1997 Chevrolet Camaro User Reviews
Z28 Coupe shown
- $1,442 - $2,447
- No trim specified for this review
- Great looking, T-tops, Great performance, fun to drive
- hard to work on, window motors go, small oil leak, T-top will leak with a bad storm
Purchased As Used
I bought this car in 04 and its been my favorite muscle car to take on long drives since. I had a Vette and a few 5.0 Mustangs and this car is a better all around. First the suspension is much softer than the Vette, but still handles very well. If you get use to the heavy steering you can really out pace most modern cars as it can pull high .9s g-force. Though at slow speeds it does feel clunky and heavy. Even though the car is much lighter then the modern Camaro. The breaks are solid as well, but the rear is a little clunky. The V8 gives you 285hp and 325torque, that will take you to 60 in 5.7sec with a manual and 5.5 in the auto and a 1/4 of 13.9. On top of that the car is very aerodynamic and will top out just over 165mph. (this being the last year of no rev limiter) The gas mileage solid as I get 16-18 city and 22-27 highway pending how I drive and how fast I drive. The car feels solid at break neck speeds, and unlike the stangs it is very predictable. Also for its time the Z28/Trans Am only had one pony car competitor and that was the much more pricey Cobra. Even that wasn't much quicker or handled better.
Now the negative. The window motors go bad to often, the T-tops will leak if it rains hard enough(but this is only slightly and I wouldn't trade it for a hard top), and the back seats are worthless. The other issue is with the engine. The LT-1's omnispark problem has been settled by this year, but it still has an oil leak. This is caused by a reverse oil system and the oil when down shifting spurts oil out the manifold. It is not much and if driven you won't notice it. There really is nothing you can do about it, and does not hinder reliability.(Seeing how this engine often sees over 250k when treated right and will out last the LS engines)
Now my car is not stock now. I have put about 4k into it and I make about 390hp or more(Pending the weather) and 440 torque at the crank. I have timed it at a full stop to hit 60 in 4.3sec or 4.5 depending how hard I go into a shift and run 12.8 in the 1/4 mile. Top speed is now around 180, and that's just the stuff that makes it go. It is fun to drive and I feel very comfortable driving it fast, compared to my 500horse convertible Stang. The Camaro feels very calm and collected. It may not be as much fun as my custom supercharged mustang, but much more pleasant to drive for long distances.
This is bang for your buck, and if you want a great muscle car that handles well and won't break down this is really your only car for the money.
I bought it over 9 years ago and it I fall in love with it every time I drive it.
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