1991 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews

1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS 305 cu in from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 305 cu in Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance215000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C1500

Summary:

90's American bad ass horsepower!!!

Faults:

Clutch.

Front seats are shot.

Transmission rebuild.

General Comments:

This car is nimble and quick. Only a Cummings or Duramax that is chipped will whip you. A Q45 is a good race too, but this thing just strokes.

My fuel shut off has been deactivated, and it runs easy at 130 - 140 mph.

Needs rear disk brakes (Easy Mod). They are on the list. Under drive pulleys and shorty headers will make this configuration scary.

Mine came with Z28 suspension and performance pack. What a great change from my ex-girlfriend's 25th aniv. edition with the 305/auto. What a dog that was compared to this thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2011

1st Feb 2011, 11:51

I'm guessing you have a TPI 305 with a 5 speed and not the mighty 5.7 TPI (15hp difference).

30th Mar 2011, 14:09

I think he has an RS with a 305 TBI, 5 speed, and the Z28 suspension option. Though TBI motors aren't the fastest... a 5 speed will sure wake them up quite a bit. =D.

1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 305ci from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 305ci Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

One poor young American's dream car

Faults:

When I bought the car, the engine had just been rebuilt by the previous owner. He did the work himself, as it was just a top end rebuild, but the car smoked when it started up, and when I took off from a long red light. I'm assuming it was a gasket issue, and I never had it fixed. It didn't really seem to hurt the performance of the car, and it did not need much oil between changes.

The face plate of the aftermarket radio was missing, and I replaced it, the sound was nothing to write home about, but I rarely listened to it anyhow, with the beautiful exhaust note from the V8.

The paint was coming off the nose of the car, which was black plastic, so it didn't really bother me. The button for the hatch release was broken, as well as some other electronic do dads in the cockpit.

I wrecked the car twice in my short ownership, so I can't really complain about the rear end sticking out to the left more than the right after the first wreck.

General Comments:

It's been about ten years since I last drove my beautiful Z. As is the saying, I was young, dumb, and full of you know what, and I had no business driving this wonderful car before I knew how to operate a high performance vehicle like this.

It was the most beautiful black on black Z28 with a newly rebuilt top end with performance heads and cam; a real quick car that never ran out of power, as I pegged the 140 speedo and kept going one night.

The car had brand new 245/50 Bridgestone Potenza tires that were soft and sticky, and never felt like they were going to give, which may have inspired too much confidence in an inexperienced driver.

I didn't mind the giant 8 ball shift knob, and I loved to row through those gears driving up the Angeles Crest highway every chance I got, after work or on weekends.

To me, there couldn't be a better highway cruiser, as I could easily be humming along at 80 mph with the tach barely over 1500 rpms.

I couldn't tell you about the interior noise at highway speeds, because I usually had the windows rolled down so I could hear the engine and exhaust.

I can tell you I didn't mind the murdered out interior, charcoal on black, with the only color being the Z28 badge on the passenger side dash. The seats weren't very bolstered and kind of flat, but were still very comfortable on long drives.

I can tell you it felt like I was riding a roller coaster every time I took a long fast sweeper up in the mountains.

The last time I drove my beloved Z, I made the mistake of trying to pass a small pickup on a short passing lane, oblivious to the "20mph curve up ahead" sign as I shifted into 4th going about 75. I made the mistake of tapping the brakes mid corner and lost it, hitting the side rail and careening back into the side of the mountain. That was the end of my joy ride, and the best car I had ever owned.

What makes me miss her more than anything else, is that even after I had crashed, with the radiator about two feet off center and one tire in permanent left turn mode, I was still able to start the car and drive 20 miles back home, stopping at every gas station on the way to refill what was left of my crippled radiator.

I ended up saving the aluminum wheels and putting them on my 98 S-10 before the insurance company rolled her out to junk her.

Overall, it was easily my favorite car I have ever owned, and one I will never forget, may she rest in pieces.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2010

13th Dec 2010, 12:34

I understand completely. The Z28 is a great car to own. Yes the performance of the V8 and it's exhaust note is a joy to the ears. I too had a car similar to the Z28, it was a 1990 Trans Am. I miss that car.

21st Mar 2011, 17:44

I just bought a 1991 Z28 auto with the TPI 305. She's a diamond in the rough, but starts and runs beautifully. Can't wait till I find out more about her!!! I want a different trans, and that's it only cuz the one in it has been abused :( But she's in good hands, and will soon be a very pretty girl :)

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 45 reviews