1995 Vauxhall Corsa Breeze 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


An economical modern supermini


Rubber strip below the front bumper came loose.

Dashboard temperature display went crazy.

A cheap oil gasket blew at approximately 26,000 miles without the warning light working. Cost £300. Fobbed off by 'Network Q' service reps. Clearly a design fault that Vauxhall have kept quiet about.

Otherwise no problems, never failed to start and no breakdowns.

General Comments:

Solid and well built for a supermini, probably the best looking at the time.

The steering feels heavy at low speed.

Acceleration below 50mph is inadequate and it makes overtaking nerve-wracking. On the motorway it becomes a far better car, smooth, stable and quiet and with surprisingly good acceleration at high speed:- capable of cruising at 80-90 mph indefinitely.

Handling unaffected by extra passengers. Seating is fairly comfortable, good quality trim and controls and with good leg-room in the back.

The ride is a bit harsh on poor surfaces.

Gearlever feels a bit sticky.

No sign of corrosion or leaks yet.

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

Review Date: 29th November, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Corsa GSi 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Cheap, sporty and generally reliable little hatchback


Speedo cable failed meaning that the engine couldn't rev properly (I thought that Speedos were output devices not input!!!)

Major oil leaks. Due to aluminium sump and steel sump nut, this meant the thread was stripped. Gasket on oil pump failed (seen this on two Corsas). Oil is seeping through the valves.

- Wheel bearings

- Brakes

- Exhaust

- Electronic Management (Light came on = big bill - no real explanation)

- Exhaust recirculation valve

Basically a lot and oddly almost every month something went wrong!

General Comments:

Based on the reliance of my little Nova SR, I decided to go for my third Vauxhall. Nice looking car. Cheap to insure. Reasonably fast. Handling a bit dodgy. Quite comfortable but the bucket seats may be too small for larger people. Some bits are standard like ABS, power steering and CD. There are no electric windows, electric mirrors, sun roof, air con as standard (which is what I really wanted!)

Avoid at all costs the "EcoTec" engine. It hasn't been tested properly, can sound like a diesel and it not very reliable!

Non "EcoTec" engines start from K reg upto L/M. These may be better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2000

6th Jan 2001, 02:58

Get a later model and all of the problems you've had have been ironed out. Early model GSi's had the gremlins but over the years these were revised and fixed.

Ecotec engine is fine. I've had no problems, it is certainly more reliable and does not sound like you say...

23rd Aug 2002, 14:59

I have a Vauxhall Corsa GSI reg 1994. I have had the car for 2 years and had no problems at all it's a fast car and handles good with 17inch wheels and lowered 55mm. They are reliable, but not cheap to insure.

1995 Vauxhall Corsa Merit 1.4 auto from UK and Ireland


Oil gasket blew at 25,000 miles, (right after a £300 service), after causing a commotion I had the work done for free overnight.

General Comments:

Except for above, no problems. Love my car to bits, and would never sell it. (I'd just buy another car as well!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Corsa Sport 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Cambelt pulleys broke at 60mph but luckily the cylinders stayed together.

Has refused to start twice in the wet (cured by leaving for about 30 minutes).

General Comments:

16v engine means you get the best out of it at higher revs, looks wicked in black and the build quality is excellent. Just waiting for a 1.6 to appear on the market....

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Corsa LS 1.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Starter motor.

Total engine failure at 98,000 miles, caused by blocked heater matrix.

The dealer knew of the block, informing me that it was non-urgent.

General Comments:

Good reliable workhorse.

Shame about my local dealer info.

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

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Corsa GSi 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland


Three seperate Faults, that stopped the speedo working.

1. A wheel in the Gearbox broke, took dealer 3 weeks to fix.

2. Cable snapped twice.

Not a major fault you think, but with an Engine Managment System (EMS) this became dangerous.

After driving for 20 miles or so the EMS detects a fault and iluminates an orange bulb on the dash. Once the bulb is illuminated, the EMS takes over. If the engine drops below 1800 rpm the EMS decides to stall the engine. Very dangerous if turning down a steep hill, as you loose power steering and the servo assisted brakes.

Current problem is that the ABS warning light keeps coming, this is due to a loose connection only, but still disables the ABS.

General Comments:

A fun car, great economy. Have now done over 65,000 miles, with the only faults being those above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998