1989 Chevrolet Caprice 9c1 5.7lof from North America


The greatest car ever


Rear end fluid leaked out around 100,000 and had to replace the driver side axel and starter went out at 75,000 and water pump at 110,000.

General Comments:

If you have a caprice 9c1 any year keep it there a very good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2004

6th Aug 2004, 09:43

If "there" so great, why did you keep yours for less than a year??

1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic from North America


Caprice Classics are very safe and reliable vehicles!


Well the blinkers broke, so we fixed them. We Had the replace the muffler, and the brakes. We put new spark plugs on it like twice, but nothing major went wrong with that old car in the 5 years that we had it. The exterior handles all got broken, but you could still open the door. Then the interior armrest/handle got pulled of by a friend, so you had to roll down the window to shut the door. The drivers side window fell out of its track when you rolled it down, but we fixed it. Oh ya and the windshield wipers had to be rigged up by grandpa.

General Comments:

I loved this car, it had so much character. For example, my older brother backed it into a light pole in a parking lot, so a big dent was born. My sister got rear ended and the other car was like smashed in the front, and our car had a little dint in the bumper. The handles were very tricky, and keys were not needed to start the car. Even if you had keys they were so worn down you could take them in and out of the ignition while it was running. The window, and windshield wipers had to be rigged up. The car just like glided over bumps like a boat on water and drove really nice! I had always thought it was indestructible and I felt invincible in it! Until this summer it met its fate. My little brother swerved to miss a dog and flipped into a telephone pole, breaking it into 3 pieces, and the car landed on its wheels, still running, he turned it off and luckily got out and ran across the street. When BOOM! the car blew up! because the gas line had broken and spilled gas on the ground and the electric lines were in the gas, which ignited the flames. And if it wouldn't have been for the fire the car would be as good as new, just a few more dints and a bent hood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

5th Jan 2009, 01:01

What was the fix for the turn signals? I'm looking at buying one of these with dead turn signals right now.

What was the steering like?

1989 Chevrolet Caprice from North America


Practical, fast and bulletproof reliability!


I replaced the water pump at about 150,000 miles.

I replaced the starter at about 165,000 miles.

The alternator was replaced at 170,000 miles.

When I sold it, it was rusting pretty bad. It was driven in many Wisconsin winters without ever being in a garage, so that is to be expected.

General Comments:

I purchased this car at a state auction for $4600 dollars. It was formally a highway patrol vehicle.

Very good low-end torque, lots of grunt off the line! Just a short screech from rear tires and I was pushed back in the seat at launch. When it approached speeds of 50 mph. or higher, it seemed to start running out of breath. Off the line was this cars sweet spot.

Thanks to the "cop" suspension it cornered flat and stable over smooth terrain, but the solid rear axle had some issues with wheel hopping on rough surfaces.

It's ride was comfortable, albeit firm, with a roomy cabin and spacious trunk.

Fuel efficiency wasn't too bad at about 20 mpg. city and highway combined.

I miss that car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2004

3rd Jun 2004, 11:50

I wrote this review, and I forgot to mention something about the engine. This car had a 350 (as opposed to a 305) because it was a "cop" car. This engine was not offered to the general public (although it should have been).

28th Aug 2004, 21:57

I own a 1990 caprice classic with 193000 miles on it. I have a love hate relationship with the car. I love the ride, space and safety of a big car, but I hate the look of it (rust. I have has a few small problems that were fixed over the years however things are getting worse and I fear I have to replace my beloved caprice. I was really hoping to make it run until 200,000 miles.

9th Mar 2005, 12:47

March, o9,o5 Glad to see others enjoying what I can't get tired of driving. The 89 caprice I own has the police package as described above,350 5.7 motor still runs strong at 232,000 miles. Most reliable car ever. As for the looks, what can I say, pennsylvania winters, drove it coast to coast, at 202,000 it towed a ford ranger full of tools 1,500 miles. At 227,000 miles it took me on vacation 3,000 mile round trip and averaged in the low 20s in per gallon fuel consumption! If anyone encounters the problem in wich you turn off motor when hot and it won't restart (acts as though getting no fuel, but starts fine after it cools) try replacing ignition control module and ignition coil.

2nd Sep 2005, 22:51

I noticed one comment said that the cop 350 was not offered to the public. This is not true. In 94-96, you could buy a brand new caprice with the police package straight from a dealer.

29th Oct 2005, 18:45

In "1989" the 350 was NOT available as an option!