1990 Chevrolet Corsica Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

Buy the 6 cylinder!

Faults:

For the first couple of years that I owned the car, it just required routine maintenance: alternator, muffler, brakes, tires, oil changes, etc...

This past year, however, everything seems to be falling apart! I have replaced the water pump, ignition module, oil pan, intermediate exhaust pipe, spark plugs, wires, and had a complete brake job done. Despite all these things, the car starts hard and stalls a lot. It seems like every time I bring it in for repairs, it costs an average of $300-400 to repair. Because of this, I am selling it. I suspect that the head gasket is failing now as well.

I guess I can't complain too much because I had the car for over four years, bought used. It saved me car payments!

General Comments:

One thing that I have read about--I think the 6 cylinder would be a better deal with the Corsica. A friend at work also owns a 4 cylinder like mine (even though it's a 1996) and she has been having a lot of problems with the engine lately. She has less than 80,000 miles on her car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2002

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance252000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap, fast, reliable and did I mention cheap?

Faults:

The coolant low light comes on sometimes. There is enough coolant in there so it's probably just a bad sensor.

The paint is peeling something bad. But some simple scraping and respraying with regular auto paint fixed that. The under coat stayed on though so it was just the surface paint.

The seats are starting to fall apart. Probably from having someone sit in them for all those kilometers.

General Comments:

This is a great car. We got it when our old V4 Cavalier was in an accident that forced it to be scraped. We got this car at a Ford dealership (of all places) for a very low price (we had insurance money left over).

The car has had some minor problems most of which were with the usual stuff wearing out. This car has some great kick to it. I can regularly out pace more recent cars from red lights. Of course I would loose to high end sports cars, but everyday minivans or sedans are no match.

For a 13 year old car this thing is nearly unbreakable. It is just now starting to show very small rust spots. Nothing you would loose sleep over just yet. Heck other than the paint peeling (which on a black car makes it look like a cow) it's in great shape.

Since the car is so old I don't fancy selling just gonna run it into the ground until it won't go anymore. I probably got another 3-4 years in it before it finally dies... then again it might just surprise me again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2002

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LTZ from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance124503 miles

Summary:

All show, no go!

Faults:

When I first bought my Corsica LTZ at 110,000 miles the car kept stalling out and over heating. As a result of this I had to rebuild my engine at a cost of $1,400.00.

The muffler was also badly worn and had to replace this at a cost of $60.00.

The Cadillac Convertor was also bad and this cost me around $90.00.

The shocks and the struts needed replacing costing around $400.00.

Although this would be considered general maintenance the belt needed replacing ($20.00) and the tires needed replacing also ($300.00).

The fuse for the cigarette lighter and the trunk button keep blowing out.

The car keeps stalling out and we are unsure of what seems to be wrong with it. We thought that it could be the fan to cool down the engine, so we had that replaced. However, the car still stalls.

General Comments:

The interior of the car is in very good condition.

In a general sense, the car seems to handle well... on a good day.

I haven't had any problems with rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2002

3rd Aug 2002, 20:45

Cadillac convertor? You mean catalytic convertor, it contains catalysts--hence the "catalytic"--not Cadillacs.

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