I purchased this car new (loaded Z28 / T-Tops / Sebring Silver) and have pretty much treated it like a garage queen (20,000 miles currently), but when I take it out for a summer drive I realize it is still one of the most fun cars to drive I could ever own. It has just the right modifications to make the look and "feel good" while still giving great gas mileage (25+ on trips). It has a Flowmaster exhaust, SLP cold air intake and 17" (2002'OEM /10 spoke) SS wheels. The dark gray leather seats and interior still look and smell like new, with the leather actually looking like a better quality material than my newer daily drivers. All components still work as brand new (only had to replace a fuel pump since new). I also really like the looks and size of this Camaro better than the newer ones. The newer ones have gotten bigger over all in height, width and weight to the point where every one knows they are just a "platform" vehicle from the GM rear wheel drive mid body bin. All of these pluses combined with the legendary rumble and performance of the LT-1 V8 engine prevent me from letting go of this last of the true American sports cars. Update -- 12/19/17 ---- Still not letting go of it, but just don't have a lot of time for a "play car" any more. It's now in for winter storage but I hope to use it more next year. It still starts and runs great. I think keeping an LT-1 cast iron block engine will serve well in the long run. Update -- 6/27/18 ---- Still not letting of it, but still don't have a lot of time for it (this year at least). I did clean the mass air flow sensor, throttle body and replaced the fuel filter for normal upkeep purposes. Still at 20,000 miles, and just had a Chevy dealer offer $10,000 00 for our Camaro. Interesting but NO DEAL ---This tells us the value of good ones from this vintage are increasing in value. If you are in the market for one of these cars, don't mess around buy a loaded Z28 or SS model only !
i was searching on craigslist for a t-top z28, 93-97 body style since imo looks the meanest of all the camaros. when i ran into a white with hugger orange stripes z28 coupe. i checked it out in person and i was stunned at how cool it looked! ....tho its an old car, i have had plenty of people old and young tell me how cool my car is. tho the best complement was indirect by a kid, "cool mom look i want a car like that". .. performance wise car deff puts me back in my seat the auto is very responsive and car is just a head turner even with the imperfect paint and stripes. bought for 5400 and has been an awsome purchase so far only problems besides cosmetics are a bad radiator cap, later radi
there is no hesitation when passing a slower car in front of me, or a couple semi trucks, haha!!
check radiator! and dashes are usually cracked. also cd player is in the back! WTF!! whos idea in gm was that..
The GM purists claim the brand died out because of this new body style. This may be true, but as an owner of a 1986 and a 1997, this new design is a classic look nowadays. I get tons of looks in my screaming red ride. I am constantly asked what year it is...how big's the motr and such. The car is a blast to drive, but is not intended for comfort if you are over 5 foot 9. The only glaring problems is that the T-tops leak and the front side markers and fog lamps go bad quickly and are a pain to trouble shoot by the owner. My interior is ruined by the constant leaking of the T-tops, but I take the good with the bad. As a bonus, nothing rattles when you put a powerful system with 800w subs in it!
Sleek look, Hatchback is a favorite for powerful subs, low profile.
Better T-top gaskets, fog lamps set in the grille need to be less apt to corrosion.
Simply an awesome car. The 5.7's are torque monsters and are very fast for a 1997 muscle car. LT1's have more torque as compared to the LS1's higher top end, but if you ask me, I'de take torque over top end any day. Replaced water pump, optispark, and starter which is completely understandable. Put on aftermarket cold air intake, throttle body, headers and exhaust which unleashed the true beast under the hood. After putting on bolt on's I began using Castrol EDGE and it went from 288 HP to 318 HP on the dyno. If you want to help the 5.7 breath better and reach it's full potential than it is a must to put on a top of the line cold air and exhaust. Find one that is well maintained and buy it!
The power of the 5.7
No gas warning light- inconsistent gas gauge. But who really cares about that- lets face it, this is not a family car.
This car is amazing. The 3.8 combined with the 5spd tranny is awesome. I had a lot of doubts b4 I bought the car about the power but let me tell you, that v6 will put you back in the chair. I'm very satisfied. Definitely a great buy.
Wish I would've got t-tops. Maybe a charger or turbo to come standard.