1992 Chevrolet Camaro RS 355 Carberated from North America


Fun, fast, and has the best looks


Blew the engine.

Replaced the radiator.

General Comments:

When I bought this car at 140,000 miles, it ran very well. Although, after putting on aproxx. 1500 miles, I blew the engine. It originally had a 305ci engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2003

13th Jan 2006, 12:56


I'm thinking of buying a used 92' camaro rs with a 305v8. Before you blew yours, did you have any performance mods added to your 305? I've been looking all around the net and can't find anything for it. 350 performance parts are a dime-a-dozen and mustang 5.0L parts and very plentiful.

If not, how easy was to do an engine swap on the vehicle?

1992 Chevrolet Camaro RS 3.1L V6 from North America


A reliable and efficient value


I changed the water pump at 130,000 due to overheating. The OEM pump has flimsy plastic fins within so it may be a good idea to change the water pump on these cars every 75,000 to 100,000 miles as a regular maintenance item.

I took the car to Chevy after smelling gasoline to replace the gas tank filler neck solder joint in 1997. The joint leaked considerably and was fixed for free as per a general recall for 1992 Camaro's.

Overheating can be a problem. One solution can be to use a 160 degree thermostat on the engine for the radiator fluid.

Transient electrical problems. Chevy doesn't have good wiring to start with, but this can be made worse by having sloppy third parties install stereo equipment in your car (personal experience). Do it yourself or get a very good installer to do it. Pay the extra money to get it done right or expect problems down the road from bad splices, etc.

No other problems in 6+ years of ownership.

General Comments:

This little V6 is one of the best performance engines I have ever driven, not for 0-60 times though. The acceleration is average at best, but the gas mileage I have gotten in this car is incredible considering the weight and age. With automatic transmission I regularly get 28 MPG on the highway and around 20 (the absolute worst MPG average) in the city with a 150,000+ mile engine.

The car never uses oil and the transmission fluid is still as red as when I changed it at 135,000 miles. The 700R4 transmission shifts appropriately and has near bullet-proof reliability when fluid and filter is changed every 30,000 miles.

Oil is changed at 5,000 mile intervals with Mobil conventional 10W-30 oil.

Take care to apply silicone spray lubricant regularly to the weather stripping in order to prevent it from drying out and creating water leaks (a common problem).

Easy modifications include K&N air filter and cold air induction for modest performance gains.

Comfort and cargo room is bad for this car, in particular the seats. To add to your comfort find front and rear seats from a 4th generation ('93-'02) car, which can be easily found from wrecking yards for $100 total. Install them in your car and enjoy.

Although any 1992 is fairly slow compared to a newer one, a little known secret is that these cars will easily out-handle any newer stock 4th generation. In fact, with the proper tires it handles very close to an Italian exotic! The car exhibits almost zero body roll in a sharp turn. If you like to carve twisty back roads, buy an '88 to '92 with a manual transmission. You can still have fun with an automatic though.

When treated and maintained well, these cars will last a long time. I now use it as my secondary car for driving to work, but it's still fun. I bought it for $5,000 from a wholesaler when in college and have been very pleased in the 6 years I've had it. Great value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2002

23rd Oct 2004, 15:42

Does anybody know what kind of oil a camaro v6 3.4 use?

3rd May 2008, 19:43

I have had my 92 RS 3.1 since I was 15. I am almost 26 now, the car has close to 200k on it and it still runs and drives like new. Interior is starting to get worn but other than that you would think you were driving a new car.

2nd Dec 2008, 07:34

I bought my '92 Camaro 3.1L brand new and now have 375K miles. I drive it to work and put a minimum of 70 miles daily. I love the way it drives but its age puts me at risk for part failures. It's candy apple red and still looks good except for chips and dings from road.