Pros: (It's a Chevy!), body, interior, handling, brakes
Cons: Leaking t-tops, gas guzzler, some people abuse them
This is my review on my 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, with a V8 tune port engine. Please excuse the things I've probably neglected to mention in my review. I'm not too smart when it comes to the electrical engine mechanical stuff, but I do know pretty much everything else.
My parents just bought this car for me April 15, 2003. I love it so much. It's my first car and I wouldn't be surprised if it's my last, I plan on having it for a very long time.
My dad bought it from one of his co-workers for an amazing, amazing deal of $800 bucks. The people that sold it to the dealer before my dad's co-worker owned it, couldn't squeeze out more than $300 from the dealer they sold it to. I can't even begin to imagine why the dealer offered only $300 for this car. It's mechanically sound.
First of all, for a sixteen year old car, I was very surprised to find out that EVERYTHING works. Even the cruise control. The air works, the heat works, all the gauges, EXCEPT for my gas gauge. =( Something about gas gauges in Chevys.. my dad's in his Silverado doesn't like to work either. Mine reads full all the time. The only other thing is, as far as the actual interior/exterior of my Camaro, the previous owners didn't take too good care of. My carpet is all stained up which I've tried to shampoo out and it won't come up. Someone apparently thought it'd be fun to completely rip the side of the driver's seat and begin digging out the stuffings, which were scattered about the floorboard like it had happened recently. Why someone would do such things to such a beautiful car, I'll never have a clue. I'm buying some seat covers soon.
The interior of my car when we bought it looked like twenty dogs lived inside. It was beyond filthy. We spent a day cleaning and scrubbing and shampooing. We even took the seats out and shampooed 'em with a wet/dry vac. I'm so satisfied with the way the car looks when we got done with it. As for the carpet, we're going to replace it. Evidently a chain smoker once owned my car because there's smoke stains on the seat belt covers where it meets the headliner. (I have no idea what they're called.) There were also some stains on the speaker covers, which we've already recovered in black and looks wonderful.
The electronics in my Camaro work surprisingly well. Every option in it works. I have interval wipers, trip odometer, AM-FM Stereo with a digital clock and cassette player (the speakers sound very well and provide adequete bass for such an old car. Something I can't say for my Dad's 88 Silverado. I'll probably replace the speakers sometime soon just to get a little more bass. I'm prejudice when it comes to that. ;), rear window defogger, air conditioning, heat, power everything EXCEPT for seats.
My dash is broken too, there's a few minor cracks on the sides. I think maybe the sun weakened the surface a bit and maybe it settled and cracked or something. I have no idea. I'm replacing the dash whenever I get money.
The paint and clear coat is beginning to peel and fade. It looks all dull. I don't think the car has ever been garaged in it's life. We're getting it painted this Friday and I can't wait to see how it turns out. My car is jet black with silver ground effects, it has t-tops (which i'll get to in a moment) and it has a spoiler. It's going to clean up so nice.
My Camaro is also equipped with an automatic trunk release. You can flip down the tag and use a key to open it, and a little mechanism motor thing will begin whirring and unlatch the hatch for you. Or, there's a button in between the power window buttons in the center console that you push down to enable it. Same goes for when you shut it. Shut the hatch almost completely and the trunk release will shut it the rest of the way and latch it for you. Most Camaros in this generation have this feature but most are broken or don't work properly. Luckily mine does.
Okay, so I love my t-tops. I don't love how they drip water on my seats and in my floorboard whenever it rains or I wash it. Mine don't leak too horribly, but you can see where a few drops of water dropped onto the seats (both driver and passenger). We recently had a heavy thunderstorm and my mother drove my Camaro to run an errand, and mentioned that my floorboard in the back was completely soaked, I didn't actually get to see for myself. That surprised me because the t-tops don't leak so bad as to completely soak the floor, so I don't know.
Hopefully I can get some new seals or something to fix the leaking problem. My cousin's Firebird is doing the same thing (he has t-tops as well) and his apparently leak so bad, the whole bottom of his car is rusting out. I hope to God mine doesn't start that, I'll throw a hissy fit. I love my car.
All rubber and seals have held up amazingly well for the car's age. I guess that goes to show how Chevy is, in fact, like a rock.
Seats are comfortable in the front, but you can barely fit a flea in the back. I'm 5'11 and 130 pounds, so I'm a skinny guy. I can barely fit my butt in the back seat and I have to sit with my legs spread open or else I'm all crunched up by the seat in front of me. Children only in the back seat, please (if that) ... Remember that this is a sports car and not a family car.
Oh, and the back seats (both of them) flip back for extra storage. Actually just today my mother and I went to Lowe's, and got a whiskey barrel so she can put some flowers or whatever in it (and those things are frickin' huge), a huge bag of bark, and four big 'ole bags of potting soil and we still had some room to spare.
So, now for the acceleration motor engine good part of my review. I push the gas pedal and it goes. And it DOES GO. People end up eating my dust and sometimes I don't even mean for them to. The engine responds with a pleasing roar, but not so loud as to become annoying. I like the way my Camaro sounds when I idle and when I'm driving. I could actually sit in my driveway and just rev the motor and I'd be completely unbored.
I can hear the wind whistling on my window whenever I drive over 60. Need to get that fixed. I don't hear anything from any other windows, so that's a plus.
Braking is exceptionally powerful as well. I can be going about 65 & we have a lot of hills and steep grades on our highway, (and the road department so conveniently places red lights at the very bottom of these grades so that you have to basically burn your brakes up going down them) but in my Camaro, you don't need to. Just go down it without braking and just start when you get near the light and it'll stop on a dime VERY quickly. Gotta be careful not to sling anyone out the windshield with these brakes.
The steering on the Camaro is very tight. You can turn the wheel the least bit where you want to go, and boy does it go that way.
My car doesn't hesitate to start up. However one little problem, when it first starts warming up, I have to press the gas a little to "wake it up" or something or else it'll probably die out (I haven't let it.)
Gas gets expensive with Camaro, especially with a V8. Especially since my gas gauge doesn't function and I have to keep a log book based on milage, of when I put gas in. I've heard that Camaro gets about 10 - 20MPG. Haven't really checked mine, 'cause I haven't owned it long enough to check.
I can't believe I received this car for only eight hundred bucks. It's like the deal of the century.
Be careful on what kind of Camaro you buy, however. Most people don't take care of them and rag them all out. Someone tried with mine and thankfully they sold it before they succeeded further. Check the t-tops, too, make sure they don't leak like a sonuvva. Ask the seller for a water hose if you have to and spray the heck outta it & see for yourself. Might be a good idea to check under the car near the doors and see if any rust is there from any t-tops leaking.
And for the love of God, make sure the gas gauge works. This is the second car I've driven where I have no idea how much gas I have.