1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.0L (305 ci) from North America
Great car for young 1st time owners and those on a low budget
Canister control valve wore out at about 105,000 miles.
Vapor canister damaged due to canister control valve fault.
Stock carburetor is worn out and has engine vacuum leaks from age and wear (noticeable at about 100,000 miles).
Wire connectors and sockets have worn out and become dry due to age -- some snap off (the plastic is very brittle). (noticeable at about 75,000 miles)
I have been happy overall with this car because of its reliability. All cars need new parts replaced over time, and this one has had its fair share, however most of these are the little things such as new connectors for wires, vacuum hoses, and the like.
The exhaust system has rusted badly from the rear of the catalytic converter to the tailpipe and required replacement pipe and muffler (the resonator was deleted). I should note that it rusted badly just from use in Arizona during its entire lifetime -- it has never been in the snow or on salty roads.
The car is comfortable to drive -- the seats are like comfortable couch cushions. The engine is starting to use a little bit more oil than usual, but this is expected of all cars at over 100,000 miles or so. Compression is still good, and even though the carburetor is in need of replacement, it still runs pretty good.
Even though I get about 14-17mpg (because of the carburetor in need of replacement) I am very happy with it. The car is supposed to get about 17mpg city and 19mpg highway.
It is quite easy to find new or used parts because of the great number of these made, and their interchangeability with the Impala, Monte Carlo, El Camino of similar years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st March, 2010