I've had my Corsa for around five years now, only recently finding that it's been getting expensive to keep in working order (see fault list above!).
The car has a number of good points, I'll start with those:
- Reasonably nippy. The SXi version is stated to have a 0-60 of about 12 seconds. Not 'quick' by anyone's standards, but compared to other cars in its class with the same equipment levels and engine size etc, it's ahead of the pack.
- Economy-wise I get around 40-45mpg. At current petrol prices, that's about 10p a mile, pretty good.
- Good looks. OK, this is a personal thing, but I reckon the styling doesn't look all too dated - even though the 2001 model is now getting on 10 years old.
- Good equipment levels. Alloys, CD player, electric windows, electric doors, 'sports' seats, slightly better looking dash than the standard Corsa version with the SXi.
And some bad points:
- Most of the faults I've listed seem to fall into a 'common theme' for Corsa owners (namely gear linkage, front wipers, and steering). I only need my ECU to start going haywire and I'll have had the full list. Might seem bad for a car that's only done 40,000 miles, but it's probably the age of the car that weighs in here (2001).
- Car does seem to be getting slower over time. This might just be me, but a 56 plate Corsa I've driven was noticeably nippier.
Since I started driving I've had a Nova, Astra, then this Corsa. I think I've been pretty lucky with the cars - no really expensive problems (did get stranded at 1am in a Tesco car park when the fuel pump went though!).
Now looking for a new car, which is taking me ages since I just can't seem to find one for any reasonable amount of money that matches up to what I've got. I suppose that says the most about this common, ordinary little car at the end of the day ;-)