1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 305 c.i. from North America
Not ready for prime time...
I bought this car new from the Chevy dealer in Bennettsville, SC out of the show room. I had seen them on TV and stopped by the dealership late one night to look in the show room, and the dark blue Z-28 Camaro that was on the brochure was sitting on the floor.
The manager was working late... it was around 9pm and I tapped on the window, and pointed to the car and he let me in. I was a 21 year old redneck with my first shot at owning a muscle car. We took it for a test drive... I was hooked. My credit had already been approved by another dealer who was trying to sell me a used base model for way too much, so I traded my 1980 Cutlass Supreme.
The Camaro had a 4BBL 305, it sounded good but was slow as Christmas. It liked gas too. I could actually watch the gas gauge move as I drove down the highway, unlike my Cutlass I had just traded that sipped fuel.
The car got all kinds of looks... especially down the interstate... man I loved that thing... until the rear-end started to howl. It would get so loud it would almost drown out the radio. I had it in the shop for rear-end repair for 3 months of the first 6 months I owned it. I finally couldn't take it anymore and after the last repair traded it on another new Cutlass. I have regretted trading it many times... I could have simply let the warranty run out and put another comparable rear end under it. I was young and unwise. Have owned many Camaros since, but none compare to the thrill of driving the 1982. The 2010 SS I own today is a great car, but it broke my heart to see the Z28 go...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th March, 2015
14th Mar 2015, 19:54
Nothing wrong with going back to a Cutlass; G-bodies from that era were great cars.
17th Mar 2015, 12:51
My favorite was my really nice 1969 SS 4 speed. I bought it for 3500 in 1986, all original. I kept it for many years. Wish I never sold it. The only other Camaro body model I ever liked was the 70 with high rear factory spoiler. But the last of the first gen was the perfect size and had cured the rear axle setup in 69.
With Camaros, due to the poor seating vision setup, it feels like you are sitting in a hole. The side windows are terrible. I went to Corvettes. The best are C5 up.
17th Mar 2015, 20:46
The poor seating and side window vision affected comment actually refers to the newest gen Camaros. Also I do not like the all or nothing throttle response I experienced testing the new model. There's more than just driving fast. Earlier gen models had some issues as well. Rattles and poor support seat design come to mind in the earliest models. The model in this review, body design and low power was why I passed. I guess I am very picky!