gregjet
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Chevy Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:43 am

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
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RE: Cheve Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:46 am

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!  Big thumbs up
 
Greg
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RE: Cheve Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:49 am

Let me get this right...
A chevy Caprice is your 'dream car'?
S-e-e-k T-h-e-r-a-p-y

Fine car? They are garbage. Do they even make them anymore????
 
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RE: Cheve Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:55 am

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.
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covert
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:18 pm

Maybe he wants that "federal" look. Besides, those are among the muscle cars of the 90's.
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777YYC
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:35 pm

The big three's rear drive land yaughts were probably the best cars they made. I'd definitly buy a Caprice, Crown Vic or Fifth Avenue/Diplomat.
 
NWA742
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:42 pm

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).



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L-188
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:24 pm

My dad had a 79.

It was Beige.

Whoever had it before had put those aftermarket speaker boxes on the rear ledge. So what my dad would do is put a 3 inch binder on the front dash.

Then he would go down the highway at exactly the speed limit.

The funny thing is that NooooBody would pass him, the thought he was an unmarked cop.
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cptkrell
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:40 pm

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
all best; jack
 
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 12:18 am

Greg.
Please use the spell check feature we offer...you even spelled Chevy wrong, and it's your dream car company!

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L.1011
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 1:47 am

http://auto.consumerguide.com/auto/used/reviews/full/index.cfm/id/2008#highlights
Here is a very helpful page on the 1991-96 Caprice/Impala SS.
 
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 4:26 am

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.

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Superfly
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 4:51 am

Gregjet:
Great choice!  Smokin cool

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.  Pissed


Caprice Classic





Impala SS







My favorite Caprice Classic is the 1975 convertible.  Smokin cool



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Greg
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:52 am

It's a freaking ghetto mobile!
I imagine it handles like a barge......only slower.
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:56 am

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.
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flight152
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 6:17 am

Impala SS but had a more luxurious interior

Oh please. The Impala SS hardly has anything luxurious.

if you ever watch Cops or Scariest Police Chases X, you'll see that these cars have no problem keeping up with almost anything

Thats becasue they are m-o-d-i-f-i-e-d.

The Impala SS is the epitome of straight line driving.
 
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 8:35 am

Jcs17....I'm not an elitist...i'm a realist.

Flight152...what is 'straight line driving'???? Any number of large(r) sedans are quicker 0-60, 50-70...or quarter mile.

It's the epitome of poor taste....for the poor (OK, Jcs...you may be right on that comment...).
 
GD727
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 8:52 am

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.

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flight152
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 9:24 am

Greg,

"Straight line" driving refers to its handling. Big and bulky, they go around turns more like an SUV then any real sports car.
 
covert
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 10:21 am

I just noticed that you want to hook it up and need some websites to look at for insight.

http://www.cardomain.com/ They have a forum as well...

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T prop
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 10:43 am

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.

T prop.


 
covert
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 12:06 pm

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.


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Theiler
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 12:13 pm

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).
 
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 1:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 2:04 pm

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.




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covert
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sat Oct 11, 2003 2:30 pm

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.
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Theiler
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Sun Oct 12, 2003 1:36 am

Covert - the Intrepid is actually in the game. They offer a police package as of 2003.
 
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 12:20 am

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 Crown Victorias 55, and 61 are Caprices
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 2:01 am

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 why a man who's worth 1.5 billion dollars would drive such a machine. I met with him and some senators every so often at the state capital, where I was interning, and he'd always roll up in that ghetto thing. I just couldn't understand it. Then he showed up at one of my school functions in a new Cadillac. I guess he got the picture. (Even though Cadillacs are just glorified Chevys with a fancy hood ornament).

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LOT767-300ER
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:48 am

"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.

T prop.
"

You are so right. People who say its garbage dont base it on any facts or anything else. epitome of 1/4 mile? BS land.

I have just dropped a *big* amount of money for a special Lingenfelter outfit which is almost impossibly hard to get for a 96 SS now. I had in mind to sell the car but I cant part with it...and now since ive dropped a sizeable amount into it theres no way.

Chevrolet Impala SS Lingenfelter Outfit stats: Engine -383 Tranny - AutoOD HP - 425@5000 Torque - 467@3500 4.7 1/4 -12.9@104.6mph

If my memory serves me right 12.9 is a standard 03' SVT Cobra 1/4...And if you think this car cannot outhandle a IS300, or a Prelude your in for a rude awakening. And the fact that now I have 425 horses and 467 pounds of torque to tap into when I wish to spank someone feels great. Nothing like the power of a LT1 coming out of dual flowmasters...not a fart cannon with a 2 foot diameter.

"Those Camaros are pretty fast, there is no getting away from one of those."

There are both Camaro and Mustang police outfits. No, you wont get away in your Prelude VTEC...
 
LY744
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:52 am

"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 chased down a guy who was doing 225km/h (140mph, new local record) on his bike on an expressway just the other week.  Smile


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cptkrell
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 5:20 am

AND...although we have local 'stang SVTs and a few confiscated Z-28s, (and some bitchin' Harley-Davidson specially-tweaked police models), remember, not too many bad guys can outrun a radio transmission....jack
all best; jack
 
covert
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 6:59 am

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, suprised the hell outta me!
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Theiler
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:27 am

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  Smile
 
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:29 pm

Chevrolet Impala SS Lingenfelter Outfit stats: Engine -383 Tranny - AutoOD HP - 425@5000 Torque - 467@3500 4.7 1/4 -12.9@104.6mph

LOT767-300ER, is that it in your profile? Nice!  Big thumbs up And your performance figures above? Now that's a mans car! Glad to see that there are still some people who won't settle for a pansy ass car.


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RE: Chevy Caprice

Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:01 am

The Biloxi Police Dept uses some Impalas. I prefer the Crown Victoria 2004 Police Package, That is Police Car #229 for OS.
Puhdiddle
 
covert
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:07 am

Did they install the plastic tank guard in the 2004 Crown Victoria?
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UAL747
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:19 am

Hey, you could paint it yellow and run your own business from you car eh?


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Superfly
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RE: Chevy Caprice

Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:43 am

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 personal taste. None can back up how bad these cars are with numbers and facts claiming any problems. There aren't any to be found.
Two members here that bashed this car are a status conscious lawyer and the other, a mama's boy that couldn't even change a flat tire.


Flight152:
Re-read my first post. It's the Caprice Classic that has the more luxurious interior compared to the Impala SS.
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