1999 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 L-S1 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission L-S1 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

An absolute blast to drive!!!

Faults:

The front door speaker blew up.

The trim panel in the back seat came loose.

Nothing major has gone wrong.

General Comments:

It's a 99 Z-28 Camaro. For all of you who don't know, it has the Corvette motor in it, the 350 C.I., all aluminum, L-S1 V-8. The motor is factory rated at 305 H.P., 330 lb-ft of torque. I think this is figure is low, to keep insurance companies from going crazy, just like in the muscle car days of the 1960's.

The torque and sheer speed is simply amazing. It is the modern hot rod. Stomp the gas from a standstill, and hold on. It will give you whiplash. 60 is gone in 5.4 seconds, the quarter in 13.4 @110 MPH. Top speed is a 160. This car isn't like a Honda, all the torque is available at a low RPM. With all this torque, traction becomes a problem, but layin rubber is always fun!:)

The car isn't all about straight line speed, it also handles extremely well. It has a tight suspension, and the handling can keep up with the speeds you can attain.

I'd say its the best sports car value out there. You can get a really nice car for under $15,000 and smoke everything else on the road.

The looks are killer. This car is low, wide, and very distinctive. It also has T-tops, something you won't find on any other car. Mine is dark blue, which looks purple in certain lights. The chrome wheels also make it stand out. You won't mistake the Camaro for anything else on the road.

Now for the bad parts.

Beware: A Camaro is not very practical :(

Gas mileage isn't bad, but it isn't good either. I get 18 city/22 highway. But the real dissapointment is the interior. For being a realtively large car, the back hatch is small. The back seat is worse, nobody wants to ride with you if they have to crawl back there. My Camaro has leather, and all the power goodies, and a decent stereo. But the quality of all the plastic bits is way off. They all look cheap and a few of them occasionally rattle, but nothing too annoying. The ride is stiff, but you'd expect that in a sports car.

For the 7000 miles I've driven my Camaro, its always ran awesome, never any problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2003

15th Sep 2004, 00:16

Actually it's a 346 c.i. but anyways I agree with the rest. it's a great car.

8th Dec 2006, 09:28

I agree. The 1999 Z-28 Camaro is an awesome car. I am in the process of buying one. I drove this car back in 2002 when my cousin bought it. Whiplash isn't the word for what it'll do to your body. It is red with black T-Tops, 6-Spd. manual transmission, and several other minor mods that make it faster than lightning! I am so excited to finally get the car I've always wanted! Hopefully, I can get the loan for a little less than what the insurance will be a month!

1999 Chevrolet Camaro V6 Coupe 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

Save your money for the Z28

Faults:

I got the car brand new in 1999 as a self-graduation present.

-in 2001, it needed new brake pads. It didn't squeak before, and has squeaked everyday since the new pads were installed.

-in 2002, the alternator went out while I was driving. I barely made it home without the engine cutting out. Dealer replaced under warranty.

-in 2003, the rear differential was making noise. The dealer replaced the bearings under warranty.

-in 2003, the car developed a shake on accelerating. I asked the dealer to look at the transmission. They claimed the clutch was bad and replaced it for a small fortune. After that telling my father (I was out of town) that a cylinder wasn't firing. Replaced a spark plug wire and the shake was gone.

Rear differential making noise again. Took it in on a Wednesday. Informed that afternoon that the team that did the bearings did them wrong. Thursday was informed gears may be damaged and an inspector would be out to determine if it was covered under warranty. Friday was told the bearings installed earlier were defective. Work to be done on Monday. Monday was called and told the bearing were replaced, but in addition the brake pads needed to be replaced soon, a bolt had broke on the exhaust manifold, AND the entire drive-shaft needed to be replaced.

Drive-shaft is to be replaced. The inner piece is rattling inside the loosened outside piece of the shaft.

General Comments:

I loved the car to death. It was quick and comfortable for me as a driver. The passenger space was not as good. I don't carry much in the way of luggage so the small trunk wasn't a bother. I find it hard to believe how much trouble the car is having after only 4 years. I'm not a hard driver, and yet the major components of the car are showing wear and needing replacements.

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

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

10th Feb 2006, 19:54

I totally agree with this review. I have 51,000 miles on mine and bought it with 38,000 in 2001. I replaced the rear axle with a Firebird's due to differential problems. (not a car person, but I think it was the differential) My alternator quit in the middle of Manhattan so I replaced it and the battery. One day the car didn't start so after replacing the starter I found out it was the computer from the chip in the ignition key. (a worthless security feature) I had to have a new ignition installed into the steering column. Lately, when I shift gears the engine doesn't pull steady or strong it sputters til around 2500 rpm's. Love the car, but it seems there's always a problem. My A/C doesn't work and I had my windows tinted just before my rear defrost stopped working. Try backing up with a tinted frosty window at night.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews