1994 Vauxhall Corsa Merit 1.2 E-Drive from UK and Ireland
Cheap, economical, reliable little workhorse
Plugs leads replaced at 45,000 miles after bad damp-starting (dealer and earlier Network-Q inspection never spotted this - my brother-in-law needed just 5 minutes). The dealer loses marks because of this.
EGR valve replaced at 60,000 miles.
This car never broke down, despite (or maybe because of) the high mileage.
Performance was feeble, but that's not too important on crowded British roads, and it was very economical for an 8-valve engine: 45mpg without trying, and close to 50mpg with careful driving.
Cheap, skinny tyres (145's) demand gentle cornering, and the bumpy ride feels like you're driving a go-kart, but I loved this car enough to buy another Corsa; I'll review that one another time...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th July, 2000