1986 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 305 Cu. In. from North America


Good and solid comfortable car


Just maintenance upkeep is required.

Replaced the valve cover gaskets as well as the intake manifold gasket, and the front and rear seals.

Other than that, the car runs good.

The body and interior are as new as when my late Father bought it back in 1986. I inherited it in February of 1998, after he passed away.

Prior car owned was a 1980 Impala.

General Comments:

Good solid car.

Good gas mileage.

As long as you keep up the maintenance and repairs, this car will outlast even the newer 'tin/beer can' models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2009

18th Dec 2013, 15:43

Very safe car too.

1986 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham V8 305 from North America


Best car ever made


Brake line rusted through.

Radio only works when I punch it a few times.

General Comments:

This is my first car, but I can't imagine any car being much nicer than this.

This car is so smooth it feels like you're riding on a cloud.

For such a big car, it has decent power and it is shockingly easy to handle.

The interior is immaculate and fits five people comfortably.

Starts up every time no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2009

1986 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham 305 5.0L from North America


Truly more comfortable than a Benz of the same era


Engine needs rebuild, knocks often under load, very sludgy inside as well.

New exhaust.

Steering linkage.



Radio repaired.

Headliner drooped.

Needs shocks.

Air conditioning needs overhaul.

Brake like rusted through.

General Comments:

General comments?

Having recently driven an 85 and 86 S-class Mercedes, a 420 and 560 sel I can truly say that the Caprice is more comfortable. It is definitely a simpler car, which may be part of its charm, but the seats are much more plush, armrest better positioned, the car rides smoother and is easier to control. I might add the blind spots are less as well. The seats in the MB are rather hard and unsupportive. The ride isn't as confident and noticably smooth either. The MB feels more solidly constructed, but just not as enjoyable to drive.

The ride on this car is unreal, it's so smooth it doesn't even feel like a regular spring and shock suspension, it feels like it has air ride or something. It's hard to believe it's built on a platform designed 30 years ago and can ride that well. It can handle surprisingly well also. With a rear sway bar and a larger front one I'm sure it'd be better still.

Performance is good, but with a 350 it'd be perfect. The 305, which I believe was only produced by GM to meet CAFE emissions standards struggles in overdrive, especially on grades, however it does remarkably well with fuel economy.

Mine has a very annoying knock under load or ascending a hill, it could be bad fuel or detonation, I've yet to find the cause. The motor has had some shoddy repairs done to it in the past which may be one cause. At any rate I'd prefer to simply put in a mild 350, keeping the fuel mileage, but increasing performance. A car like this deserves a motor just as good. No wonder Chevrolet sold millions in the late 70's. A real winner of a car.

Very reliable and easy to service as well. It's really much like an improved 1960's car, being built the same way, body on frame, V8, RWD, etc, but with refinements and engineering improvements that were added and learned over the years. Much more of an effort was made to prevent rust than on GM cars built before the Caprice.

I would never trade my Caprice or any b-body for it's competitors of the same era. I can only imagine what a full-size Cadillac must be like being a close relative!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2007

5th Oct 2008, 20:29

A great review on a fantastic car. I'd have bought a 1989 Caprice brand new if I'd been around then.

13th Jan 2012, 11:44

Got a 86 Caprice Classic and love it too. Great car, and gets better mileage than my 04 Suzuki.

14th Jan 2012, 23:44

"A real winner of a car."

I'm a Ford fan, but I agree with your comment.

15th Jan 2012, 11:46

I've owned a 98 Crown Victoria since I was 19. Now 23, and while not long by any measure, loving real cars my whole life, I would say the Caprice is the Crown Vic's equal. But my favorite is the 77-85 B body Delta 88. However, I would like to commend Ford for producing a real car such as the Panther cars well into 2011. On the other hand, I am pissed at Ford for neglecting these cars while making fat cat profits from them.

Anyway, long live the Caprice, Vic and all the body-on-frame RWD car masterpieces!

15th Jan 2012, 13:47

FORD for cheapness. GM for value. CHRYSLER for engineering.