1987 Chevrolet Sprint Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo 1.0L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.0L turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired233234 miles
Most recent distance233358 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Much, much better than expected

Faults:

Well, when I bought the car, a fuel line underneath was leaking, which made the fuel pressure low, and would cause it to stall out when you stepped on the gas.

The driver side has a broken bracket on the right side, so I have it rigged up with my toolbox until I can get a used seat, or have this one welded.

Smells bad, but that's because the guy I bought it off of took it to a lot of Grateful Dead concerts, and we all know what goes on there...

It needed a battery, and all the places around here wanted $60 for one, with the exchange. Wound up driving 25 miles to this old place my grandfather always went to, and got one for $20.

The clutch slips, but only under hard acceleration. Fine under normal driving. May only need to be adjusted.

General Comments:

With all the stuff above I am complaining about, I really can't, because I bought the car for $25.

It runs so GOOD! The car sat for 2 1/2 years, and when I finally got the fuel line fixed, and the battery replaced. I flicked the switch, it turned over 3 times, and fired. When it's warm, it will turn over once, and start.

Turbo is strong. Man, if the clutch didn't slip, this thing could outrun a Civic Si!

Bumpy ride, but what do you expect from a car that's basically a go-kart with windshield wipers, and a horn?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo 1.0 3 cylinder turbo from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Excellent fuel mileage and awesome power... most reliable car I have ever had period!

Faults:

Replaced the timing belt every 60,000 miles.

Routine tune-ups.

Changed the oil every 3,000 miles.

New clutch at 180,000.

New water pump and radiator at 195,000.

Driver's seat is worn.

Passenger and back seats are in great shape.

Interior plastics are faded and cracked due to sun damage.

General Comments:

I have had American (Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge etc.), Japanese (Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi etc.) and this is hands down the most reliable car that I have ever had Period!

I had a blow off valve on the turbo (to pull extra boost from the Turbo), ran this car at the local drag strip every week for a period of 5 years straight, and literally come out of the bleach box with smoke coming by the side windows from the front tires spinning, and it is indestructible. At 220,000 miles the car still has the original alternator and gets in excess of 38 mpg on the highway! AWESOME!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2005

28th Oct 2005, 17:23

Awesome! I have an 87 with 188k miles. LOVE it! These cars last 4 ever. Never will part with it. email me sometime. ANYONE who has one. I live in San Jose CA and never see these cars around. kennykscu@yahoo.com

28th May 2008, 15:48

I too, share the religious zeal from the experience of (formerly) owning THREE Chevy Sprint Turbos in my life (2 white 1987s and one red 1988), and it is arguably the most fun car I've ever owned! I used to consistently get 50 mpg all day long in my Sprint Turbos, which were FAR more fun then the regular Sprints; not only THAT, but I also used to actualy be able to keep up with some v8 sports cars! If you can get your hands on one of these cars, GET it!!

1987 Chevrolet Sprint 1.0 from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 Automatic
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

Great gas mileage

Faults:

I think the number 1cylinder is bad It burns about 1 qt of oil every 200mi and when I go to take off it really hesitates then it goes. now every time I come to a stop it stalls I can't figure it out.

General Comments:

The best thing about this car is that it gets 5omim per gal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2005

4th Feb 2006, 16:12

IT is highly possible your torque converter is the problem. It may be a locked up stator, causing the poor take off and stalling at idle.

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