I bought this car second hand from an older couple. I put limited miles on it as I store the vehicle during the winters. I have the LT1 which is an awesome motor for power, towing, and economy. I can easily average 26 mpg. When pulling my 2100lb camper, I average 17 mpg cruising at 70mph; hard to beat that with an SUV. The ride is quiet and smooth; the leather seats are comfortable for long rides and I really enjoy the simple dashboard layout. The trunk size is great as well. I have never had a space shortage problem. Overall, the Caprice is quite the car; its very versitile and a wolf in a sheep's skin.
LT1, Posi-traction, ride comfort, dependability, and towing capacity.
Bring the rear-wheel drive Caprice back to the States!!!
I have the 5.7L LT1 engine in mine. It's a very fast car with smooth-as- silk ride. The odd thing is that it gets 25 mpg even with the performance axle ratio (that's the EPA highway rating too). I know other owners getting 27 mpg. It's funny that Chrysler's new Hemi (same size as the LT1: 5.7L) in the 300C/Magnum (a similar curb weight according to Edmunds) is rated at the same gas mileage (25 mpg highway) even though the Hemi is 10 years newer in design and even uses cylinder deactivation.
5.7L LT1 Corvette engine. Incomparably roomy interior. Full-size spare. Heavy-duty transmission. Rear-wheel drive. Roomy engine bay (easy maintenance) Dual exhaust on LT1 engine. 87 Octane is recommended fuel grade. Cheap to insure
It would have been nice if they had made them at least 3-4 more years. They'd probably have gotten the LS1 engine and traction control. The interior was a bit out of date even for its day. By today's standards it's downright boring looking.
Shopping for a second car in 2000 I
started on Edmunds.com and selected a
couple high-value models (good ratings
and low price). Then I went to eBay and
started bidding - won a '96 Caprice.
Fresh out of service with the Saginaw
MI PD it has the LT1 and heavy duty
everything. Got it with 75,000 on the
clock. So far I've put a new A/C unit,
replaced two front suspension
components and put on new Michelins. It
uses no oil and has had zero drivetrain
issues. Now at 120,000 miles.
Dual spotlights and police wheels means
never being a victim of road rage but
other cars, afraid to pass, do tend to
bunch up behind you and in your blind
Rubber floors should be an option on
all sedans. I fear no spills.
As the original owner for seven years I
find that the 1996 Caprice Classic
provides a very comfortable ride, is
very good in a crash, has good
acceleration, a great turn radius and
responds well. It's big and roomy.
Electrical system is poor, prone to
alternator failure and the body trim
deteriorates, some strip[s have been
my dad got this one when it was new.
he drove it for a number of years and
loved it, i got it from him about a yr
and a have ago ..since then i have put
a stagering 60.000 mi on my chevy. and
let me tell you it is the best!!!
verry little prob since i got it,the
only thing i had to do was to change
the alt appart from oil change and
tires. last sumer we took a vacation
to Fla, i got 32 mpg belive it or not.
i got a 4.3 v8 in it you would sware
it was a 5.7.....
if i had to put any thing that might
be bad would have to be that i cant
get a 2003 ,,,, why would chevy stop
Room Room Room i have 4 kids and room
to spare ,,,allso reliable....