Opel Tigra Reviews from UK and Ireland

1999 Opel Tigra coupe 1.4L petrol

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4L petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles

Summary:

Nice machine, the one I wanted for sure

Faults:

Since I've had it the following things have gone wrong; heater radiator developed a hole, leaked all over the interior, very expensive to replace & clean.

Engine radiator and thermostat had to be replaced. had to replace the exhaust from the manifold.

Replaced the headlights as the standard lights weren't up to the job, not near bright enough.

General Comments:

Interior, dated by todays standards, driving position is fully adjustable with good visibility and reasonably good comfort. Don't even think about taking passengers in the back, people always hit their heads when they get into the back. Not designed for the very tall driver.

Exterior, looks amazing and still gets looks even though it's years old, very easy to make it look as good as any new car out these days.

Performance & handling OK I guess, this is my first car, there's plenty of speed under the bonnet, but it takes a while to get up to speed, not much feel from the brakes compared to other cars. Car has a tendency to rise on the inside back wheel when going around corners quickly. Beware of speed-bumps and potholes, I feel every knock in the road in mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th October, 2006

1995 Opel Tigra 1.6 1.6

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

Like playing Russian roulette with repairs

Faults:

Cam belt tensioner failed at 30,000 miles, new engine fitted for free by Opel.

Differential bearings failed at 45,000, I fitted a secondhand gearbox from a Corsa GSi.

AGR valve for emission control is sticking, replaced with a new one.

ABS light stays on, but do not know the cause.

General Comments:

Like most people I love the car despite its faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2001

1997 Opel Tigra XE 1.4 16v petrol

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10

Faults:

Condensation in headlamps. 3 sets of replacements didn't cure the problem. All replacements under warranty.

Headlamp leveller motor replaced.

Oil pump gasket and pump replaced outside of warranty. Water pump replaced, outside of warranty.

Cam belt replaced, as above.

Paint chipping badly.

Latest (15/03/99), cold start problems, due back to dealer later this week.

General Comments:

I actually like this car, the look, the way it handles, the economy. It is however a flawed gem, and all the kings' horses and men can't seem to fix it satisfactorily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st March, 1999

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews