1989 Chevrolet Caprice 305 V8 from North America
Not as good as everybody says this model is
Automatic overdrive transmission: completely rebuilt.
Great car... except for the fuel injection being controlled by an on-board computer.. will not let the engine speed return to idle speed quick enough; this makes car difficult to control.
In reality, the 'driver' is operating a computer with tires on it... and thus it's not near as pleasant to drive as it could be.
The gas mileage is very good.
The factory radio is lousy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th July, 2019
18th Jul 2019, 22:19
Only 12,000 miles in 13 years of ownership suggests this is a toy, not a car for daily transportation, so why would you not have gotten a 1960s era computer-free car instead?
10th Aug 2019, 03:36
If it's not returning to idle speed like normal, then something is wrong with it. Possibly a vacuum leak. A car this old can have just about anything wrong with it - even with low mileage.
12th Aug 2021, 21:29
Admittedly, I have driven this car very often: almost 12,000 miles over fifteen years. You might be surprised that I bought another one: same except color of interior and vinyl top --- though with quite high mileage. It's not near as nice; it's my daily driver.... and will eventually be my parts car for the nice, low-mileage one.
Be aware that these cars withOUT cornering lights have a different front corner marker light & lens --- NOT inter-changable with those that DO have cornering lights (activated by the turn signal switch when headlights are on). The "200R-4" transmission will need attention when the inevitable shifting too soon / lock-up feature stops working. You'll know this when coming off a freeway... and it won't shift right. When it's cold, they shift perfectly. Go figure.
FWIW, it isn't just Ford that does weird things: the headliners on these '77 - '90 GM B-bodies ALL sag eventually... and to have it re-done properly is not cheap. The Chevy engines are much better than the 'doggy' Olds 307 V-8s, for the record.
14th Aug 2021, 04:54
How is the Olds engine "doggy" when the Chevy horsepower is about the same?