1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport CL 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Absolutely unbelievable / fantastic

Faults:

At 97,000 miles car was repainted for free, (including primer) due to GM recall.

Head gasket blew at 111,000 miles.

Had to have transmission rebuilt at 195,000 miles.

At 248,000 miles, had to have A/C recharged for the first time ever.

General Comments:

Being the original owner, I am amazed with how well my 86 Eurosport has held up.

Car is in near mint condition and is now shown at my local Chevy dealer's annual summer car show.

With the 2.5 engine, the car still gets 30+ miles per gallon, with the A/C on and four people in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2002

1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport 2.5 F.I. from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 F.I. Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance234000 kilometres

Summary:

My Old Baby

Faults:

After 15 years, the starter died. I was impressed that it would last that long.

After 14 years, the gas tank had a leak.

The 15 year old alternator died, an easy repair.

Minor electrical components needed repairs.

The paint was flaky, a service issue with many General Motor cars at the time. $1200 solved that problem when I repainted it.

A/C doesn't work, a loose connected let the compressors seals harden while it was inactive.

General Comments:

One of the best cars we've ever owned is the first thing to comes to mind.

The interior was of good quality material, lasting many years already without much wear.

Most of the components, electronic and mechanical have lasted a long time. I have had little headache to date.

The V6 would have been a better choice, but the economy of owning the 4 cylinder engine seems a good choice nowadays since the price of gas has sky rocketed. The gas mileage is spectacular for its age and heavy weight. The engine is a bit noisy, but it's an old 4 without high tech available at the time.

The body on this car is in excellent condition, thanks to some annual rust-proofing. The car looks like new.

The strength of this car, has allowed me to keep it on the road after being rear ended by a meat van. It wasn't much damage and no one was injury. Easily said, a safe automobile.

There is lots of room in this car, the visibility is great, and all in all, this leads to a very easy car to drive.

Repairs have been easy for the most part, only the distributor is awkward to access.

The ride is stiff in the Eurosport edition, but when loaded it's a good handling automobile.

The trunk has plenty of space, thanks to the hide-a-way spare.

The car has been winter driven, abused many times, and still continues to go strong with some simple TLC. I can expect it to go another 10 years with out much headache. I wish I was able to take care of it when it was still new, I would have seen problems and fixed them myself.

All in all, a great car even if it is old. I'd buy another if I could.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2002

21st Jul 2005, 00:30

Amen brother. I have an 86 2.5 fi and it just now come up with a problem that it won't start. I think its one of those ignition things, but it's very hard to get to. All in all, I'd buy another one if I could too.

30th May 2006, 00:47

I agree wholeheartedly when you say its rugged. I hit a deer with my old '86 and all that happened to my car was a broken parking light cover. The deer didn't do as well.

1986 Chevrolet Celebrity 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance389000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Make sure you get the 6 cylinder engine, it's more dependable!

Faults:

Rear shocks had to be replaced.

Fuel pump quit.

Distributor pickup coil had to be replaced.

Ignition module had to be replaced.

Exhaust manifold cracked.

Heater fan blew a low volume of air.

Power steering pump quit.

Floor rusted out on the driver's side.

EGR valve quit.

General Comments:

I bought the car from a couple that took it on a 1600km round trip twice a week. When the car worked properly, it was OK, but the car didn't work properly most of the time.

The engine compartment is crammed, and if you have to do any distributor work, have fun, because the distributor is half way down the side of the engine block between the engine and the firewall. It took 5 hours for a certified mechanic and myself to change the power steering pump. To this day, he won't do any power steering pump swaps on a 4 cylinder Celebrity. A good point, though, is even though the car was pushing the mileage it was, it did NOT burn any oil at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 18 reviews