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★★★☆☆

“I like my little Vauxhall Corsa Sport 1.6 16 valve. It...”

Written on: 15/02/2009 by DAD790K (1 review written)

Good Points
Plenty of parts around for Corsa's. It handles quite well and the car is responsive. It's a fairly easy car to work on.

Bad Points
Insurance is far too expensive - I've got a newer 2-litre Megane Sports that is cheaper to insure!
Brakes aren't up to the job! The gearbox isn't the smoothest in the world. Not the quickest 1.6 16 valve from the era - try a Renault 1.6 16 valve - much more torque!
The coppers will pull you over every 5 minutes if you dare drive your car after 9pm.
The electrics are terrible.
Water leaks. If you've always wanted a water feature that you can show off to the neighbours - buy a Corsa! They let water in to the car like nothing I've ever seen before! I've used public toilets with less water on the floor than the average Corsa.

General Comments
I like my little Vauxhall Corsa Sport 1.6 16 valve. It handles like a go-kart; but that's because it's been fitted with Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach gravel springs! I'm sure if it had been left standard the car would handle like a blancmange.

The brakes are more than enough to stop something that now weighs less than a portaloo. The car has Vectra V6 brakes at the front and SAAB brakes at the rear. The standard brakes were fitted to my sons go-kart as that's all they were suitable for.

Most electrical items have been removed from the car and the wiring loom has been replaced with a custom built one.

The engine now runs on throttle bodies, and the car has a Pipercross induction kit. The engine now produces approx. 135 BHP.

The Corsa is a quick car, and it accelerates very quickly - but I don't believe claims that a standard Corsa 1.6 Sport can outrun Citroen Saxo 1.6's etc. I don't think the standard cars are that quick!

Buy a Corsa if you like



paying a lot of money for your car insurance

having your collar felt by every traffic cop in the area


waking up every other morning to find your car has been broken in to!



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