1998 Vauxhall Corsa Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1998 Vauxhall Corsa GLS 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Faults:

New headlamp due to water ingress at 2,000 miles (warranty)

New water pumps at 12,000 miles and 18,000 miles (warranty)

Engine coolant leaks at 28,000 (warranty) and 32,000 miles (£60)

Blown cylinder head gasket at 32,000 miles (£450)

Poor starting and "engine fault light"especially in warm humid weather.

General Comments:

I am glad I took out a 4 year warranty. Unfortunately it had expired when the head gasket blew.

The car has been treated gently and covered less than 7,000 m per year.

When it works the engine is lively! The handling is mediocre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th July, 2002

1998 Vauxhall Corsa Breeze 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles

Faults:

When new, it was fitted with a 3-door central locking system. Unfortunately it is a 5-door car!

Black plastic bodywork faded to grey very quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2002

1998 Vauxhall Corsa Breeze 1.0 12v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 12v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16020 miles
Most recent distance21900 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Good for the younger generation

Faults:

The exhaust back box split after 2 weeks of ownership.

5 trips to the dealer to fix a idle problem that was related to the ECU.

3 trips to the dealer after the idle was fixed due to a leak in the head rocker gasket.

The idle problem has returned with another weird knocking noise in the engine block.

The front passenger and driver's seat have now begun to squeak.

Rapid consumption of fuel, possibly due to problems occurring with the engine.

General Comments:

Since owning the car I have corrected the spongy roll on the cornering by fitting up-rated springs and replacing the rear shocks, lowering it 40mm closer to the ground giving it a lower center of gravity and making it hug the tarmac.

Fitted 15" alloys for better grip.

The cabin is comfortable and pleasing with the controls within easy reach.

The back seats are comfortable and head room is fine.

The leg room in the rear is of acceptable standards for such a car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2002

1998 Vauxhall Corsa GLS 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18 miles
Most recent distance59500 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A great little car with a few little problems

Faults:

The heater controls jammed after about three months, so there was no ventilation coming in unless you opened the window. Fixed under warranty.

Headlamp bulbs have a habit of blowing. I think I've been through 3 sets in 3 years.

The exhaust gas recirculation valve malfunctioned after about 2 years. I have no idea what it does, but it made the car idle erratically and cost me about £200 to fix.

An oil leak was found during one of my services and the sump gasket had to be replaced.

Battery died after about 2 and a half years.

Radio had to be replaced after about 6 months, when it refused to play tapes.

General Comments:

For a 1.4 engine, this car flies. It handles well, but not as well as the Lotus tuned suspension would have you believe. There is just a little too much body roll.

The interior is OK. The design of the seat trim is tasteful, but the dashboard is too plastic, basic, and a bit too flimsy.

The dealers are always willing to help. They may be a bit on the pricy side, but they will get the job done properly. I have no problem trusting my car with them.

Although I listed quite a few problems I had with the car, it always got me to where I was going. It could certainly hold its own on the motorway, and never let me down with performance or reliability.

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

Review Date: 2nd September, 2001

7th Jan 2003, 12:01

My ex wife has recently got a Corsa GLS and its great.

Well built, reliable, quick, NICE. All my prejudice against Vauxhalls have gone out the window.

24th Aug 2007, 07:58

I just bought myself a little T reg Vauxhall Corsa Breeze and I love it to pieces! It's great for a 1st car, but to be honest I must say that quite a lot has gone wrong. I believe that I paid more than what it's worth; I paid £1425. Firstly; the accelerator was very hard to press down, but I soon got used to this. Secondly; the car started to make a grinding sound from underneath just as I started on the motorway! (which was very scary!). So I took it to a garage and they gave me a list of things I needed done: 4 new tyres, new brake pads, new accelerator cable, handbrake tightened. I was told that the accelerator cable was so badly damaged that it could have gone at any time. I was also not happy about the fact that the man who sold this car to me didn't make me aware of this. He let a 19 year old girl drive off in a potentially dangerous car. It now has this new trick where it doesn't go into gear! So I'm debating whether I'm happy with my Corsa.

Daisy x.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 16 reviews