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Author FAO anyone who's owned a 2.0L Corsa for a while...
Macca_G
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10th Feb 05 at 11:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Done a search couldn'd find the answer to this so..

Would you recomend having one.. Seriously considering it but scared about reliablity and other day to day problems... are they easy to live with??

Cheers!
gsi-gaz
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10th Feb 05 at 11:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i have had mine on the road for a bout 5 monts and the only prob i have had wi mine (touch wood) i soil cooler pipes splitting cos there is no where to put them, but im removing the oil cooler today to avoid that happening!

i wud go for it mate, good fun
Macca_G
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10th Feb 05 at 11:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Theoreticaly they should be reliable...? as its just a corsa shell with a 2.0L lump in so whould be no less reliable than a 2.0L Cav.. Am i right?
Matt H
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10th Feb 05 at 11:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I've had mine a year & had hardly any problems

So far the only thing that have caused me problems are I had afew problems starting it. Took out the plugs & gave them a clean & it worked fine. And more recently the CV joint has gone

If you look after it then it should last be reliable. I always make sure that i never go over 3000rpm until its up to tempreture. Other people I know who have them & thrash them from a cold start have more problems than I do
AK
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10th Feb 05 at 11:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yes...... i think its just bodged fitting causing electrical probs etc, and unknown or bogus 'rebuilds' stated when sold etc that are cause of mechanical...

probs with mine.....

coolant leak - was just a lose hose on bottom of header.
Water Pump - just a thing that goes..... replaced at aprox 70k miles
Sump Gasket - known problem for xe's just leaks (a little)


Porus heads are a thing to watch too.... if you cant getr a coscat head (no gaurantee's with them either) try and get a KS one which has the external oil way mod already done
Macca_G
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10th Feb 05 at 13:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Can't believe yours would spank your skyline everyone puts skylines on this pedastal thinking (Any model) is the fastest thing on the road... Must be fun in a corsa as people are not expecting it
bradfincham
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10th Feb 05 at 13:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

owned mine 8-9 months, problems:

alternator, cambelt, waterpump, battery, sump gasket, sticky injector!

Only one of them that was a problem was water pump and alternator both went within a day!

But the rest was precautionary!

I would seriously reccomend it, after driving for a while it doesnt feel fast, untill you push your luck against a clio 172, 106 gti, saxo vts, vectra v6
and you go past/keep up wiht them, also uk spec turbo 2000 imprezzas!

Then you feel good for a few hours LOL

if you can afford a let go for it
drunkenfool
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Registered: 7th Feb 03
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10th Feb 05 at 13:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

had quite a few problems with mine but would still recommend it, and im gonna start a new 2.0 project asap too
deanmcreynolds26
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10th Feb 05 at 13:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i would say get it! and replace the parts that are most likely to go! then u know that it has been done right!

my 2.0 has been good barr snapping a camshaft
Siberia
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10th Feb 05 at 13:39   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

snapped a camshaft? how did that happen? cams are not stressed are they really?
deanmcreynolds26
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the cam had been reprofiled! i aint got a clue?!?

couldve been a number of things really.. bad cast, poor oil delivery to the head..

only bent one valve so want 2 bad! and mate has about 12 XE cams in the garage so had the parts to sort it
Macca_G
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10th Feb 05 at 13:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Is there any point with the 2.0L though ..? would it not be better buying a 106GTI or VTS... ? What advantages does the 2.0L have?
deanmcreynolds26
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10th Feb 05 at 14:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

the 2.0l will rape saxos no problem! and u get the biggest smile ever when they are in ur rear view mirror!

good torquey 150bhp engine!
timrud_
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10th Feb 05 at 14:02   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

400cc bigger for a start. Better tuning base..list goes on!!

My engine has been fine, just other things that keep breaking due to extreme stress ROFL
Siberia
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10th Feb 05 at 14:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Macca_G
Is there any point with the 2.0L though ..? would it not be better buying a 106GTI or VTS... ? What advantages does the 2.0L have?


it can tear them a new arsehole.... and the look on there face when there see that there 106 is been beaten by a corsa.....
Half Pint
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10th Feb 05 at 14:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Speak to FAD
Macca_G
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quote:
Originally posted by Siberia
quote:
Originally posted by Macca_G
Is there any point with the 2.0L though ..? would it not be better buying a 106GTI or VTS... ? What advantages does the 2.0L have?


it can tear them a new arsehole.... and the look on there face when there see that there 106 is been beaten by a corsa.....


mav
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10th Feb 05 at 16:11   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I've had mine...eh......4 days and no problems so far........
myke
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mines been running on and off for about 4months now.

first probs were water leaks. couple were my fault, and one was a split hose.

head went porous on me. major hassle, but sorted that after a time.
as said, either get one with a coscast head or have the head sealed before the engine goes in the car.

car cut out on me the other day, but it turned out i'd undone the ecu connector clip with my foot

it leaks a little oil, and i need to replace the speedo cable, but the goods outweigh the bads easily.
Andy GSi
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10th Feb 05 at 19:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

had mine now for 2months and the only problems which i have had are:



  1. leaking sump (common as on these engines)
  2. new starter motor
  3. water leeks
  4. sticky plugs (just clean them all and works fine)
  5. new crank sensor



    havent had car RIGHT for one day without a problem!

    BUT that doesnt stop me from driving it, still works, just that there are little problems, that u know need fixing!

    as brad says, it doesnt feel as fast when u drive it all the time. but when you have a race, u relise how quick they are!!


    GET ONE! great fun
mav
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10th Feb 05 at 19:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

will have to check my sump as alot of oil on underneath of it...

Not using alot of oil though............

When sitting on a flat surface the bottom of sump is about 3" from the ground....
drunkenfool
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10th Feb 05 at 19:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Macca_G
Is there any point with the 2.0L though ..? would it not be better buying a 106GTI or VTS... ? What advantages does the 2.0L have?


It has the big big grin factor Had so many little races with people thiniking "kitted up 1.2, haha ill race it for a laugh" then ive won, and the look on their faces!!
mav
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10th Feb 05 at 19:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

not had one yet............

had a nice golf gti behind me the day and thought yeah he is going to go for it....
but alas he didn't
daveo
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10th Feb 05 at 19:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

imo vauxhall should have produced a 2lt nova/corsa from the factory, however as with anything you will be putting a potentially older engine in a newer engine bay, theres always going to be problems unless you know its been done correctly, the best thing to do would be rebuild it before putting it in or as someone has said, replace the known bits to avoid problems!

generally a valver nova should do 0-60 within 7 secs and generally beat most cars such as boxers, some scoobies and generally all the little wanker mobiles such as saxos!

very worth the money as at most generally spent would be around 1000 i think
furioman
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10th Feb 05 at 19:47   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

but how do they handle?, i have a corsa c sri and its handling is so shit, what will it handle like after a big engine in front

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