1995 Chevrolet Camaro Sport 3.4 V6 from North America


Poor man's Corvette - made just for our pockets


Bought it at 182000. Transmission died at 184000. GodDad bought a Corvette transmission & a Camaro specialist somehow made it work. Engine got worse, was burning 20w50 oil. Mechanic took the car away from me because the engine was a few minutes from seizing completely. Found a great used engine (saving up for this).

Other regular things were doing a tune up, new battery, new brakes all around, got new salad spinner rims, Sony radio, new alarm installed, getting the candy corn rear tail light covers, new ECM, new wipers.

General Comments:

Honestly the car does run great and it does all it can do to not leave me stranded. Very trustworthy/faithful car. I own this one and an 86 Z-28. I'm a Chevy nut.

Try to find one that's stock, seems when they haven't been all modified, it's easier to be rest assured. I like the teal color.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2022

1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7L V-8 from North America


A lesson in the cost of an older, fast car, however exhilarating


Between when I got the car in April 2008 and when I stopped driving it in 2011 (it sits in my driveway as a slowly fix it - blown head gasket), I've had to replace:

Driver's and passenger's door window motors (80k and 120k miles, respectively, approximately).

The HVAC blower motor (76k).

Oil pressure sensor (gauge constantly read very low, ~80k).

Engine got a pronounced tick, turned out to be a bad lifter (part of the valve train, ~125k).

The headliner was sagging when I got the car, but it wasn't that expensive to fix.

Rusty catalytic converter, the exhaust pipe broke off behind it, replaced it and reattached the pipe (maybe 78k).

The head gasket blew (passenger side, I think) at about 136k, rendering it basically un-driveable. I blame my youthful self.

Tune-ups cost about $1400 on this car; not a good thing.

Finally, I went through four clutches in three years - granted the first one may have had many miles on it and been abused, one of them was defective, and this was the car I learned heel-and-toeing on, but they're about $1000 apiece to replace, and the car makes 325 lb-ft of torque.

Speaking of things that might have been partially my fault, I'm pretty sure I'd have saved that head gasket if I spent a little less time over 5000 RPM in the thing. I mean, it was fun :)

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails.

Really, when it works, it's quicker than a 350Z and anything FWD, and it stayed with a Lancer Evo from a rolling start. The fact that I know these things might have something to do with how it's now in my driveway in the middle of a slow-going head gasket repair job.

Handling is phenomenal; I'm sure it'd be humbled by a Cayman S or a Corvette, but with the SLP suspension upgrade I gave it, it turns-in without delay, and really holds on in corners - understeer is there eventually, but the gas pedal fixes that. Body roll is present, but never a hindrance. Left-right-left transitions are well controlled and great fun. Unfortunately I don't remember how it drove before the SLP things, that wasn't long after I got the car.

Braking is the car's main dynamic weakness. They tend to fade pretty early on, and regardless, the pedal isn't the best. Kinda squishy. (but nowhere near as bad as the TrailBlazer I used to drive.)

The sound of the engine is one of the reasons to have and drive a sporty car, and the LT1 V-8's is one of the best. Which is probably another reason the thing broke on me.

The cockpit is pretty dour compared to most things, with lots of hard plastic. But every control and gauge is easy to find and use, and the shifter and clutch have good feel. Anyhow, I'm of the persuasion that sportiness has no need for luxury, and I think the Camaro agrees with me (but there's still a power driver's seat!).

Overall a fast, agile car that could use a brake upgrade and an engine rebuild (thanks to me). And a reminder of: Fast, Affordable, Reliable. Pick two! :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2013

30th May 2013, 17:00

How in the world could a tune-up on an old Camaro cost $1400?

Your mechanic must really miss seeing you drive up.

8th Oct 2022, 17:43

I was about to ask the same. Tune up should be $700 - $800 max for this car, even today. And that's at a rip off mechanic as well.