1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Station Wagon 5.7 gas from North America
In my eyes I have never had anything "go wrong" with this car, and it has never left me broken down or stranded considering the age of the car - 31 years old and ridiculously high mileage (310,000).
Things wear out with use and I don't count things like tires, brakes, hoses, belts, fluids, filters and tune ups as things going wrong - it's just maintaining the vehicle.
As far as maintenance costs, they are very, very, very reasonable; it's too bad they don't make cars this simple anymore.
Considering the age of the car, I am still able to get it serviced at a Chevy dealership if needed, and it's very easy to get parts for this car.
It's not the most attractive car (it's a brick), but it's deadly reliable, whether it's the coldest winter day or flying down the highway in the scorching summer heat with the A/C blasting on high, this car always starts and gets from point A to point B.
It's a great multi purpose vehicle. Kids love the rear facing third seat, there's tons of cargo space for trips, and I can tow trailers with it.
It's an easy car to own and drive. The gas mileage is reasonable for a 5,500 lb car - 23 MPG on the highway.
I don't think there is a new car that I can buy that can give me the ease of use, utility and ownership except for a full size SUV (Suburban Ugly Vehicle).
This car owes us nothing. I paid $500 for this car 14 years ago and it has served my family loyally ever since, and will continue until further notice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th June, 2015
8th Jun 2015, 02:56
In 1984 the only American car that had a 5.7 gas engine was the Corvette.
9th Jun 2015, 06:18
Yes, it's true the Corvette was the only car from General Motors with the 5.7 gas motor as standard equipment, not counting trucks, but this Caprice was specially ordered with the 5.7 gas motor. The eighth VIN is a 6 (5.7 motor) versus an H for the 5.0 motor. And I also checked the numbers on the engine block, and it is a 5.7 liter gas motor (350 cubic inch).
12th Jun 2015, 20:54
That statement is easily refuted by anyone owning a 1984 Chevrolet Impala powered by a 350/5.7L gas engine, which was available as an option, as well as owners of 1984 Ford LTD Crown Victorias, which were available with the 351 engine...
14th Jun 2015, 02:57
Interesting that it had the VIN 6 5.7.
I'm wondering if it is a Special Equipment Option vehicle e.g 9C1, 9C6 Police/Taxi package. If you check the Service Parts Identification Label, it would let you know for sure.