1996 Chevrolet Corsica Reviews

1996 Chevrolet Corsica 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired178500 kilometres
Most recent distance198000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

Awesome for first car/beater or from A to B

Faults:

Check engine stated the MAP sensor was defective... changed it and later found out it was one of my sparkplugs (was swimming in the socket).

Alternator.

E-brake came off.

Roof leaks around the windshield.

Rear brakes lock up way too easily when starting up.

AC stopped working.

General Comments:

Bought the car for $500 and put about $700 in it in the last 2 years of owning it.. I think it's a pretty fair deal considering the year of the car. Very comfortable and reliable compared to other beaters :P.

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

Review Date: 4th September, 2009

1996 Chevrolet Corsica 2.2L I4 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2L I4 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles

Summary:

When it dies just push it off the road, clean out the glovebox, and call a friend

Faults:

Trans pan gasket.

Minor and various fluid leaks.

Electric cooling fan.

Cabin light eventually stayed on all the time.

Mysterious emissions system fault causing intermittent "check engine" light.

Engine occasionally took the afternoon off and wouldn't start when hot.

Transmission finally bit the dust.

General Comments:

What can I say? It's not as if I got the thing intending to keep it on the road forever - it's a cheap car which is cheaply made and it'll never fool you into thinking it's anything else.

When the engine was running properly (which was most of the time) it wasn't terribly sluggish, but it wasn't by any means fast either.

The cloth upholstery fell apart but you have to expect that after a certain time.

The cabin light surprised me since it'd never had any other electrical problems, and it seemed a more productive use of my time to just remove the bulb than try to track down as unimportant a problem as that.

The cooling fan took all of a half-hour and $10 (at the local junkyard) to replace.

I had the guys at an auto parts store read the fault code which was causing the "check engine" light and it had something to do with the evaporative emissions system... but once again, not worth the effort to track down on a car like this.

The transmission took four days to die and started by intermittently shifting into 3rd at much too high an RPM. Eventually it wouldn't shift out of second at all, then first, and shortly thereafter first let go and I had a choice of park or "neutral". While transmissions aren't that expensive to replace if you do it yourself, no way was I going to deal with the hassle of replacing one on a front-wheel-drive car, which was never really worth anything to begin with. Transmissions in rear-wheel-drive cars aren't a big deal, but it's a big enough deal on a FWD car that I wouldn't mess with it... unless we're talking about a 1st-generation Toronado, etc.

All in all, it wasn't a bad car. The heater always heated, the wipers always wiped, and the windows always... windowed? So what if the headlight/dashlight switches were arranged so that you ended up adjusting your dash lights every time you messed with the headlights. And so what if you couldn't see all of the instruments anyway because of the steering wheel and the seat belts never retracted.

If you want perfection, buy a Rolls Royce. If you want a car which won't cost you much to buy, doesn't cost much to run, and isn't as embarrassing as a Yugo... well, you might be better off with something else. In a pinch, it'll do though.

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

Review Date: 16th August, 2008

1996 Chevrolet Corsica 3.1L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1L Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

UNRELIABLE!

Faults:

When we first bought the car we thought it was a good buy. We were wrong. There are no Child Saftey locks, the car shakes even with an alignment, we had to replace the bushings on the tires, both O2 Sensors, throttle position sensor, it needs a new alternator, has an antifreeze leak, oil leak, the engine light is on and that is for a EVAP code. The Gas cap needs to be replaced! It is now stalling on me while in park idling. I love Chevy's but will never own another Corsica!

General Comments:

Small, not safe, not reliable!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2008

30th May 2012, 11:37

The 3.1 3100 SFI indeed is plagued with intake gasket problems. However, the 2.2L version of the Corsica is very reliable, and easy to work on, although it's really sluggish with a 3-speed.

My girlfriend's 1995 Corsica is a 2.2, and is sitting at 208,000 miles, with the only repairs being a water pump, and a starter, and brake pads,

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 19 reviews