2000 Vauxhall Tigra 1.4


I love my Tigra... Please Vauxhall, sort the electrics


My car has been brilliant for 6 years I've owned it. A reliable good drive. Even with a small boot, with the back seat down I can get an adult pushbike and lots of baggage in there.

A few problems through the years, mainly electrics... have had the problem of the engine light on; had diagnostics saying all was OK... but not... Anyway took it to one garage and they found a penny lodged in the cigarette lighter. But I had a new sensor any way.

The last 3 years the car has passed its MOT with no repairs beforehand.

I love my Tigra, but now I have a problem with a new battery being drained overnight. I have looked for lighting that may stay on overnight... found that my heater knob has a light on that does not go off after turning the ignition off... so had that disconnected... had the new battery checked & it's OK... So still looking for the problem of the drained battery every day. I jump start in the morning & after driving around it charges. I go to my car in the evening & start the engine... fine... but then every morning at 6am I try to start it, but NO... so I don't know what I will do.

Don't like the shape of the newer models... 2000 year is the best look.

If I resolve the electrics problem, I will keep my Red Tigra.

General Comments:

I love the shape and I love the name. My Tigra has been very reliable; had it 6 years, and it likes long drives.

The electrics seem to be main problem with this car in general.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2016

2000 Vauxhall Tigra 1.4


Absolutely love it


General wear only.

General Comments:

Had the car from new, and love it.

Very reliable, and only had to buy a new battery after owning it for 10 years.

Economical petrol wise.

Performs well on motorway and round about town.

Good size boot, and it's remarkable what you can get in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2012

2000 Vauxhall Tigra 1.4 16v


Gorgeous but problems!


I bought this car 3 weeks ago, and it was running perfect. It was £2790, which is dear enough for a W reg.

It only has 40,000 miles on it, but when I have been driving it, the engine light keeps coming on and it keeps juddering.

I have taken it back to the garage today, and they sent it to get fixed. They changed a seal on it and said that I wouldn't have any more problems; 2 hours later the engine light was back on and the temperature gauge was in the RED!! Dangerous!!

It will be going back tomorrow... no doubt I will get fobbed off and told there is no problem... until my warranty is finished next week.

Can anyone tell me what the problem might be, and if it is easy to repair? I don't have the money to be splashing out on new engines. If it carries on I'm hoping I have a case with Trading Standards.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th May, 2008

27th Jun 2008, 03:39

I am just having the same problems with mine and I have had mine for 5 years now, again though it is a W reg. My mechanic is coming out tonight to diagnose it so I will post response tomorrow.


9th Jul 2008, 13:53

I had a w reg 1.4 tigra and it was trouble since the day I bought it - such a mistake. It started to judder and then the cambelt went resulting in it needing a new engine. A month later, the temp gauge went into the red and I kept having to pull over and fill the water tank after every 15 minutes. I then got a mechanic to look at the car and he said the head gasket had gone resulting in a £1200 bill. These cars can be more expensive to repair than to buy and in the long run, its just not worth the hassle.

2nd Sep 2008, 07:52

Hi I've got an S reg Tigra Chequers, I've just had to have a new engine, BUT the engine management light keeps coming on and the car is losing acceleration and constantly judders. In fact the juddering is getting worse. I've taken it back to the garage and they fitted a new gasket, but I wasn't even a mile down the road when it started again. I just wish it would get better.