1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Base 2.5L from North America
A trusty old girl
Engine harness (previous owners).
Replaced engine (previous owner's fault).
Rack and pinion leak.
If this car was maintained better then I would not have had to replace these parts. But the car is a keeper and I love it.
The car has some rust, but being a Florida car, not much. But being a soon to be 27 year old car, what can I say? If the car had the F41 suspension, then that would spice it up a bit.
The gas gauge is old and inaccurate, so I often put gas in it every Friday.
The 2.5L is a noisy little reliable workhorse.
The 3 speed auto is a very reliable transmission.
The seats do not recline, and the head liner is long gone, but what do I care?
The newer ones are much better, such as the Oldsmobile Ciera, and Buick Century from 1987-1996. The V6s are faster, while the 4s are slower but reliable, and have good economy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th July, 2015
19th Jul 2015, 03:16
The problems you mentioned were endemic to the vehicle. Abused or not (I worked for a Buick dealer in the early 90s).
The virtues you mentioned were also endemic to the vehicle. The 2.5 had relatively minor flaws (which were not a problem by 1989), and the THM 125 transmission was supremely, surprisingly reliable (compared to "wonders" like the THM 440).
1st Jul 2016, 21:26
I am the original writer of this review and would like to say the Celebrity is still running strong. Worked on some of the rust, like doing bodywork and regular maintenance. I had to replace my alternator and distributor, and tuned her up this year. The old girl just passed a blow by test and emissions test at the school. Great car!