1986 Chevrolet Corvette Reviews

1986 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 L98 5.7 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission L98 5.7 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Unreal performance

Faults:

Alternator.

Window glides.

General Comments:

This is not a cheap car to take care of by any means, however, when compared to other cars that have similar performance it is a bargain! Parts are expensive compared to regular drivers. You need to order parts a few days before you plan to work on it, but that is part of the appeal. Usually the parts are in overnight, and longest I waited was two days.

I have a hard time explaining just what this car can do. Most people think that is just a mild step up from a pony car, but having owned a 1976 Trans Am (400), 1987 Mustang GT (302 auto) and a 1988 IROC Z (305, five speed) I have to say that they were slugs. The Corvette pulls harder at 140 than they did at 80. The car just does not seem to slow its rate of acceleration! A simple rule for cornering is this, double the posted speed limit and you'll most likely be able to keep it in your lane. It just plane has unreal performance potential.

Especially with a few exhaust, throttle body, and ignition changes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2002

21st Jun 2004, 10:54

My 86 corvette is a pretty good car. Its fast and it needs a little body work, paint and some electrical problems. They are bit expensive to fix. But in spite of the problems people still say I like that year or what year or do you want to sell it. One last point about these cars is that the way the hood open and wear you pump year gas is in the middle, not the side because it does not matter which side you are on when you need to pump your gas, you can always get to it. This something that GM should have add on to the c5 and the c6 arrive in the fall 2004.

9th Aug 2011, 13:42

I have a 1986 and an '84 Corvette; the 86 has a 5.7 tune ported 350. I love it, the car is in excellent condition. The only problem I have had is keeping my wife from wanting to drive it everywhere. The performance is unlike any other car I have owned. I would say to anyone buying a vette, spend the money on one in great shape, and enjoy the ride.

1986 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7 tuned port injection V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.7 tuned port injection V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carBMW 325

Summary:

It will keep you pressed against your seat

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong was the digital RPM meter, but it cost a fortune to fix.

General Comments:

I love this car, it handles great and the performance is unbelievable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2001

5th Sep 2005, 22:36

Well it can't be that great stock. 1986 was the worst year for the vette speed wise.

1st Nov 2005, 10:11

You don't know what you're talking about. The 1986 Corvette was one of the quickest and fastest production cars of that year from any manufacturer. It had 245HP and 330 trq, the car is 3100 lbs and is a rocket on the street. A guy at my work has one and it has been up to 154mph as indicated on the digital speedo.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews