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4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,867 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Corsica engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet Corsica Owner Comments

problem #15

Jul 101999

Corsica

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Corsica. The contact stated that the head gasket has been replaced twice to no avail. The vehicle would not start and was taken to serwe Chevrolet. They replaced the head gasket at the cost of $500. Less than two years later, the failure recurred. The head gasket was replaced again at the cost of $577. During routine maintenance, it was discovered that the head gasket was separating yet again. The dealer recommended having it replaced as soon as possible. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 140,000.

- Kewafkum, WI, USA

problem #14

Feb 012008

Corsica 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
Our 96 Corsica began to lose power off and on for several months. Sometimes it would stall. We had the car looked at and found an coolant leak. Coolant was leaking on the ground as well as into the head gasket. The mechanic said that this seems to be a common problem with this car and engine.

- Montrose, CO, USA

problem #13

Dec 052003

Corsica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles
Check engine light illuminated while driving at any speed. Dealer replaced differential sensor, but problem still recurring.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 132003

Corsica

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle was purchased at a used car dealership with 46,000 miles on it. While traveling fluid had to be replaced every 800 miles. On 7/13/2003 the head gasket blew.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #11

Feb 252002

(reported on)

Corsica

  • miles
Vehicle started overheating and driver smelled coolant. This was due to a leaking head gasket. Head gasket was replaced twice.

- Warsaw, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 272000

Corsica

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The head gasket was leaking antifreeze. Nlm

- Pleasant Hill, IA, USA

problem #9

May 222001

(reported on)

Corsica

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine head gaskets blewout, causing coolant to leak onto engine. A recall was issued on various models with same engine, however, this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #8

Nov 012000

Corsica

  • miles
I've owned this car for 3 1/2 years. In past year, encountered many expensive problems. Head gasket blew and water pump replaced at approx 56,000 miles. Control arm bushings need replacement at 60,000 miles? I drive this car to and from work each day, no long trips, avg mileage per day = 10 miles possibly. Cannot understand why 5 year old car is having major problems w/low mileage. Maintain it regularly.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 202001

Corsica

  • miles
Intake gasket set/has to be replaced to stop leaks on many Corsica of that year.

- Smithville, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 222001

(reported on)

Corsica

  • miles
Head gasket leaking.

- Pleasant Hill, IA, USA

problem #5

Jan 052001

(reported on)

Corsica

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine noise at startup..last 3-5 minutes..sounds like piston or rod.

- Richmond, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 011999

Corsica

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would stall without any prior warning while driving. Would need to wait approximately 1 hour before it would restart. Vehicle towed to dealer & mechanic put a new crankshaft sensor. Problem reappeared again & this time 2 hours were needed to restart. Been at dealership 2 months & problem not resolved. It is an intermittent problem.

- S. Casco, ME, USA

problem #3

Jan 032000

Corsica

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving engine stalled without prior warning. Noticed a puddle under vehicle. Water was coming out of exhaust pipe & the muffler. Vehicle would fail to pick up speed. Also, fluid was leaking out of engine. Took vehicle to dealership & was informed head gaskets were gone. Consumer wants refund for purchase of parts.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 131999

(reported on)

Corsica

  • miles
When I bought the car there was a small leak of pink fluid thinking it was transmission fluid I took it to a garage and he put a new trasmission gasket on but didnot stop the leak come to find out this was all coming from the head gasget which should be good for alot longer then 45,000 miles and I think Chevrolet should pay to replace it which will cost $450

- Altoona, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 281998

Corsica

  • miles
Engine head gasket blew out at 52,000 mile of normal wear. Consumer believed this condition was due to a defective part. Dealer notified and informed consumer to call the mfr.

- Fall River, MA, USA

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