Chevrolet El Camino Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1978 Chevrolet El Camino 454 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 454 V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Previous carChevrolet Monte Carlo

Summary:

Ownership comes complete with celebrity status

Faults:

The original 305 V8 engine had already passed away before I purchased this unit, however this era of small blocks were known to be plagued with an untimely demise.

The heater core leaked internally, but was simply bypassed because I store the vehicle for the winter.

The tailgate straps appear to have worn and broken over time.

The original interior was fairly sun dried and crispy due to it's southern origin.

Most of the rubber mouldings and seals have long since dried up.

General Comments:

All fussing aside, my gorgeous little hybrid machine accelerates like a slingshot and rumbles like deep thunder.

The original 3 speed automatic was ditched for a more pleasing manual shift arrangement from a 1981 Chevy Malibu, and a Super T-10 4 speed from an early Camaro.

The original 305 V8 was dumped for a 7.4L 454 V8 from a 1973 Monte Carlo.

Chevrolet has the most impressive interchangeability I have ever seen. Oh the possibilities!

My vehicle is fairly plain as far as toys and trim are concerned, therefore all my controls and equipment are working well.

Fuel economy obviously lacks, but the looks and stares from onlookers are priceless.

These vehicles in stock form were always a little more of a specialty than a true job site beater work truck, however the reasonably simple and almost infinite modifications available can easily make this a true muscle car by any universal standards.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2002

22nd Aug 2003, 23:13

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1st Mar 2005, 22:13

I recently bought a 78 El Camino myself. Love the body style of the 78 to 87 El Camino. Haven't really had the time or money too build it up yet, but plans are for a mildly built 327, 700r4, and a possi rear end with 3.73 gears. I'd like too go with Air Ride Tech suspension system.

1970 Chevrolet El Camino Custom Stock 350ci/300hp 4bbl from North America

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Stock 350ci/300hp 4bbl Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired239995 miles
Most recent distance262391 miles

Summary:

A very stylish, quick car with lots of character and 1960's flair

Faults:

Alternator needed replacing, was previously replaced 12 years ago, so it is not the original.

Starter needed replacing, also was previously replaced 12 years ago so it is not the original.

Distributor needed a rebuild.

Power steering box leaks, needs a rebuild.

Body is severely rusted.

Basically routine maintenance items.

General Comments:

This is one excellent car. I love the exterior styling, not only is it sleek and unique, but it is functional and visibility is good. Chrome is used tastefully and adds a look of class.

Interior styling is great as well. The radio and climate controls are all within arms length, the driver doesn't have to lean at all. The dashboard is designed very well, and the spacious floor and extremely comfortable vinyl bench seat make for a nice ride with plenty of leg room. I often find myself taking the long way to places since the car is such a joy to drive.

The luggage space behind the seat is very generous, however the spare tire takes up quite a bit on the passenger's side.

Performance and handling are excellent in the stock form in my opinion and fairly good on gas. The 350 is the best choice I believe for a driver that wants quick acceleration, enough for general cruising, as well as plenty of reserve power for passing. Not too much power and not too little. This is one car to be proud of, mine has been on the road 32 years without one restoration, just one engine rebuild 15 years ago and several repaints. The body is extremely rusty, however the frame is solid and the interior is in great shape. A great candidate for a restoration.

These are very durable vehicles. They are still cars however, and cannot be treated as rough as regular trucks. I use the cargo box on mine rarely, and mostly use the car just for daily transportation. It is very reliable, comfortable and versatile, my ideal car really. I base all my opinions on other cars based upon mine.

Again, I love the style, having an El Camino is unique. The size is just right, not overly big and not too small.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2002

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