The best early 90's hot hatch
Oil sump guard damaged and removed.
Problem with internals of the oil sump, took a long time for Vauxhall to diagnose.
Water pump failure.
The dreaded rusty arches.
Minor electrical gremlins.
Drivers seat side bolster wears badly.
Brake pad warning always on in the trip computer panel.
Wiper motor failures, front and back.
All in all a classic hot hatch.
Rapid in the dry, unruly in the wet.
Incredible build quality, new cars rattle more.
Still looks amazing with big alloys and lower suspension, real road prescence.
Very easy to work on and make repairs yourself.
Good handling in long sweeping bends, poor in tight corners though.
Bone jarring ride quality.
Great trip computer and dashboard.
F20 gearbox very good (for a Vauxhall).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2001