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1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z 5.0 TPI from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 TPI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired164000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Great car; great performance; great costs!

Faults:

Wow, this car really has been a handful!

Front brakes needed replacing; this required rotors/hubs, calipers, and pads. The only thing is, it STILL pulls to the right...

Emergency brake cable loosened up.

Horribly rotted, seems to be a problem in the newer third-generation Camaros.

Driver's door sticks and is hard to open.

Seat back locks don't; lock that is!

Electrical problems constantly, so many bad connections.

Cooling problems, always seems to run hot, no matter what I do!

Driver's seat is ripped on the bolster.

Speedometer is incorrect; it reads too slow.

Rear defrost only defrosts some of the rear window!

Really sucks down gasoline, $30 every week!

General Comments:

Well, I have had 3 third generation Camaro's; an 84, 87, and an 88. Seems like they all mostly have the same problems. I also have plenty of praise for this car too!

It is very easy to work on.

Parts are mostly cheap.

Many performance upgrades are available.

The handling is absolutely awesome!

Readily available cars, and cheap for the most part.

The 5.0 V8 TPI really cranks out the horses, 225hp in 88'!

The car just looks mean.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2002

19th Jun 2003, 11:48

Hey there regarding your problem of pulling to the right I suggest changing your brake hose. The steel encasement around the flex line that bolts to your mcpherson strut often becomes corroded from the inside and restricts the fluid going to the caliper. Mike G.

1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z Convertible 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

Fast, fun to drive and huge attention grabber

Faults:

Fuel pump died, $600 with labor.

Head gaskets at purchase.

New Convertible top.

Driver seat worn.

General Comments:

I had the car painted, new tires, new carpeting, new convertible top.. new fuel pump, head gaskets and a few other odds and ends.

Considering its age this car has been dependable, relatively cheap.. but horrible on gas. 13 miles a gallon TOPS! The convertible is so fun in the summer, and it looks GREAT with the top up too. The car has so much attitude of its own.. I can't being to explain how much attention I get in this car. I have an after-market exhaust and a 3" exhaust dump on it, making it run open headers and being EXTREMELY loud!

If you plan on buying one of these have a steady flow of cash ready though... around 100k these cars normally turn to crap and need some major restoration!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2002

1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC 5.0 TBI from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 TBI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles

Summary:

Fast, reliable, easy to work on, cheap!

Faults:

The entire car needs some basic service. The brake pads need to be replaced, as well as the brake fluids. Some interior parts need to be replaced. The transmission filter and transmission pan gasket need to be replaced as well as the transmission fluid.

General Comments:

For my first car is was a good deal at $4200. So far I've spent $50 for a missing emblem and door arm rest which seem to be a constant problem with these after 1988. However they are cheap to replace entirely and with a couple of hours of work and some glue you can fix them instead for about $5.

The great up is that you can get seats for these older ones out of a newer 4th gen Camaro. For about $500 off Ebay you can get a complete front and rear leather set that will fit with just a couple hours of work and some basic tools.

Pick and pulls have an endless list of parts for these cars so if any part breaks or needs replacing cheap ones are readily available.

Performance parts are plentiful and cheap!!

This car is a convertible however. I regret getting that now. GM didn't make them for this generation, it seems they hired another company to do the conversions so there are many compatibility issues with parts for the tops and finding parts is out of the question. I don't want to know what the price for a frame is because a new cloth top itself is $350 and you have to measure and really guess which you have.

This engine will easily get another 100,000 miles. You can feel it. Gas is OK if you don't plan to use it as a serious commuter car. The car is not really designed to handle that it seems and I have read that the engine can't really hold up with major mileage. Expect rebuilds if you drive a lot.

Tires go by fast too, maybe I floor it too much, it will burnout without much trouble!

You can do the work to the entire car with a $10 repair guide. This is a great first car and will work great for people who like playing with their cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2001

16th Oct 2001, 08:45

Hey, I know what you're going through, I just bought a 1989 Chevy RS.. I love it. I have already replaced the stereo, speakers, and starter. Other than that, it's been great..

16th Jun 2002, 01:30

I recently purchased a 1988 Camaro RS, V6 2.8L, and was wondering if anyone knows how to remove the transmission gauge, if so please write to yeahwhatever17@hotmail.com. Any info on this type model and parts will be greatly appreciated!!!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 13 reviews