1966 Chevrolet Corvair User Reviews

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    Nice-handling, Slick Looking Classic Chevy — I currently am on my second Corvair (also had a '69 Monza coupe) and these cars can't be beat if you're looking for a reliable, economical classic car that handles like Corvette, gets gas mileage like a Falcon, looks like a miniature Impala, and rides and brakes better than a Chevelle. Working on the car is as easy as it get, and virtually every part is available from Corvair vendors. I'd recommend the Late models (1966-69) models for better safety features and the Corvette rear suspension. Also, the Late models are all hardtops or convertibles, no sedans were even available, and they have the Coke bottle profile the resembles a '67 Camaro. These cars are unique in that they have an air-cooled, rear-mounted aluminum-block "boxer" Six, with your choice of automatic or manual transmission, air conditioning, and other deluxe options that make it fun to drive. Take one of these on the highway and watch everyone turn and smile while you pass them!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Slick looking, low-slung classic car 1960s styling at a bargain-basement price to own and maintain.

    Cons: Exhaust system and engine compartment must be kept clean and sealed to prevent dangerous fumes from entering the car through the heater.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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    I Love This Car —

    I bought my Corvair at a swap meet for the bargain basement price of $1,500.00. It did need some restoration but, after all, the car is 47 years old. This is my first restoration and working on this car is easy. The majority of the parts I needed to buy were inexpensive and I plan on receiving a nice return on my investment. The car handles great and after some basic motor work (carb cleaning, gasket and fluid changes, plugs and wires) this car runs like a champ and is quick. I have experienced no handling problems like some have spoken about and the ride is very comfortable. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for their first restoration project. Norm, Apparently you do not know that the Corvair motor can leak and when it does, that oil drips into your heater intake. The way the Corvair heating system works is the air is pulled past the exhaust manifolds which heat the air and when that hot intake has burning oil in it, the smoke goes to the cabin whan the heat is on. Also, as anyone knows, when oil gets to a certain temperature, it ignites. Some simple maintenance would have preventing your car going up in flames. Don't blame the car, blame the owner.

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

    Pros: Sporty, fuel efficient, roomy, inexpensive

    Cons: sometimes parts can be hard to find

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    These Are Great Cars To Play In! — Unique and a fun car to drive. Really ticks off muscle car owners when you dust them, fast off the line. Some times referred to as the "American Porsche". Gets good gas mileage for an old car. Owners need to be a fan of these cars because no one knows how to work on them anymore.

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

    Pros: Very unique being an air cooled Chevy

    Cons: Parts can be hard to find

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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    Low Priced Collectible — Nothing like them. Great looks and sporty! Excellent 60's car for under 10 grand.I have owned 12. Very roomy and flat floors give lots of leg room. And the top goes down easily. More exotic than a Corvette. Looks great at the High School Homecoming with a Queen Candidate on the back.

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

    Pros: Exclusive desgn

    Cons: Valve lifter design

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    This Car Tried To Kill Me —

    I got this car so I could drive to college. It actually did make it for a few months. It had a nasty habit of blowing oily smoke through the heater vents into the car at about 70 mph, no matter what you did with the controls. One day I was on my way to pick up my g/f, pushing it hard in the fast land of the Expressway 'cuz I was late. A Karmen Ghia came up behind me, flashing his lights. I'm like, what are you, kidding? I'm doing 75, you wanna pass me?? So I put it to the floor, now I'm doing 80, with the windows open to let the smoke out of course. And the Ghia pulls into the middle lane and starts to pass me!! Horrors. I see he's got his drivers window open, yelling something. I lean over, deftly driving with one hand and one eye, to open my passenger window. He's pointing at the rear of my car. "You're on FIRE" he yells. I chuckle wisely. "Nahh, it's smoke! It always does that". "NO" he shouts back. "You got flames!" Well, that sucks, I'm thinking. I mean, it can't be that bad, I don't see anything. Smells normal - oily smoke, nothing unusual about that. But, thinking maybe the guy is right, even tho he;s driving a Ghia, I slow down and get it over on the right shoulder. Immediately upon stopping, the entire rear end of the car bursts into flames. I mean, big time. I grab my books and tools out of the car just as the Ghia guy, who wisely stopped WAAAAYYY in front of me, pulls me away from the car. Seconds later, the rear end explodes - lid goes flying, flaming bits of hoses and whatever... awesome. Three fire trucks, two cop cars, an abulance stop by. Not to mention hundreds of cars slowing down to see the show. I was late for our date, you might imagine. One of the cops drove me to a gas station where I got a tow truck. We went back, picked up the charred carcass, and towed it to the gas station I was working at. There we performed a solemn and respectful ceremony by cutting the damn thing in half. Gee I hated that car.

    Pros: It didn't succeed

    Cons: I cut it in half with a K-12 Rescue saw.

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    This Is My 66 Chevy Corvair. — This is my 66 chevy corvair, yes it needs work it still runs and it has 80000 original miles on it!!!

    Pros: its a reliable v6 motor. good gas mileage

    Cons: engine is in the back so you would have to counter balance it

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    The Late model 1965-1969 Corvairs were a highly unique and risky offering for GM, with a very aluminum-intensive air-cooled engine and an advanced 4-wheel independent suspension. The handling and braking performance are remarkable for the period, managing to be both light to the touch and more than capable of an enjoyable backroad romp.
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    Cargo Capacity Ranked 1966 Ford Mustang Base worse.
    "The front trunk is wide and long, though oddly shaped. Its very effective for small packages and even large flat items like lawn chairs, but large square box-shaped items will fit better inside the car on the rear seat when its folded down as a parcel shelf."
    Family Car Ranked 1966 Ford Mustang Base worse.
    "The Corvairs flat foor and roomy front and rear seats make for surprisingly accommodating interior space, especially in the available Sport Sedan body."
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