Smooth, powerful, stable, a real highway machine
"Optispark" died. This is the distributor on the LT1 engine. It hides behind the water pump. Even small amounts of water (think failing water pump bearings) will kill that thing. GM sells a replacement in the $825+ range. Non-OEM parts go for around $125. Pain in the ass to replace.
Radio antenna stuck in up position. Annoying to find. A generic replacement can be found, but can also be annoying to fit into the thing.
Previous owner had the tranny rebuilt at about 70,000.
Seats are starting to show wear. Hey, the thing is 22 years old, what do you expect.
I really do like this car a lot. My little Fiero is actually a "better" car around town (mileage, traffic quickness, if it gets hit, who cares), but out on the highway this is an amazing ride. Smooth, powerful, stable. A real highway machine.
At first I also thought the seats were rather uncomfortable. After driving the thing for a bit though I seem to have figured out how to sit in the thing. I have driven upwards of 8+ hours straight, and was only mildly crippled when I got out.
The only real drawback I can see with this car is the LT1 engine, and that "Optispark" design. The thing would run for 15-20 minutes, and just plain die. It felt like the ignition module had gone out. What was happening was that my water pump had some bearings going out, and that leaked just enough to mess up the distributor.
The distributor (Optispark) is a pain in the ass to replace. It can also be hard to actually lay your hands on one. Apparently, there are two different types of drive configurations. One is fairly common, the other one, not so much.
I will be keeping this thing for a few more years, and then move up to a ZR1. A very nice car, though, I am very happy that I finally got myself a Vette!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2014