1983 Buick Skyhawk Review from North America

1983 Buick Skyhawk Limited 1.8L

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles

Summary:

A love-hate relationship

Faults:

Oh, so many things!

Blown head gasket.

Cracked head.

Engine caught on fire.

Oxygen sensor.

Timing will not stay correct.

Camshaft had to be replaced.

Rocker arm broke.

Cruise control line broke 4 times.

Then cruise control would work fine, until it decided to play games with me and speed up on its own from 35 MPH to 60 MPH. I finally stopped it after being shocked.

Two years later, after we spent a ton of money fixing this car, I put insurance on the car and about 2 hours later it messed up again. It would run, then feel like someone was tugging on it with a rubber band and slow down. Then it would do fine, then slow down again. This happened continuously. It hasn't run right since. Now the car will not even gain enough speed to run anywhere.

General Comments:

I love my car. I cried when it caught on fire. I will admit, I am a woman, but after buying this car for $400 and spending more than the cost of the car to fix it, I have learned a great deal about this car. Being with a mechanic only helped my love for cars, but this car will soon be given away because I doubt it will ever run right again.

The car was nice when I was 17 years old, but now I have learned too much about this car and I'd rather get a new one.

However, the car was very cozy and very clean, despite the ugly design. I guess I can't get much better for an 80's model Buick anyway. Still a cute car, I imagined it was a Camaro! I've never seen a Buick designed this way (nothing can compare to a Camaro, although I dreamed it was one).

I think a 1.8L engine should have never existed.

I still love my car to this day. It grew on me very quick and I am very attached. It's like a love-hate relationship that will never go away!

Rest in peace my sweet Skyhawk...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th August, 2001

17th Sep 2007, 11:10

Synthetic oil does not "eat the seals" - it cleans dirt away from old dried-up, cracked seals. Without the dirt there, oil starts to leak out.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 1 review