1982 Chevrolet Caprice 265 from North America


Reliable and comfortable, if a bit underpowered


Overheated at 125,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car was always exceedingly reliable, never needing any major repairs. After the overheating incident we replaced the original 265 V-8 with a used 305, but never liked it as well. In fact my main purpose in writing this review is to ask if any other Caprice owners have had one with the unusual 265 V-8. It was underpowered but got impressive fuel economy for a large car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2006

6th Aug 2006, 19:36

I think you are thinking of the 267 smallblock, not the 265. The 265 was the original one from the 50s. The 267 has the same crank as a 305 and 350, it just has a way skinnier bore, so the valves are really small, which can't let much fuel and air in. We are talking about a 115-120hp motor here. It's entire existence was based on lugging the Caprice to 60mph and that's about it. I myself, had a 305 which went, so now I have a 350. The 350 is going to get hopped up and put into a better/lighter/cooler car once I can save up some money.