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1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 3.1 Liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.1 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles

Summary:

This is a great little car. Expecting much more life!

Faults:

The cooling fan doesn't come on, so overheats when sitting idle.

"Battery" light will flicker occasionally. Battery and alternator replaced, so likely a short in the light circuitry.

Steering is noisy, most likely some tie rod joints need replacing.

General Comments:

This has been a great car for me and my family. I just acquired it from my parents (included in the 'ownership' mileage) as a second car to keep the miles off my new Ranger.

The engine has lots of pep. Very powerful.

The seats seem a little low, but they are quite comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2001

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 3.1 V6 MPFI from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 MPFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance187500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A good piece of American car

Faults:

Well, we blew a tire when we went over a railroad track.

Then a few years later, it overheated and we had to take to the local service place. That's about all that's gone wrong with it.

It's sat in our driveway for almost 4 years, but its tires are still full of air and we need to replace the battery, and it needs to be completely overhauled.

General Comments:

Great car, I mean this car is one of the best cars my family has owned since our 1983 Chevrolet Cavalier, which I think might be still out there. But this car is a great little economy car.

The only complaint is the stereo system isn't as good as it could be. Plus my biggest complaint is the seat-belts, they are mounted on the midpost, not the door, which bugs me because they aren't as safe as they could be.

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

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LTZ 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A poorly engineered car

Faults:

Had to get the alternator replaced 4 months after acquiring this car (70,000 miles). I've heard that this has been a major problem with these cars.

Common Problem: Transmission problem at (105,000 miles). The Corsica's Torque Convertor Control (TCC) went bad. The TCC controls the overdrive function on the car. It is a $20-$30 part. When the car warms up, & you decelerate, a bad TCC will lock up your car's gear, and thus cause the car to "stall out". Very frustrating. My TCC wasn't actually mechanically defective, but the coils got magnetized & it ceased to function properly.

Labor costs run about $200-$215 to replace part.

General Comments:

Car has surprisingly good acceleration, and pickup.

Car idles rough. Had spark plugs replaced. Helped reduce the rough idling a good bit. Still a bit of a rough ride though.

I don't feel safe driving this car. My car is in pretty good shape, but doesn't have good safety features, and is in the process of decline. Luckily, I have a relative who is a trained diesel engine mechanic, and handles most of my repairs for free.

A relative bought this car for me. I wouldn't have one personally, if it weren't for free. The car is poorly engineered. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Don't buy this car if you have a choice (or a good cheap mechanic to rely on), your money will be more wisely spent buying a better engineered vehicle such as a: Nissan Maxima, Acura, Mitisubishi vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2001

8th Dec 2001, 12:12

I would buy another one of these cars before a cavalier or something.. The car is not poorly made.. Mine kicks ass.. Hardly anything has had to be replaced!!!

1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 3.1L from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 3.1L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cheyenne Truck

Summary:

Great car for a mechanic to own

Faults:

Just about everything, except the transmission.

Usually repairs could be performed myself in the garage. Spent many weekends under that car!

The cooling system failed which resulted in a cracked engine block (not repairable in my dad's garage).

General Comments:

Cheap car to buy, but the small repairs will drive you nuts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st November, 2000

31st Oct 2001, 23:39

Your not kidding about being a mechanic if you own one of these cars. My hands are killing me right now from replacing the heater core yesterday. I replaced the engine at 60000, the guy before me cracked the block and used J.B.Weld on the crack, sucks to be me! Got 130000 on it now. I've replaced everything but the tranny on this car myself, and I mean that literally! Crash course in auto electronics and MPFI. Good little car and parts are cheap. Wife wrecked it last july, only cost me 175 bucks at the junk yard.

23rd Oct 2002, 22:19

My 1990 Corsica did the exact same thing. Good thing tomarrow is my last day with it.

21st May 2003, 03:38

Hello! Jason from Illinois. I've owned my 1990 Corsica for about 1 year couple months now. Not a bad care, but have had my share of disaster. I've owed 2 of these cars and this one has given me more fit than the rest. I've had to replace the radiator, alternator, battery, water pump on this car with in the past year and guess what exhaust is next. I mean all from cat back. I've replaced the CV joint twice and not to hard, but can be a pain in itself. I bought it with 127,000 and it has 168,000 as of now. hoping to push it to 200,000 before she struggles to turn the flywheel. For all you Corsica owners good luck. We choose a good breed for our car. Mechanics can get rich off of these cars.

20th Sep 2003, 20:06

This car isn't as bad as people make it out to be. I've had it for almost 5 years now and it has almost 250000 miles on it.

There hasn't been anything real big to repair, outside brakes. But I also treat the car smooth and don't beat it like it's a race car.

Its very reliable for me to get through school, just as long as I treat it well.

The muffler system went fast, and so did the starter, But still, just minor problems with minor costs to repair.

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