1991 Chevrolet Corsica Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1991 Chevrolet Corsica LT 2.2L I4 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2L I4 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

A real workhorse, great 1st car

Faults:

Alternator failed, but was relatively cheap to rebuild. The brushes were $5. GM wanted $300 to install a new Delco, so I declined and did it myself. My homemade job lasted 50000 miles, so I did it again at 160k. That lasted until I sold the car.

Paint was peeling when I got it. No bare metal appeared, but I repainted it in my garage with Kirker color/clear and my own spray gun ($400 including paint & tools, not to mention a trade skill that I was learning).

Car went through a 'cranky' stage from 120k to 140k. I replaced the water pump, all belts & hoses, the aforementioned alternator, crankshaft position sensor (a nightmare to troubleshoot--car would just die, no fuel, no spark), valve cover & oil pan gaskets, brakes.

General Comments:

Car was underpowered, but a joy to work on. Everything was simple for someone with a basic knowledge of electronics.

I never had a major mechanical failure in 200 thousand miles, I just replaced typical 'wear out' parts.

The car served me in high school and college, and really took a beating.

At 200000 miles it ran very well, and I still trusted it to make long trips. I was never stranded, and never missed a day of work.

The car was comfortable, but had slushy handling.

26mpg city/33mpg highway.

A well maintained Corsica for under a thousand bucks is common, and well worth the price. Parts are cheap!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2003

1991 Chevrolet Corsica 4 cylinder 2.2L regular from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder 2.2L regular Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance172567 miles

Summary:

A safe friend that must be made of platinum

Faults:

The alternator squeals from start up, on.

In cold weather, it has trouble starting up, and sometimes will stall.

When you hit 70-75 mph on, the car vibrates uncontrollably. Sometimes in idle at traffic lights, the car will vibrate somewhat also.

Fuse box acted up for a few months, but then fixed itself.

Sometimes you might want to watch that it does not overheat. I had a problem with it a couple of times, but since 1999, it has been good to me.

General Comments:

Yes, it is a slower car with no pick up, and it vibrates, and it might not have a lot of leg room in the back...

But this car is amazing in so many ways:

First off, it is unbelievably safe. It has two cars on separate occasions where the opposing car was going 30 or so mph, and the Corsica only acquire minor dents, and I acquired none.

Second off, it is pretty comfortable, and when it vibrates, you get used to it, and it makes the car even more comfortable.

Third off, it gets pretty good gas mileage.

Fourth (off), unlike many other cars designed in the late 80s and early 90s, this Corsica pulls off a pretty good design which still looks nice, even in the year 2003. It is highly adaptable to any way you want the car to feel or look.

Finally, this car is just golden. It has gotten me through 18 inches of snow and 4 girlfriends. It can drive most anywhere and has, and it will treat you right, even when you do not.

Money car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2003

16th Apr 2004, 11:13

Maybe your car shakes uncontrollably above 70 mph because your alignment might be off. I had that problem, and after having the alignment fixed I haven't had any problems since.

4th May 2005, 16:42

I had the same prob in my 90 corsica only it was an OLD BAD REAR TIRE. got new tires. problem fixed.

1991 Chevrolet Corsica LX 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

Good while it lasts!

Faults:

Every water part that could leak has... this time it is a fatal leak... cracked head! Time to take Betsy out to pasture.

General Comments:

I would own a Chevy again I personally think that this is just a bad car for Cchevy. I have had others and they have been great like my 1980 3/4 ton truck has over 250000 miles on it and it still runs great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2003

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 23 reviews