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1978 Chevrolet El Camino 305 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 305 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87122 miles
Most recent distance89365 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A baby blue, chromed out head turner that I wouldn't trade for anything

Faults:

The only trouble I've had with the car is that the driver's side valve cover leaked oil, but a new gasket solved the problem.

General Comments:

The car is about 25 years old and it runs as good as it did the day it rolled off of the assembly line.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

1982 Chevrolet El Camino Base 305 from North America

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 305 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carChevrolet none

Summary:

Perfect first cars

Faults:

I had to replace the headliner, alternator, battery, and some other things. I put all new Monroe airs-shocks on all four corners, with airshocks in back. Last March I had a Flow-master put on it, but it wasn't that loud. Around last winter I almost burnt the motor up (damn, idiot lights) which led to the motor getting a mild knock in it. I drove it like that for about a year until the motor finally bit the dust. It was getting too much crankcase blow-by spitting oil up through the carburetor. In my opinion the 305's were the poorest engines ever built.

General Comments:

It was a fun car to drive. When ever the pavement was wet you could be driving at 25 mph and punch it, and you spin the tires for at least a block until the car finally picked up traction.

These cars make perfect super-cars, the only thing is that if you make it a hotrod then you need to add some weight to the rear-end or you won't get any traction. The after-market parts for these cars are pretty plentiful.

These cars are pretty tough too. I have hit so many things that it still managed to stay running. The interior is pretty plain and convenient. All the controls are within an arms reach. The 40/60 bench seats were pretty comfy. Back behind the seats you had plenty of space to put a killer system. The flaw that the interior lacked was a full set of gauges. Instead, it had idiot lights, you can ruin a motor by the lights not coming on, and if they do come on then that is when you need to stop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2003

10th Jul 2006, 01:31

The 305 is well put together if you drove it for a year with a rod knock!!

15th Sep 2009, 09:17

My 1983 Royal Knight SS has a full set of gauges (no dummy lights), but mine has a 350 in it... with one hell of a knock... but it still runs.

9th Sep 2010, 17:53

Hey guys, I have the 1981, and it has those darn lights also, but I make sure to check fluid often.

Those little babies are monsters on the road. = Thought it had a 350 in it, just to find out here today it's a 305 with 600 Holly running at 143 mph.

1985 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista 4.3 TBI V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3 TBI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance94600 miles
Previous carDodge Dynasty

Summary:

Still a reliable head turner after all these years; as long as I take care of it

Faults:

There has really been nothing that has gone wrong with the car yet except for a few things (which to me are normal) ;

1. Water Pump

2. Belts and Hoses

3. A/C.

Everything on this truck is original and normal maintenance has been performed on the vehicle since its purchase originally from the manufacturer.

General Comments:

I got this truck from my father in law who passed away last year. He used it as a farm truck and did not drive it much. For a 1985 with only 86,000 miles when I got it, it has performed well and looks good. The driver's side of the vehicle is somewhat faded, but that is from him parking it that way in the sun when he was on the farm. The engine is not quite powerful enough for me, but it is only a V6 and under all that metal, is a little sluggish for me when I pound the accelerator. The comfort level in the vehicle is standard for that model; it floats and turns like a boat, but is smooth on the road.

I am experiencing problems with it now, but it is basically parts that are needing to be replaced because of age. I intend to do either of the following:

1. Top to bottom Resto of the entire vehicle back to showroom stick (except for a stereo).

2. Complete body resto and add small block 350, turbo 400 tranny, supercharger and posi rear end and add a stereo.

I have been happy with the vehicle and I always get people who stop me and say that I have a nice truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th October, 2002

1st Aug 2007, 16:53

If you plan on doing a full resto, figure $10,000.00 in parts and paint. I'm just finishing my 1985 GMC Caballero. The best source for parts is dixiemontecarlo. Another good source is OPGI.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews