Chevrolet Corsica Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
3.4
9 Reviews
Overall
3.4
Value
3.7
Performance
3.6
Style
3.2
Comfort
3.1
Fuel Economy
3.3
Reliability
3.3

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1995 Chevrolet Corsica - Love it!!!!

Deanna
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Overall
4.0
Value
5.0
Performance
3.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
5.0
I buy 'clunkers' on craigslist for cheap transportation and then I junk them. My 95 Chevy Corsica is by far the best car I've ever owned and is in no way a 'clunker'! I bought it for 700 over a year ago and it's still running strong. The engine is quiet, smooth, and has a surprising kick to it (it's a v6). Cosmetically, it looks average: no dents or rust and it has all of it's windows and lights. The interior is a little rough with a couple of torn seats, but seats don't get me to work. The engine is amazing!! It's fast- so I can road rage with substance! It has amazing shocks for it's age. I feel very safe in it and protected by it's weight from the heavy metal it's made from. It's still got working automatic windows, heater and an a/c unit. And it's great on gas! Of all my previous '... (more)
Story
I drove it to my mechanic (who is painfully aware of my clunker buying habit) and he was shocked at what an amazing car it is and the deal I got it for!
Pros
The engine, safe feel and fuel efficiency.
Cons
Seats are a bit torn.

1996 Chevrolet Corsica - Sturdy

Stacey
Bountiful, Utah
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
1.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
I bought this used with 50K miles on it and thought, "aw, what a junker." I couldn't be more wrong. I've since put another 70k miles on it, and it's still running great. It's old, 20+ years, so some basic maintenance is obviously required. But it's always been reliable. It turns on without any fuss, and the air conditioning unit goes into full swing (doesn't need to 'warm up' or anything). It drives comfortably and low, so you can have gentle steering wheel movements. It doesn't pick up as fast as newer cars (0-60 takes about 30 seconds), but it does have gumption.
Story
Had a young passenger in the car for a group hiking trip, told her to roll down the window to give the hiking pass to the canyon agent, and it took her about two minutes to figure out a crank 'roll down' window (vs. a button). She exclaimed with glee, "It's vintage!"
Pros
Reliable and lots of life. I'm told that Corsica's have an average of 200k miles before big repairs start making it not worth the while, so I still have lots of time left with mine. Comfortable—not a lot of accessories but it's comfortable for long and short trips. Sturdy—it's a non flattering, '90s design that was meant to help stay low and balanced on to the ground. Definitely anti-theft looking (because of its age people thing there's nothing worth stealing in it).
Cons
With its age, the wiring is a little loose. So you have to keep on top of things. The check engine light and the coolant light stay on even when we take it in and get a clean bill of health (which we do with every oil change and annual maintenance). The wires just want to keep us alert. Also, the gas meter is unreliable. It can run out of juice on you and still say there's a 1/4 tank left, so we always need to fill up at halfway. Natural little things that happen with age. Just stay on top of it, and you'll be fine

1996 Chevrolet Corsica - Has been reliable

Rachel
Medical Lake, Washington
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
This was my graduation present and it was already nine years old when I got it, with 95,000 miles on it. Now it has 139,000 miles on it. I like that for most of the time it has run well. Not until the last year or so did we begin to have issues with it. I like that it is a classic design, it may be old but it doesn't look as old as it is. The color is burnt orange, which isn't too retro looking in my opinion. It has been a pretty reliable car up until last year, but that could be because my husband hasn't maintained it very well. We find we get 22-25 mpg, depending on the season. In the winter, we use studded tires and keep bags of sand in the trunk.
Pros
It is a V6 engine so it keeps upon the freeway, unlike my V4 minivan. It has plenty of room in the trunk and backseat for groceries and stuff. We were able to fit three car seats in the back, although it wasn't ideal.
Cons
We didn't have the car until its 9th year, but we have replaced: the battery, the alternator, the radiator, the heater core and the head gaskets. Plus, it's in the shop now. I guess that's a lot, but it's close to twenty years old now and if we bought another used car, who knows what repairs would come up with it?

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