1996 Chevrolet Corsica LT 3.1 V6 from North America
Overall dependable basic transportation with a peppy engine!
Electrical system developed problem in August 1999, replaced alternator (twice). Has had intermittent lingering charging problem, specially under heavy load conditions, e.g., air conditioner.
One of the airbag sensors went wrong at about the same time; not extremely expensive to have fixed, although it scared me to death for a few seconds when the light came on!
Have replaced front brake pads on an almost yearly basis. Have seen numerous on-line entries accounting similar brake woes. This model does seem to have an appetite for brake pads...
Both front seats seemed to stay in perfect condition until last summer, then both started wearing extremely fast! They now are quite split, crushed and unattractive (and no, I'm only slightly overweight!)
Passengers' side of the center console (radio, heater pod) split about two years ago, exposing charcoal foam underneath.
Death-blow came last week... transmission failure. Based on the age and value of the car, I've retired it.
It's a shame this little car gave out; I've really enjoyed driving it, overall. Peppy, moderately comfortable (although rather difficult to get in and out of, if you're really tall!), and other than the (what I consider) minor problems I've had, a fairly dependable car. Leaps and BOUNDS above the 1986 Cavalier I owned previously... now THAT was a candidate for a terrible review!!
It seems that GM made huge advances in rust-protection, from the 80's to the mid-90's; this car has YET to show any rust spots of any kind. The floor portion of the center console is SOLIDLY mounted, compared to the Cavalier; the seats seem quite a bit more "substantial", although they have finally started showing their age (above).
Overall, I've had a nice run with it, but I think it's time to put it "out to pasture!"
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2004