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  • Have I got a good deal for this Vauxhall Corsa?

    Hello all, this is my first time posting on my forum.

    I recently went to London to purchase a Vauxhall Corsa 1.2i 16V AC. It's a 59 plate and has 31,000 miles on it, and is black. I bought it for 1800.

    When contacting the owner of the car prior to purchasing it, he told me that 5 years ago it was stolen and the thieves had taken parts from the car to salvage for themselves. When it was recovered, the owner at the time had it repaired.

    Upon viewing the car, it became obvious to me that the car had been replaced with parts that weren't originally for that specific model. When entering the car's VIN or registration into a check online it tells me that the model is specifically "S". However:

    1. The wheels of the car are from the Limited Edition model, using 17" rims.
    2. There is no A/C in the car (the button isn't there).
    3. The windscreen spray doesn't work.
    4. The front fog lights don't work.
    5. The digital display showing how many miles the car has done appears as if it's running out of battery, and will occasionally show random numbers (however it does read 31,000 miles).
    6. The button to activate/deactivate the passenger airbag cannot be pressed down (there is also a digital display error saying "AirBA6" - if someone knows what this means I would appreciate it).
    7. When driving at 60/70 mph the car and steering wheel will shake intensely.


    When operating and turning on the heating in the car, it will only go through the windscreen heater vent and no other vents in the car.
    The service light has come on.

    Other than that, it has no other problems. What are your thoughts?

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    The shaking at high speeds could be down to balancing.

    Did you view/check the car before purchasing?
    The S doesn't have alloy wheels, though, the first thing most people upgrade are wheels from steelies to alloys, so I wouldn't be perplexed by that.

    The fan only blowing to the window will most like be the selector is stuck. Mine has also done this. I followed up the metal rod from the switch up to the vent control bit behind the dash, and moved it manually...then my wife turned the knob and is back to being broken again.

    The S doesn't have front fog lights as standard, or as an option (according to parkers) so the chances are your car has a front bumper from an SXi/SRi which have the foglights. Is there a front fog button on the light control?

    Can you hear the pump motor when you try to use washer fluid? If you can't, try checking the fuse, failing that, the pump may have broken. If you can hear the pump going, check to see if the tubes are blocked
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    • #3
      Cheers for the detailed reply.

      I did initially check the car before purchasing it however I foolishly didn't get a major check over as I had travelled 10 hours by bus/train to view it (extremely stupid, I know) and by the time I reached the destination it was rather dark!

      That's rather interesting. I'll check my selector ASAP. Is it a relatively easy fix or am I looking at some time to fix it?

      I thought that might be the case. I did originally check and noticed that the car doesn't really come with fog lights however there IS a fog light button but those are actually for the rear fog lights. I contacted a mechanic who told me he could install them. Would it be wise to install them so they turn on generally with the front lights or have them connected to only turn on with the rear fog lights?

      Yes I can hear the pump whirring when I do try to use the washer fluid, which I suspect is corroded or missing tubing!

      Thanks again for the detailed reply.

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      • #4
        Hi. 1800 seems a fairly low price, but is may be about right if its recorded as a cat D write off. If it was stolen and then recovered with only a few bits needing fixing it probably wouldnt be recorded.

        But if it was stolen when about 3 years old and extensively stripped of expensive parts such as air conditioning it may have been beyond economic repair to its original state using new parts.. In which case the insurers would record it as a cat D write off and sell it as salvage. Someone may then have repaired it using used parts and leaving off the A/C. The cat D marker and lack of A/C would reduce its value and may explain discrepancies in its trim .

        If it was advertised as having a/c but does not actually have it you may still have cause for complaint. Especially if the seller is a dealer.(or a dealer pretending to be a private seller)

        You should get the vibration checked out asap. It may just be the wheels need balancing but could also be something dangerous such as a damaged tyre or suspension/steering damage. A stop and steer specialist may offer a free check.

        The airbag warning is also of concern. It may fail an MOT with this showing. it might just be the on/off switch is faulty, but its a safety issue and needs checking.

        I dont know much about mileage displays/ ecu etc but if its dim and showing random numbers it could possibly be signs of tampering or substitution from another vehicle.Possibly as part of its original repair using parts from other vehicles. It may be worth checking the mileage against any history you have, such as mileages on past mot's, which may be possible to check on line. But it could also just mean that the instrument display lights have been turned down low using the rheostat and are you sure the random numbers are not just one or other of the two 'trip' readings, or code numbers from the ecu.

        Personally I wouldnt bother spending any money on the fog lights. I've never found them particularly useful.

        If the washer bottle is full and makes a noise it may be the small filter in the bottom of the washer bottle is blocked. This is not very accessible but I managed to clear mine by repeatedly flushing the bottle out using a garden hose, and also blowing (by lung power) through the pipes from the windscreen area back towards the bottle. The swan necked filler tube to the bottle is removable making it easier to inspect the bottle for debris and flushing.

        Edit In view of the current weather you should also check the washer bottle or its pipes and nozzles are not frozen
        Last edited by Bugman; 09-12-2017, 09:46 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Criminalogic View Post
          Cheers for the detailed reply.

          That's rather interesting. I'll check my selector ASAP. Is it a relatively easy fix or am I looking at some time to fix it?

          I thought that might be the case. I did originally check and noticed that the car doesn't really come with fog lights however there IS a fog light button but those are actually for the rear fog lights. I contacted a mechanic who told me he could install them. Would it be wise to install them so they turn on generally with the front lights or have them connected to only turn on with the rear fog lights?
          The selector is pretty accessible if lying on the passenger seat with your legs against the backrest and your head under the dash. It's fiddly, but very accessible.

          It may be worth checking if you already have the wiring coming off the loom for the foglights already...probably wrapped up along the loom somewhere.

          If you have, you may get away with getting a replacement light switch from an SXi? Couldn't say for definite, as the last time I fitted Foglights I used a kit!
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