1985 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Metro

Summary:

Fun, but can be a pain

Faults:

Everything.

But car didn't run when I got it, so I was expecting problems.

Replaced:

- Head gaskets

- Throttle position sensor

- Exhaust manifold

- EGR valve

- Transmission mount

- Most of the vacuum lines

- Driver's seat belt

Things that never worked:

- Fuel gauge

- Tripometer

- AC system

- Right turn signal

- The rest of the seat belts

Things that broke and were never fixed:

- Ignition switch (key broke off, then wouldn't go to start position, so I installed a push button start)

- Clutch safety switch (bypassed it)

- Evap system.

After some of the injectors started to leak and it wouldn't idle right, I gave up on the 2.8 and dropped in a 4.3L from a 00 Blazer I rolled, but now it has transmission issues that I hope to fix soon.

Only real issues with fit and finish are the hood and doors, but I've been around other 3rd gens that didn't have the issues, so I think it's just mine.

General Comments:

Handles great and fun to drive.

Back seats were worthless, so I took them out early on.

Lots of rattles, which I can't seem to find, and all I have in the interior are the front seats and center console.

At 100 mph, the steering was top light, felt like the front end was lifting. I do have a spoiler on the back, but it needs an air dam in the front.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2010

27th Jan 2010, 07:29

So am I to understand that you were driving a 25 year old car (one that has over 150,000 miles on it) at 100 mph?

At the very least I hope that this was on a track.

(If you were doing this on a public road, please stop at the nearest police station and ask them to shred your driver's license. Then WALK home)

29th Jan 2010, 08:04

Hey, he is only going for cartwheeling the Camaro down the interstate to upstage rolling the Blazer.

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinette Sport Coupe 4 bbl. 305 5.0 liter from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 bbl. 305 5.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles

Summary:

It's a good car

Faults:

The exhaust pulled away from the manifold and I blew a master cylinder in the right rear drum.

Oil leak from oil pan.

General Comments:

The car is very solid and very reliable. I love it! It has the get up and go when you need it.

The seats are very comfortable and all of the interior is original.

The digital dash and radio works very well.

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

Review Date: 22nd December, 2008

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 V8 305 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V8 305 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevelle

Summary:

Great classic, and truly fun to drive

Faults:

Haven't had any problems with it so far, other than the horn not working.

I bought it from the original owner, who provided repair paperwork from the past years. The vehicle had the radiator replaced along with shocks and suspension bushings a couple of years ago.

The car is in remarkable condition, resembling "a like new" appearance".

General Comments:

I have always been very impresses by the third generation Camaros. Over the years, I've driven and owned many sports cars, but nothing compares to the third generation Camaro.

Great handling, and very comfortable yet racy ergonomics.

The only thing I'd like to see improved is the raw h.p. At around 150 h.p. it's a bit underpowered for its class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2007

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance180180 miles
Previous carGeo Prizm

Summary:

It's a great running car and a real "eye turner"

Faults:

Starter went out even before I bought it, had to replace before I could even buy it.

Carpet needs to be replaced.

Dash pad and console lid replaced due to non-care of the car in the sun...

General Comments:

This car has a lot of power and get-up-and-go, it handles great and sounds like a tank (haha). I guess that's why I love it so much.

It will tear up some dirt pretty quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

24th Nov 2005, 22:13

I believe in 85 the Camaro used the 140HP HO 2.8 from the Citation X11. In 86 they switched to the standard GM 2.8.

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