1980 Chevrolet Caprice Reviews

1980 Chevrolet Caprice Classic stw 305cid 4-bbl (5.0L) from Finland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 305cid 4-bbl (5.0L) Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 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)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance280000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Aries

Summary:

For everyday city or highway use

Faults:

Electronic carburetor replaced with conventional model, had to change the distributor also. Now works OK.

Some rust due the leaves inside rear doors. drivers seats upholstery worn and torn (normal).

General Comments:

I like the easiness and really comfortable ride. like riding on air cushion!

The jack was quite difficult to use, but it works! although it's a bit scary.

Gas consumption is not so big compared to the size and weight. 20-25 mpg (10 liters/100km minimum) due to 3-speed tranny (TH350). Next models have 4-speed tranny, but those are not so durable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2003

13th Jan 2008, 16:21

You replaced the electronic carb with 2bbl I'm guessing? how much work was it and how much did it cost? or did you do it through a mechanic?

1980 Chevrolet Caprice Landau coupe 305 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 305 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles

Summary:

There is simply nothing else like it

Faults:

This car has been more than reliable especially when you consider that she is more than 20 years old by now. The speedometer went out at 107,000 miles, but that was a cheap fix. The air conditioning now needs to be re-charged, but that's really about it. Everything else has just been basic maintainence.

General Comments:

This car provides a feeling that modern cars all seem to lack. It's a feeling of driving a car with character, as opposed to driving a modern car who's interior parts are the same kind of plastic on your rubbermaid trash can. No, this is not an insipid, cookie-cutter Lumina, or some other junk like that. This is a car for someone who can appreciate older things.

The performance isn't breathtaking, but it's more than adequate to get you into trouble if you want.

Three people can sit up front without anyone touching each other.

Everything about this car is smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2002

19th Nov 2004, 02:25

You commented: "No, this is not an insipid, cookie-cutter car, or some other junk like that. This is a car for someone who can appreciate older things."

I agree completely, these cars were the last of a dying breed. The way these are built and styled they're almost like modernized 1960's cars. Driving my '87 Landau coupe and my Father's '03 Crown Vic is like night and day. The interior on that thing is nearly monochromatic, everything is either tan or black, no chrome anywhere. I'd take the style, simplicity and old-school class of the Caprice over a modern equivalent any day. Someday they'll get the attention they deserve. Chevy Malibu's of the same era are sought after, hopefully these will follow.

1980 Chevrolet Caprice 350 V-8 from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 350 V-8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

It's a luxury car with kick

Faults:

Nothing has gone bad. I actually use this Caprice for a race car. Yup that's right. It's sort of a demo car and it really moves around the 1/4 mile track in Wisconsin.

General Comments:

I really love this car and I plan to buy one so I can drive it on the road.

It handles great. It is real easy to buy parts for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews