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1989 Chevrolet Corvette User Reviews

1989 Chevrolet Corvette Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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"power" 12 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"shock" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews

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chinosteve writes:
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Excellent Handling And Fun To Drive. — I have completely restored my 1989 Coupe inside and out. It has excellent power, braking and is just and all-around fun car to drive. Parts and service are easy to get. I recommend this year foe older Corvette enthusiasts.

Owner for 7 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:6,500

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MJB89C4 writes:
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Best car I have ever driven, That says a lot...

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Now I wan't a new one...

MJB89C4
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Highly Recommended For Those Who Love To Drive And Are Mechnically Inclined. Hybrid? — WOW! My only regret is that I did not own one sooner. Fast, fun, still has the looks, 27 MPG with the really nice 6 speed. With only 87K original miles, it still runs really strong. Some minor component failures but there are at least 10 places to buy all the parts you will ever need! Buy a C4, you'll love it!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kimberly writes:
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looks, aerodynamics, handling

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reliability, power

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'89 Corvette Coupe — Great performance, but she is old and has a lot of little issues, like wiring and starting problems. Once I get her running though, she is fast and strong and absolutely stunning! The looks are fabulous and classic, turns heads every time I take her out. Also, the handling, even in the rain, is superb.

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ckwhite writes:
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Just purchased this car. Engine/drivetrain in very good condition. Getting tuneup, new injectors, serp belt, Bilstein shocks, vented brakes & Michelin tires. Car has loads of options. Too many to list here. Biggest plus is that I got it cheap ($3500).

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Car has been neglected for the past 1-2 years. Has some body damage: front hood clip and wing need replacements, ground skirts need repair, but car will be completely stripped and sanded down to primer and repainted. Needs new interior carpeting. Leather seats are intact but power seat needs some repairs, steering wheel may need replacing, stereo unit (and probably speakers) are toast. Under-hood and under-dash electrical has issues.

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'89 Vette - Diamond In The Rough — Although it still needs some work, this is a great car to DRIVE and that's what I plan to do with it; take road trips and put some miles on it - not restore it to show-car quality and just garage it. Really fun to do research and learn about the car, too - almost as fun as driving it. I've obtained the original owners manual (invaluable), The Corvette "Black Book", and have gotten tons of help from online forums. One person put me in touch with the Corvette Museum in KY, where I was able to order the original "build sheet" and "window sticker" for the car, which had NO paperwork, at all. I do what work I can, myself (detailing, interior work) and for the rest of the work (mechanical, electrical, body work painting) I'm having done at a local shop as well as at Corvettes of Auburn, a Corvette specialty shop near Seattle. Have also been obtaining needed parts online - both from parts houses (Ecklers, Mid-America, Corvette Central, etc.) and private parties. Have learned that it pays to shop around. Have joined "Corvette Forum", online, and have gotten some great tips. People are always eager to listen and help! In all, a great Experience!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Reed writes:
1989 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Review
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Technologically advanced instrument panel for 1989

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Noisy engine

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The Coolest Car I've Driven — My dad's cousin was nice enough to let me take her Corvette for a spin. After having driven a Corvette, I am bumping the Buick Regal from #4 down to #5. What I liked as much as the performance was the digital gauges, I'm surprised more cars don't have them today.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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fl_799 writes:
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Rare to see on the road to expect lots of looks. Simple to work on and keep on the road. Parts (reproduction or take off's) easy to come by. Classic '350' under the hood! These are well built automobiles.

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Higher than normal maintenance schedule on all fluids, age of the car (even in great shape) things still need attention like the headlight motor bushings and brittle plastics that might need to be replaced throughout the car.  Radio (Delco Bose) will need work.

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Early C4's Are Fun, Cheap, And Great Cars Overall — I was on the hunt for the very best 1989 II could put my hands on. Why a 1989? While I'm in the minority, I LOVE the digital LCD gauges, the 1st generation C4 body, and the classic L98/350 combination. '89's have all of the frame, chassis, and standard Z52 suspension refinements while retaining a the original design introduced in 1983 1/2. A few books mention that the 1989 a good year from a build and quality standard (along with the 95-96) although I love all of them. Mine was purchased with 14,700 miles, top notch condition, garaged kept and all original down to the 089 code Goodyear Gatorback tires. The only thing not original was the battery. So this review is as close as it gets to a brand new '89 Corvette Convertible with 700R4 automatic transmission. First, from the factory, these cars are not about all out speed (especially in 2014) and are all about cruising. In reality, the early C4's restored the Corvette's performance pretty close to that of the pre '71 350HP cars. The TPI gives you an unnatural torque push from idle to 4500 RPM's and then it drops off rather fast. Still, for an around the town cruiser, you are always in the meat of the powerband all of the time making the L98 an entertaining car to drive even if you have faster cars in the driveway. There are plenty of paths to get more out of the factory short block i.e. heads, a cam, an intake, and exhaust can get you back in the thick of the action for a couple thousand bucks. Minor bolt-ons like Headers, exhaust, and 1.6 roller rocker arms will improve the horsepower by 25-30 horsepower. Mine, however, due to its originality will remain stock. The car drives very nice. It feels firm and planted with exceptional road feel. The factory Bilstein shocks and spring rates are well calibrated for sport with a good ride. The seats (mine are base leather seats) suck you in and make you feel like you are part of the car. The rack and pinion steering heavy weighted and just feels nice on the road. Brakes work extremely well but they do not seem to have the initial 'bite' of newer brake systems. This is probably due the factory pad composition. If you are going to do spirited cruising, the convertible is a great option. These ares do require diverse mechanical and electrical abilities. I've repaired the Factory Delco Bose amps and deck unit myself which involved replacing all of the electrolytic capacitors . You'll probably need to perform a bushing replacement on the headlight motors. Fluids changes are VERY important especially the braking and power steering system. Also, be prepared to replace some interior plastics as these parts seem to become brittle with age. Weatherstrip and moldings will eventually require attention too. The more of the stuff you can do yourself the better and all of the information needed to tackle these items are on the internet step by step.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Vetted writes:
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For the age of the vehicle, it looks and drives like new. People admire the flowing lines, sound of the engine, and the fact that it is a true American sports car.

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This is not a practical family car and maintenance costs can be expensive.

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All American Fun! — This is my first Vette, something that I dreamed of since high school. Now that prices have come down, I was able to get into it for less than $5k and it has only 80k miles. It also has the 6-speed manual transmission, selectable ride, leather, targa top, and power everything. The 240 HP along with the incredible torque, highly reactive steering, and low stance is enough to give any driver a thrill. For a 350 V8, this car is getting 20 MPG, better than my wife's little SUV with a 6 cylinder.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ziggie13 writes:
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Awesome vehicle performance, handling, appearance

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Getting in and out for elderly person

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Great Car — Beautiful look car, still looks the same as when it was delivered. White top & plastic window still like new. Superb acceleration, handeling and braking. Fun to drive. Great gas mileage on the highway. A bit harsh on bumping pavement. (european ride quality)

Primary Use: Family transportation

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nasd writes:
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enjoy having it

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nothing

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Nasd Vette — I have owned my vette for 6 months and it's a great car to own. It has plenty of accelerations, handles very well, and I just gave it a fresh paint job to clean it up. Awesome car to own.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sheltie77 writes:
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Style,Performance,Handling,Bang for the Buck

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Not the easiest car to get in and out of.

Sheltie77
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Covettes Are Americas Sportscar.like Gold Chains...buy A Viper. — For being 20 years old, my Corvette is an awesome Value.The car will only go up in price.It Drives well,braking could be better,I will update this,corners very well.Mine is put together well,I'm the 3rd owner,tops are a problem not a cheap fix.Mines Red and never fails to get a thumbs up ,still sharp even today.Premium fuel,mobil 1 oil,It's a Sportscar,it goes with the turf. Fun,My Shetland Sheepdog(Alice) loves it,you can't buy a better endorsement than that.I have a Spitfire and an MGB,Alice likes the 'Vette best.(so do I)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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