1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5 liter 305 V8 from North America
This is a WONDERFUL car. All of them are!
The power steering pump went out 26 years later at 118000 miles.
This is a great running car, and is in excellent shape.
I love this car, and it's my 6th Caprice. I've owned a 69, 77, 78, 83, 85 and a 91.
My favorite was the 69! These cars are SO reliable it's ridiculous, and parts nowadays are very cheap.
Gas mileage on mine is very good, which surprises me a lot, but I think it has to do with the over drive transmission.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2011
11th Aug 2011, 20:47
I have said it before and I will say it again, the Caprice is the best car ever made.
I have owned a ton of cars from all different brands, and nothing compares to a Caprice.
Unstoppable reliability, low maintenance, cheap parts, easy to fix, amazing build quality, attention to detail, beautiful classic styling, not to mention to most comfortable interior ever put in a motor vehicle to date.
As well, no blind spots, easy visibility, super safe and solid on the road, and an absolute pleasure to drive with the cushy suspension, V-8 power, and effortless rear wheel drive steering.
The only issue is gas mileage, but even that is not so bad. I am willing to pay an extra $10 a week to drive a huge comfortable sofa to work instead of a tacky plastic front wheel drive sardine can.
I love the Caprice, it is everything a car should be, a REAL car, a car that puts a smile on your face every time you drive it. I make excuses just to take mine out all the time!
14th Aug 2011, 03:22
I couldn't agree more, except to say that I slightly preferred the twin of the Caprice - the full sized rear wheel drive Oldsmobile Delta 88, made up to 1985. I've owned about 3 Caprices and about the same number of Olds 88s.
The car was nearly identical to the Caprice (along with the Buick LeSabre) other than some trim details, except for the 307 Olds engine rather than the 305. Each of these engines had their better and worse points compared to the other, and I think it is a matter of personal preference - I happen to like the 307. Also the seats in my Oldsmobiles were marginally more comfortable than in my Caprices.
14th Aug 2011, 17:24
I couldn't agree more myself. Ahhhhh! The beautiful GM B-bodied full-size luxury tanks starting in 1977 were some of the finest cars of that era. Even though horsepower dropped in the early 80's, it really didn't matter because these cars were meant to cruise in comfort. I learned how to drive in my father's 85 LeSabre 2 door; some day when I can afford a toy (a second car), I would love to find a LeSabre just like it.
30th Aug 2011, 23:32
I am currently shopping for a 77-90 Caprice, since I made the mistake of selling my last one to buy a work truck :(.
They are pretty hard to find these days; if you find one, keep it and maintain it well, they are built to last, and they don't make cars like this any more!