1989 Buick Skylark Reviews from North America

1989 Buick Skylark Custom 2.5L Tech4

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5L Tech4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50812 miles
Most recent distance52528 miles

Summary:

Why can't all cars be like this today.

Faults:

The car needed a complete tune-up.

(Car would not start or run right in damp weather)

Stereo would not function correctly. (Buttons would stick or not work)

Radiator fan motor went at approx. 51000 miles.

Passenger side door lock sticks.

Dash lights are dim/fading.

General Comments:

For a 4 cylinder engine, this car really has the get up and go, without being a complete gas hog. The seats are comfortable as can be and the sound system is awesome. The car turns on a dime & rides like a dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2005

26th Jan 2007, 17:00

I owned a car like this one, a 4 door with 112,000 miles on it and I put in only oil, gas, tires and alignments on it. Until a school bus pulled out in front of me at 140,000 miles on it, and it only crushed the front to the windshield and I was doing 50 mph!!!

1989 Buick Skylark Custom 2-DR 3.1 V6

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 kilometres
Most recent distance173000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

Deal of the decade

Faults:

The brake lines need replacement.

The car stalled twice in the first week. But I think that was due to old gas. The car had been sitting covered for 8 months prior to my ownership.

That's it!

General Comments:

2DR beauty. White exterior with plush maroon interior.

I came into an absolutely amazing deal with this Buick. Estate sale by brother in law. Only $CAN 2100.

Mint condition with fairly low kilometres for a 16 year old car.

The previous owner (2nd) ran the auto shop for a Canadian Tire and it was his baby.

There is nothing wrong with it at all.

Came with: New tire, new brakes, new muffler. Basically, the average things that can go wrong on a $2,000 car are all fixed.

Just took it in for an oil change and the shop could not believe how clean the undercarriage and motor was.

Perfect and so different than the new bubble cars that every company is making these days. I mean, even Volvo abandoned the crisp square lines.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2005

25th Jun 2005, 23:06

I have the same car with same exterior and interior color and let me tell ya... even though it has the Tech4 2.5l engine... it's still got some power. The car rides nice, looks sweet, and requires very little maintenance. One word of advice however; keep the body in good shape! Once it starts rusting out, it spreads like wildfire.

3rd May 2007, 12:23

I believe in 1989 this car would have had the 3.3 liter v-6, not the 3.1 litre. The 3.3 or 3300 was a 90 degree v6 based on the 3.8, one of GMs best engines in the late 80's and early 90s. Be happy you had the 3.3, the 3.1 wasn't nearly as reliable, due to various unforutunate modernizations.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews