1997 Opel Corsa Viva 1.0 12V from UK and Ireland


Cheap fun


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


Get something else..


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


A rather decent small car


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


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.