1990 Chevrolet Corvette User Reviews

1990 Chevrolet Corvette Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 11 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"beautiful car" 4 reviews
CONS
"heavy car" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews

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vl5150 writes:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Review
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5

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Interesting car with lots of torque and great handling.  Ability to grow with the car and improve performance.

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These cars are getting old and maintenance will need to be performed.  May be hard for some to get in and out of.  Should be able to turn a wrench sometimes.

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Excellent Car For The Money. Fun, Fun, Fun! — This is my second "play car" so I drive just for pleasure and something to tinker with, For that purpose and giving the cheap price, it fits my purposes very well. I paid as much for my C4 as it would have cost to turbo one of my other cars and tune it. That being said, it's a unique and interesting car. The L98 engine is a classic Chevy 350 underneath so there's cheap power and modification options. The car responds well to modification as well, but is fine as-is. The powerband of the engine is narrow, but very good at the same time because of the torque. I love the clamshell hood which makes servicing a breeze. It feels much faster than it actually is and will keep you entertained around town. Handling is very good. The car rides firm, which I like, and turns very flat. This car begs for sticky tires. I also like the subdued styling and the "older" C4 body style. Other nice additions are the forged aluminum bits both front and rear. Paint is very good and better than a new Camaro SS I examined. The engineers put the money where it counts. The 6speed shifter is not very good and the ring that locks out reverse is not durable. The Hurst shifter is a worthwhile upgrade and is a traditional American modification to cars like this. The interior is loaded, but the materials are typical GM. For the convertible, the storage is not good. There's some room under the top when it's down, and more when the top is up, but you have to hold up the rear of the top with your shoulder to get access. The brakes are good, not great but I may need to bleed them. I'm able to get in and out of the car no problem and prefer the strapped in feel. Older folks will have a real tough time living with this and should look at another car or try one 1st. Car is also hand built with fasteners like torx head or screws used all over the place. I love this feature as it simplifies things for me, but have locktite handy or the screws will fall out. The engine runs out of breath at 4500-4800 RPM. The power is excellent until that happens though, but it should be noted. Factory Bose audio system have amps on the speaker that have capacitors that are now dried out. Budget for repairs of this system or replace with a standardized sound system. Overall if you like to hod rod or modify, this is the car for you. Nice big hood and no sheet metal to rust. If you like it as it is, it's a great car too. Just budget for complete fluid flushes at this point and perhaps weatherstripping to get it up to snuff.

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

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pmusgerg writes:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Review
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4

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Lots of power. Fun to drive. Great color combo. Love the LT5 motor. Bullet proof.

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Parts getting a little hard to come by but still available.

pmusgerg
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Fun Ride. — The ZR1 is a classic in Corvette history. With just under 7,000 produced from 1990-1995 they are the first real "race car" from Chevrolet. With the engine by Lotus, suspension by Bilstein, and sound by Bose, they were a magnificent engineering achievement. The saying went "life begins at 180mph". 11" rears, six speed, and an adjustable ride make the car a lot of fun to drive. Very visceral when compared to newer Vettes. Got rid of my C5's and C6's and kept just this one.

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

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Craig writes:
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Corvette, Sexy C4

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Over rated, Auto

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Looks Good, Thats About It. — I had to drive one of these to a customer of the dealership i worked at. I swapped this and drove his rental car back, a cobalt. I had more fun in the cobalt then the vette. Poor vette was an auto, old, and needed more work. I know C4's got faster into the 90's but most of them with tuned port 350s were dogs.

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Stuart writes:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Review
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Looks great, extremely fun to drive, super fast!

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Really tight engine compartment wich makes it a pain to work on.

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Little Red Corvette — Love my car!... HATE her previous owner. She used to drive really well but the idiot before me tried to put BOSCH quad tip platinum spark plugs in her and stripped out the #8 cylinder, which caused metal to get between the piston and cylinder and so now a rebuild is required! Other than that the car is perfect!!! Gas mileage is about 26/gal. on the highway. Paid 8 Grand for her 2 years ago.

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Corry writes:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Review
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Gorgeous, gorgeous car.

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Horsepower leaves a liittle to be desired, but it was 1990!

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Great Handling, Torquey, Sexy Car. — The acceleration and braking are still pretty good for today's standards. Handling is easily as good as today. Build quality is fine, but a few squeaks over bumps. More related to design than build. Appearance is awesome. Relatively cheap to own, gas is great on the highway. And plenty fun to drive.

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Skitch writes:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Review
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Great Car,good performance,Great mileage,Sound overall

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The Bose Stereo is greatif it works, if not it sux,replace it

Skitch
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Great Car For The Money — Great ,fun car.Performs well, feels tight, Up to 30 mpg on the hwy,average 23 in town.Bose stereo sux. Headlights are tempermental.Inf Rest light always seemsto be an issue with this model.For under 10k,its great.Fun car to drive with the 6 speed.

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

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90EXP writes:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Review
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Power, sound, handling, looks

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repair costs

90EXP
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Loved It! — Owned for over 10 years loved it for the most part and I learned a lot about cars from working on it. Most issue were just do to wear as it had over 150K on it when I sold it. I and my son do miss it and I'll have to get another one down the road. I want something older next time though like a chrome bumpered C3 :D

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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sethjgreenberg writes:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Review
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tight handeling 375 hp .motor just broke in

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not good on bumpy roads stiff suspension

sethjgreenberg
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American Icon — sweet 1990 vett zr1 garage shape, excellent, , top comes off easy for convertible look, motor only 63000 miles , just broke in, 375 hp , , only driven on holidays and weekends for a pleasure cruse, handling awesome, fun car to drive, all stock, , sucks in the rain, but plenty of dry road excitement. handles like a dream on fast , long turns, smooth shifting, with all the style a vette has, a better feel than a European sport coupe

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

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Ryan writes:
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Power on tap, it had a Jasper Class 1 performance 300hp motor.. L98 TPI based. But all that low-end, tire burning torque was very nice!! Also the color, handling, seating.. all very nice.

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Gas, Gas, Gas.. it was the motor and tuning.. but 12mpg city is rapage!! Poor electronics.. hard to get in and out of the car.

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Great Car, But It Was Poorly Takin Care Off By Previous Owner. — My old vette was beautiful, rare factory Steel Blue Metallic paint. Only downside.. it was 18 years old, and the previous owner did NOT take care of it as it should have been. Otherwise it would have been an excellent automobile. It ran great mechanically after I invested alot of $$$ into the neglected maintaince of the car. Changed and flushed all fluids.. etc. The only unreliable componet of these cars is the electrical system. GM has always made the vette with the most up-to-date high tech toys. Unfortunatly, sometimes these toys were still in "beta" testing. They go out easy and are extremely difficult to diagnose and repair.

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tcxd40 writes:
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Fun, fast, handles well.

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NONE

tcxd40
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Like The Last Two C4 Corvettes So I Bought Another One, Speaks For Itself. — Another Vette to the stable. This 1990 is eqpt. with the FX3, sport seats, tire press system, oil cooler, CD cassette, electronic air, and is one of 813 in steel blue. In good shape for the most part. Does have typical problems with de-lamination of the body in a few areas. Most rubber seals need replacing. For a 20 year old car it still handles well and looks good. For a 20 year old performance car fuel mileage is respectable at 21MPH in and around town.

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

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