I got my 97 as a program car from a dealership, in 98. I had problems with the radiator and once the water pump. After these were taken care of the car has been reliable and trustworthy. No it is not a stylish car but it still has time to get to 100,000 and some paint is chipping and the windows are in tough shape(bad electrical windows!) I would buy another Buick in a heartbeat but with roll-down windows! Forgot to say...air conditioner just went on it and the knobs for the dash are hard to find when you replace them.
Great gas mileage, trustworthy
Window motors are worthless! Fixed and fixed still falling apart!
This is my second Skylark, my first was a 1991. These cars just never quit, my first was sent (running) to the junk yard with 179,000 miles and my 1997 is about to rollover 160,000. They both had their little mechanical quirks, but nothing too expensive and nothing out of the ordinary. They have never needed new transmissions or waterpumps. Even with the redesigned quad4, which was an initial worry... this car hasn't let me down. Buicks have made my life much easier:)
Over all reliability and performance.
Cup holders, more trunk space, a more open design in the front seat.
I purchased this vehicle in 2003. We
all really liked it. However, one year
later in 2004 it needed a new water
pump. Imagine my surprise when I was
told that the cost to replace most
water pumps was about $150.00 but
because of the way they built this car
(quad 4 engine, a very poor design), it
would be $640.00! Not only that, but
any future repairs would also be very
expensive as you practically had to
take the engine out to get at anything.
Our car repair service would not even
look at it because it was so expensive
to repair. They told me I would have to
take it to a dealer. Well, as much as I
liked this little car, I sold it that
My advice, if you find a 6 cylinder
Skylark, it would probably make you
happy and be resonable to repair but
stay away from the 4 cylinders.
Good little car. Gave me a scare at the
GM dealers when we thought the rattling
noise was an oil pressure plunger 600
bucks but turned out it was low 1 quart
of oil. Dodged the bullet there. Gas
milage lousy for a 4 banger (20 city)
I bought my car used in Oct 1997 with
12000 miles on it. Beside regular
maintance and replacing the water pump
at 50000 miles, my Buick has been
trouble free. It now has 150,000
miles. It's a great car!