Sounds like those are just basic fix-its with any car that gets around that many miles. Especially if you don't live in the California area. Also, it has a lot to do with who had it before you and how well they treated it...
Yes, sadly enough though the caprice was involved in an accident and hit a tree head on... no more car. I DO plan on buying a new one in the near future though. :)
I agree with the comment that says you got yourself a lemon. I had an 87 caprice as my first car and I ran it up to about 190,000 (i put on 90,000) miles before I sold it for $900. I then bought a 93 caprice with the ltz package. It runs excellent. I couldn't ask for a better car. And it HAULS I go up against other guys my age in their worked civics or eclipses or whatever, but I stay right with them and I'm running stock. Buy yourself another one dude it's worth it.
The caprice is a great car for anything. The 83 I have was sitting for six years and started right up when I got it. It only has 59000 miles on it though. This is a great car. You need to get another one. You can't go wrong twice.
Well I have a 91 Caprice with just 57,000 miles on it, and a 305 engine. This is my Opinion, I couldn't ask for a better car. When I'm at the red light and the light turns green All I have to do is touch the pedal and it Jumps up with no problem, when going around a car all I have to do is slightly get on the pedal and the gear changes and Before you know it, your in front. I think you just bought a Mistreated car because I'm proud of my Caprice, Good luck, Get another one.
It sounds to me like those are just basic fix-its found on any car. From my experience though, that's higher than average for a Caprice. Also, if you want more power, look at a Caprice with an LT1 5.7L engine or an Impala SS.
I have a 1991 with the 305 and 220,000km seeing canadian winters and it has never let me down. I've only had to replace the rad, wires and the timing sprocket. If this one ever dies I'll try to pick up a 1996, I think that was the last year they made them. Too bad Chevy got rid of a good reliable car.
Just a suggestion to the gentleman looking for the '96 Caprice: I would get a '95 instead. In '96, automakers switched over to the second generation on board diagnostic (0BDII) computer system. It is a lot more complicated to troubleshoot, costly to fix, and temperamental. It was supposed to be a pollution control measure, but it does not do anything to help emissions if you get right down to it and measure it on an exhaust gas analyzer. It does have more protocols to tell you when there is an emissions control problem though, but those mechanisms are highly problematic, and end up failing themselves. The result is check engine lights that are on all the time, and an automatic failure for emissions inspection, even though the car is running perfectly clean. Another fine example of too many useless government regulations, too fast...a governmental abomination of the highest degree. '96 was a particularly bad year, for all auto manufacturers, because it was the first year for OBDII. I would strongly suggest getting a '95 as opposed to a '96; that goes for any make/model car. This is what happens when we elect liberals.
Re the above comment: so what you are advising is to buy nothing made after 1995, seeing as how ALL cars from 1996 onward have OBD-II? You kind of remind me of those old guys of a generation ago who said they wouldn't buy anything made after 1974 cause the cars made after that had those new-fangled electronic ignitions and catalytic converters, and they didn't want those things, dadgummit.
The ObD-II was systems were to uniform the computer systems of all makes. Reducing the need for different scanners.I'm not sure if that's what really happened in the end.I'm kinda still in the dagummite crowd.
Nice, I don't think that guy got a lemon, I think he got a milking garage (a garage that does repairs more than really needed).
My first car also was a Caprice that did taxi duty in Toronto (Canada) for a couple of years. It was still fairly reliable as far as I remember, despite the miles.
One cold morning there was a record low temp, -40F (-76F with the chill factor, but that doesn't count for the car). Plugged in and the car started.
Some months later, again a cold morning, I started the engine, but this time gave it some gas from the start, and the gas pedal got stuck because of the cold. The engine turned at high RPM for a minute, until I thought about turning the key off. Well it blew a rod, but I was still able to drive the car to the scrap yard, who paid $400 for it.