1979 Buick Skyhawk Review

1979 Buick Skyhawk Hatchback 231 V6 (3.8 liter) from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1984
Engine and transmission 231 V6 (3.8 liter) Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carMazda GLC


A generally satisfactory car, which would have really excelled if only it were more fun to drive!


The clutch and pressure plate went out at approximately 30000 miles with the 4-speed manual transmission.

No other major malfunctions.

General Comments:

This car was just begging to be hopped up! The 231 V6 was a late-1970s smog engine, so it was predictably anemic. In my unofficial acceleration test, I got a 0-to-60 time in just over 13 seconds. (Given the 3300 pound weight of car+driver, this works out to about 120 horsepower.)

At the time I owned this car, the great potential of the 3.8-liter engine was just being tapped into by hot-rodders. It was no exaggeration that nearly 200 horsepower was achievable with only a handful of relatively inexpensive modifications. Ah, but if I'd only had the time...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2007

5th Aug 2007, 16:27

You sure don't see many rear wheel drive Buick Skyhawk's or any of the H-body cars built from 1975-80, I think they're one of GM's most underrated cars and I feel they deserve more recognition than what they get.

21st Sep 2009, 21:55

I had a 1977 Skyhawk and really loved it. I put in a hotter cam, 9:1 pistons, intake manifold and a Carter 4bbl, along with lower springs and bigger sway bars. It was a fun car until rust got the better of it by '85. Corrosion was a big problem on the H bodies with their curved in doors and fenders.

17th Dec 2010, 11:00

I had a 1979 Buick Sky Hawk S. It was the first car I ever owned. Bought it brand new for a little over $6,000. I loved that car. As it aged, it showed it more so than the competing imports like Toyota. It used to go through tires like oil changes.

Overall, it was a fun car to drive.

I love seeing pics of the 1979 Skyhawk on the web. Takes me back... way back.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review