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)

General Comments:

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

21st Mar 2010, 10:17

Not so much a 'cheap transportation' option anymore, as they're becoming very rare, and starting to become collectible.

1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 305 4bbl from North America


You can't go wrong with a Chevy!


So far 18,000 trouble free miles!!!

General Comments:

For a 22 year old wagon it still looks great...

However it's a slug on the road until you get moving.

Anybody know how to get some low buck giddy-up out of the stock 305 4bbl??

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2007

28th Jun 2007, 13:41

The easiest way to improve performance for low cost it to invest in a K&N air filter, replace the distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs, and wires. If your looking for good wires look towards Aroura brand plug wires. They have a stainless steel wound core as opposed to carbon. But do not emmit radio interference like solid wires do.

1985 Chevrolet Caprice 5.0 from Lebanon


Large and reliable


Driver window goes off the track.

Consumes a lot of gas.

Too large to be parked anywhere.

Seats are worn from cigarettes burns.

The water thing for the front windshield makes a lot of noise before the throw water on the glass.

The rear glass of the car leaks when it rains.

The front seats are bent to the back because of the pressure of people sitting in the middle in front.

General Comments:

This is my first car, I know that I am entitled to talking about it yet since I've only had it for a month till now, but I can say this, I could have bought any car I wanted, I had money, but I chose this one because of everything I hear about it from old people, saying that this is what you call a car, and this car had its days, and that all the new plastic cars must go to the trash, and that it has the best performance, and a lot more things that I can't remember now.

I am writing this review just to defend it of all the attacks it's getting from everyone, the new generation, I'm 20 years old and I would never exchange my car for any new car of 2006.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2006

7th Apr 2006, 01:26

Hey I'm 22 and have an '87 landau coupe and I feel the same way. It's a great car. I still need to get the A/C working in mine.

29th Mar 2007, 19:13

You guys are right!! I bought my first Caprice wagon in 95, I was 24 it was a gold 79 with 200k on it that was the best $200 bucks I ever spent!! It would probably still be going if the flywheel didn't lose so many teeth. I just bought another one, (I'm now 36) it's an 85 8-passenger wagon with 92k on it, my wife and I drive it on long family trips you can fit a lot of baby gear in these bad girls! Ironically it the twin of my 79!! They just don't make 'em like that any more!!