1985 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 305 TPI from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 305 TPI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles

Summary:

An overlooked classic that's well worth the investment

Faults:

This car has had the following replaced, which are all to be expected for a 25 year old car.

Shocks and struts.

Transmission with shift cable, seals and bracket

water pump.

Small rip in driver's seat.

Hood lifters.

Most repairs are upgrades; previous owner's misuse caused transmission failure.

General Comments:

Overall I love the car, I bought it as a weekend toy. When you purchase a car like this, expect to spend money. I drive it once in a while.

The t-tops are a must have.

Decent power for the engine; a 350 would be nice though..

Parts are readily available aftermarket for the most part.

Overall, a great example of affordable American muscle. Soon these cars will be even harder to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2011

1985 Chevrolet Camaro 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles

Summary:

Not fast, a Kia Rio will beat you in a race. Ha

Faults:

Windshield wipers no longer work.

Power antenna doesn't work.

Fuel pump went at about 100,000.

Needs a new clutch and rear end (my fault haha, I beat the crap out of the car)

General Comments:

Well I will start with the good..

It's a car that gets a lot of attention. Even being a third gen Camaro, which in my opinion are the least attractive Camaros ever made, it still got a lot of looks.

It was very reliable up until recently, I would not hesitate to drive it long distances. Never really had a lot of problems that weren't caused by me.

PARTS ARE CHEAP!!! And easy to find..

It was a pretty decent car all around, except for a few things that just bother the hell out of me.

1. The V6 is not fast by any means.. I actually would be lying if I told you it was quick.. it's a slow and heavy car.

2. Windshield wipers are important, and mine don't work, so the car is only driven on sunny days.

3. Everyone seems to think a Camaro is fast just because it says Camaro on the back, and you get little punks with their Honda Civic LX's that have a body kit and red rims, but no performance mods, and like 108hp, who want to race you, and the sad part is they will win. That was always discouraging...

In conclusion, if you want all the Camaro attention, but not the horsepower to back it up, get the V6. If you're a man that wants to feed Honda Civics their rice all day, then don't buy a third gen Camaro, because the 305 V8 isn't that fast either. And the 350 only comes as an automatic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2010

4th Apr 2010, 11:12

Well, I had a 1987 Camaro with the V8 and no Kia could come close.

5th Apr 2010, 13:01

Camaro V6 = 115HP, 0-60 MPH in 12 seconds.

The real Camaro, the Z28, now that is a fast car.

5th May 2011, 10:44

85s had 135HP with the six. I had one years ago and the day I bought it, it was running 10 second 0-60 times. With a tune up, rebuilt tranny and new tires it was running them in 8 seconds. Not too slow for a mid 80s V6.

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 305 T.P. I. from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 305 T.P. I. Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance51075 miles
Previous carChevrolet Monza

Summary:

A tangible gift from Holy God!!!

Faults:

The window rubber had to be replaced due to normal oxidation, but certainly not unexpected for a car that's a quarter of a century old!

The fuel pump quit after 50,000 miles, and that was completely unforeseen!

The air conditioner was retrofitted to 134-A around 49,000 miles and works great now -- easy to buy freon for my car, too!

Both sets of lift rods (hood and hatchback) have been replaced because the originals went out after about six years of use. The replacements lift rods have been much more dependable!

General Comments:

My car is a "garage queen" and is well kept since I've always wanted a "classic car" -- one that's 25 years old.

The handling is still factory responsive and any curve that says 45 mph I can easily take at 65 mph. Acceleration is still top notch, and the car remains fluid in its responses to canyon carving. Most cars today have way more horsepower, but this Camaro uses what it has to convey a great deal of prowess in its acceleration and handling on demanding roads!

When I stop to fill up, people often remark how new the car looks. The paint has held up well simply because it's garaged and kept out of the damaging effects of sunshine. My Camaro only rolls on pretty, dry days, at least every two weeks, weather allowing!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2010

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 29 reviews