret because of buying this car. If I would buy a mini, I would buy a Corsa again without hesitation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2004