1996 Chevrolet Corsica 3.1L from North America




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,

1996 Chevrolet Corsica 3.1 from North America


Wish I could find another one with low miles


Lower Intake Gaskets 88000 Miles

Fuel Pressure Regulator 90000

Both O2 Sensors (Front & Back) 100000

Front Rotors & Pads 105000

CV Joint (My fault cut boot) 110000

Rear Brake Pads 130000

Wires & Plugs 110000

Catalytic Converter 115000

EGR Valve passage way to intake clogged at 140000

Shocks, Struts, Springs all 4 corners at 125000

New Paint job at 110000.

General Comments:

I really like this car. It has never left me on the road. I drive my cars vary average, to maybe a little bit aggressive. The 3.1 does very well in this small of a car. I am able to pull a 4x8 trailer down interstate at 75mph with nothing on it. When loaded I pull it in drive at 65 or 70. I have taken very good care of my care and it has taken care of me. I use Mobil Fully Synthetic Oil and change oil early. I have my own ODBII scanner so if a light does happen to come on I check it right away and take care of the issue. The reason I am so anal about this is because the Fuel Pressure Regulator diaphragm went out and caused it to run rich, which ended up damaging the O2 sensors along with the Catalic Converter. If I would have taken care of the one issue I would have saved lots of money.

The one negative thing would be the lack of leg room in both front and back seats. The car seems like a decent size 4dr, but really doesn't have a lot of interior space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2008

1996 Chevrolet Corsica Sedan 4-D 4 cylinder 2.2 Liter from North America


Very reliable and easy to maintain. Good gas mileage!


(08-15-06) Radiator leaked when purchased it.

(10-10-06) Water pump burst, causing serpentine belt two months later.

(08-27-07) I hit 108,000 miles and found muffler brackets were broken and my lower-front control arm bushings were worn down badly. ABS light won't turn off.

General Comments:

Very reliable considering the high mileage. I have had several mechanics tell me it is a good little car. It is easy to maintain, even for a girl, and it always starts in extreme heat and extreme cold. Long rides aren't very comfy because of the seat design, but I love my Corsica!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2007

30th Apr 2010, 21:22

Just an update on this car. I am still driving my little Corsica. Had not had ANY problems with this car since the bushings were replaced. Not rusting AT ALL.

I just bought a 96' Chevy Lumina on Thanksgiving 2009, thinking it was just as reliable. I WAS WRONG! My Lumina is hands-down a lemon. It only had 70k miles -- owned it for 2 months when the belt tensioner and serpentine needed replaced. Now the orange antifreeze GM used to put in their vehicles finally chewed through the head gasket. It blew up the day after Easter this year -- $800 to fix that.

The only way the hubby and I are able to get to work now is relying on my little Corsica. GO CORSICA!!!