19th Nov 2008, 10:58

Head gasket has just gone on my Tigra.

21 year old girl, have you fixed your head gasket as yet?? If so, any tips or anyone know where I could get it done cheap?

Get back to me on moef1984@hotmail.com

11th Apr 2009, 13:36

I have just bought an R reg 1998 Vauxhall Tigra 1.6 16v, as I have wanted one for ages. But since having it, it has a bad judder. I have changed the clutch, brakes, cam shaft, crank sensor, coil pack, spark plugs and leads, and the lambda and also the EGR, and the throttle body and also the map sensor. a few times. It's run great and then the problem comes back again, and now today it won't start at all. Can anyone help please?

24th Apr 2009, 14:19

Well, where do I start with my love/hate story about me and my Tigra! I have had my W plate Tigra now for nearly three years. Within weeks of me buying it, it started smoking from under the bonnet and had an awful hot oily smell. The garage, under pressure replaced every gasket possible, then after some harsh words, admitted it was the head gasket, and apparently replaced it. Now nearly 3 years on, guess what?, the head gasket has gone. It was never skimmed, hence why it has gone again. As well as that, it has had the water pump replaced about 6 months ago, new exhaust, it eats tyres! It creaks, it grinds whenever I put it in reverse, although the garage assures me there is nothing wrong, leaving me to look a prat! It leaks, somewhere at the front passenger window area. If it really rains, my feet get wet when I drive!

But...despite all of this, I love my little car. Even whilst everyone is telling me they are a load of rubbish. I am now waiting for the garage bill for the new head gasket, which is close to the value of the car! I must be mad.


31st May 2009, 17:05

I bought my P reg 1.4 Tigra last July. Am worried car overheating, goes to 100 before fan kicks in! Was sat in traffic for 15 minutes today and had to have heating on full blast to help relieve the engine. It was the hottest day of the year today too, so you can imagine this was quite distressing! Reading above comments this seems to be normal. I'm going on a long journey in my Tigra soon and worried this problem will get worse. Is it really normal? Am I safe? HELP!!! Many thanks.

19th Sep 2009, 14:24

Tigra Exclusive 1.4 06.

Has anyone changed the speakers in the doors, and then had water leaking onto the lower door rubbers and eventually onto the the carpets? I have this problem, which both the dealer and radio fitter seem unable to cure. Both blame each other, it seems related as only started after they were fitted and leaking on both doors.

Any suggestions?

Also interesting that rotational rumble noise from the front steering was cured with the fitting of new tyres.

Again, the dealer could offer no solution despite 3 visits.

16th Oct 2009, 14:48

Just bought a new Tigra. The roof leaks when parked on a slope. The dealer said the only way to stop this is to park the car on the flat or reverse up your drive so the water does not run into the boot. They cannot cure this problem. Can I get my money back or a different car?

2nd Mar 2010, 13:37

I have just bought a cracker of a Tigra on Ebay. The man who I bought it off said that it was safe to drive and safe to put children in, but on my way home after buying the car, it started to make a grinding noise. I quickly got the car into a garage, and they told me that the complete rear back axle had snapped. I was mortified that someone could tell me that this vehicle was safe to drive and to put my children in, when really the car was a death trap.

I have just got the car fixed and now I love it!!!

Does anybody know if the windows will close by using the key fob?

30th Mar 2010, 13:05

I've had my X Reg Tigra since 05 with few problems. It has 35,000 miles, and including myself, only one other owner. I also have the new type Tigra, as I'm loathed to part with my other one, and I'm keeping it for my son. It has been in the garage today as white smoke was pouring out of exhaust and smell of fumes in cooling system. Vauxhall say the head gasket needs repairing at a cost of £1,000 all inc. This includes 7 hours of labour at a cost of £94.00 per hour - rip off. Luckily I have found someone to do it for £500 all inc. This may be the start of further problems, who knows!!!


31st Mar 2010, 09:47

I have a 2004 Tigra 1.4, which I bought from my daughter, so know its history.

Have a leak in the boot, which I have today had to soak up with a towel, dripping from top of drivers door and water on bottom of same door. The door and boot seals have been renewed whilst under warranty, and I would suggest that if you have a leak, check your spare tyre, as this had to be renewed at the same time as the door seals.

The mechanism brackets jammed up with the wet, and my dealer wanted £60 just to tell me what was wrong. A squirt of jungle juice did the job for free.

Love my Tigra, even though I am a pensioner.

26th Apr 2010, 19:24

98 1.4 Opel Tigra, 60000 miles.

It looks like I read this post too late as well..

I bought this car on the 14th of this month (April 2010) and loved it.

The exhaust made a few strange noises after I bought it, but that stopped by the next day. So I was quite pleased.

Every time we got into the car, my wife kept saying that her window was open, but by time I looked it was closed.


This happened for 2 or 3 days until I finally saw it with my own eyes. We worked out eventually that it was the boot lid closing that caused the "problem!" AND I HAD TO EAT SOME HUMBLE PIE BY APOLOGISING VERY MANY TIMES.

A quick google search helped us assume this was meant to happen to help close the boot. :-)

I then realised a few days ago that I had no engine warning light, and of course went to replace it myself. (not a problem for me) After removing the speedo, rev meter, etc, cluster I then realised it never had a bulb in the first place. Can't believe I never noticed. But bought new a new bulb and everything worked as normal. It came on when starting, then went of after about 2 seconds. Happy days, I hadn't been ripped off after all.

The next day after navigating a roundabout and accelerating off hard up the bypass, I saw that the speedo had stopped working. After taking the next exit, it decided to work again.

And I had no problems until last Tuesday when coming home on the motorway. Traveling along at 120kph (75mph), the speedo went again and stayed off for quite a while. I thought nothing of it until I stopped at the toll booth and the car had stalled/cut out. It started again and off we went. A bit later the speedo started to jump up the drop to 0 again, until finally leveling out and staying steady.

Neither of these times did the engine warning light illuminate.

In the last few days it is happening more frequently.

After the speedo stopping, 20 seconds later the engine warning light appears. I can still drive as normal, but if I was to freewheel (I mean traveling, but with car in neutral) it will cut out.

The light does go off and then the speedo returns to life shortly after. But the car may still cut out if I was to freewheel.

This problem only seems to occur when accelerating hard or at speeds over 80kph/50mph.

Today I got a speedo dial set from a Corsa of a similar age with the same engine. But my problem is I don't want to put a speedo in the Tigra that says over 100000 miles when it's only covered 60000. Also the needle is white on the Corsa speedo and it only goes to 130mph (Tigra original goes to 140, and all needles are orange) and it looks quite different

Any advice?

I hope I don't get any more serious problems