1995 Opel Tigra XE 1.4 petrol from Greece

Summary:

A sleek little head turner

Faults:

Power locks failed, speedometer went dead, oil pump gasket blew, airbag problem, engine would switch off (even while driving!) due to fuel injection relay, recalled twice to change cam-belts and tensioner. all this in the first year and all covered by warranty. after that nothing for 2 years then secondary air injection blew, ripped it out no need for it. then all OK for another 4 years. this year (2004) cooling system problems, lines had to be replaced and the radiator cost 250 euro. vibrating brake pedal and steering column while braking changed front disk brakes and pads, but problem still insisted took it back to the dealer and got corrected (don't know how) cost 300 euro. leaks in tailgate when it rains hard. exhaust has been changed 3 times in all these years, have noticed a ticking sound lately coming from somewhere inside the dash board, but not very annoying.

General Comments:

The car is great, it still turns heads after all these years. road handling is very good suspension is a little tight, room in cabin is satisfactory. no noise from cabin, interior quality is very good. I have been very sentimentally attached to my tigra, even if I got a new car I would think twice about giving it away. I read about all the problems the tigra's have, but mine did not have that many, I have no sunroof or ABS or air conditioning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2004

1995 Opel Tigra 1.6 petrol from Malta

Summary:

A good ride for a dude

Faults:

Water started coming in from the tail gate drain system. All the back seats where getting filled with water and the seat belt metal sections got rusty.

General Comments:

I love the car's shape.. it is very nice, but sometimes I ask if it's really worth the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

28th Apr 2013, 05:35

Exactly the same happened to my Opel Tigra. My back seats were soaking, and now the memory went in my car, which prevented the car from starting, which meant it had to be recoded.

1995 Opel Tigra 1.6 1.6 from UK and Ireland

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

1995 Opel Tigra 1.6 16v from Netherlands

Faults:

Oil pump gasket had to be replaced.

Condensation in the headlights.

Some electrical problems (the engine gets an engine failure light warning and the engine shuts down, after few minutes it's all okay again!)

General Comments:

Nice car, but seems to have a lot of problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2001

1995 Opel Tigra 1.4i 16v petrol from Malta

Faults:

The timing belt and rollers had to be changed after 18k miles because of a manufacturing stage defect. Change made for free.

Cold starts not always perfect. Petrol additive necessary.

Brakes, tyres and fuel filter demand routine inspection.

Paint - especially bonnet paint - chips easily.

General Comments:

Looks are its biggest asset; dare I say it will get noticed before other much more luxurious or sporty coupes.

Car is rather quick for its engine capacity, offers good road holding.

There are several factory supplied engine modifications to enhance performance. Fuel regulator turns performance factors onto a new page.

The only thing I dislike is that it's an unbearable heat absorber in the summer. If you want one air-con is a must.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 1999