1997 Opel Corsa Reviews

1997 Opel Corsa Viva 1.0 12V from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.0 12V Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles

Summary:

Cheap fun

Faults:

Something wrong with hand brake, doesn't always stop car from rolling backwards on hills.

General Comments:

Surprisingly quick for 1.0, good economy too.

Some body roll in corners, but overall, quite a comfortable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2010

1997 Opel Corsa City 1.2L petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2L petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

Get something else..

Faults:

At night dims would flick to full beam every time you hit a bump or use your indicators.

Engine would stall at 40mph for no apparent reason.

A lot of road noise.

Windows fog up very easily, and take ages to clear.

Car starts to shake violently at 75mph.

Cabin too small with very little storage space.

General Comments:

Good acceleration.

Brilliant as a small town car.

Glad to be rid of it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2008

1997 Opel Corsa Swing 1.4 16v from Greece

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Ritmo

Summary:

A rather decent small car

Faults:

At 12500 Km a leak from the car's refrigeration circuit was slowly draining the system of liquid. Needed liquid fill-up every 10 days;

The car's fridge was changed under guarantee; the problem recurred a year later. Final solution; a replacement plastic coated leak-prevention ring, at the tube connecting fridge and engine.

No other malfunction so far.

General Comments:

Fast car;

The build quality is good;

Good brakes;

Mediocre road grip;

Does not negotiate steep turns well.

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

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

1997 Opel Corsa GSi 1.6 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Cam timing belt.

Fuel pump relay.

Water pump.

Egr valve.

Stopped speedo.

Trim and paint fade due to conditions in Australia.

General Comments:

Aside from the faults the car is fun to drive, and I have increased the performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 1999

8th Oct 2007, 13:21

Purchased a 1997 Corsa 130ie in March, 2007. Doesn't start in the morning in winter. Local South African agents cannot solve the problem. Has cost me R3 000 to-date, and car will not work.

Will never buy Opel (GM) ever again, nor will recommend to anyone I know.

Opel sucks.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews