1993 Vauxhall Corsa Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1993 Vauxhall Corsa LS 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Excellent economic car

Faults:

Track rod end replaced 1 year after I got it. Replaced and fitted for £27.

Front driver side road spring cracked prior to purchase. Replaced for £12.

General Comments:

Compared to my previous car, Vauxhall Nova, this car was a bit slower. But after driving this thing for a while it shows it's speed when driven correctly.

Handling is a bit light with bog standard tires. Steering, however, is extremely light for a car with no power steering.

Hate the fact that the wheel arch trims fade to almost white, but a touch of back to black sorts that out.

Interior is very basic, but it does great for a little no claims bonus earner and is a great economic little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2002

1993 Vauxhall Corsa GLS 1.2i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

Good little car which suits anyone

Faults:

Reversing light switch broke meaning no reversing lights which was replaced shortly after I purchased the car.

Hole appeared in driver side railing of the chassis due to excessive corroding (MOT Failure). Cause was due to production fault in early Corsa's where rain entered chassis through bonnet and couldn't get out. Fixed at Mot with simple welding over hole at reasonable cost.

Rear brakes leaked fluid over rear wheels (MOT Failure) due to washer wearing out. Cheap to fix, but needed new brake shoes.

General Comments:

This car drives like a dream even after 95,000 miles and is not too sluggish when accelerating from a standing start.

Engine produces fairly high levels of torque for a 1.2 which makes it quicker than most other cars of the same engine size.

The easiest car to parallel park and reverse. The view out of the back window is not as limiting as in some newer more modern cars.

Has enormous amounts of steering lock so getting out of tight spaces is a mere doddle.

Very economical with 35mpg on most journeys.

Handles well for a small car although not as good as new Fiesta's and Saxo's.

Not the most exciting car to drive, but certainly wins my vote because it looks sleek and gets me from 'A' to 'B'.

Seats are very comfortable and don't show signs of wear, a good driving position is easy to find.

There is plenty of headroom as I am 6'2 and nowhere near to banging my head. Plenty of space for any size passenger in the rear and the boot is of an acceptable size. It fits a golf trolley, golf bag and clubs in with room for another trolley.

Overall I am pleased with my 'L' reg Corsa and am looking forward to purchasing their nippy 1.4 SRI.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2002

4th Oct 2010, 12:26

Can someone tell me where I top my water up on my Corsa 1.4 GLS L reg please?

1993 Vauxhall Corsa LS 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Good all round car

Faults:

Head gasket required replacing at 73000 miles as water was leaking into the pistons.

Original battery replaced at 74000 miles.

General Comments:

Very economical and very cheap to maintain.

Surprisingly good on the motorway.

Still stylish for its age.

Rust is not a problem.

Shame about the black fading to almost white on the wheel arch trim.

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

Review Date: 9th October, 2002

1993 Vauxhall Corsa LS 1.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Economic, sturdy, nippy, practical

Faults:

Replaced the handbrake cable at 45,000 miles.

Replaced the clutch at 80,000 miles.

Some minor rust problems, rectified at 85,000 miles.

General Comments:

Fantastic little car. Economical and nippy.

Test drove the 1.5d LS (lacked power), 1.5td GLS as well (comes with nice extras including two more doors). Would have preferred the GLS, but the 3 door was enjoyable to drive.

The 1.5td engine pack more punch than the smaller petrol engines, and costs less to run.

Sparse in way of gadgets and extras, but offset by seriously low maintenance costs.

If you need a reliable car without worrying about running and maintenance costs - then this is the car car for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th January, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 16 reviews