1996 Vauxhall Tigra Reviews

1996 Vauxhall Tigra Verde 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 Don't Know
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles

Faults:

I have owned the car for 7 years.

The head gasket went at about 58000 miles.

The car overheats when being driven slowly in heavy traffic jams on hot days. Turning the heater helps to dissipate heat.

The seats lack back support.

General Comments:

In 7 years of ownership the car has been reasonably reliable.

I enjoy driving the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2008

1996 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carProton Persona

Summary:

Love the car

Faults:

Help, oil leak.

Can any one relate or help on this matter? I have an oil leak from my car. It is not losing a lot, but I have taken it to a garage and there is oil in my 4th plug socket. He seems to think this could be the rocker gasket that has gone and would be around £70 - 200 to repair. Can anyone tell me if they have had this problem, and if they know if it will be the rocker gasket and roughly how much this would cost to fix?

It is a 1996 and has 39000 on the clock.

General Comments:

Had this car about as year, and had to do a few things to it, but love this car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd May, 2008

1996 Vauxhall Tigra Verde 1.4i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4i 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles

Summary:

Death Trap

Faults:

Idle Control Valve Split air tube split at 48000 (£50 repair + diagnostic, vauxhall wanted £90 just to run the diag)

Cam belt snapped and smashed engine up at 49000 (A foreign object shredded it somehow as belt was in perfect condition, just shredded down one side) (£1200 repair bill, engine rebuild etc).

Exhaust replaced at 55000, had 5 back boxs switched due to clanging. (£350)

Faulty Indicator stalk that flicks on the high beams when the indicator switches off. Still not fixed.

Oil Leak at 74000.

Multiple oil leaks at 76000 that cannot be pin pointed without a steam clean and strip down.

Also has water leak in the back under drivers chair.

General Comments:

I bought this car before I knew anything about it, and it is only just now with the discovery of multiple oil leaks, that I despise the thing.

I love driving the car, but its just so unreliable.

Also complaints from people who are 6' tall complaining of no leg room etc do not seem to effect me. I am 6' and I have no problems with comfort or space to move. Back seats are really not for anything apart from transporting things.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2006

5th Sep 2006, 14:41

I have just read this review of a 1996 Vauxhall Tigra on the website. I own a 1996 Tigra. I am very sorry to hear that this person has had such a difficult time with their car, but I wanted to say that mine has been nothing, but a pleasure. I haven't had any major problems with it and I am up to 96,000 miles. I really enjoy driving it and owning it - it looks good, drives brilliantly and is economical for a sporty-ish car.

1996 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Summary:

A great-looking coupe

General Comments:

I have only owned the car for a couple of months, having yearned for one ever since the Tigra first came out. I'm still totally in love with it, although city driving deprives me of the pleasure of its superb acceleration and very comfortable cruising speed.

Although a four-seater, it is really only practical for two, as its not roomy in the back.

The only real problems I have is that the electric sunroof doesn't work, and there is no light on the LED display on the stereo, so I don't know what station or track I'm listening to in the dark!

In conclusion I must say that the Tigra has easily lived up to my expectations, I just wish I could have bought one years ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

1996 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Good drive perfect ladies car

Faults:

O/s mirror keeps coming off.

And although been checked on numerous occasions the brakes still feel very spongy and sometimes un-safe.

Luckily my mechanic told me it was better to change my cam belt after 85,000 miles because chances being it would snap and on his advice fitted new one just in time.

The passenger door does not open or lock with the key.

These problems aside I find the car very rewarding and a good drive which looks very glamerous and corners very well.

The perfect ladies car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2004

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 16 reviews