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  • How to:- Care for your Corsa VXR - A 'User Guide'

    **Disclaimer this is not official advice from Vauxhall or VXRonline for that you will need to consult the owners manual**

    SO...

    To all new/prospective buyers, please see enclosed details of how to get the most from your car without killing it...

    1. Always let it warm up before giving it some beans
    This can be monitored through the secret screen (instructions >HERE FOR BIG SCREEN< and >HERE FOR LITTLE SCREEN<). It is advised within supplementary literature not to use full boost under 70 degrees water temperature. Once the water temperature hits 95, wait a further 10 minutes before going full boost. This is to ensure that the oil temperature of booth the engine and turbo are up to temperature to prevent damage to parts.
    The guideline 10 minutes may be longer in the winter due to cold conditions.
    Leaving the car on idle does not count as warming up and should not be carried out unless waiting for the windscreen to de-mist as it can cause damage to the engine over time.
    It is also advised within the handbook that full boost should not be used over when water temperature is over 95 degrees.
    2. Always let the car cool down once you have completed your journey
    If you have been enjoying yourself, cool down by now using low throttle load for the last 5/10 minutes of your journey, further allowing the car to stand for 30 seconds - 1 minute once parked to enable the oil to recirculate prior to ignition switch off. If you have been driving "spiritedly" and without cool off time, allow a minimum of 2 minutes cool off time.
    If you have been driving like miss daisy, once parked allow up to 30 seconds for the same.
    3. Remapping the car = No VX warranty on anything engine related
    If you remap your car you will lose your VX Warranty. No tuner offers a mapping service that keep warranty.
    Various tuners are available, the main ones considered to be TMS, Regal, Courts and MPG (in no particular order).
    TMS offer a 60k mile, 3 year warranty that runs in conjunction with VX warranty. If any modified part is found to be at fault, a VX garage or TMS performance centre will replace/fix and you will not be charged.
    Regal, Courts and MPG offer their own warranty (terms i do not know so please advise people who do!) which requires you to re attend their premises in the event of a problem (modification related)
    If the issue that you discover is not related to your modification (radiator leaking, wheel bearing, etc) then VX will cover you.
    4. Modifying the car (generally)
    There are plenty of modifications available for the corsa, from coilovers to wind deflectors for the windows.
    It is worth noting at this point that ANY MODIFICATION THAT IS MADE AFFECTING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE VEHICLE WILL NEED TO BE DECLARED TO YOUR INSURANCE and also that ANY MODIFICATION TO THE CAR MAY/WILL AFFECT YOUR WARRANTY ON THE PART IN QUESTION AND ANY OTHER RELATED PARTS

    Performance Modifications available include but are not limited to:-
    • The "stage/phase" upgrades

      When modifying the car it is often refered to as a stage/phase upgrade. These stages are as follows:-
      • Stage 1 - Remap
      • Stage 2 - Remap + Turbo back (full system) exhaust
      • Stage 3 - Intercooler
      When applied to Phase upgrades works are as follows:-
      • Phase 1 - Remap
      • Phase 2 - Remap + Dbilas Flowmaster air intake system
      • Phase 3 - Remap + Turbo back (full system) exhaust
      • Phase 4 - Remap + Intercooler
      With both routes you must be running the previous stage to enable progression from Stage/Phase 2 onwards (unless buying all stages at once)
    • Exhaust
      There are four parts on the Corsa exhaust - pre-cat downpipe, main cat, centre silencer and the back box.
      There are numerous Exhausts available for the Corsa, including Piper, Miltek, Janspeed, Bastuck, Remus, Cobra, etc. Out of all exhausts available, the ONLY WARRANTY APPROVED EXHAUST IS THE REMUS. This is not a full system but a de-cat pre-cat downpipe and back box. It will give you pops on shifting up, burbles on the over run and be generally noisy lol. If you decide to go with one of the other exhausts you will void your warranty on the exhaust itself and possibly on the turbo (the ideology being that with a less restrictive cat (most aftermarket systems run a 100/200 cell cat compared to the standard 400 cell) the turbo is reducing its life).
      The other exhausts available are turbo-back (full systems) and are required for Stage/Phase upgrades. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • Intercooler
      The upgraded intercooler is available from various/all tuners as listed above and is designed to reduce the running temperature of the car. This modification is normally bought as a phase upgrade after a turbo-back exhaust to achieve maximum gains. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • Panel Filter
      The change of the standard Panel filter to a branded panel (k&n, itg, courtenay, etc) is often regarded as a low risk modification. This is due to both its common use and that it does not provide a large performance gain or risk to your warranty. It should however be noted that warranty IS affected if your dealer/service centre decide it is attributable to a parts failure. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
      The Dbilas Flowmaster air intake system is a further step on this, changing the airbox "It incorperates a re-usable K&N panel filter element and a totally isolated intake tract for the coolest intake temperature possible".
    • Silicon Hoses
      Upgraded silicon hoses are a common modification also. There are numerous suppliers of silicon hose (courtenay, Samco, Roose, etc) in various colours. The uprated hoses are designed as a direct replacement for the "OE" hoses, reducing the risk of hose collapse under load and enabling lower running temperature through better heat dispersion and less friction.
    • LSD
      An LSD is a Limited Slip Differential. The benefits over a standard open differential include:- maximising traction and minimizing wheelspin and eliminating torque steer and snatching in front wheel drive cars. Many regard this as a great handling mod enabling better ability to get the power down. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • Lowering springs/Coilovers
      Lowering springs do what they say on the box; lower the car. The lower in stance is often described as offering better handling of the car by reducing body roll. There are various kits available with various drops, from 20-30 to 30-40 to 40mm all around. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
      Coilovers are a progression from lowering springs, offering adjustable height and damping. Kits vary in price and are only really recommended for people intending to take the car to the track. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • Brakes
      There are, ultimately, two types of brake upgrade available for the corsa:- Replacement discs/pads and Full upgrade kits.
      Replacement discs and pads are exactly that; a change of the brake disc to enable better heat dispersion and friction, etc. When upgrading the pads upgraded braided hoses are also recommended. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
      Upgraded brake kits (4 pot brakes or similar) are offered by most tuners. A variation on the 4 pot upgrade is the use of Vectra vxr brakes. Both options are the height of brake system upgrades, coming in at £1k+. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.


