1986 Chevrolet Sprint Reviews

1986 Chevrolet Sprint Base 2 dr 1.0 carb from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.0 carb Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles

Summary:

The 1986 Chevy Sprint had minor weaknesses, but was a better economy car than anything offered since

Faults:

Exhaust not durable as it should have been.

Brake caliper float bushings needed refinement.

Windshields cracked from heat inside - ice outside.

ER motor not as durable as standard motor.

Automatic transmission model not viable.

Susceptible to rust out of body and front clip frame.

General Comments:

Perfect ratios on 5 speed transmission.

40 mpg at 75+ mph with 5 speed (50 mpg at 55 mph)

Remarkable traction on packed snow/ice with OE Bridgestones.

Lots of cargo room with seat folded down.

Full sized spare tire.

Fuel filler on left where it should be in USA.

200,000 mile durability under easy driving, slightly less driven hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st July, 2008

1986 Chevrolet Sprint 1.0 liter 3-cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.0 liter 3-cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance246000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

A gas sipping economical wonder!

Faults:

Hole in gas tank repaired.

New clutch installed.

New exhaust installed.

Replaced both front wheel drive shafts.

General Comments:

Very reliable car. Never has had a mechanical breakdown that needed the assistance of a towing company.

Great gas mileage that comes from a very simple and easy to maintain motor. Along with normal maintenance, we normally changed the engine oil every 5,000 miles with regular motor oil. Also, we replaced the spark plugs every two years with platinum plugs. Also, we changed the fuel filter, plug wires and cap/rotor every 100,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2004

1986 Chevrolet Sprint PLUS 4 Doors 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carDatsun 1600 Pick-up

Summary:

A Great Car

Faults:

Head gasket blew and that's it not kidding the gas mileage is amazing like around 40 to 45 miles per gallon. I was going to give it to my son, but in 2000 engine needed to be rebuilt the interior was cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER 1.0 from Caribbean

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles

Summary:

Very very economical, especially here where gas is expensive

Faults:

Firstly, I purchased this car from a Custom and Excise auction for G$ 105, 000 (approx. US$ 550).

It was lying at the wharf for 3 years, so rust was very significant.

The major reconditioning done were:

New tires, straightening and respraying (silver), upholstery, carburettor cleaning (the fuel left powdery oxide and the jets were clogged), oil and filter change, new battery, new exhaust muffler.

The electrics were in working order, which was a surprise to me.

I did not have to change as many parts as I thought.

It is damaging the v belts, due to the rust on the pulley. I guess I will have to sacrifice a belt or two until it gets smooth.

General Comments:

A female friend of mine saw the car as it come from the wharf and said she would not go in that at all.

Well, 3 months ago hers overheated while she was on an out of town trip, and "lillie", as we call it - due to its size, had to rescue her. Since then...

At another instant, a male friend of mine ask me if the car will be able to go out of town. Since then it did for 6 trips of at least 40 miles each.

So guess what, his timing belt for his Corolla snapped recently and who did you think pulled him home... lillie.

This car is suitable for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2002

6th Oct 2008, 20:12

I may be getting my 1986 Chevy Sprint ER back from one of my relatives soon.

I had it from 1988 to 1991 (second owner) and then gave it to my mother. She drove it for about seven years and then gave it to my sister. My sister still has it running, but it has apparently been sluggish recently.

I loved this little car -- the hatchback was really good for payload, believe it or not. I was able to carry a portable washer, then dryer in it. I carried a love seat, and then a LARGE recliner in it.

Only the owners of these little gems have any idea what wonderful little cars they truly are/were. My maximum MPG? A full 60 MPG, and that was not driving while being careful. I was a 70 MPH driver most of the time. I also kept meticulous records and calculated mileage to the hundredths. I got 55 MPG for most situations.

And yes, they keep going, provided you take care of them. Don't give the credit to GM, though. This is a Suzuki-built car.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 18 reviews