1983 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews

1983 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta LT 2.8L from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.8L Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired198000 miles
Most recent distance205600 miles

Summary:

Slow, bad gas mileage, but smooth ride and a nice cruising car

Faults:

A lot of things have gone wrong, but nothing major yet, just the lack of a good tune up.

Front brake line just blew up on me at 205,500 miles.

Transmission is starting to kick in and out of third gear really bad.

Rear end clucks when trying to go sideways on pavement.

Motor blows out a lot of blue smoke, but no rod knocks yet.

Rust is starting to get bad (fixed most of it).

When I first got the car, the passenger side window motor was locked up and the power locks did not work, but I converted to non power doors.

General Comments:

The car is very slow, but still gets up and goes for being a small motor in a big car, and having over 200,000 miles and 23+ years of abuse.

But the thing I like most about the car is it handles good and is comfortable

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2007

1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.0 LU5 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.0 LU5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82425 miles
Most recent distance85025 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Great looking car, GM should have done better Performance wise with the LU5

Faults:

New Valve Covers and Gaskets, Replaced Muffler system Headers Back with BBK Headers, 3" Flow master and pipes, MSD Coil, 8mm Taylor Wires. More Mods to come, but nothing serious wrong mechanically.

General Comments:

I really enjoy my Camaro. Although the LU5 Motor was not as fast as the motors today, But It has potential. I plan to do some modifications besides the ones I've already done, but the condition of my car would be an 8 out of ten, and is 90% original. I personally would prefer the 350, but I am very happy with this one. It is black in color, with silver rockers, along with the orange/red decal along with it. I own a 1996 Z28 as well, so I get the power I want from the LT1. well, Thank you for reading my review, and wish you luck with your Camaro.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2005

1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.0L H.O from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.0L H.O Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance205000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

This car is awesome, and very fast, but for experienced drivers, not recommended as a first car

Faults:

My clutch went out in the mid summer and I had it replaced, and OEM clutches seem to be hard to find for these cars so an aftermarket clutch was installed.

The interior wears normal for a 22 year old vehicle, but in all is still in good condition.

I replaced the 4 barrel carburetor as well because the one on the car at the time was just worn out overtime.

General Comments:

This car is awesome especially for a 22 year old vehicle and its power is awesome.

This car handles better than my 1996 grand am.

The car is especially Fast, and I have beaten quite a few imports and newer mustangs with this car with ease.

The interior of the car is great if your young, but older people seem to have a hard time getting in and out of the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2005

11th Mar 2005, 10:25

The cars you beat with your beater Camaro... were they moving and occupied, or parked?

4th Apr 2005, 16:56

Well, I'd just like to add a comment to the one above, if anything for the sake of the Camaro and not the driver's claims.

The 1982 Camaro Z28 used a Chevrolet LG4 motor, which as we all know isn't the most powerful engine in existance, producing around 150hp at most. But, the thing the Camaro did have was torque - and quite a lot of it. 240lb/ft at just 2000rpm is far better than anyone's Civic will achieve, and so yes.. the Camaro WILL beat off most imports (Apart from obviously the Supra, Skyline etc).

Thankyou for reading.

11th Jan 2007, 21:16

I have a 82 camaro crossfire injection and I've out ran a mustang or 2 in my day it's a great car.

20th Apr 2007, 20:34

1982 Camaros are really slow. I don't think one can beat a new 4.6 or even an older 5.0 Mustang unless you have nitrous of at least 150 horse. Japanese cars are getting really fast now days as well. Anything with a turbo is a rocket anymore. You should try to race one of those Subaru WRX STi's with your 82 Camaro. They only have 300 horsepower and go 0-60 in under 5 seconds.

2nd Jan 2012, 23:45

I had a 83 Z28, and I got beat by a Ford Taurus - it was very embarrassing. I got it up to 110 on the freeway and it felt good, but off the line it was a dog.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 13 reviews