1990 Chevrolet Corsica Reviews

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 3.1L V6 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired45177 miles
Most recent distance119225 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Zippy little car

Faults:

A/C compressor.

Brakes.

Power steering pump.

Tie rods.

Exhaust.

Alternator.

Starter.

Engine control module.

And headlights.

General Comments:

I got this car from a 77 year old lady who bought it brand new in 1989. I was going to use this while I was replacing the engine in my old 1985 Escort, but decided to let the Escort go to salvage and use the Corsica.

It is still in excellent shape for being 21 years old and it has been a very reliable car since the day I bought it. It looks good with its light blue paint job and dark blue interior. And it runs, rides, and drives like a brand new car. It also is good for the interstates with its nice ride and good gas mileage.

All in all it's a fun little car and I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2010

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 3.1 multiport V6 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1 multiport V6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

If you can find a cheap one, keep it!

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

My 90 Corsica is freaking amazing; it's powerful, reliable and comfy. I bought it from a friend that had rebuilt the motor and the tranny. It cost me $400, and it had the serpentine belt missing, and the catalytic converter was gone, so I put a belt on it, and totally got rid of the exhaust system, and made custom pipes that come out the side fenders. It's loud as hell, and flames shoot out of the pipes. I am concerned that the flames will attract the authorities, so I don't take the interstate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2010

15th Jul 2010, 02:15

With a rebuild, as you say, you should be able to get 300 k miles no problem. It's worth making it street legal, I've owned a couple; Celebrity and Lumina models with that powertrain. Good luck!

1990 Chevrolet Corsica from North America

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance188000 miles

Summary:

One great cheap car

Faults:

The interior was whipped... all the seats were badly torn, the dash was cracked, the headliner was sagging, however these were all easy fixes as I just tacked up the headliner, and got a dash cover and seat covers.

Fuel gauge didn't work.

Tended to shift a little rough from 2nd to 3rd when cold.

Ignition broke and key got stuck in it, as it was stuck in the ON position. Common problem with early 90's GM vehicles.

Clear coat was peeling off and paint was chipped.

Started hard, due to the fuel injector being clogged.

General Comments:

My car had the 2.2 liter 4 cylinder and a 3 speed automatic transmission.

This car had its fair share of problems, but it did its job without complaining. I primarily used this car for commuting to work and ski trips up the mountain.

The car is nothing special, and has its little quirks like the headlights would sometimes randomly shut off, and it was difficult to start when the engine was warm, but I drove the absolute hell out of this car for the three months I owned it, and put close to 9,000 miles on it, and the car never left me stranded. I can't really complain as I put nothing into the car except a new muffler, an oil change, a thermostat, and Bosch Platinum +2 plugs.

The car was a pretty good runner, considering the mileage and that I was the 11th owner. It had a salvage title and had been in two major front end collisions I learned later, but that obviously hadn't killed it. On average, the car got 24 mpg in mixed driving, and that was pretty good considering I drove the car on the floor all day long, up and down mountains.

It needed quite a few little things, but it kept on going no matter what I threw at it, whether it was commuting downtown in 90+ degree weather or climbing a 4 wheel drive only trail at 12,000 feet, this car didn't die.

Sadly the car now resides in a junkyard, as I had to get rid of it to receive the new car my parents offered me, a 1998 Chevy Blazer. However I miss this car, it was the car that would never die.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2010

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 20 reviews