1996 Buick Skylark Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1996 Buick Skylark Custom 3.1L from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance226000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

This is a wonderful car!

Faults:

At about 33500 miles, passenger door lock broke (covered under warranty).

At about 13000 miles (after the 100000 checkup) the Intake Manifold gasket started to leak ($400).

Water pump went ($25)

Alternator ($90) and Throttle Position sensor ($35) went out.

At about 160000 miles, the car almost caught on fire; Ignition switch and Starter (covered on recall).

General Comments:

This car is a Stop-light to Stop-light sleeper. I now have 226000 miles this car. Buick did a great job in styling and comfort. Power (155hp) is strong off the line and you can feel it till about 65 mph, then it's ho hum till it's peak at 105 mph. Handling was the only true flaw; Lots of body roll in the twisty and sharp nose dives when on the brakes hard.

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

Review Date: 9th October, 2004

1996 Buick Skylark Custom 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance164000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Voyager

Summary:

A very reliable car. Would buy it again

Faults:

My water pump blew up at 80,000 miles.

My heater core blew up at 140,000 miles.

My exhaust system separated from the engine at 150,000.

My oxygen sensor were replaced at 163,000 miles.

General Comments:

Besides those repairs, the car has been very reliable and comfortable.

However, there are no cup holders, the backseats are too cramp for adults, and the trunk space is small.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

1996 Buick Skylark Custom 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carSubaru Justy

Summary:

Comfortable, but definitely not a slacker!

Faults:

The alternator was replaced in January, 2000.

Some work had to be done on the transmission in mid-2000, exact details forgotten.

The water pump was replaced in December, 2003.

The AC evaporator coil sprung a leak in Summer 2003.

General Comments:

Don't let the name fool you: although the name Buick may conjure up visions of land yachts, the Skylark coupe definitely isn't.

Mind you, it isn't a sports car to compare with a Porsche or the like, but the 3100 V6 engine packs plenty of punch. I rarely have to floor the gas pedal to get as much acceleration as I need.

The lines and styling are wonderful -- well kept, it gets its fair share of compliments.

And it hasn't been an expensive car to own. Aside from routine maintenance, the four items I mentioned above are the only things that have required a trip to the shop. It gets pretty good gas mileage, too. Even with higher gas prices, I can fill my tank for about $20 or less.

On top of all that, it's also a very comfortable ride. I was sorry to see Buick stop making Skylarks -- I wouldn't have minded buying one new, when it came time to replace my current model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2003

1996 Buick Skylark limited 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

A great car bargain for under $16k

Faults:

Brakes needed adjusting-warped rotors at 27,000 miles which was unexpected as the car was driven on mostly open highways.

Dealer replaced a leaking coolant cap 2 months after I purchased it.

I have a small leak in the passenger right side door when it rains-poor seal.

Tachometer can sometimes die or cease revving.

General Comments:

This was my first new car.. bought it for under $16k. Came fully equipped with leather, V-6, etc. Is a solid, reliable car.

I change my own oil-very easy to reach everything.

The engine is powerful, yet economical. I love the leather seats.

Most of my passengers have complained that the interior is cramped though.

The car handles poorly on bad surfaces.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2003

1996 Buick Skylark Custom 3.2 six cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.2 six cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

I love this car

Faults:

The brakes failed at about 70,000 miles.

General Comments:

A beautiful car for the money. In my opinion the best car Buick has manufactured, recently. I'll keep mine for the rest of my life. I cherish it.

Fast, really fast for a Buick. Step on the gas and in about 10 seconds you'll be doing 120. It handles well at high speeds too.

Looks amazing lowered, custom rims, tint, you know the deal. I don't think blackouts or ground effects are made for this car though. But that's OK, you won't be like one of those fools who bought an Eclipse.

Very comfortable interior. Plush even. Comfortable front seats, comfortable back seats. Everything inside the car is well positioned, and easy to access while driving. It's a smaller car, but it feels big on the inside.

Sub-woofers sound sweet inside this car, nothing rattles! It's really easy to replace the factory speakers too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2002

23rd Jun 2004, 14:33

Hey. I was wondering what size the speakers are for this car and how you can actually replace the speakers by yourself.

Mike (Skylark Owner and proud of it...haha)

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 14 reviews