A real workhorse, great 1st car
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.
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