1996 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews - Page 5 of 7

1996 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Summary:

Cheap touring car

Faults:

Ignition wires - the bane of my existence.

Alternator.

Two batteries.

Power steering pump.

Anti-lock brakes and traction control.

Three sets of tires.

Three sets of brakes.

Cracked plastic all over the place.

Loose side windows.

Loose deck lid.

All the bushings in the rear end are gone.

Heater core weeps.

Stereo buttons fell off.

Stereo won't play stereo cassettes properly, occasionally playing them backwards.

Shifting console replaced twice.

Paint flaking off.

General Comments:

Great car for the young and dumb because it gets reasonable fuel mileage and it is easy to work on for the most part. Get used to working on it, though.

The 3800 v6 averages around 29MPG highway, which is surprising, but down around 17 in town if driven the way people who own Camaros drive them.

Cruises down the highway like a missile. Doesn't corner so well. This is due to a weight imbalance combined with cheap tires. Put expensive tires on it and buy the v8 if you want it to corner.

Stock tires slip in spit. On cold mornings they slip on dry pavement. I put on some sport/touring radials and got a good mix of wet/dry handling.

The ignition system on this engine is horrid. GM knows this and will fix it under warranty, but after warranty, get used to replacing the #6 plug wire, which GM routed through the exhaust on the right bank. I'm going to try high-temp plug wires next.

Most of the other problems are just older car stuff, happening after 70,000 miles, and have been very cheap to fix due to the nice collection of wrecked v6 Camaros around.

By the way, these retain their value well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

10th Mar 2005, 14:16

I see you wrote.

Cruises down the highway like a missile. Doesn't corner so well. This is due to a weight imbalance combined with cheap tires. Put expensive tires on it and buy the v8 if you want it to corner.

Weight imbalance? The Camaro has a 48/52 distribution.

Dont buy cheap tires.

And waht does buying a v8 have to do with better cornering?

23rd Aug 2007, 08:21

Cheap tires obviously won't get good traction. I honestly don't know what he means by the v8 being better at cornering either though, ha!

15th May 2008, 19:55

I disagree with buying the Lt1 v8 z28, or anything with a Lt1. I had a '94 Z28 with 90k, and the Lt1 has THE worst distributor system ever created; and it's hard to make a lot of power out of that mill with it misfiring constantly; AND it's right behind the water pump so fixing it is a pain, and costly. The series II 3.8 Liter is one of the best motors to come from GM, period.

1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7 - LT1 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.7 - LT1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Awesome car!

Faults:

General maintenance until 86,000.

(just the expensive stuff)

Replaced Platinum spark plugs at 86,000

New water pump at 86,000

New belt at 86,000

New distributor at 86,000.

Replaced main coolant hose at 95,000.

New rotors at 100,000.

Replaced driver window switch at 125,000.

Driver seat motor (forward back) is dead at 126,000.

New front tie rods at 128,000.

Air conditioning is going at 130,000.

Electrical problems starting at 131,000.

Replaced water pump at 132,000

New spark plug wiring at 132,000.

The rubber insulation has always been treated with armor-all, so there are no leaks (even in the T-tops!). The interior leather was always treated with leather treatment, so interior is like new, except where the driver (me) constantly 'slid' into the seat (this is showing wear).

General Comments:

The car has been great for 8 years, but it is starting to show it's age (internally only!). I also had a Z28 from 1986 to 1996, and it was still in good shape when I sold it for $1,000.00. This is not a car that really holds it's value, but it is such a blast to drive. This car still accelerates like a bat out of hell!

It is getting harder to justify spending $700-$1500 per repair now though...

I bought a used Jeep Wrangler as a second car with a manual transmission, and I kinda wish my 'Z' had one too now! I bet that is fun...

I would reccomend a used Z... it will last to 200,000 miles I am sure.

JR.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2004

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 23 reviews