    Aesthetic Upgrades include but are not limited to:-
    • Wind deflectors
      An easy modification to do, these are plastic defectors that fit in the window track, enabling the window to be opened with less wind noise. They serve no performance gain and are aesthetic. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • Grille VXR Badge
      The application of the VXR badge to the front grille. The best place to purchase the badge form is normally ebay. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • Changed Fog light surrounds
      The alternative fog light surrounds are a black OPC part available from VX Dealers or MattBibs (member on vxro). Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • The use of Carbon
      To date a carbon bonnet is not available. The only car parts available are a replacement rear diffuser. These are very rare as production has currently stopped. Search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.
    • The use of vinyl
      In the absence of carbon many people vinyl wrap various parts of their car, from roof to bonnet to splitter. There are various firms that do this work. As ever, search of the forum will enable an idea of opinion and use.

    5. Standard issues - There are quite a few!
    From leaking radiators to wheel bearings, the corsa has quite a few common faults. If you think you have a fault, go to VX after searching on here to see if you can find any answers. Chances are it will have been covered 100's of times (most have now )
    6. Care of paintwork
    There is a great detailing section with How-to's and great professional advice available. All available >here<
    Last edited by moeman; 1 August 2010, 01:23 PM.
    Originally posted by Bobbyp90
    Yes Tom! You're a freaking genius!
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    7. Personalisation of items (Lights on unlock, etc).
    This can be found within the Manual where it lists all options (p1-7) as follows:
    The following is a list of what each of the P numbers stand for :-
    1. Welcome lights, off/on - headlights, rear light & reg plate lights come on when you unlock car
    2. Auto Rear wiper, off/on - rear wiper starts when you have front wipers on and you put it into reverse
    3. Touch control for indicators, off/on - 3 flashes instead of constant flashing when you half press indicator up or down
    4. Automatic door & tailgate locking, off/on - doors lock when you reach about 10mph
    5. Separate driver door unlocking, off/on - one press opens all the doors, boot and fuel flap when switched off
    6. Speed limiter warning, off/speed - either switched off or comes on when you go over the selected speed
    7. Warning tones volume, 1-5, volume of the the indicator beeps

    Details of how to access and change can be found >HERE<
    8. Fuel
    It is strongly advised that Optimax or other high quality, high octane fuel is used. Most within the forum use Tesco Momentum (T99 - 99 RON) or Shell V-Power (99 RON). The fuel that you use is personal choice and different people report different results. Please use search if you have any queries relating to fuel. Within supplementary literature it further advises to use Milers Octane Plus or CVL, when good quality fuel is not available.
    9. Low Fuel
    When Fuel is less than 1/4 tank, it is advised that you reduce your performance to low boost as this can, in extreeme cases, cause air to enter the fuel system. This will result in damage to the engine.
    10. Oil
    As soon as the oil turns black it is advised that it needs changing. Use only GM Approved oil. This can be found >HERE<. Please make reference back to the handbook to ensure the correct variant is used.
    11. Servicing + Warranty
    In order to retain a VX warranty, all services must be carried within the service intervals (1 year or 20k miles, whichever comes first) and must be carried out by either a VX Garage or a VAT registered garage using GM parts (oil fitler, etc). If you miss a service or carry out a service DIY you may/will void your warranty.
    12. Insurance
    Every single person has a different insurance policy, be it their NCB, postcode, other named drivers, etc. The only way of getting a good price is to shop around. Bear in mind (prospective buyers) that the corsa is a 1.6 turbo car and has an insurance rating to match
    Also ensure that any modifications that you carry out are declared to your insurance. Nobody wants to hear about invalid or void insurance if required
    13. Cruise Control
    Cruise control is a standard option found on the left stalk to the steering wheel. Details can be found on P124 of the Manual but as a brief guide...
      • In order for Cruise control to work, the brake must be applied before attempted operation. If the brake is not applied the light on the dash will flash back at you.
      • To set the cruise contol, twist the end of the stalk away from you
      • To re-engage a previously set speed, twist the stalk towards you
      • To cancel the cruise control press the button on the end of the stalk
      • Alternatively, pressing either the brake or clutch will cancle the cruise control


    14. AFL or Reflector Headlights?
    AFL Headlights are a option available on the Corsa.
    If you have AFL headlights they will look like this...

    (thanks to whoever i borrowed the image from)
    If looking to replace the 'turning light' on your AFL headlight unit it has been commented previously that they are H1 fitting. Please consult your manual for verification prior to ordering!

    If you have reflector headlights they will look like this...
    Regardless of headlight type the bulb fitments are as follows:
    • Dipped Beam (main headlights) - H7
    • High Beam - H1
    • Fog lights - H11
    • Sidelights - W5W


    UPDATE ITEM [JAN '11] - HIDS & (IL)LEGALITY
    In accordance with the new VOSA MOT Rules, Aftermarket HIDs will be an immediate MOT Fail unless the following are present:-
    - Projector headlight housing
    - Suspension level sensors
    - In car beam adjuster
    - Headlight washers

    All information is available here....

    and the EU Directive here

    And the definitive answer....


    This is not subject to discussion nor "they won't do it"... Its being introduced and will be statute. If your car is subsequently found to have HID's the Police have every power to stop you and impound your car on the grounds of not being road worthy, rendering your insurance void. Please heed this advice.

    Alternative HID look halogen bulbs are available on search.

    15. Did you know.....?
    There are a lot of "hidden" features on the Corsa. A list of known items can be found >HERE< with thanks to Brano
    16. Hill Start Assist
    The corsa comes with "hill start assist" as standard. This feature is activated by depressing the brake pedal fully when stationary. On releasing the pedal the hill assist will prevent your car from rolling backwards, enabling you to swap left foot to the clutch Details can be found in the User Manual
    17. Options on your Vehicle..
    The list of available Options are as follows:
    • Paint - Metallic Silver, Pearlescent Black, Pearlescent Arden
    • Trim - Leather
    • Alloys - 18's
    • Audio - CD 60 Satellite navigation system/CD player with MP3 format/Stereo radio/Auxiliary-in socket/Graphic display OR CD autochanger with MP3 format/DAB stereo radio (CDC 40 DAB) (deletes auxiliary-in socket)
    • Phone - Mobile phone system with Bluetooth® (does not include phone or phone cradle) and graphic display
    • Windows - Dark-tinted windows (excludes windscreen and front door windows)
    • Parking Sensors - Rear parking distance sensors
    • Climate Control - Electronic Climate Control (ECC) incorporating air conditioning ((This options gives you the larger (GID) screen in the centre consol))
    • AFL -Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) - halogen ((As above))
    • Sight and Light Pack - Sight and Light Pack
      Consisting of - Automatic Lighting Control (ALC)
      - Electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror
      - Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers

    List of options taken from VX configurator 31st July 2010

    18. 2011 Facelift model
    Due to be introduced in February/March 2011, the facelift version of the Corsa VXR is to have the following changes:-
    - 18" Alloys - Now an 18" version of the Insignia VXR 20" alloy



    - "Hawk Eye" style headlights as seen on the Astra and Meriva



    - Updated Grille with new VX Emblem
    - Change in available colours (Colour range TBC)
    - CD60 to be replaced with new Touchscreen unit - "Touch & Connect multi-media system is available, offering a five-inch touch screen, 3D mapping and iPod and Bluetooth connectivity"




    Reflector Headlight version (Granted Opel but for illustrative purposes....)



    Projector Headlight version (as above)



    It has been confirmed that Xenon's will not be an option, so Halogen AFL remain.


    ANY MORE PLEASE ADVISE
    Last edited by Tom_Y2K4; 4 January 2011, 07:43 PM.
    Originally posted by Bobbyp90
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