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Vauxhall Tigra consumer car reviews

Andy McEwan, Worcestershire

Vauxhall Tigra 2004 - 2009

1 star review

Can anyone help my tigra is leaking in the boot any way of fixing this without breaking the bank

Responses to this review

I had this issue and it turned out to be blocked drain pipes inside the boot- garage stuck an air line in and blew the blockage out - Robin Nicholson from Dorset

Submitted: 2014-06-04 | ID: 96928

Martin Robbins, Devon

Vauxhall Tigra 2005

2 star review

Leaks like a sieve, drivers foot well and behind. Should be a recall as not fit for purpose (car just 8 yrs old). Have sealed the brake cylinder area (mastic had dried out at base) and speaker, however still leaking from somewhere! Will not give up, however carpets are smelly and mouldy.

Submitted: 2013-10-04 | ID: 49738

Pamela Preston, Lancashire

Vauxhall Tigra 2011

4 star review

I love this car as it’s great to drive, the only problem I have got is that the carpet on drivers side is soaking wet. Apart from that it is great and I would be sorry to let it go. I hope I can sort the problem as I’ve had it over twelve months and never had a problem till now.

Responses to this review

I have also a Tigra TwinTop and had the same problem. The problem is the drainage below the wipers. The compartment which includes the batteries (and some electronics) has a poor drainage. If you keep the drains open, the problem is solved. - from Netherlands

Submitted: 2012-06-21 | ID: 49730

Kevin Singkham, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Tigra Twintop 1.8 Sport 2006

4 star review

I purchased a 2006 Tigra Twintop. A great car, but the driver’s side footwell kept filling with water, which is a design fault Vauxhall should admit to. The water gets in through the aperture the steering linkage goes through, it is a bad seal design. You can repair this with a flexible mastic sealer, which stops it. Apart from that this is a great little car. we should all email Vauxhall and get them to recall to do a fix on this problem, my email is on the way.

Submitted: 2012-06-13 | ID: 49732

Michelle Thomas, Wales

Vauxhall Tigra 1.4 Sport 2008

5 star review

A fab car. No leaks. A1 heater. 40 mpg and a proper little hot rod through the lanes!

Submitted: 2011-12-12 | ID: 49733

Kirsty Riley, England

Vauxhall Tigra 1.8 16v sport 2005

4 star review

This is for all the people that have wet carpets: I found the leak in my car was the seal around where the steering column comes through the bulkhead (behind the screen wash bottle). Vauxhall wanted £600 to fix it, instead my mechanic did it for £60. All he did was pull the old seal out and paint on a new flexible seal and my carpets not been wet since. Hope this helps.

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I purchased a Vauxhall Tigra 2006 on the 7/1/12, I had to return it to the garage the following day 8/1/12, went to get into the car and noticed carpet at the front and rear of the driving side absolutely soaked. Put a hose on the car to detect where the water was coming from, could not see any leaks. Did this before taking the car back to the garage they said they will get mechanic to check the car out. Is this a problem with the car? Been lent a courtesy car, think I want my money back and look for something else - Karen Hurst from Staffordshire

I had the exact same problem as you Kirsty, bought a 2006 plate Tigra from my local Bristol Street Motors a month ago and took it back the next day due to water getting in to the driver footwell, it was soaking! Since then they have had it back 6 times and keep telling me they have fixed it when clearly they haven’t. I am now in the process of trying to get my money back!! I love the Tigra, they are a great looking car but I wouldn’t recommend one to anyone. Where did you get yours from Kirsty? - Ally Faraday from England

Submitted: 2011-12-09 | ID: 49734

Lisa Risse, County Down

Vauxhall Tigra 2006

2 star review

I fully agree with other reviewers, a nice car, but just made to use in dry weather. I got this car 7 month ago. The car dealer where I bought this car from is really far away from being honest, althought it is a very well known car dealer here in Co. Down. (First he sold me a defective car; breaklights not working and the roof made strange noises when it went down etc.) I went to him and told him about the problem of water behind the passenger seat in the Tigra. Nobody there was able to find the problem and they wanted to bill me £300 for stripping the interior with material costs on top of that. Pure robbery! I decided not to get the car fixed and instead our neighbour found the cause of the problem; water was getting in through the speakers. The problem is not completely solved, but we are at it and for less money.

Submitted: 2011-11-21 | ID: 49737

Rachael, Dorset

Vauxhall Tigra 1.4 A/C Sport 2004

5 star review

I bought my Star Silver 54 plate 1.4 Tigra in March 2007 with just over 8,000 miles on the clock and I can honestly say I’ve never had a major problem with it. I’ve recently just had a little problem with the passenger window not going back up fully, but sorted that out just now by taking out the fuses, cleaning and replacing them. I bought it initially after previously having an N Reg Tigra and loved the fact that you don’t see many of them on the road. I do wish I had waited and got one which had the same colour targa bar (i.e all black or red) but I was so desperate for one I bought the first one I saw and test drove!! Although I love the uniqueness of the Tigra, I will be looking to change it in about a year as I need something with a bit more power and better petrol consumption as I drive round more in my job. Overall, I love my car and will be sad to see it go next year, possibly getting a Nissan Juke or Qashqai.

Submitted: 2011-05-11 | ID: 49728

Mandy Markey, Torfaen

Vauxhall Tigra Exclusive 2006

2 star review

After driving numerous cars and all being different manufacturers, I decided to try the Tigra, mainly for the way it looked, what a mistake! It drives like a bag of spanners, the back end is way too heavy (due to the mechanics for the convertible roof) for a smooth pull-off with a 1.4 engine. The handbrake sticks after being parked up for a while. The car leaks on drivers side, even after being very careful to keep the seals clean and free of debris, I have just opened the boot to investigate where the water is getting in, only to find the carpets covered in mildew and sodden in the boot too. I am absolutely furious after spending the last 2 hours trying to dry it out and remove the mildew. I will never again buy a Vauxhall, they have blinded me with a car of good looks, but in reality I’ve got a very expensive skip! Vauxhall, you should be ashamed of yourselves, yet again the great British public are being ripped off.

Submitted: 2011-03-26 | ID: 49729

Heather Hogg, County Antrim

Vauxhall Tigra Exclusiv 2006

4 star review

I have my car 4 years now with 17,000 miles on the clock. I’ve had no bother with it at all other than a rubber boot that was needed when it was due its MOT. It is the 1.4 (Exclusiv) version and I’m sorry that they are no longer being made as I would buy another new one. I believe that the fuel consumption to be reasonable and although not the quickest car on the road it is suitable for my needs.

Submitted: 2010-08-30 | ID: 49727

Lindsey Levers, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Tigra 1995

3 star review

Cracking little car but whilst driving speed increases the noise inside the car becomes unbearable, to the point that whilst travelling over 40mph it is even difficult to speak to your passenger without shouting.....this is the first Tigra I have owned so advice would be welcome if this is common in the sport version or if further problems are due???? The noise is only noticable inside the car for some reason.

Responses to this review

Try sticking your head outside the car at 100 kilometers an hour and see if it is the same - Konrad doesn’t matter from Australia

Submitted: 2010-08-13 | ID: 49725

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Jacqui White, England

Vauxhall Tigra 2005

3 star review

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Just to respond, me an the missus bought a Tigra twintop. Out of the 2 months we have owned it we actually had it 6 days, been with vauxhall since. The seals need changing every 4 years or it will leak. There is a common fault with the door sills at the bottom of the door getting blocked. My car is under warranty and so Vauxhall have to fix it or supply a new car of equivalent value mileage and year. Our roof makes a nasty noise everytime, it’s because apparently it’s not alighned properly as ours also leaked in the boot etc and smelled very bad. Ask your dealer to take it the the centre of excellence in St Helens and they will fix it. Ours is due back Thursday next week so we will see - Brad Beilby from England

Hi, just following up Brad’s comment, we’ve got a leaking Astra too - and live near St Helens. Is the centre of excellence the Vauxhall dealer on Knowsley Rd? - Nick Cook from Lancashire

I have had a leak too. My boyfriend has discovered that the car has been under sealed but in doing so they have sealed the bottom cill drains. So even after removing the bungs in the cill, there is still water in there. My car is drying out nicely now - from County Antrim

My sister has a Tigra and the passenger side is leaking causing pools of water to form under the carpet in the passenger footwell. I have been told the seals are not under guarantee and the garage is not sure who actually specialises. Any feedback on how you resolved your problem would be much appreciated. Many thanks - Suzanne Whitehouse from Lancashire

Please talk to Trading Standards about roof seals. I had the same problem with my 07 Vauxhall Tigra. I insisted that the roof seal leaked - as it let water in - yet Vauxhall insisted that it was a trim (trim parts are not covered by them). The part is not fit for purpose, so that trim is actually a very leaky roof seal! Vauxhall’s problem, not yours! Once Trading Standards were involved, my seal was replaced immediately and without any problem - Jo Anon from Essex

I have owned my 05 Tigra over two years it is in immaculate condition, the roof works perfectly, there has never been a leak or a strange noise from it. This car is the simplest and cheapest car going to run and is a pleasure to drive. Yes, it is not the fastest car around, but it’s comfortable and a pleasure to drive, - and I have owned loads of cars from Porsches to Jaguar from Durham

I have had a leak too. My boyfriend has discovered that the car has been under sealed but in doing so they have sealed the bottom cill drains. So even after removing the bungs in the cill, there is still water in there. My car is drying out nicely now - from County Antrim

Submitted: 2010-05-04 | ID: 49709

Ian, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Tigra 1.8 Sport 2007

2 star review

Giving 2 stars because the car failed its MOT on steering nock/play!!!! I have had the car from new at 9k miles, yes 9k. It’s never seen wet weather, it’s here in Germany so all excellent roads, feel the car is only good enough to be used as a target on a range. Will I buy another one? What do you think? When it goes out we like to know we can go where we point the car. Support British, why?! Even the horn doesn’t like the dark.

Submitted: 2010-05-02 | ID: 49717

Diane York, Durham

Vauxhall Tigra 2009

4 star review

Good car so far, just one major fault I have noticed that the body coloured bumpers do not match the the main body. I have had bumpers replaced but it looks no better, latest attempt from dealer was to paint bumpers to match, but there is still a tone difference. As I paid almost £18000 for this car I think that there is a problem with this aspect and they’re are not admitting to me that it cannot be rectified because it is two different materials. I wonder if anyone has the same problem? PS. It is now a discontinued model, that could possibly be the reason?

Submitted: 2010-02-07 | ID: 49718

Graham Nichols, Sussex

Vauxhall Tigra 1995

4 star review

A great sporty car from Vauxhall. Great fuel economy on the 1.4 with rapid exceleration make this a cheap fun drive.

Submitted: 2010-01-30 | ID: 49719

Rhys Holland, Northamptonshire

Vauxhall Tigra 1998

4 star review

I’m happy with the car overall, it looks smart - and is nippy - apart from some of the body work its great but I feel it’s not very good on fuel. I will get 300 miles to £45 of petrol and I don’t drive very fast, I maybe accelerate a bit sometimes but not all the time. Does anyone have the same problem or know how they could help me? Thanks, please email rhysholland7@hotmail.com

Submitted: 2010-01-21 | ID: 49720

Tracey Wilson, County Down

Vauxhall Tigra 2007

3 star review

I’m only giving the car a three (despite really loving it) because the bloody thing leaks like a sieve and yet no-one is able to find out where the water is coming from. Every time it rains the drivers side footwell and the area behind the seat are soaking. I’ve been told it’s over zealous car washers, parking on a hill, the direction of the wind (???). I know it’s a covertible and the odd small ingress of water unavoidable but right now I feel like I’m driving around in a very expensive fish tank!! The dealers have been very unhelpful. I certainly won’t buy another Vauxhall of any description as it seem to be a common fault they refuse to acknowledge!

Responses to this review

I agree entirely with your review. Bought a 2005 model and had problems with the passenger side door leaking on occasions, usually only during heavy rain. Revised door seals were fitted but a year later the problem returned. Dealer said out of warranty despite having had the problem originally after only 6 months of ownership. They wanted hundreds of pounds to replace all the seals(windows, roof and doors) to attempt to cure the problem. Other problems included knocking noise associated with steering, nut and bolts replaced under warranty. Had the car 5 years now and less than 30K miles on the clock and oil warning light came on today. Stopped the car immediately and was towed off motorway by the AA, could be just an oil pump failure but this could also have wrecked the engine. I too am put off buying another Vauxhall - Steven Mills from England

Has your problem been fixed yet? My sister has a Tigra and it is leaking on the passenger side. She has had the car nearly two years but has been told she is not covered under the three year warranty if it is the seal. Also the garage can not advise her who actually specialises in resolving these problems. Many thanks - Suzanne Whitehouse from Lancashire

I have a Tigra w reg. I’ve had for a year next Feb and it also has developed water that appears to come up from the floor or runs under the passenger footwell carpet any ideas how to resolve this? - from Somerset

Well I'm so fed up with soggy wet towels soaking up the indoor pool in this car and for all those that think their's doesn't leak, it will do eventually so stop being smug. I've had mine 4 yrs and just paid it off, then it starts leaking in and yes it's a pool in the driver`s side footwell and behind the seat - a real mess, hate you Vauxhall, never again! - from West Yorkshire

In wet weather or wet to dry conditions, you will more than likely be able to see where the condensation is building. Mine was up front on the nearside. This is where the drainage is for the battery in my case the whole area was stuffed with leaves and blocking drainage. Once cleared, the leakage no longer occurred. I would suggest also that the roof seals need checking every few years and every ten years alignment should also be checked. By the way, after wet weather, avoid opening your driver window as the water drains from the roof, straight down onto the door control switches. Water and electrics? Nah.... - Ross A from West Midlands

Submitted: 2009-11-27 | ID: 49721

Robert Zimmerman, Kent

Vauxhall Tigra 1.8 16v Sport 2007

4 star review

I chose this car over its rivals because its a real head turner. Ride is fantastic.

Submitted: 2007-11-23 | ID: 49740

Rosemary Murfin, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Tigra 1.4i 16V Manual Air a/c 2007

4 star review

I just love the Tigra, I previously owned the 01 model and decided it was definately time for an update. This Tigra beats the old one hands down but still retains it’s sporty personality and easy going drive. LOVE IT!

Submitted: 2007-11-21 | ID: 49739

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