Gregjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 115 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
Ok I want to buy a cheve caprice its my dream car next to an implala and I wanted 2 know any info on the car like what type of engine it has and stuff like that also I want 2 know how I can make it faster and also some info on how to put in car audio I also want to know if there are any websites that I can get this info from thanxs
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1792 times:
Why don't you just buy the rear-wheel-drive Impala SS made from the 1994 to 1996 model years; it's basically the same car as the Caprice that was made through 1996 but faster, with more power (a detuned version of the Corvette LT-1 engine) and a different final drive ratio. I don't have the specs but it's plenty fast: 0-60 in the low 6 sec. range-great for such a huge car! Shame that GM canned their big full-frame RWD sedans & wagons for increased truck and SUV production; they left that market strictly to Ford. I'm sorry-not up on adding speed (aftermarket turbo or superchargers?) or audio upgrades but you'll be getting a fine car sadly missed by many. Go for it!
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1785 times:
They don't make them anymore, and the world is a better place because of that. I admit though, at least an old Impala SS (like the one LOT767 drives) is somewhat interesting, but a base Caprice??? Oh brother.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1764 times:
Fine car? They are garbage. Do they even make them anymore????
They are not garbage at all. They are good ol' reliable muscle sedans that are/were very popular among law enforcement. Police agencies could have a cheap fleet of cars that were reliable and fast((Caprice have 350 V8s, and if you ever watch Cops or Scariest Police Chases X, you'll see that these cars have no problem keeping up with almost anything).
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1728 times:
To add a couple of items to above comments; buy an Impala SS version if you can find one that hasn't been truely dogged and the price isn't out of line. Although SS models garner higher prices than the Caprice, they also feature factory modifications to the original design that would be quite expensive for you to replicate. IE: the already-mentioned 350 V8 with true dual exhausts and an upgraded TurboHydro and suspension pieces. The car also features the wider track station wagon rear axle, which when combined with the larger alloy wheels/tires (which, BTW are speed-rated, so there isn't a speed-governing computer chip) combo gives it a better appearance and improves handling. Leather interior and other amenities make it more classy, too. Also, the full-cutout rear wheel wells and modified rear side window above the #2 lock pillar dog leg dramatically improves the original whale-like overall styling. Ford was smart to keep their large RWD body-on-frame cars in production; their current Mercury Marauder mirrors the Impala SS marketing intent and product content...jack
GD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1689 times:
The Caprice is a good quality car. They were basically Chevy's version of the Crown Victoria and from what I understand, were faster and more powerful than the Crown Vic. As NWA742 said, many police departments had large fleets of them. Unfortunately, Chevy stopped making them in 1996. If you want an even faster and more sporty Caprice, I would agree with everyone else and go with the Impala SS.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39452 posts, RR: 76 Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1684 times:
Are you talking about the 1991-1996 models?
Cptkrell, GD727, AvObserver and 777YYC are all correct.
The Caprice Classic did come available with the same power train as the Impala SS but had a more luxurious interior and standup hood ornament.
Both are just as good. The 1994-95 Impala had column shifter and digital instrument cluster just like the Caprice Classic. The 1996 Impala had a center counsel shifter and analog gauges.
The stock audio systems are excellent!
Leave it alone!
They came with a AM/FM Cassette/CD combo audio system that sounds great.
I hate it when I see these young punks that rip out those nice system to put in some dinky after market crap with flashy lights.
My favorite Caprice Classic is the 1975 convertible.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1677 times:
I have to agree with Greg's typical eliteist rant. The Chevy Caprice is one of the ugliest things on four wheels, and a complete piece of crap mechanically. You'll be lucky to find one that will run for a couple more years without doing major engine overhauls.
GD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1642 times:
Actually, the Caprice is quite good mechanically. The Massachusetts State Police still have quite a few Caprices. State troopers drive their cars all day at highway speeds, which really cranks up the mileage on their cars. So since the newest Caprices are 7 years old, they must have hundreds of thousands of miles on them, and they are STILL being used for high stress police work. Sounds like a pretty reliable car to me.
T prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1015 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1625 times:
I imagine it handles like a barge......only slower
Thats becasue they are m-o-d-i-f-i-e-d
To all who have these kind of comments, they may fit the civillian version of these cars. But if you've ever driven the cop model, you'd think different.
First, besides being an A&P, I am also a certified master auto technician. Second, I've worked on these things, and I owned a 90 Caprice 9C1, so I may know what I'm talking about.
