1977 Chevrolet Caprice Reviews

1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 305 c.i. V8 Gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 c.i. V8 Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

A solid, dependable friend

Faults:

The water pump failed the first week after I acquired the car. For under $50, I replaced the pump, belts and renewed the coolant. I have, over the past four years, fitted a new fuel pump, radiator and hoses, brake shoes and pads, brake fluid replaced, transmission rear mount, shock absorbers and wishbone bushes at the front. The car has been 99% reliable.

The one time it let me down was due to an unexpected battery failure. I service the car myself, changing the oil and filter every 3000 miles. Number four spark plug fouls up after about 3000 miles as the engine is starting to show it's age and miles.

General Comments:

I had the interior professionally reupholstered last year, new headlining, carpeting and seat fabric.

The bench seat is adjustable for reach only, but quite comfortable on a long run. The center armrest is just at the right height for me. Gages are in short supply, warning lights being fitted as standard. I've added a voltmeter and coolant temperature gage.

The next item will be an oil pressure gauge. These cars are, in my opinion, the best that Chevrolet ever made. I would buy a new one today if they were still made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2004

9th Aug 2004, 11:40

I have one of these cars, albeit a station wagon, in Pakistan, and for a car which has been heavily modified by its previous owner, it hasn't lost much of its character.

It has a 3000 cc Diesel engine instead of the original V-8, which makes the car accelerate like a tractor. This is the only unforgivable anomaly in the car. otherwise the car is in its original upholstery and all the knobs/switches still work. The power windows wound at the same rate as a brand new car, and the suspension gives you a dream ride. I believe the suspension of this car is the major contributor to its likability quotient.

I desperately need some parts for the car to keep it in running condition and would be grateful if anyone can help me out. My email address is yassarkhattak@hotmail.com.

1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 350 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 350 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A fast smooth ride

Faults:

Very few things have gone wrong with this car.

I had to replace many lights on the car.

The drivers seat is shot

The manual windows knob fell off

The drivers side rear door will not open.

General Comments:

This car has got plenty of power to keep up with most.

The seats in this car are extremely comfortable.

This car as an unbelievably smooth ride and not at all bumpy.

The engine runs good and makes this car very fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2003

1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 305 from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 305 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance88500 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Great

Faults:

Well it's tricky to start, something in the ignition. Very minor, I solved it for $3.00.

General Comments:

Well besides sucking down gas, it is the best car I have ever had. It rides on air. The interior is perfect and original.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2001

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews