Opel Corsa Owners Manual: Catalytic converter, Transmission display, Selector lever

Catalytic converter

The catalytic converter reduces the amount of harmful substances in the exhaust gases.

Fuel grades other than those listed could damage the catalytic converter or electronic components.

Unburnt petrol will overheat and damage the catalytic converter.

Therefore avoid excessive use of the starter, running the fuel tank dry and starting the engine by pushing or towing.

In the event of misfiring, uneven engine running, a reduction in engine performance or other unusual problems, have the cause of the fault rectified by a workshop as soon as possible. In an emergency, driving can be continued for a short period, keeping vehicle speed and engine speed low.

Transmission display

Transmission display
Transmission display

The mode or selected gear is shown in the transmission display.

Selector lever

P = park position, wheels are

P = park position, wheels are locked, engage only when the vehicle is stationary and the parking brake is applied.

R = reverse gear, engage only when vehicle is stationary.

N = neutral.

D = automatic mode with all gears.

The selector lever is locked in P and can only be moved when the ignition is on and the brake pedal is applied.

To engage P or R, push the release button on selector lever.

The engine can only be started with lever in position P or N. When position N is selected, press brake pedal or apply parking brake before starting.

Do not accelerate while engaging a gear. Never depress the accelerator pedal and brake pedal at the same time.

When a gear is engaged, the vehicle slowly begins to creep when the brake is released.

Gears 3, 2, 1
3, 2, 1 = Transmission does not shift above the selected gear.

Press button on selector lever to engage 3 or 1.

Only select 3, 2 or 1 to prevent automatic upshifting or as an aid in engine braking.

Engine braking

To utilise the engine braking effect, select a lower gear in good time when driving downhill.

Rocking the vehicle

Rocking the vehicle is only permissible if the vehicle is stuck in sand, mud or snow. Move the selector lever between D and R in a repeat pattern. Do not race the engine and avoid sudden acceleration.


Apply the parking brake and engage P.

The ignition key can only be removed when the selector lever is in position P.

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