The 9C1 package is the police version of it, it includes heavy duty brakes, suspension,
140 amp alternater, silicone coolant hoses, engine/ transmission oil coolers, heavy duty 700R4 transmission with revised valve body calibration, (this trans was no different, except for mounting, as the one in the Corvette) and optional was the venerable 5.7 liter small block Chevy.
The handling on these cars was excellent for a car this size, in fact the later versions, 94-96, felt tighter than the Impala SS of the same years thanks to extra body mounts that the SS never came with. These cars outhandle, outbrake and outaccelerate my Honda Accord that's for sure. The only thing the Honda does better is pass gas stations. 94-96's with the LT-1, had top speeds in excess of 140mph, and got there relatively quickly.
Think about this, a police department would operate these vehicles 24 hours a day 365 days a year, only down for scheduled maintenance, I put reliabilty of these cars on par with my Accord. I know people who work in police dept. garages, and they say they wish Chevy never stopped making the Caprice, Even the cops who drive them prefer them to the Crown Vics they have now.
Covert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1443 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
Amen to the above, Caprice beats Crown Vics hands down, every cop i talk to wishes they had them back, Pittsburgh Police has never operated these rear wheel drive vehicles because of problems with the snow, but has always had one for test and currently has a Crown Victoria for test purposes, but they all prefered the test Caprice and wished to place orders before its demise in 1996 and went with the new Impala instead, which they are not complaining about either. There is nothing like a 1960's era Impala SS, or even the ones they brought back for a short time with the Caprice body.
Theiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
The 94-96 Caprice's with the LT1's in them were hands down the best police vehicles ever. They are better than the current crop of Ford Police Interceptors (Crown Vic's), despite their older age and design. The Fords still are uncomfortable as heck to sit in, and lag badly in the low end. Not to mention the fuel tank issue.
The 2003 Intrepid Police Package is a close second to the Caprice - It's a very fast vehicle, with a lot more room than an Impala (2000-present).
DodgeCharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
If i'n not mistaken excluding the Camaro police vehicle the 94-96 LT1 Caprice is the 2nd fastest police vehicle the CHP has ever tested. Only the 69 Dodge Polara was faster, but with 440 cubic inches, 375 horses, and a stripped down frame of course you will go fast.
NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
Thats becasue they are m-o-d-i-f-i-e-d
True, but very slightly from the original 350 V8 in the stock Caprices. Maybe a computer chip and an intake system? That won't make too big a difference in a 1/4 mile run. Whether it be police or stock version, those 350 Caprices are very quick sedans.
25 Covert: That Intrepid looks promising too. Chrysler needs to get in the game. Those Camaros are pretty fast, there is no getting away from one of those.
26 Theiler: Covert - the Intrepid is actually in the game. They offer a police package as of 2003.
27 BR715-A1-30: Our Police Dept. in Ocean Springs ditched most of the Caprices for Ford Crown Victorias. They still have 3 or 4 caprice left, but Cars # 201-229 are C
28 Ual747: I have to agree with Greg and Jcs17, they are garbage. Old Ed Gaylord used to drive one. (Gaylord Entertainment/Opryland). I could never understand wh
29 LOT767-300ER: "To all who have these kind of comments, they may fit the civillian version of these cars. But if you've ever driven the cop model, you'd think differ
30 LY744: "Those Camaros are pretty fast, there is no getting away from one of those" Funny you should mention that. My local department's unmarked Camaro chase
31 Cptkrell: AND...although we have local 'stang SVTs and a few confiscated Z-28s, (and some bitchin' Harley-Davidson specially-tweaked police models), remember, n
32 Covert: Covert - the Intrepid is actually in the game. They offer a police package as of 2003. I know this, was chased by one with no lights this May, suprise
33 Theiler: Huhaaa!! They are pretty sharp as a slicktop. You'd never guess that they are a patrol car after looking at a bulky old Crown Vic
34 T prop: Chevrolet Impala SS Lingenfelter Outfit stats: Engine -383 Tranny - AutoOD HP - 425@5000 Torque - 467@3500 4.7 1/4 -email@example.com LOT767-300ER, is tha
35 BR715-A1-30: The Biloxi Police Dept uses some Impalas. I prefer the Crown Victoria 2004 Police Package, That is Police Car #229 for OS.
36 Covert: Did they install the plastic tank guard in the 2004 Crown Victoria?
37 Ual747: Hey, you could paint it yellow and run your own business from you car eh? UAL747
38 Superfly: Gregjet: Interesting how poeple who 'know' about cars all praise this vehicle. Those here who bash this vehicle are only going by looks which is perso