Advantages very reliable, nippy, hard wearing. Low running costs
Disadvantages No power steering, Basic equipment
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In a special tribute review, I have decided to write about our “Old Family Friend”. This car has served us over the last seven years, given us miles and miles of trouble free motoring. It was bought as a basic town car, and it has done its job very well over it’s time. Even when Mum went and bought a new car, it was passed to me, and is still in my tender care to this day. This car is none other then the humble Vauxhall Corsa.
We acquired our Corsa in 1998, when my Mother’s Mini was starting to fall to pieces (It was an F-reg) This car was in Dad’s company as a pool car, so it had come to the end of it’s four year lease. We bought it for the superb price of £3,200, with about 40,000 miles on the clock. It was in very tidy and clean condition, and being a fleet car, had been serviced regularly at a Vauxhall dealer.The Corsa we bought was the basic LS trim, and had the 1.2 injection engine
Over the seven years we have had it, it has given us leagues of good service. Very few things have gone wrong with it, and now it has a total mileage of 110,000 on it. However, it is starting to rust and become more expensive to maintain. We have had to have welding on the chassis done, and the brake pipe needed to be replaced.With this in mind, I am starting to look for another car. However, I have been very happy with this Corsa and I am writing this opinion on it to say goodbye for when the time comes!
The exterior is a dramatic improvement from the old Nova, with a new curvy shape that gives the car a look of friendliness. The headlights are shaped into a bulbous frog shape, and are combined with a small curved radiator grille. The rear is very stylish, with nice clean back lights and bumper. Overall the car manages to combine a fresh, unfussy look with friendly style. It looks much better then Fiestas of the same age.The car has big chunky bumpers on the front and rear, with the grey plastic extending to the wheel arches. This makes it quite accident resistant for small knocks. However, I have found with age the grey plastic has faded round the wheel arches, making it look totally different. They are also grey plastic rubbing strips down the side, with a plain “LS” badge on the doors. The door handles and mirror are also in grey.
It is finished in cherry red solid paint, which unfortunately is fading on it with age. The bonnet and roof are now a salmon pink colour!
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