1987 Chevrolet Sprint Reviews

1987 Chevrolet Sprint 2 door 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles

Summary:

A great cheap car that is fun to drive; economical and repairable

Faults:

The seats do fall apart. My dog helped there.

All rubber parts failed.

Head gasket blew at 99,000 approx.

Clutch wore out.

Wiring to the hatchback is a problem.

General Comments:

Love the car.

Great mileage.

Just rebuilt head. I did it myself.

Just replaced the clutch. A pain in the you know what, but it did get done.

Running great now. Very happy.

If main fuse is blowing, look for broken wires at hatchback. They are not long enough, and tend to break and contact each other and the body. Took a long time for me to find this. It would be intermittent, but suddenly just die from the direct short.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2010

1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo 1.0 turbo from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance310000 miles

Summary:

Very cool

Faults:

This car came from somebody that got a lot of parking tickets in Ventura California. I bought the car from a impound auction.

This thing was worn out. I don't think the previous owner ever changed anything. It took me 5 years to find all the parts to rebuild this car. I had to make urethane bushings for all the suspension. I had to make 3 of the 6 motor mounts.

While I had the engine out of the car for rebuilding, I rebuilt the trans and installed a new factory A/C unit. I also resealed the sunroof and put 1997 Toyota Celica front seats in the car, because the front seats were shot.

Now that the car is running, I love this car; it is so quick and it gets 63 mpg, and the A/C blows 18 degrees. What a cool car.

General Comments:

Cheap to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th July, 2009

3rd Mar 2014, 18:45

A/C blows 18 degrees? Celsius I hope.

1987 Chevrolet Sprint 1.0 liter engine from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.0 liter engine Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles

Summary:

Awesome car for gas, but bad on highway driving and poor on engine.

Faults:

Seats are really worn.

Recent Problems with Wiring and Fuse that starts the car. I went thru a box of fuses in one morning.

Has a nice size oil leak. Loses oil in a month and have to refill with 5 quarts.

New tires are hard to find because they are 12" tires and most tire company's don't make them anymore.

My car doesn't handle on the highway very well at all. It shakes at 70mph.

Head lights aren't that bright for night driving.

The windshield wipers are a little slow on high in a heavy down pour.

My air hasn't worked since the day I got it.

The radio doesn't work either.

I have no right side door mirror. I'm not sure I ever had one. It doesn't look like there is one missing.

General Comments:

AWESOME GAS MILEAGE!!! I can fill my car with $15 on empty and go for a week/week and a half.

I like the hatch back and the seats fold down for easy use. (I'm a housekeeper and it works with the vacuum and supplies needed.)

There are no blind spots.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2007

11th Jan 2007, 13:17

"Has a nice size oil leak. Loses oil in a month and have to refill with 5 quarts."

- Check the oil pan drain bolt. It may be loose because of not being tight enough, or maybe the threads are torn out.

21st Jan 2007, 10:59

Well my car is gone. It broke down and isn't fixable. It lasted me a year and a half and I only paid $500.00. I guess I got my moneys worth.

13th Oct 2007, 23:37

I have a 1986 Chevy Sprint. When I bought it, it had 169,000 miles on the engine. I've personally put over 200,000 miles on it in the last 8 years. I've only ever had to replace the heads once, and of course the tie rod ends. But other than that, the AC still blows as cold as the day I got it, and the clutch is still tight. I've gone through a few sets of tires as well.

If you drive the car under 55 miles per hour, you get 55 miles per gallon. I drove from Brevard, North Carolina, to Miami, Florida, and maintained 55 miles per gallon the entire trip.

The seats are very uncomfortable, so I drilled new holes and put a set of Toyota Camry seats in the front, and now it's as comfortable as can be. I love my little rice burner, and I'll never get rid of it.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 15 reviews