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1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

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94 Chevy Caprice Classic LS

by gonchick:      Apr 7, 2003

Product Rating: 4.0 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Very strong outright performance, Price, Gas Mileage
Cons: Resale
The Bottom Line:  A Surprising sleeper, tons of room, and good gas mileage, the Caprice classic is most definitely recommended for anyone in the used 'full sized car' market.

The base engine in '94 was a 4.3 liter V8 with ohv that produced an adequate 200 HP (more power than the older 305 CI V8 powered Caprice's)engine, acceleration is nothing shy of astonishing. Looking at this car, the first thing that comes to mind is "big and slow." On the contrary, this car is a real road rocket that offers plenty of muscle even with the standard 4-speed automatic transmission (the only transmission available). REAL NICE SLEEPER/CREEPER.

The Caprice may be big, and it may tip the scales at 4,200 lbs, but the 330 lb-ft of torque at a low 3,200 RPM makes for plenty of grunt off the line. Fitted with the LTZ package, My Caprice Classic takes the pavement with much more aplomb than it's 1994 rivals. It feels decidedly sporty, with less wallow than you would expect. Somewhat stiff springs, and large tires offer decent grip, and while the Caprice is not exactly 'nimble', it does quite well cornering for a car of its size.
On the road the Caprice is very quiet, engine, wind, and road noise are hardly heard thanks to the well insulated cabin. Even with the LTZ package, bumps and pot holes are taken very well, and are felt with about as much pain as the regular Caprice's, which is next to none. The '94 Caprice Classic not only offers performance, but it also offers adequate gas mileage. The Caprice is not exactly as 'gas siper', but it does get around 25-27 MPG on the freeway, and has a 25 MPG EPA, This is is only 3 mpg shy of the EPA rating for the 2002, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder powered Mitsubishi Galant LS. Amazingly braking is very good, with power discs up front, drums in the rear, the help of ABS, this car stops with more assurance than you would ever expect.

The Caprice uses an on-frame construction, is rear wheel drive, and has a live rear axle. A Caprice with the LTZ package has a stiffer suspension for a firmer ride, plus front and rear anti roll bars, and bigger tires on cast aluminum rims.

Interior Accommodation:

The interior of the Caprice is a little tacky and dated for 1994. Although ergonomics are almost perfect, the fake wood is something that should have been left in a 1986 Ford Taurus, not a '94 modeled car. Amenities are acceptable. AC, cruise control, an AM/FM cassette stereo, dual air bags, and power everything are offered. The leather seats(optional) are a little on the cheap side, but have worn very well in my caprice. The seats are also comfortable, and semi supportive. There is tons of room everywhere in the Caprice, whether you are in the front or back(h-u-g-e seats) of this car you will find plenty of room to stretch your legs. Trunk space is more than adequate, enough room to hold $300 worth of groceries
(or couple of small 2dr. Mitsubishi's)

Exterior Innovation:

The exterior is 'one of a kind', besides sharing an obvious resemblance to the mid '90s Impala, there is no mistaking a Caprice. The flamboyant styling is a little controversial, I get mixed reviews on it when I drive it. I have to say, without a doubt, the post 1993 Caprice's are much more appealing than the earlier models. The Caprice is a big car, and looks nothing less. The '94 Caprice Classic models come with a Chevrolet badge hood ornament, flush mounted headlights, a chrome grille, and dual exhaust(optional). The Caprice Classic badge can be seen on the trunk lid, which segregates this car from the lesser trim lines.

Amount Paid (US$): 3500
Condition: Used
Model Year: 1994
Product Rating: 4.0
Recommended: Yes 
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