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Tim

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 auto

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

My Dad had one as a courtesy car as his Meriva was at the bodyshop (if you forget to close a suicide door then drive out of the garage it makes a mess).

For a 1.2 petrol the acceleration wasn't too bad as long as you booted it, the ride was fairly comfy and the driving position was ok for me but that's where the good bits stop.

The steering was light and feel free.

I really didn't like using the controls.
I don't know why some genius at Vauxhall came up with the idea that stalks should always sit horizontally but it's distracting. To put the wipers on intermittent push up, they come on and the stalk returns down. Want them on constant? Repeat the process, etc.
It's the opposite to stop them.
It's the same with the indicators which also have a mind of their own.

The real issue is the gearbox (auto remember)
The manual option on the gearchange is back to front, i.e. push forward to change up, back to change down.
That pales into insignificance compared with using it in auto mode.
Want to go into drive? Push the lever to the left where it says 'A' (rather than the traditional 'D').
Want neutral? Push the lever right.
Want reverse? Lever goes right then back.
Each time you do that the lever springs back to the central position.
God knows what is wrong with the well worn PRND layout (as fitted to his Meriva, also by Vauxhall).
Finally to put the cherry on the cake the gearchanges are pisspoor and it's 100% impossible to avoid causing the nodding dog effect due to the slow change and what feels like some drag on the gearbox.

He was really glad to get the Meriva back. I don't think he'll forget to shut the rear door again  
Boxer6

To be fair (why? I hear you ask) the manual over-ride of forward=up, rearward=down is common to many such 'boxes, including my Legacy and Herselfs Disco. Annoying, yes, but I've got used to it.
PG

Isn't it some kind of automated manual on those?

My SIL used to have a Corsa and the stalks on that drove me nuts when I drove it. It seems like they had changed something from the normal for the sake of it. Just to be different (and bloody annoying...).
Frank Bullitt

It's an automated manual, not a traditional slusher hence the lack of a normal auto gate.

I haven't driven a Corsa in years and have no sensation of missing out!
PR

I had a Corsa 1.2 but with a manual box in Mallorca a couple of years ago. It was very slow and, while it was quite refined and ride well, it offered no incentive to drive enthusiastically.

I don't remember being annoyed by the indicators (I don't even remember them being as described) but then BMW and Mini indicators return to centre as well so I'm used to it. They have a detent that you have to click through to put the indicators on fully, then just nudge the stalk to switch off unless the steering cancels them. I find it very user friendly!
tali

I drove a new  92/3 Nova 1.2 with cat-  it made by 1985 Nova 1.2 feel turboed
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Boxer6 wrote:
To be fair (why? I hear you ask) the manual over-ride of forward=up, rearward=down is common to many such 'boxes, including my Legacy and Herselfs Disco. Annoying, yes, but I've got used to it.


Yup, my parents V70 auto is like that, forward for up, back for down and until recently as it was the only such auto I had driven it felt perfectly natural (as it's the same way as a pedal cycle gears operate).
The Captur however has this set-up reversed, back to change up, forward for down. Mercifully as its EDC auto box is so good, I generally don't use the stick to change except when approaching some road junctions; I think very carefully before moving the lever, I can assure you !
Boxer6

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
To be fair (why? I hear you ask) the manual over-ride of forward=up, rearward=down is common to many such 'boxes, including my Legacy and Herselfs Disco. Annoying, yes, but I've got used to it.


Yup, my parents V70 auto is like that, forward for up, back for down and until recently as it was the only such auto I had driven it felt perfectly natural (as it's the same way as a pedal cycle gears operate).
The Captur however has this set-up reversed, back to change up, forward for down. Mercifully as its EDC auto box is so good, I generally don't use the stick to change except when approaching some road junctions; I think very carefully before moving the lever, I can assure you !


I can think of less than a dozen times I've used the stick while in manual mode in the nearly 6 years of ownership - I almost always use the paddles, and even then usually as an over-ride to the autobox.
Tim

Frank Bullitt wrote:
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I haven't driven a Corsa in years and have no sensation of missing out!


You really aren't missing out.

The old fella said his Meriva felt like a supercar after the Corsa  
Who would've ever thought a diesel auto Meriva could be considered fast  
Martin

Lindsay quite liked the idea of a Corsa a few years and I knew that the best way to put her off the idea was to drive one.  So we drove a 1.4 SXI and she hated it within the first hundred metres!  She wasn't sure about getting a Swift Sport, but we had a test drive and she loved it.
Blarno

Who in their right mind would order a 1.2 Corsa with a slusher
Big TC

Blarno wrote:
Who in their right mind would order a 1.2 Corsa with a slusher


It's got to be on a par with the Nissan Micra Auto (previous model) that I had the misfortune to deliver from an auction to a dealer recently.

Dreadful, dreadful car.

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