I'm the original owner of a 1998 Z28 Camaro and it's been a really great car. I've had it now for 7 years and have been driving it every day and in all types of weather. It's an absolute hoot of fun to drive. The LS1 V8 is a lion of an engine and it has incredible acceleration and handling - even to this day. It's also been very reliable considering how these cars always seem to have a bad rating in this area The only drawback is the difficulty of getting in and out of the car
The V8 and rear wheel drive. Excellent performance; good reliability
None - GM no longer makes the Camaro. Hope someday they bring it back
I had been looking for one of these cars for about a year, since I was very picky. I have t-tops, 6-speed manual, leather, Monsoon audio... the works. I have done a few mods including a full header back exhaust with a flowmaster cat-back, and a K&N intake as well as a B&M short shifter. I also installed iRotors cross-drilled and slotted rotors with hawk pads. It also has the handling package. This car is a blast to drive, but it can be a tame cruiser if you want... I never want it to be a tame cruiser though. It has tons of go and plenty of whoa thanks to the new brakes. The stock intake and exhaust are very restrictive, so if you modify, go after this first.
5.7 Liter V8. 305 horses is definately a conservative rating! Ridiculous low end torque and high end power. You can pretty much just leave the car in fourth and do any speed. I love the manual transmission and t-tops. Stock clutch grabs like a little kid in a candy store.
GM's obsession with plastic interiors needs to stop. I would also say that GM should only make the car in a manual transmission, and equip all cars with the push-button ASR.
If you want a car that will be faster
than most porsches, run with many
supercars, brake in the same distance
as a race prepped porsche gt3 (famous
for brakes), but are on a budget, this
is the car. Do some some basic mods to
cars true potential. And by the way, a
Z28 has the same engine as a Corvette
(exact same), and Z28's will dyno at
least as much hp as a C5, if not more.
The engine was seirously underrated,
so don't beleive the stats. Throw on
some mods, and you'll be showing up
vipers, corvettes, porsches, other
german supercars, and possibly even a
ferrari 360, or lambo gallardo.
Handling could be better though.
Acceleration requiring a neck brace,
and power to chirp your tires at 80+
mph.T-tops are a lot of fun too.
Interior needs some serious
improvement, handling is ok, but I
guess thats why most cars taht are
just as fast are so much more
expensive. And oh yeah, NEVER slam ur
finger in one of those huge doors.
Trust me, it stinks and you will find
yourself in the emergency room.
The Z28 has plenty of hp and
accelerates very well. It is a great
drive once you're up and away; you can
cruise comfortably and with confidence
at high speed. Only problem for a lot
of folks is getting in and out of the
car since seats are so low and doors
are very long. Overall great value for
a muscle car and reasonable maintenance.
Ingress and egress could be improved.
Spare tire is a real pain to get out
and put back.