1994 Vauxhall Corsa Merit 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Good first or second car, but definitely not for the over 25's
Wheel balancing and alignment. Fault manifested itself in shaking steering wheel above 65 MPH.
New bushes and hub.
When the engine is cold it takes longer than it should for the auto gear box to select second gear.
Window seals poor. In rainy weather and with passengers, it's always misting up.
Not a scrap of rust on the car; even the wheel arches.
However the auto gear box gives very little control over the car, especially on declines. Thus, you're driving on the brakes which of course, wears them out quickly. Plus the brakes seem a little 'skinny' to me.
Pleasant drive on the motorway and can cruise at 80 MPH easily. London driving a little more arduous, though it does have a 'nippy' engine.
The interior is laughably poor. No clock or rev counter. No back speakers, but plenty of flimsy plastic. Certainly no good for impressing the ladies.
Overall, you get what you see. A reliable, unremarkable run around that is economical on repairs and fuel, but doesn't handle as well as its Japanese counterparts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th July, 2005
6th Nov 2007, 04:40
Although mine has done very little miles (13, 000 when I bought it not even 6 months ago) there seems to be a fault with the steering-very shaky when reached 70 mph, accompanied by a worrying engine sound.
May have something to do with the wheels, I think they need balancing, or maybe the fact that it only has 4 gears?