Review: Vauxhall Corsa (2000 – 2006)


Good looking, solid supermini. Inexpensive to buy and run. Responsive, economical engines. Few faults reported for the high volumes sold.

Not the roomiest or best to drive. Rear wheel bearing and steering rack failures are common.

Recently Added To This Review

20 March 2018

Another report of water leaking through the split bulkhead of a recently purchased 2003 Vauxhall Cofrsa C. Link to the fix here: Corsa C leaking bulkhead fix . Read more

22 February 2017

Report of 2005 Vauxhall Corsa Easytronic 'F' light flashing and car failing to start despite a new battery being fitted. Locan mechanic has diagnosed actuator failure and quoted £1,800 to replace... Read more

30 December 2016

Report of bulkhead water leak in used 2003/63 Corsa C VXR. Dealer 'quick-fixed' it in January 2016 but now it is leaking again and wants £700 to fix it again. Read more

Vauxhall Corsa (2000 – 2006): At A Glance


What does a Vauxhall Corsa (2000 – 2006) cost?

List Price from £12,810
Buy new from £10,995
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Why is water leaking into the footwell of my 2005 Vauxhall Corsa?

At what mileage do the cam chain tensioner and water pump need changing in my 2005 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Ecotec? The driver's footwell is also soaked and I can't find where the leak is. Could you help?
There is no scheduled age or mileage for changing these. Listen for noises. Watch out for water loss from the waterpump. Change the oil and filter at least every year or at least every 10,000 miles whichever comes first. Your footwell may be soaked because the bulkhead vent well drains either side are blocked, leaving rainwater nowhere to go except via the pollen filter into the car. However, older 2000 - 2006 Corsa C models had a more serious problem that was delaminating of the bulkhead, covered here:
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