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!

General Comments:

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.

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 16v 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland




ABS light stayed on, the dealers didn't know the fault, despite connecting it to the computer.

Brake cylinder failed.

Water leaks into the car.

General Comments:

This car has not run right since I've bought it. Don't recommend anyone buy this piece of crap.

I can see why they stopped making these things.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6i from UK and Ireland


A sexy little stunner


I've had to have a new exhaust, new brake disc's and pad's, and a new fuel filter, but nothing that you wouldn't expect, or have to have replaced on any car. It is a bit heavy on tyres, but that could be the way I drive it?

General Comments:

I love my Tigra, it is Fast, fun, reliable and good looking. I am only 5'3" and it is the most comfortable car I have ever had! I can reach all the pedals comfortably as well as being able to reach the radio and gear controls with out having to stretch. The paint work is brilliant, the stearing is fantastic and the brakes are brilliant! I would buy this car all over again! I tested the Ford Puma and it didn't even come close. This car is a drivers dream, it is comfortable, stylish and GORGEOUS! It is economical and brilliant value for money, I haven't had one day where I have regretted buying it. I'd like to have a different colour one for every day of the week.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2001

15th Jun 2001, 13:40

I don't deny that the Tigra is a good car, but the Puma does have the edge, I feel in every department. I have looked at both but have gone for a Saxo VTR which I picked up brand new early this week and it goes great and looks FANTASTIC!!!