1997 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

I definetely would never sell this car, and will keep it till the end!!

Faults:

Well when I first bought it, I didn't realize, I think cuz of the excitement of having a Camaro, but the engine was making a knocking sound. It turned out the engine was no good. So I had to put a new 3800 series II engine with only 40,000 miles.

Also the spark plugs cables were kinda rusty, so I changed them out too.

I had a problem with the car heating up. I couldn't even take it out for a stroll cuz the gauge would quickly go up.

I had to take off the thermostat, and I put in a switch to have the fans turn on as soon as I turn on the ignition.

General Comments:

I am in love with this car. The handling is just perfect. I have the rear-wheel disc brakes and it's so efficient at braking when you need it. Although it could use more trunk space. I would never trade or sell this car. Also I've never had a problem with the t-tops. No leaks or anything. I also have a dual-exhaust Flowmaster. So believe me it does sound loud.

I also have two 12' kickers in the trunk with a 2000 watt Memphis amp.

The mpg is about 17, which is pretty efficient.

I just got my leather seats with the 30th anniversary stitched on them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2009

1997 Chevrolet Camaro SS 5.7 Liter LT1 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.7 Liter LT1 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired110900 miles
Most recent distance138600 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Pure modern day American muscle!!! Camaro SS

Faults:

Slightly leaks oil and runs a little hot on summer trips or high traffic.

Definitely prefers the colder weather, especially with the ram air.

Water pump went out at 114,00.

Snapped the stock clutch into pieces at 115,000. Which is just an attribute to how much torque this car makes!

Headliner started to fall, clear-coat started to peel, and dash began cracking all around 125,000.

Snapped main cluster shaft in the T-56 at 129,000.

Fun to drive, but is a little costly to maintain as a daily driver and a race car. I recommend using it for just the latter if you can afford to have a different daily vehicle.

General Comments:

FaSSt!!! This car is an absolute monster!!! It eats street tires for breakfast, and makes import drivers wet themselves!

I have taken this car to several SCCA autocross events, and made 29 consecutive passes down an 1/8 mile strip in early September in the hot Tennessee sun, and this baby does not miss a beat. I have beat the heck out of this car and enjoy driving it.

The best thing about this car is the special posi-traction rearend option that you could get with the SS package through SLP.

Seats are actually pretty comfortable on long trips too.

Sleek, Stealthy, Beautiful, and Scary all at the same time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2008

11th Nov 2008, 12:05

Performance cars such as the Z28, Trans Am, and Camaro SS are definitely worth keeping!

1997 Chevrolet Camaro 3800 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

General Comments:

I have read many reviews regarding the Chevy Camaro V-6 3800 engine. I recently bought one as a second car. The car is loaded, drives excellent, and has great pickup for a V-6. The gas mileage is not bad and it handles great, although it's not as comfortable as my 83 Trans Am was, but will do as I paid $1500.00 for this car.

It looks great, and love the t-tops. For me who needs a V-8; this car moves, although not like a 84 Corvette with crossfire fuel inj, but it will do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2008

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7 from Switzerland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Great fun to drive car

Faults:

Water pump at 37500 miles.

No major problems until now.

General Comments:

It's a fun to drive car on any different topographic types.

It's fun to cruise on the autobahn or on highways, and also on narrow swiss alpine roads, with the t-tops off.

The engine's sound is awesome.

In the last years that I owned the Camaro, the average mileage was 20mpg, and on long distance trips 25mpg.

The engine is great, and the styling is hot.

I'm looking forward at the forthcoming 5th generation Camaro in 2009!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2007

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 28 reviews