1995 Vauxhall Corsa Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1995 Vauxhall Corsa GSi 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired78987 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

Fantastic fun little car

Faults:

A recent drivers side rear wheel bearing.

General Comments:

Very quick, nimble little motor.

Keeps up with a lot of the larger engined cars. e. g 2.0 Vectras & Mondeos no problem!

Very comfortable seats, which make you feel secure.

**If you are driving it hard concentrate**

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2005

1995 Vauxhall Corsa Montana 1.4 SOHC petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 SOHC petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

Good reliable car if well maintained

Faults:

Leaking fuel tank. Suspect the fuel pump was replaced and the tank incorrectly reassembled.

Blown instrument panel bulbs.

Replaced stuck thermostat at 75,000 miles. Big job to replace as timing belt needs removing to gain access. Replaced timing belt at same time, also new water pump and timing belt tensioner (the pump was leaking and the tensioner seized).

Leaking front brake hose at 80,000 miles.

Leaking head gasket at front of engine at 80,000 miles. Machined head and replaced.

General rust starting to appear in a few places on the car.

Bumpers have faded, but Autoglym bumper care takes care of this.

General Comments:

Apart from all the maintenance, this is a great car and is used to commute everyday. We have done some big trips all over England in the short time we have had it. And most of these trips have involved motorway driving at 80-90mph+ continuously. The car handles this with ease.

Fuel consumption is great and although it has done high mileage, it doesn't burn any oil.

Handling is not the best at speed, but as to be expected for a 'shopping basket'

Unless you can do your own maintenance like myself, I think the garage costs will quickly begin to make this car uneconomical.

But to be fair this is a 10 year old car and as with any old car, you would expect it to have a few problems that require sorting out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2005

1995 Vauxhall Corsa Merit 1.2 12 valve from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 12 valve Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired37500 miles
Most recent distance46300 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Nice car, well worth their value!

Faults:

When I first bought the car it had to have new brake pads, and had to have a couple of new light bulbs behind the dashboard for illumination of dials etc. That's it!!!

General Comments:

This car is actually really nice to drive, the engine was quite powerful on the motorway and had some serious pull. I managed to take it to 110mph and it wasn't struggling as I expected it to. Still a nice looking model of Corsa. Great value for money and reliable. Seats could have been a bit more comfortable and could have at least came with a clock on board. Slightly more expensive to run compared to my previous car, but so much more fun and nicer to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2005

1995 Vauxhall Corsa LS 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Very reliable nippy little car, ideal for new drivers

Faults:

Tracking was out after a couple of weeks, fixed by local mechanic and now fine.

General Comments:

I bought this car because I had a bad crash in my fiat and wanted a good, safe, car. I have not been disappointed so far. It looks much 'newer' than other cars of the same age (N reg) and I feel extremely safe driving it.

The only down sides are that it is not too comfortable on very long journeys and the tape player is not fantastic.

For a small car there is ample space in the back for luggage and my 6" sister to sit comfortably!

I would happily recommend it car to anyone, particularly new drivers

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

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

17th Apr 2005, 14:38

I am interested in buying a Corsa and I found your review very informative. Would anyone recommed the corsa to a driver who is 6ft 3ins tall? Thanks.

29th Aug 2005, 13:09

I don't know if the Corsa would be suitable for anyone that tall. My LS has seat height adjustment and seems to go back quite far, but the steering wheel position is fixed. I have no trouble, but then I am only 5 foot 6, so small cars are not really an obstacle. The back seems fairly roomy for a three door, but you might bang your knees on the bottom of the steering wheel, as it is quite large and the pedals are high.

12th Jan 2006, 11:58

I am looking to buy a Vauxhall Corsa as my first car. I've heard however, if it does not have power steering then it is a very heavy car to drive. I wonder whether or not the 1995 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 LS has power steering and if it doesn't have you had any problems driving it?

31st Jan 2006, 10:01

No power steering on the 1995 1.2LS. Steering can be a bit heavy when parking - especially if the tyre pressures are low. Other than that, as long as you are not looking for excitement, they are a great car. After 8 years of ownership, mine is now approaching 118 000 miles, and it has never broken down (yet...!)

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 25 reviews