1995 Vauxhall Tigra Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired39500 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta XR2i

Summary:

Mutton dressed as lamb!

Faults:

Electric windows.

CD Player replaced five times in two years!!!!

Exhaust.

Brakes.

Idling wheel (got recalled for this).

Engine management light comes on at least once every six months.

General Comments:

While I think the car itself is good looking and very nippy, this has to be the most expensive car I have ever run. If I add up what I have spent in the last twelve months on repairs, it equates to more than I spent on my previous car over a period of three years!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd June, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles

Faults:

Exhaust rear box blew.

Paint peeled inside engine compartment at front.

Ignition lead faulty.

Rear window trim became unstuck.

Tailgate screws scratch bodywork when shutting.

Camshaft tensioners modified @ 10000.

General Comments:

It would have been nice if Vauxhall had contacted me about the camshaft tensioners... I read about the fault in 'AutoExpress'.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2000

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

In the same class as a Robin Reliant!!! (Robin is probably better)

Faults:

Secondary air pump failure, Vauxhall refused to replace it so I ripped it off.

Cam sensor bracket broke.

Two lots of idler wheels but after the second lot it lasted 1000 miles then the cambelt jumped 6 teeth and bent 13 valves.

2 weeks of arguing with Vauxhall it got sorted costing the dealer £700 and Vauxhall £700.

Worst car I have ever owned so I have now got a Volvo 480ES and it's superb and it was only £895.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th May, 2000

27th Nov 2000, 08:51

This review struck me as particularly interesting, as I've just chopped in a Volvo 480ES for a Tigra.

What is clear from all reviews is that sometimes you're lucky with a car and sometimes you're not. What you may discover, however, is just how ridiculously expensive Volvo parts are in comparison to Vauxhall. Volvo also care very little about continuing to produce parts, as we discovered whilst the car was off the road for four weeks until a brake calliper clip was supplied from Sweden.

Good luck - you'll need it!

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10

Faults:

Complete engine refit needed after idler wheel failed (only 24,000 miles).

Exhaust recirculation valve failed.

Cambelt timing sensor failed.

Unknown factors causing spark plug fouling on new engine.

Headlamp motor failure.

Windscreen washer pump failed.

General Comments:

Too many niggling problems. I couldn't trust the car on a long journey so I decided I was better off without it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Numerous niggles (ambient temp thermometer reading 45deg C in January, boot light not working on delivery, easily chipped paintwork) rattles and knocks. More seriously:

1) pin dropped out of gear linkage - required removal of gearbox to replace.

2) ABS sensors failed.

3) Seals on power steering failed.

4) After a year's ownership I had a recall notice from Vauxhall for a "sub specification" part related to the camshaft. Three days later the cambelt came off, resulting in major engine damage.

5) Cable from speedo to ECU snapped. This meant that every time the clutch went in when the car was in motion, the engine cut out. Handy when exiting motorways.

All this in 25k miles and 2 years of ownership.

All the repairs were done by the dealer under warranty and with courtesy cars thrown in. They also gave me a cheap extended warranty in view of my "difficulties" with the car.

General Comments:

The stereo was good and the engine reasonably zippy. I chose my dealer carefully (Vantage Colne) and so should you if you buy one of these cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 1999

1995 Vauxhall Tigra 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.4i
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing too major.

Brakes wore out unexpectedly.

Driver's door lock broke.

Failed to start first time only once so far!

Tyres squeal at low speed and there are squeaks and creaks...

General Comments:

Beautiful car. A joy to wax! Great fun to drive both long distance and round town. Good on petrol if driven economically but needs to be kept around 4000 rpm for hot performance! Due for a new cam belt at 40,000 miles (advised by dealer) and tensioner wheel check. Very happy so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 1999

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 24 reviews