17th Apr 2006, 22:32
I currently own a 1987 Caprice Classic with the 305 V8, and I will say it is probably my favorite car I have ever driven. it has a lot of body roll, but the weight gives it a lot of hook when you get into it, and after a very few mods it runs just as good if not better than most newer, smaller import cars out there. I wouldn't trade it for the world. the only real trouble I have had from it, is that it burns oil because of it being older, but other than that it is in perfect condition.
23rd May 2006, 02:54
I love the huge-ass 225-75R15 balloon tires you can put on these things -- and just charge right up over pot-holes, railroad tracks, speed-bumps, curbs, dogs, little old ladies... without slowing down.
They're more off-road than a lot of trucks out there.
13th May 2008, 09:12
I own an '87 caprice classic handed down (FREE!!) from my dad. Just about to throw in another 307. Those engines just don't die! Amazing! Probably the best car I ever owned. LUVIT!
9th Feb 2013, 21:10
If I'm not mistaken, the 87 Caprice sedans were powered by a Chevy 305 4bbl or a 4.3 V6 TBI. Only the Caprice wagon (and all other full size GM wagons along with the Cadillac Brougham) got the 307 Olds. The Chevy 305 is RPO code LO3 and is good for 170hp and 255 lbs torque. The Olds 307 is RPO code LV2 and is good for only 140hp and 255 lbs torque. I urge every late 80's Caprice owner to check the RPO codes in the trunk lid to see what engine the car has. The Chevy 305 will run circles around that Olds 307.
11th Jan 2015, 07:07
In reply to the comment questioning if the engine is an Olds 307...
The Olds 307 was used in some sedans made and sold in Canada. Therefore, Caprice sedans might have either a Chevy 305 or an Olds 307.
I think this particular car is Canadian, because the mileage is indicated in kilometers, and not miles. Therefore, it's most likely a 307, as noted in the review.
11th Jan 2015, 16:54
I had several Delta 88s with the 307, and several Caprices with the 305. I never found the 305 to be noticeably more powerful in normal daily use, and it was slightly noisier. Also I found that while both engines will run up to 200,000 plus miles, the 305 seemed to 'get weaker' in worn old age, noticeably more than the 307 did.
12th Jan 2015, 03:09
The 305 was known for premature wear on the camshaft; other than that it was a good reliable runner. The 307 was quieter and smoother, which is why it was used in the higher end Electra, LeSabre, Delta 88 and 98 Regency. It was also used in the Cadillac Brougham in 1986 and beyond in place of the horrid HT4100.