Corsa C Buying Guide

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In production from 2000 to 2006, the Corsa C, more commonly known as the Vauxhall supermini, is a popular first car for new drivers. It is small and compact, and is available in a range of engine sizes. Learn what to look for in a Vauxhall Corsa C, what features you can expect, and what areas to examine in order to purchase a high quality, reliable Corsa C.


Features of a Corsa C

Corsa C vehicles are available in 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, and 1.8 litre engine capacities with a petrol engine, and 1.3 and 17 litre capacities with diesel engines. You can choose between three-door and five-door models. Simple and basic in appearance, the Corsa C is small and compact, yet roomy. The interior boasts a soft grey colour scheme for a sleek look. The car features large, clear dials on the dashboard for maximum visibility, even in low light. The wing mirrors are large and clear, and provide an unobstructed view to the rear of the car, without any dangerous blind spots. The rear seat folds forward, providing you with plenty of extra room when you need to carry large and bulky items.


Bodywork and Interior Condition of a Used Corsa C

Examine the bodywork of a used Vauxhall Corsa carefully, ensuring there are no large dents, areas of missing paint with corrosion, or creases, as these detract from the value and are difficult to repair. Look at the window mouldings and door handles. If there is evidence of dried, excess paint in these areas, this indicate repainting, and a shoddy painting job. One common problem with the Corsa C is a leaking bulkhead seal that causes water to leak into the interior of the car, gathering in the front footwells. If the carpets smell damp or are excessively wet, this indicates that the bulkhead is leaking into the footwell, and requires repairs.


Engine Considerations When Buying a Used Corsa C

Like any car, taking the Corsa C for a test drive is the best way to get an idea of the condition of the engine. In good condition, the Corsa C engine is very quiet but there are several common problems with the Corsa C. The timing belt and tensioner usually require changing every 130,000 kilometres. However, to prevent dangerous and expensive malfunctions, with the Corsa C, they require changing every 65,000 kilometres. On the Corsa C 1.4 engines can seize, even after no much use. This malfunction throws off the belt and can cause significant damage inside the engine.

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