1996 Buick Skylark Custom 3.1L 6 cyliner 155hp from North America


Affordable luxury - that's Buick!!!!


Between 90,000 and 125,000 miles had to replace things (injectors, A/C, window motors, tires).

The repairs did add up - but now the car can easily go past 200,000 miles.

Upholstery has held up beautifully.

The original tires went 90,000 miles - dry rotting was the issue, still had tread!

General Comments:

The engine is strong.

Miles per gallon will astound you on the highway.

Insurance costs are low.

Back seat is a bit tight.

All the windows roll down all the way.

Not a candidate for theft.

From point A to point B with heat or A/C - what more do you need? Impress yourself, not strangers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2007

16th Dec 2008, 08:11

As the owner of a 1995 Oldsmobile Achieva V6 (sister car to the Skylark), I fully agree with those points!

1996 Buick Skylark Custom from North America


Good car despite some problems


Had the transmission completely overhauled at around 100,000.

A/C has been recharghed every summer, but never lasts. Later found out that there is a leak in the compressor and needs to be replaced.

Power Window Failure. Passenger side was replaced at 120,000; driver side gets stuck and feels like it will go any day.

Fuse problems, if you turn on the parking break when the headlights are on then the tail lights and dash lights will go out. Not a problem to change a fuse, but it drove me nuts for a few months. If I leave the windshield wipers on and turn off the car, the interior lights will stay on indefinitely.

Water pump broke at 125,000 had to be replaced. Leaked coolant often. Radiator cracked and was replace roughly 6 months later.

Problems with the brakes. I had my breaks, rotors and passenger site caliper replaced twice in the last 9 months. Resulted in lots of heat produced, actually melted a plastic hub cap.

Serpentine Belt replaced at 125,000.

General Comments:

Even with all the problems I've had with this car, it really has worked out well for me. It has never broken down at a critical time and when it has parts are always easy to obtain and friend/family have been able to help me make fixes.

The car is quite comfortable, and most of my friends actual like to drive in it because of this. It drives well, and is surprisingly powerful.

I got this car when I was a teenager and am now in my early twenties and has really worked out well for me. I have to say it will be sad to see it go when I finally do get a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2006

1996 Buick Skylark from North America


Not worth it


Awful, I hated it.

General Comments:

This car had too many problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th September, 2005

12th Jun 2006, 17:42

I agree. everything has gone wrong with my 96 skylark from the transmission to the starter. the horn doesn't work now, it just stopped one day. I hate it. to much money spent, I could have bought a brand new car with as much money as I spent to fix this hunk of junk!!

26th Apr 2008, 21:09

Let's see. Everything that could go wrong did. Once you fix something, something else breaks.

Definitely not a car you could keep for the long haul.

1996 Buick Skylark 3.1L V6 from North America


Good first car.


Rear Drums Warped and had to be replaced two times.

Water leaks in when it rains and ends up in a puddle on the driver side floor.

The driver side window doesn't always roll down... but it always rolls back up.

The A/C compressor broke... not so expensive to fix with a junkyard part.

The rear shocks were replaced at around 100000 and the struts were replaced at around 128000.

The latch on the glove compartment broke at 108,000 miles, but I Crazy Glued it back together and it seems to be holding up.

The muffler clamp rusted out and needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

The car is a lot smaller inside than it looks, especially since I am 6'4".

The car has a lot more power than I expected, even at 130000 miles it still has great pickup.

The handling however is rather soft, giving you a boat like ride. This is good for long trips, but this is not a car for racing around tight corners or hard stops.

This car still gets great gas mileage, around 29 mpg, which is the listed EPA estimates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st October, 2004