1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Beautiful looking heap of rubbish!
Less than a week after purchasing my car, it broke down. After being recovered, I was advised that there was a fault on the immobilizer! I took the car back to the garage I'd purchased the car from who said they would get a car electrician to look at it. I was told there was nothing wrong with it. A week later I had to be recovered again and this time I took it to a main dealer. The immobilizer did have a fault and was repaired. Luckily this was done under warranty.
A week later I had to be recovered again! This time the starter motor had gone! This was also done under warranty thankfully.
I broke down on the 23/12/02 on the M1, was told to lock my doors by a nice police lady until my breakdown truck arrived. All of a sudden the hazard lights stopped working and things started flashing on my dashboard (even though the ignition was off!). I had to call the police, who had to jimmy the door open with a screwdriver enough for me to squeeze the key through the window to let me out! After being recovered to my garage I was told that the tension pulley on the timing belt had snapped and it had completely wrecked my engine! It's still being repaired, and I have been quoted £1500 for the repairs. I've been told it's a common manufacturing fault with these engines!
The clutch and accelerator pedals have always squeaked loudly!
The car is beautiful looking with a very nice interior.
It has all the extras, electric sun roof, electric windows, CD player, ABS breaks, power assisted steering, alloy wheels, tinted windows etc..
An excellent way to lose £5000 in a year!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd January, 2003
11th Jan 2003, 12:10
I have very similar problems with my Tigra. Within having my car after one week, the timing belt went (car is 2 1/2 years old) the garage replaced the engine with a similar one. Six months later the timing belt went after the water pump broke. All in all a three year old car and has had three engines. Another problem I have it overheats within minutes, even standing at traffic lights!! The only reason I still have the car is that it looks fantastic, is great to drive and stands out being Kiwi Green. It's a shame that the Tigra does have problems, or it could have been one of the best cars on the road.