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1997 Chevrolet Camaro User Reviews

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 52 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"power" 22 reviews
"ride" 16 reviews
"speed" 14 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"heavy car" 4 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"power window" 2 reviews

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ChillPhatCat writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro RS Review
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Good mileage to power ratio, sold engine, very reliable.

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Interior quality is average, you get what you pay for in comfort.

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Stock It's Fun, Modded It's A Blast! — Definitely the best N/A six you can buy... stock it got upwards of 32 MPG on the highway, modded still up to 30 MPG. With a little help from removing 150 lbs and a cam/headers/exhaust it's good for a 0-60 of 5.8 seconds (computer verified) and 1/4 mile in the mid 14's... It's pushing about 215Hp at the wheels. The car is well balanced and the chassis/body accomodates some seriously wide tires (up to 315mm) that can give it heart stopping grip in the corners. Overall, the car is just a blast to drive at a bargain price... easily had for $3k these days in decent shape. All the performance and fun aside, the engine/transmission are still going strong at 177k miles without a rebuild. The 3800 Series II is bullet proof. My only complaints would be that the interior has some cheap plastic that is easily damaged/rattles a little and that the rear end can't take more than occasional abuse at stock power levels... this car is on it's third rear end and it doesn't even have a V8.

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Chris writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Review
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POWER!! Handling, Interior, Exterior, Sound

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gas mileage, ride

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Z28 Review — The performance is very, very good. The amount of torque the engine produces is great and there is plenty power on the high end as well. Build quality is good, some squeaking, but not bad for a 12 year old car. I like the exterior styling alot but I can't say its more attractive than the...new Camaro. The gas mileage...sucks. I am averaging less than 15 mpg which is a combination of a driving with a heavy foot and having a V8. The car is a blast to drive, and worth the pitiful gas mileage, wouldn't give it up for a four-banger anyday.

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Benjamin writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible Review
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5

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Drop top with good performance! Seating for 4/5

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Automatic Tranny

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1997 Z28 Convertible — Middle Age Crisis Car. Seating for 4/5 folks. (Seatbelts only for 4, and someone gets the hump....) Fun to drive on a sunny day! Not great out of the hole, but really accelerates once rolling! Would have enjoyed the manual tranny instead of automatic. Handles great and gets decent MPG. 16 city/ 25 hwy.

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fsmguy writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible Review
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5

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Slick look, makes people turn and look

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Very low to the ground and sometimes it's hard to get out of if cars are parked too close.

fsmguy
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Awesome — I just bought my 1997 Camaro RS convertible. It's 17 years old now, and only has 45,000 miles on it. (Yes really, only 45,000 miles) It is beautiful inside and out. I'm having the stock radio replaced with a satellite radio. Gets really good gas mileage, and love how everyone turns to look when the top is down. A learning curve that I have had to learn to do is park the car. I was used to my SUV and parking anywhere, and this car is so low to the ground that I had to learn not to park close to things, and that I can't drive some places if it's steep incline or decline. It drags.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Scott writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS Review
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4

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LT1torque. SS ram air hood. Houndstooth leather seats.  Styling.

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Weak 10bolt rear,cost of maintenance and parts,optifire distributor&water pump placement.  Headlights and wipers are 93-97 only.  Power window motors go out often.

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Powerful Car For The 90's — The 1997 30th anniversary cars are the best looking of all the lt1 years with its artic white with hugger orange stripes. Serial number 1 of cars. Other than oil changes maintenance is high dollar. Parts are few and scarce. Performance wise the car has been great. You just need to upgrade the rear to a 12 bolt,poly trans mount and add subframe connectors and some good lower control arms.

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

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sholaway writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro RS Review
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Price was right I bought it for $900, put $200 worth of parts in it and now shes back on the road

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I really HATE that the engine is mounted so far back under firewall/windshield mundane repairs such as tune up is a real pain in the ass.

sholaway
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Rollin In Chevy Muscle Again — I have resurrected this car from a previous owner who had given up on her. She was giving him overheating issues so they parked her in the field. She sat there from 02/08 till 03/12 when I took her. Shes gonna take a few dollars in repair and alot of TLC but she will get it and be rolling proud again

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

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Trevor writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Review
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EVERYTHING

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NOTHING

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Love The Car — BEST CAR EVER extremely fun and would not change it at all beat out a 2006 mustang gt and other cars that had mods and i could go 135 up a hill in 5th gear with out a problem!!! love it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Review
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It's real 'Merican muscle.

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It was made in an era gone by.

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I Really Enjoy This Car, But Couldn't Drive It Every Day. — My wife and I bought this 30th Anniversary Camaro as a weekend cruiser. It works great for that purpose...and only that purpose. Getting behind the wheel makes you realize how far cars have come in the last 15 years both in terms of fit/finish and performance. The steering is slow and vague, especially for a sports car. The T56 gearbox is industrial, yet effective. Acceleration is quick, but not fast. The suspension rolls into corners and the rearend jumps around when the road is less than perfect. It is a lot of fun to drive in that it demands your attention to be driven smooth and quick, but can be a pain in everyday driving situations. However the LT1 motor does make plenty of low end torque and it's perfect for summer car cruise nights.

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

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Cory writes:
1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS Review
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Everything

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Nothing

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97 Camaro Ss — I love everything about this car. I have done quite a few mods to her but I love everything. It takes a bit to maintain her but I love working on cars so it is worth it in every way.

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

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Ga129 writes:
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It's Perfect.

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None.

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My Dream Car — i give this ride 6 stars out of 5. Love the performance it's amazing performance. This is my dream Car. It Drives, looks, and rides like the beast it is. FUN TO DRIVE AND OWN! I Smile every time i walk outside and see it sitting in the driveway. Dependable and just an overall perfect car.

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

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