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2004 Vauxhall Corsa, 1.3 CDTi Diesel – Life – Review

A short review on my recent car purchase, a Vauxhall Corsa 2004 1.3 CDTi Diesel.

A couple of months ago I purchased my second car, a Vauxhall Corsa Diesel, 1.3 Life (CDTi). I decided on getting a more economical car than my old Hyundai Getz 1.1 GSI. To be fair my Getz was probably more reliable than the Corsa. The Corsa in the short amount of time that I have had it has had to go back to the garage to get work done to it. Slightly frustrating, but at least most of the problems have been sorted.

The car itself is returns excellent miles per gallon (MPG) – my last fill got me 59 MPG, the price of the diesel was only 112.9 per litre at the time, now I am going to be paying around 115.9 per litre – extremely frustrating. But I cannot complain at the returns at all.

I had a few initial problems with it such as one of the trackrod ends needing replacing, the air bag light being on and the temperature sensor not working correctly for the outside temperature. Recently, however, it has struggled to start… Something I am going to need to sort out. It has only done 20k miles so shouldn’t really need new glow plugs but after checking the service history it hasn’t had them done at all yet which suggests that could be the issue.

Driving wise it isn’t too bad. It handles fairly well but can struggle with some under steer on some roundabouts if at speed.

Personally I would highly recommend it to someone who is looking for a cheap car that will do lots of miles on not a lot of diesel, there are loads of them about to parts shouldn’t be an issue.

2 Responses to “2004 Vauxhall Corsa, 1.3 CDTi Diesel – Life – Review”

  • scott says:

    thanx for the corsa review. is there enough powerage when on hills or with 4 in car as possibly gona purchase ’04’ plate 5 door model to get and forth to work.

  • Aidan says:

    Hi Scott,

    No problem at all, pleased it’s of some use to you!

    Near to where I am there is a particularly steep hill which I can comfortable get up in 5th gear. Haven’t tried it with more than 2 in the car. I have taken that hill in two different cars, a 1.3 Ford Ka and a 1.1 Getz, both petrol and both I struggled to get any higher than 3rd gear. As a result I presume you’d be ok with 4 in the car going up hills.

    The thing I love about my Corsa is the sheer amount of mpg I get. I track it on my iPhone with Road Trip Lite app and I have an average of 60.57mpg since I got the car. Quality if you ask me!

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