Chevrolet Celebrity Reviews from Mexico

1982 Chevrolet Celebrity CS 2.8 Carburated

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 Carburated Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired198500 kilometres
Most recent distance315370 kilometres

Summary:

A dependable car you can trust

Faults:

The paint is wearing out after 20 years.

The dashboard started shaking.

The voltmeter had stopped working.

The alternator started to fail (this is the 2nd one)

General Comments:

This was the first car my dad bought, and he gave it to me when I was 13 years old, it was stored in the garage for about 9 years! I started to use it to go to the school.

I received the car in disastrous conditions: the steering wheel was very hard to manipulate, no tires, no air conditioning, the engine started throwing white smoke, the transmission had only 3 speeds working (is a standard 4-speed transmission; my god the gearbox was broken all inside!!) and many, many things more that were fixed in about 4 years, with a lot of money of course, but who cares!!!

By the time I have made some modifications to the car, like adding power windows, power locks, key-less-entry, electro-chromic rear mirror (The same used by the Yukon 1998), K&N air filter, Kenwood remote controlled sound system with 12 disc changer and many, many things more...

This is the best car my dad have ever owned, because it had never left us on the road; I am planning to paint it by December 2002, by the way it has no rust!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2002

8th Feb 2005, 17:47

I have had six Chevy celebrities. Years 85-89. I love them all! They're great cars with a lot of power and durability. It's amazing you can beat the crap out of them and they still keep on going. I haven't seen any under 100,000 miles. I wish that they never stopped making them. My guess is that they were too good and lasted too long.

1989 Chevrolet Celebrity 2.8L MPFI

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8L MPFI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 kilometres
Most recent distance158000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

A good engine on a bad chassis

Faults:

The computer is burned out, a mechanic took the signal from one injector and bridged it to the injector that stopped working, I did not buy the computer and the car is still running, but with poor mileage.

The seats are very uncomfortable, they do not recline.

Had to replace the ignition module once.

The seat belts don't retract.

The dashboard is badly lit.

The clutch went out twice.

Replaced the IAC valve twice because the engine stayed running on high rpm's after long trips.

The interior trim is a disaster, the roof trim is peeling off due to an air leak in the windshield.

It is hard to put the car in gear even with the clutch pressed fully.

Had to replace the calipers.

There is this weird noise, like the sound of a compressor coming from the front left side of the car, just below the battery. Someone told me that it was to lift the suspension up when the car was fully loaded, but it's constantly turning on and off and the car looks like a low rider, even with new shocks. I finally disconnected the thing.

The wheel bearings had to be replaced and were very expensive.

Had the starter rebuilt twice. The car would start fine in the morning, but as soon as it warmed up, the starter stopped working, so once I turned it on I either had to push-start it or never turn it off for the rest of the day.

General Comments:

Replacement parts are hard to find and when I finally find them they are very expensive.

The car has poor braking and bad handling, the turn radius is incredibly huge and the front lights are very dim, not to mention the dash.

The engine does have a lot of power, being a V6 and having a standard transmission, so it gives a lot of torque.

The ride is very smooth, very comfortable for the highway and rough roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st August, 2001

10th Jan 2006, 13:14

Almost everything listed here has happened to my car too! My lights are so dim that I just use the brights all the time now.

I hate this car!

28th Nov 2006, 00:14

If you wish to increase the brightness of your dash lights, may I suggest following the instructions in the following web page... http://www.73-87.com/7387garage/interior/dashlights.htm... this will require some chrome colored paint, and removal of your speedometer cluster, but it works wonders. I have performed this modification on a 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88, a 1991 Ford Aerostar van, and 1987 and 1989 Chevrolet Celebrities. You'll be impressed with the results.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews