1988 Chevrolet Corsica Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1988 Chevrolet Corsica Base from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carChevorlet Corsica

Summary:

I recommend this car to anyone on a tight budget

Faults:

Paint flakes badly.

Gas cap rusted off.

Replaced:

Gas tank.

Driver seat.

Passenger seat belt.

Starter (more than once)

General Comments:

I have had my problems with this car, but than again, it is 14 years old. Considering the age it is extremely reliable. It is a plain car that will get you where you are going cheap, and with little trouble. Many people claim you can't kill this car, and they may be right. I push mine hard, and it has always held up.

There is very little pickup, yet the car handles fine if you bury the needle, will not overheat eaisly, and it can move when you want it to.

One point I must mention is that is a great car in the snow, or on dirt roads. I live in Eastern Canada and with the high clearance under the car, bad weather poses little difficulty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2002

1988 Chevrolet Corsica 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

Very strong chevy stopped making it because it was way to dependable

Faults:

One alternator.

General Comments:

This car has been great I run this car as hard as I can and it takes it and wants more. Before this car I owned a nissan and it was a total piece of junk just because its made in Japan doesn't mean there better everything went wrong with it. This car handles excellent and rides really smooth and gets great gas mileage. Seats are really comfortable. I smoke Topaz's off the line and Dodge junk Neons.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2002

11th Oct 2007, 10:14

Yes, there is a reason they quit making it, and NO it's not because of it's dependability. You bought it @ 140k miles, it was probably totally rebuilt by the time you got it.

3rd May 2010, 16:24

Actually, Chevrolet stopped making it because they were busy with a replacement, the Malibu. That fixed this car`s problem of reliability fairly well. It also replaced the bland styling with more bland styling. I don`t think there`s really been a replacement for the Corsica until 2009, with the new Malibu, which is finally better by all counts.

1988 Chevrolet Corsica LT 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles

Summary:

Handyman's special

Faults:

Just about everything went wrong on my car:

I replaced the brakes several times.

The fuel pump.

Gas tank.

Blinker switch in the steering column.

The power windows ripped the glass out of the guide rails.

The headlight switch.

Injectors.

Belts.

The alternator two or three times.

Ignition coil pack.

Plugs and wires twice.

Shocks, and MUCH MUCH more.

It leaked everything - tranny fluid, oil, power steering fluid, and coolant.

General Comments:

I gotta give the thing some credit, it had over 100k, things are gonna go wrong, I beat the living hell out of the engine, and it still runs perfect to this day.

The quality of this car was absolutely terrible except for the engine. I wouldn't buy one if you're looking to, unless you've got a junkyard nearby with a couple Corsicas - you'll be there a lot getting parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th December, 2000

27th Feb 2001, 16:44

Seems the respondent expected a lot!! He buys a car with 100,000 miles on it and expects it to be like new? I can't see how someone could be mad at Chevrolet after someone else *may* have beat the car to death prior to his acquiring it.

1988 Chevrolet Corsica 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Cheap and reliable

Faults:

ECM module at 110,000 miles, $400.

Alternator.

Starter brushes.

Washer fluid pump.

Thermostat.

Coil.

General Comments:

Excellent Car!

Very reliable.

If you are handy you can fix just about anything on the car yourself, although replacing the ignition coils really SUCKS because they're under the intake manifold.

I POUND this car daily in city driving and it still keeps going. It WILL NOT DIE! It's a shame that the performance is lacking so badly. The car is a real pig if you give'r the gas. Pro-Long treatment and a reversed air cleaner seem to give the car some more beans though. And the rally brake is fun as hell on icy roads or gravel :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2000

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