Eh.. I just bought this car 6 months ago, and its been nothing but problems for me.. It has a bad coolant system that seems to just be unfixable. No matter what I have done to it, it proceeds to overheat within itself. The car has about 60000 miles on it, so I'm sure its good for alittle longer.. but I'm tired of it!!!
My name is Julius, I have a '84 Buick skyhawk, it work sh*tty, but I painted it chrome and now it looks like a pimp car...SWEET! so over all it's an OK ride, but I'd rather have a Porche...the devil speaks for me...(obviously)
I also had one of these cars... a blue '85 sedan. It was nothing, but problems - steering rack, heater core, gas leaks, etc.. but it was my first car, and I loved it and still have a soft spot for them. If I had more mechanical ability, I'd love to get another one to tinker with. However, they are really hard to find these days!
Well You all may have had good luck with your sky hawk, but my engine is about ready to blow up and I wish it could be fixed.
I had a 1984 Buick Skyhawk Custom Coupe Standard Shift. It was silver, bought new. I had it until April 1996, when it had 96,000 miles on it. Never gave me any problems - never had to replace the clutch, though service people tried to con me into it, insisting I needed it replaced. I always used the clutch properly.
I did need new exhaust systems more often than I'd have liked.
Oh! The engine light always came on, from 1993 on. No one could get it to go off, no matter how many times I had tune-ups, oil changes, giving the car more service than it needed. I just drove with the engine light on all the time. It didn't seem to matter. I got used to it.
It had a crazy plastic gadget under the dash near the ignition that forced the car to fail to start if you did not push the clutch in all the way. Well, the gadget broke, and I had to manually make it work to start the car. I looked like I was someone trying to jump start the car - my car!
I had the car rust-proofed when I'd bought it, but it rusted out badly anyway. I used to add decorative black vinyl patches to rusted out areas, so it looked good. I'd added corresponding patches to the other side of the car, for balance. So, as car got near the end, I actually made it look entirely different than what it originally looked like. I got stares from people!
Four months before I got rid of it, I became homeless, and had to live in it, through the harsh winter of 1996 out on Long Island. By spring, I'd got a DWI, the police confiscating the car. Sadly, I never saw it again.
I have a few photos of the car, taken after I'd already done some of my patchwork on it.
I now have a Mitsubishi Mirage, another model that is no longer made. Good car! It is as close to my old Skyhawk as you get in newer cars today. Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire comes close. It is automatic, and yes! I've already done some design work on that car too!