1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible LS1 from North America


So it's fast - but that's all


Front rotors warped at 33,000.

Window motors went at 41,000.

Starter went bad at 49,000.

Convertible began leaking bad at 45,000.

Hard to catch 3rd and 6th gear when revving it to the red line and shifting fast.

General Comments:

Well, I have a lot of complaints about this car. First of all, I owned a 80's Camaro and it was a decent car at best. The 98 Z28 Convertibles are OK brand new, but the age very quickly.

Undeniable, the car is fast in stock form, but it only has straight-line acceleration. Only cars that are much more expensive can beat this car. Mustang GT's are an even match, though it seems.

Unfortunately, the car handles like garbage. If you give it any throttle at all around a corner the tail-end slides around and whips back VERY jerky if you let off of the throttle. Giving it more throttle simple makes you loose control. It's a big, sluggish car and is definitely NOT BUILT TO TAKE CORNERS.

I also feel very mundane at stoplights, seeing as how you see Camaros EVERYWHERE. Though a large portion of them are the V6 models, you don't feel too much different in an V8 droptop.

It's also a very big car and feels a bit unnatural with power steering. You feel almost disconnected from the car.

The low-down? The car is fast, but not very sport. It's extremely unstable at high-speeds and fails to draw attention. As well, though I take very good care of my cars, this one seems to give me the most problems and its one of the newest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2003

8th Aug 2004, 12:35

I disagree with your review. Well, the Mustang GT is almost as fast as the Z-28, so close that it does mainly depend on the driver, and the Camaro does have good handling. Especially the Z-28 since it has the sportier suspension. And about the rear-end sliding out with you take turns and give it a little gas, either you're punching it, you're on a slippery surface, or you've worn down your rear tires so much that they don't grip any more. The tires that you use on the Camaros, even the stock ones, are quite sticky and will hug the road quite well.

14th Jun 2007, 10:19

Ford's modular 4.6L in no way stacks up to the LS1 in any way. It takes a fairly modified Mustang GT to get near a stock LS1 Camaro on the drag strip.

1998 Chevrolet Camaro 3.8 V6 from North America


Excellent car to maintain for the first 55,000 miles!


I had new brakes and rotors installed around 6,500 miles. This was covered by the warranty. I always drive carefully in a all break in periods. The next set of brakes lasted around 24,000 miles and the rotors lasted around 74,000 miles.

Oil pan seal went bad around 10,000 miles. Dealer replaced it.

Starter went bad around 57,000 miles without warning. Out of pocket expense (Plus towing).

58,000 miles: Driver's side electric window switch stopped working. Out of pocket expense.

Alternator went bad around 59,000 miles. Died without notice on highway. Out of pocket expense (plus towing).

60,000 miles: Drivers side rubber window trim pulled off. Out of pocket expense.

Battery stopped holding a good charge around 62,000 miles. Out of pocket expense.

63,000 Main belt had to be replaced. Out of pocket expense.

81,000 miles: Engine starting problem - some type of rubber diaphragm that regulates fuel intake had to replaced. Out of pocket expense.

Main belt gears/assembly replaced at 82,000 miles. Out of pocket expense. Expensive!

86,000 miles: 1 Rear shock went bad. Out of pocket expense.

89,900: Car is inoperable due to some sort of mechanical failure under the hood. My serpentine belt got chewed up and two sensors have been yanked off (from the shredding belt) due to a belt path device that is stuck (Have not towed it in for service yet)

General Comments:

I have always taken good care of this vehicle; ALL (and I mean all) fluids changed before GM's recommendations and an oil change was never missed. I drive gently, and primarily on the highway. Car also has been garaged it's entire life.

It has been my favorite car that I have owned, however I believe that it falls into the GM standard 'replace everything by 80,000 miles' category. I have nothing against GM, but all my GM cars have had numerous problems before 80,000 miles. Does not matter if you take care of the car or not, whether you buy it new or used, or if you think that luck is on your side.

I love the car as it is comfortable, stylish, and easy to drive. The trade-off of expensive repairs outside the warranty period has prompted me to think about buying something foreign next time.

Things to note for future 98 Camaro buyers: Seats, cosmetic parts, body, and interior have held up well. Engine purrs like a cat (I had a full tuneup and fuel-injection cleanup done at 55,000 miles) Transmission shifts very smooth, electric windows and mirrors work great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

8th Aug 2004, 12:16

First off I'd like to say "Kudos to you!" for not writing a biased review. This review is helpful, but I'm not understanding how you can have that many problems before 80k miles on all the GM vehicles that you've ever owned. My Dodge Dakota works great at 110,000 miles, as well as my friend's mother's camaro (same model as you) at over 225,000 miles. I'm not saying that you're lying, because it is more than possible for that to happen, I'm just comparing your experience with mine. And once again, thank you for not writing a biased review, I would love it if more people on this site would follow in your footsteps!

2nd Nov 2004, 13:13

One thing I'd like to point out is if you really think your better bet will be to go with a foreign car, I hope you understand that with foreign cars means IMPORTED parts! Maintenance and repair is even more expensive on those cars. My 94 camaro has 70k on it, and I've had my share of repairs, but nothing major. Compared with how hard I drive it, it keeps up well. :-)