1994 Vauxhall Corsa LS 1.4i from UK and Ireland


The corsa is a brilliant little car


The catalytic converter needed replacing at 102,000,and the distribution cap cracked at 104,000.

General Comments:

Very good driving position.

Doesn't handle very well.

Excelaration of the car is good for the engine size.

Fuel consumption could be better for engine size ect.

Interior is nice, and car is spacious too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2004

1994 Vauxhall Corsa GSi 16v 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


A future modding legend, watch out Saxo boys!


Clutch went few days after picking up the car.

Speed sensor cable broke.

Engine management light coming on all the time,

diagnosed as coil pack (£140).

Misfired 2 weeks later.

Finally diagnosed as ECU!! (£180)

General Comments:

This car has given me more grief in 2 weeks than my Nova SRI ever did in 1 year!

Now all my problems have been sorted, this is a very quick car.

This car totally eats Calibras, Saxos, Escort RS Turbos, XR2is; need I go on?

For a 1.6 producing 110 BHP, this is outstanding.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2003

16th Jan 2006, 06:48

Don't be silly, an rs turbo would batter a corsa gsi through every gear.

9th May 2006, 20:57

First of all, I have owned many cars from a Nova GSIs to a 400bhp Pulsar. I own a Toyota Starlet GT and a Corsa GSI.

First things first, not all Corsa GSIs have the same Ecoctec 1.6 16v found in the 1.6 Sport. Some models like mine are the non Ecotec 1.6 16v, which produces only a few more bhp than the Ecotec, but has more torque and 0-60 8.9sec instead of Ecotec version of 9.5sec. The Corsa GSI with the Ecotec engine is slightly quicker than the Sport, as the Sport is slightly heavier, but this is very very slight.

And I'm sorry, but you can't compare a Corsa Sport to a Corsa GSI, as the GSI looks a lot better, and has better looking seats and door cards.

As for beating a RS Turbo, it ain't that quick unless the driver in the RS is rubbish. But the RS Turbo either being a Fiesta RS Turbo isn't much quicker, or the slower Escort RS Turbo. I'm talking in standard form. A standard Toyota Starlet GT will eat an RS Turbo for breakfast.

My Corsa GSI has had the head skimmed, decat, Superchip, Magnacure sparkplugs, leads, Lexmaul manifold, stainless backbox, and has near 140hp and is very quick compared to standard Corsa GSIs, and for gaining so much bhp from the 1.6, is very good.

I can proudly take on bigger engine cars and beat them. The GSI is not over rated - most people can't afford to insure the GSI because they want to save money, so they buy a 1.4 Corsa SRI or Sport, which is no comparison.

I owned an SRI Corsa - a very good car, and a Corsa Sport 1.4, also very good. But the GSI is better. A better performance car, looks good, and very rare. And all those kitted out Corsa drivers still stare at you because they know it's a nice car. I recommend the Corsa GSI as it is a GSI and the name speaks for itself. It's not a Sport. The Sport cannot replace the GSI, sorry.

1994 Vauxhall Corsa Merit 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Cheap in every sense of the word


Side mirror wobbles.

Mud flaps difficult to keep fixed.

General Comments:

The Corsa is very cheap, to insure and for petrol, I have to admit.

But it is very slow, even for a 1.2 litre engine.

Also the handling is very bad, it is heavy and not precise.

The gear change isn't easy to carry out - you have to grip the gearstick and wrench it from one gear to another with all your strength!

The clutch also makes a worrying squeak when depressing it.

However, I must admit that nothing major has gone wrong in the 3 months I have kept it, but it doesn't feel reliable. It feels as if things will go wrong with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2003