1970 Chevrolet Camaro Review

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 305 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership1978
Engine and transmission 305 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70126 miles
Most recent distance142650 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

Fast, beautiful, and a joy to drive

Faults:

The day I drove it home from the dealer, the water pump blew. Replaced it in my brother-in-law's garage; about a three-hour job.

Carburetor went bad around 92,000 miles, needed to have that replaced.

Car went through brakes like candy, they needed to be replaced every 15,000 or so miles.

I drove it hard, so my Camaro needed new tires every so often. I probably replaced them four times during my ownership of the vehicle.

Speedometer was a little bit off for a year, which really started to bug me, so I got it replaced in 1976.

A lot of little rattles and minor annoyances while driving the car.

General Comments:

This car was actually a 1970 1/2 Camaro, perhaps the finest one ever manufactured. I purchased it used off of a dealer's lot for $3500, and sold it for three times that much four years later.

This was easily the fastest car I've ever owned; the amount of torque was just amazing; it went like a greasy cheetah.

However, it was not safe, and I needed money to put down on a house for my wife and I back then, so giving up the Camaro was a logical move.

Today, now that I'm older (and wiser), I would still love to have this car back, as a way of reliving my youth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2003

10th Jun 2006, 16:24

I had a 6 cylinder 250 cu in. '70 1/2 Camaro Rally Sport 3 speed on the floor. Would love to have it back. The only things that ever went wrong was the thermostat, clutch replaced and normal wear and tear. Easiest thing to work on I ever saw.

19th May 2008, 21:56

I had a yellow/w black vinyl top 350 4 bbl 4 speed with a Hurst shifter. I had a blast, raced it too, sold it to my brother after I logged 100,000 miles on it. I replaced the carb at 85,000 miles and clutch at 80,000 miles otherwise it was trouble free. A fun car.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review