2003 Vauxhall Corsa SXI 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland
Brilliant little car
Remote locking was always dodgy due to the worn key. A poor attempt to fix it by myself didn't work, and a specialist said it's beyond repair. A new part is cheap, but Vauxhall want an arm and a leg to program it.
A few days after purchasing it, I was driving to Loch Lomond on the glorious A82 (outside Glasgow it's glorious, inside it's murder) and kept it in third gear while accelerating. When approaching the red line, the engine management light flashed on and the engine wouldn't go above a few thousand revs. This was fixed by turning the engine off and on again. It turns out I had activated "safe mode" with all the revving, and the engine management was worried it would flood the engine. No problems since.
Fuel filter leaked, but only cost £20 to put right.
It looks great in silver. The alloys, clear side repeaters and dark rear lights really make it pop.
The interior looks good with the aluminium effect plastics and white gauges with silver bevels and is decent quality.
The radio is good, but the station and CD track number etc. don't appear on the screen for some reason.
The sports seats are fantastic and grip you tight, but if you're a bit portly, you may struggle to get in them!
The steering is a bit numb with no real feedback, and it seems to be heavy while parking and light when up to speed; I think I would prefer it to be the other way around.
The engine pulls well, but needs to be revved to get the best out of it.
I'm slightly disappointed at the fuel economy.
Very easy to drive, and it's easy to see why so many people (me included) learned to drive in a Corsa C.
Boot space is decent.
The ride is good, despite the sports suspension.
I got it MOT'd straight after purchasing it, and it passed with ease with no advisories.
Maintenance is easy. I gave it a full service in less than an hour.
Parts are very cheap as there's so many about.
The difference in quality and reliability to my previous car is like night and day.
VERY happy with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th December, 2010