1998 Opel Corsa 1.0 12v Swing 1.0 12 Valve from Portugal


German quality with some unadvantages


This car is used mainly in city tough from time to time goes from Portugal to Poland and vice-versa (7.000 Km trip).

After 12.500 Kilometres the main problem was the E.G.R valve (exhaust gas recirculation) which made the engine idle erratically and the car shake like jelly!

Solved with an accurate cleaning to the valve. (new part costs around 300 Euros)

Lights in the heating control buttons fail quite often. (very difficult to replace).

Horn button plastics in the steering wheel torn easily.

Wheel rims have a tendency to loose colour.

Special alloy wheels easily get dented and damaged.

The same goes for paint finish.

Seat rails seem quite weak.

General Comments:

I managed to do several times a 4.5 litters average.

Very much economical engine.

Solid built in spite of some pour plastics inside.

Quite ergonomically and pleasant interior.

Good road manners and brakes.

Good equipment in Swing version (pity for the lack of a central locking button in the dashboard and remote key).

Good visibility in every angle.

Nice radio and display.

Small pedals and to close to each other.

Heavy steering (without power assistance).

Heavy doors (at least in the 3 doors version).

If you have possibility to fix your Corsa (or Vauxhall for our British friends) in a good mechanic and electrician go for it!

Only Fiat Punto 60 can reach the Corsa fuel average.

If you're expecting a pocket rocket... forget it!

Corsa 1.0 it's good for those who need a really economical car and cannot (or don't want) to afford a Diesel car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2003

27th Oct 2004, 07:05

This car is now 95.500 km. Until now it was needed to replace only the oil pressure sensor.

The left horn button is thorned and one of the lights for the heating system has faded away.

Disc brakes must be replaced.

26th Nov 2007, 06:04


This car was sold in September 2007 with 117.000 km. After 4 and a half years driving I must say it was not disappointing. Accomplished his mission of transporting me and my family from A to B without great problems and always with good fuel consumption. Negative aspects? The engine 1.0 12 valve ECOTEC is slow and has some electronic problems with EGR Valve and Air Mass Meter. Inside the materials were almost as new and didn't had too many noises.

Was changed because it was to small for a family and the boot was really small for our needs.

1998 Opel Corsa Swing 1.0 12v from Portugal


Good build


Timing Chain

Complete Exhaust change (very expensive)

Back bulb have blow.

General Comments:

The Car is well built and can be driven in fields like a tank and still goes on... but... Opel dealer service is the worst I have come across (if it was not for strength of build I would not even think of Opel ever again)

The service of Opel is one of the most expensive of all makes!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th July, 2002

1998 Opel Corsa Viva 1.0 from UK and Ireland




Electrical wiring.. causing car to catch fire and burn up.. after only one year of ownership.

General Comments:


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2000