1997 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews - Page 6 of 9

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 5.7 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.7 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carFord Cobra/LX

Summary:

This is a good representation of what a modern muscle car should be

Faults:

The driver's side power door lock and power window control housing came loose from the door panel.

There are some rattles from loose plastics in the dash, as well as one from a loose antenna.

The car may overheat if second fan is not manually turned on (to do this just turn the air conditioning on).

General Comments:

The Z-28 is an ultimate driving machine. Not only does it come from the factory with impressional horsepower, the Camaro's 350 cubic inch engine has been around for along time. With the advent of fuel injection the engine is more reliable and fuel efficient to meet modern standards.

Also, being able to modify the car with high performance aftermarket products makes owning the Z-28 heavenly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2003

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7 LT1 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 5.7 LT1 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

A sad vehicle, from a low quality producer

Faults:

Where to start, where to start.

I ordered this car, (first mistake) apparently GM does not put quality into vehicles that are already sold.

The first thing was an oil leak, from the top of the engine (of all places).

Then after the dealer fixed that leak, the EGR valve failed.

Then the reverse switch in the 6 speed transmission died, along with several light bulbs...

The front seal on the rear axle began to leak, and the fuel pump failed, stranding us for a couple of hours.

After all of that, the air pump failed (the last straw).

When I confronted the service manager he said that these cars are prone to breakdowns, and that there was nothing they could do, but continue to fix the problems as they emerged.

It's nice to know that for 23K you can buy a vehicle that's prone to breakdowns, and has a warranty limited to the verge of them all!

General Comments:

I managed to dump this lemon at the end of the MFG warranty.

When I contacted the MFG customer service line they were of no use (a real waste of time, and oxygen)

Since then I've made the fantastic quality known, and changed a few minds that were thinking about buying a Camaro.

Never, never, NEVER order a vehicle, and never buy a Camaro. (free advice for those who will listen)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th May, 2003

23rd Oct 2003, 18:16

Hey, my name is Chris and I would like to say generally the Chevrolet Camaro is an extremely reliable car, I own three. One of which is a ninety seven Z-28 and have yet to have a problem. Along with that a ninety five which only had a problem with the radiator cap. So my advice is one car gone bad does not mean the Chevrolet Camaro deserves such a reputation. Thank you.

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 SS 5.7 LT-1 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.7 LT-1 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Monte Carlo

Summary:

An affordable Corvette in a Camaro body

Faults:

An oil leak started from the intake manifold (common problem with LT-1) at 45,000 miles.

The driver side leather seat is wearing badly on the outer edge.

The 17 inch SS wheels warp very easily and cause the alignment to go out if placed on the front.

General Comments:

My 1997 SS is breath-taking fast. One stomp on the accelerator and you can see all the other drivers around you in the rear view mirror. The torque is constant throughout the rpm range and you can red-line the gears quickly. The engine mated to the 6-speed Hurst shifted transmission is smooth and flawless. Power is transferred with no obvious slippage.

The handling of the car is phenomenal. I can take sharp corners at speeds greater than 50 with absolutely no sweat. The sticky 275-45-ZR17 tires and wheels get the job done easily.

The seats seem comfortable to me and my two children love to ride in the back where they fit nicely. My wife on the other hand only likes to drive the car and not ride in it.

I have a programmer for my car and the adjustments can be felt easily. I recommend any SS owner to get one. My next addition will be a supercharger.

I love this car and have drooled over one for a long time. I own a Monte Carlo SS and the Camaro has replaced it as my favorite car to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2003

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