1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS 5.0L from North America
Bad electrical work, great car.
Most of the electrical (gauges, door locks, headlight buzzer, hatch motor, cruise control) is blown, and has been since just after I bought it at 70,000 miles. I had it fixed once, but it's blown again now.
Body started to rust around 100,000 miles.
Suspension needs work now at 120,000 miles.
I bought the car at 70,000 miles and within a couple of years started to have electrical problems. But I hear that is pretty common with these 80's model Camaros. I had a short fixed and then everything worked for about a year before it all blew again.
I've replaced some things, mostly general maintenance though: the exhaust, brakes, water pump... Granted, the car is 16 years old, so some repairs are expected. Nothing major has ever needed to be replaced.
The engine is strong and reliable. The transmission is smooth. It's a lot of fun to drive, especially on the expressway.
I was sad to see it start rusting around 100,000 miles, because it was beautiful when I bought it. That might be partly my fault though; I got a cheap paint job for it at Maaco.
120,000 miles and still ticking.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th June, 2005
16th Jul 2004, 08:42
Wow! Sounds like the Satan-mobile! If your were "roughing up" the car badly, that might have something to do with everything going in the toilet all at once. If you read most of the Camaro reviews, everyone loves their car and have little complaints. Sounds like you just got stuck with a lemon. Give it another shot by dumping the lemon and get another Camaro. I bet you don't have the same problems (as long as you aren't beating the car to death) and you'll be much more impressed! Good luck!