1989 Buick Skyhawk Reviews

1989 Buick Skyhawk Base 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carGMC Safari

Summary:

A great little car, but not without its quirks!

Faults:

Alternator.

Power steering pump.

Power steering hose blew three times.

Radiator hose.

A/C compressor kicked the bucket a couple years ago.

Exhaust system twice.

Cigarette lighter died.

Some rust around the body, but all surface rust (what else can you expect for a car this old?)

General Comments:

Overall, it's been a great little car to have. My complaints are that it's very small, and quite underpowered. This car does not like hills. When we bought the car, the interior looked brand new. It had very low miles, the A/C worked, the seats looked like they had never been sat in, dashboard was not cracked or anything, it still had the original can of touch-up paint in the glove compartment.

Over the years, it's had to have a few things replaced. The biggest issue with this car has been the power steering. We've replaced the hose 3 times, and the pump once, and it still makes noise and drops fluid. These cars (along with its sister cars the Pontiac Sunbird, Chevrolet Cavalier, and Cadillac Cimarron) have been known to have this problem.

It really has been a wonderfully reliable car. Very economical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2009

1989 Buick Skyhawk 2.5 Liter from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired81310 miles
Most recent distance81325 miles
Previous carDodge Daytona

Summary:

Nice car for the money.

Faults:

Headliner is coming down bad.

Passenger side mirror is broken.

Only one radio speaker works. The rest are blew out.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable and is pretty quick for a four cylinder.

This is my first GM car and I would consider buying another one. You can't beat GM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2006

1989 Buick Skyhawk 2.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carBuick Skyhawk

Summary:

Any Geo metro could beat this car in a race, without a person driving it

Faults:

Everything, The timing belt, fuel injectors, Gaskets, pretty much the whole car its self..

General Comments:

I would never buy this car. This is the worst car I ever owned.. The letters fell off the back to make it spell Buk Hawk. so I call it that now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2005

23rd Jan 2006, 22:40

I had a buick skyhawk in and around the 1985 to 1990 time frame. It was a joke, the car cost around 12K new, and I think GM paid about 15K dollars in repair.

The paint, electrical system, power and all around quality was poor to say the least.

Buk hawk -- pretty funny.

9th Dec 2009, 19:17

I had an 89 SE. I replaced the alternator and the shocks and struts. The wheels were plastic coated and leaked so I replaced them. Eventually installed an aftermarket stereo. The engine had a tick in it when I bought it and eventually blew. Replaced it. Rolled the car and had it fixed. I wish I still owned it. But I am buying another one. They are fairly easy to work on, get great mileage and are a blast to drive.

1989 Buick Skyhawk 2.0 TBI from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 TBI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance108850 miles

Summary:

Not bad for $300

Faults:

New alternator.

New battery.

Serpentine belt fell off.

Seat belts too loose.

Dashboard misshapen.

Roof fabric hanging down.

Serious stains on carpet.

Replaced overflow tank for radiator.

New heater core.

When bought 11/02 it had 3inches of water sitting in the drivers side floor board.

General Comments:

Well, other than the problems I had when it was first bought this car has been much more than I expected.

It has very low mileage for an 89 and it handles very nicely.

Its comfortable to drive and it's a blast around sharp turns.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2003

2nd Oct 2005, 19:59

Definitely a blast around curves. May not have much power, but you can definitely out run pretty much anyone on a curvy road. I have an 86 model, owned it since 12/04 and still runs, can't complain for 500 bucks. Although with its awesome handling it hydroplanes badly.

24th Jul 2009, 12:01

I just bought a 1988 Skyhawk 2 door 2.0 litre auto; it's a blast and I only paid 500 for it.

9th Dec 2009, 19:14

I owned an 89 SE with the high output 2.0. It was a blast to drive. I am buying another one with the 5 speed. Mine had an automatic. I am getting it for $450.00.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews