1993 Buick Skylark Reviews

1993 Buick Skylark custom V 6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V 6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.3 / 10

Summary:

I am ready to just burn it up

Faults:

The windows in the front will not let down. The motor mount broke, the car kept running hot. I changed the thermostat, the radiator, and the heater core before I finally got it working. The lights stopped working and I have gotten everything working now except the dash panel and the tail lights. I have changed the bulbs and the fuses and I am really about to be fed up with it. The front driver seat is broken very badly and somehow, water is getting in and settling on the brand new carpet that I have had installed. The transmission is also leaking fluid even after I've had the filter and gasket changed on it as well.

General Comments:

I thought I had bought a pretty decent car because it started out perfect, but now I wish I would have left it at the dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2006

2nd Jun 2006, 13:31

If you're crazy enough to put new carpet in a 13 year old car, I don't feel the least bit sorry for you.

2nd Jun 2006, 16:22

It just sounds like this poor old car has had a hard life. It needs maintenance to get it back in shape, and once that's done, it ought to be able to give good service for a while. Don't pay any attention to the carpet comment, I don't see anything wrong with trying to keep an old car looking nice. That's a heck of a lot better than just letting it deteriorate into a pile of crap. It sounds like you've already fixed most of the annoying problems, so don't bail out now. Regarding the leaking transmission fluid, make sure that you correctly tighten the pan bolts to the correct torque, in the correct sequence. That's good that you replaced the filter, but when you put the pan back on, if you just tighten them up with a socket to where you think they should be, the gasket will leak because the bolts haven't been tightened correctly. You need to tighten bolts starting at opposite sides/corners of the pan and work you way crisscrossed around the pan perimeter to get the bolts wrist-tight. Then go back with a torque wrench in the same sequence and tighten to the correct torque specification, which you can find in a Hayne's or Chilton's manual.

1993 Buick Skylark Custom 2.3 Liter 4 Cylinder from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 Liter 4 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles

Summary:

It's a really good reliable car. I love mine!

Faults:

Had to replace the Alternator in it and one brake line at 93,000 miles.

It takes a few try's to get the high beams to stay on at first, after that, no problems. 93,000 miles. I plan on getting that fixed soon.

Other than that, she runs great!

General Comments:

This car still has some get-up-and-go for being a not so young lady.

She keeps up the good tradition of "Nothing rides like a Buick."

Handle's great on the road.

This car has some descent uphill climbing ability not the best in the world, but hey, it's only a 4 Cylinder!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2005

1993 Buick Skylark Custom 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

Powerful, reliable, great value

Faults:

About every three years I need to have the mass air flow contacts cleaned. Hesitation was hard to diagnose, but once identified, this fixes it every time.

Seat belt buckle casing broke at 62,000 miles.

Transmission lockup solenoid replaced at 65,000 miles.

Alternator replaced at 93,000.

General Comments:

Very strong, reliable car.

Great pick up for passing or entering traffic.

Lots of trunk space.

Has held up great over the years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2003

1993 Buick Skylark Custom 3.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

A fast reliable car with style

Faults:

I have had the front brakes including the rotors replaced four times.

I replaced the alternator and battery at 140,000 kms.

At 150,000 kms I had to replace the heater core.

At 155,000 kms the solenoid on the transmission went.

Most recently, I had to have the heater fan motor cleaned as the fan output wouldn't keep the windshield clear.

General Comments:

I purchased this car brand new and haven't had many problems with it until the last couple of years. None of the repairs have been that expensive either.

My Skylark has awesome pickup for passing on the highway and handles quite well up to 135 km/hr.

My original tires were Michelin's and I got 90,000 km on them. I had the alignment checked and it never needed adjusting.

Up until this year there was not one leak under the car. Recently, it started to leak a little tiny bit of oil.

I still have the original exhaust on the car and have not had to make any repairs to it.

I like the interior of this car and find it very comfortable. My husband, however has trouble getting comfortable once he finally gets in the car.

My Skylark has a great sound system.

My only complaints with this car is that some of the trim fits poorly and rattles frequently and the doors could seal better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 8 reviews