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    Daily driver hatchback -what to buy -or not to buy....

    Time has come to change my daily driver. Am looking for a one or two year old model with the intention of running it long term as I don't have the patience for constant selling and buying of cars. I'm after something about the same size as my current Renault Clio.

    I have been looking at the 1.4 90ps Vauxhall Corsa as a possibility. But any comments or suggestions from you people would be welcome.
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    We've replaced my wife's Clio last year with a 2016 1.4 Corsa SE auto, It's a lovely car with lots of handy gadgets such as heated screen, seats and steering wheel. I can't comment on long term reliability but it can't be any worse than the two Clios we had were. The only issues that I have heard about are with the sound system stopping working (no sound on the radio) which is easily remedied and on ours on one occasion all warning lights appeared on the dash and only cleared after turning the ign off for 5 minutes, I think these are a firmware issue which Vauxhall haven't addressed yet. I think the engines on these are reasonable as long as you change the oil regularly and use a decent oil in them due to timing chain problems if they are abused.

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    Thanks for that, will take a good look at a Corsa; as you say, it'd struggle to be worse than a Clio for reliability...
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    One of my pre-requisites on a daily five years ago was timing chain, not belt so got a Mk2 Corsa 1.4 - best daily ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo56 View Post
    We've replaced my wife's Clio last year with a 2016 1.4 Corsa SE auto, It's a lovely car with lots of handy gadgets such as heated screen, seats and steering wheel. I can't comment on long term reliability but it can't be any worse than the two Clios we had were. The only issues that I have heard about are with the sound system stopping working (no sound on the radio) which is easily remedied and on ours on one occasion all warning lights appeared on the dash and only cleared after turning the ign off for 5 minutes, I think these are a firmware issue which Vauxhall haven't addressed yet. I think the engines on these are reasonable as long as you change the oil regularly and use a decent oil in them due to timing chain problems if they are abused.

    Bloody hell,seats and a steering wheel!! Thought they were standard on most cars these days,sorry couldn't resist......

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevrolet50 View Post
    Bloody hell,seats and a steering wheel!! Thought they were standard on most cars these days,sorry couldn't resist......
    Seats and a steering wheel LUXURY! I was going to take an orange box to sit on and a pair of Mole grips for the bare steering column when I book a test drive.
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    Personally never heard anything good about corsa's.

    Fiesta/Focus are good cars but pricier.

    Bigger than what you need but a 5-6 year old Mondeo is a good bargain I've found over the last 12 years.

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    On east coast retros there is a cosseted Maestro with 28k on the clock for £4000,one owner,all MOts n tax discs,fsh etc etc.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevrolet50 View Post
    Bloody hell,seats and a steering wheel!! Thought they were standard on most cars these days,sorry couldn't resist......
    Well har de har

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    My mechanic mate always advises against VW, Vauxhall and anything French.

    His recommendation is always Ford.

    I was very happy with a 2 year old MINI Cooper which I had about 12 years ago.
    My wife is very happy with her MINI Clubman Cooper S although it is still quite new.
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