1982 Chevrolet El Camino Super Sport 350 ci from North America
They are great to have as a toy.
They are prone to rust behind the rear wheels in snowy areas.
There is rust along the rocker panels.
The doors sag when open.
The dash is cracked.
All other problems were due to errors made by former owners.
I loved the first one so much that I got a second one. That speaks for itself.
They handle good on dry roads as long as you are steady on the throttle in turns. The Super Sport I owned, had a Corvette engine put in it. With the right power, they are incredibly fast. You have really good visibility in every direction when you are in one. The Super Sports had a gauge cluster, meaning if something goes wrong, you know it instantly. The idiot lights in the regular ones can't get close.
They do have bad points though. They are so light on the drive wheels, that they lose traction quite easily. That is why you have to be careful in turns, they can fishtail on you if you don't know what you're doing. They are fair weather vehicles in my opinion. I took one out in the snow one time, and they spin and slide all over the place.
The doors are so heavy that they sag after just a couple years of everyday use. The dashes crack in them a lot.
For a while, my engine timing was wrong, and for some reason the shaking was affecting the steering. The low profile of the vehicle makes fitting a large engine in one difficult.
Also the slanting bed rails make it impossible to put a toolbox in one. The rear window is so low that a toolbox without sides will break the glass. I also think that they should have had a manual transmission option on the Super Sports.
In my opinion they are great. I have owned a regular El Camino and a Super Sport, and I like the Super Sport better. All El Caminos make great toys if you take good care of them. I drive my Super Sport as a daily driver, and it is just too much for it to take without having maintenance done often.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2009