1998 Buick Skylark Reviews from North America

1998 Buick Skylark Custom 3.1L V6

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Reliable, cheap transportation

Faults:

The front brakes were shot when I bought it, which is common with this car. I replaced the rotors and put on ceramic (lifetime) pads myself for about $100. The front brakes on this car are easy to change for a backyard mechanic.

The clear coat on the hood was in very rough shape, and looked bad. Found a good replacement in the junkyard, another easy fix.

Tape deck and rear speakers did not work. I replaced the stereo and all 4 speakers for about $130. I was surprised how low quality the stock speakers were.

All window motors are weak, and I will probably have to replace them soon. If you use them too much, they will over heat and stop working until they cool down.

General Comments:

If you only want reliable transportation and can find one of these models in decent mechanical condition, I would buy it. Especially if you are able to do basic repairs yourself.

I drove this 12 year old car almost clear across the US, and had no problems at all. I averaged 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

My only complaint with this car is typical of most North American vehicles, and that is the cheap looking and poor fitting interior. The interior plastic panels tend to rub together, and creak or vibrate. The cover behind the door handle and window switch covers do not sit flush, and look like they were made for some other car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2010

1998 Buick Skylark Custom 3.1 V6

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

I love my car, I'm just afraid to drive it in warm weather

Faults:

My car stalls frequently in warm weather, but always starts again. By frequently, I mean every couple of miles after eight miles.

It grinds severely on take off, driving up hill, when stopped at a light, and when parked on an incline.

I have replaced the alternator, water-pump and thermostat.

General Comments:

I love how this car handles and it is quick and strong. In cool weather, it is my preferred vehicle.

The interior is somewhat worn and uncomfortable, but I'm not afraid of the kids or dog messing it up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2009

16th Feb 2009, 07:34

The car is a 1998, not 1997.

1998 Buick Skylark custom 3.1

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 kilometres
Most recent distance143000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Nissan Quest

Summary:

A luxurious, comfortable, stable vehicle with good fuel economy, performance and reliability

Faults:

I have replaced the rear brake drums at 135,000 km and have sealed a frond windshield leak.

General Comments:

I have just returned from an 11,500 kilometer trip in which I drove the car from Canada down the trans-peninsular highway of Baja mexico. Not a single problem! The fuel economy is outstanding and I got as high as 38.5 mpg (imperial gallon) on one stage of the trip and the lowest mpg I got was 27 on a very twisty, steep mountainous region. I bought this car used specifically for this trip as I did not want to take a new vehicle into Mexico. The vehicle had been quite well maintained by previous owners. I am 6 foot 4 inches tall and found the seats quite comfortable for extended driving periods, the handling and suspension are good for most driving situations (though not excellent, acceleration and braking are above average and the vehicle is very quiet on the road. I intended to sell the car upon my return home but liked it so much I sold my newer, lower mile car instead! This car handles all climate conditions well... I left home in a snow storm and drove through 350 miles of snow and rain to end up in La Paz Mexico where it was between 95-102 degrees for the 2 weeks I was there. The vehicle handled these extremes with no problems at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2008

1998 Buick Skylark 4-dr Custom 3.1 V6

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired29500 miles
Most recent distance119500 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

Reliable and affordable transportation

Faults:

I've replaced the throttle body sensor twice. Once around 36,000 and then again later on, under 100,000 miles, but I can't remember when. In case anybody is wondering, the faulty sensor results in a "racing" engine, high or very high RPMs. It's an intermittent problem at first solved by turning off and restarting the car. Eventually (weeks later) the Check Engine light will come on. The high RPMs can be dangerous as it is difficult to stop the car.

New struts at 119,000 and new bearing plates. The control arms were replaced at maybe 100,000 miles. Expensive dealer only part.

The plastic side panel where the seat belts are has gotten nicked and dinged from the metal seat beat buckle hitting it when it's released and recoiled.

At 119,000 miles the car has lost some pep, but that's to be expected.

General Comments:

This is my third Buick and my second Skylark. I had a 1990 V6 that I drove for 140,000 miles.

Buicks are comfortable riding cars and handle OK, but not great.

Both my Skylarks have been pretty reliable transportation.

Buicks are not exactly known for their stylish looks, but the Skylark isn't an ugly car either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 9 reviews