First Impressions 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Base

Impressions of the 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Base

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet introduced the Camaro Base in late 1996 to regain its grip on the Convertible market. There are 5 trim levels for the Camaro in 1997: RS, Z28, Z28 30th Anniversary Edition, Z28 SS 30th Anniversary Edition, and Base. With two doors and spacious seating for four, the rear-wheel drive Camaro makes a statement. There is plenty of competition in the Convertible market, including strong offerings from Acura.

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Base Specs

The Camaro Base is equipped with a General Motors 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine that utilizes 12 valves. The Buick engine is mated to a General Motors 4-speed Transmission. This configuration has proven to be a successful design for Chevrolet.

The Camaro uses power-assisted brakes, with 4-Wheel ABS support. The front brakes are disc while the rear brakes are disc. Steering is handled through a power-steering rack-style configuration. The car uses coil and coil springs front and rear respectively.

The fuel system for the 1997 Camaro is a traditional SFI, running on gasoline fuel. The fuel is controlled by an electronic system and is a fuel-injected MFI design. The capacity of the fuel tank is 15.50 gallons.


The Camaro is 193.20 inches long, 74.10 inches wide, and 51.30 inches high. It has a wheelbase of 101.10 inches. It is able to seat 4 comfortably.

There is a 50,000* mile, 60* month warranty with this vehicle, including a powertrain warranty of 50,000*/36* miles/months. This is normal for this price range.

The original manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) was $16,215 when new, with a dealer invoice cost of $14,837. This price was in line with the industry average price for a 2-door Convertible.

Fuel Efficiency

The Base made 29 – 30 miles per gallon highway driving, while dipping to 19 in the city. This was a respectable number for the model year, but exceeded by several Acura models available at the time.

The vehicle is available in several colors.

Parting Shots

The 1996 model began the promise of the Chevrolet Camaro. The 1997 expanded on this success and has proven to be a strong seller in most markets. Even with strong competition from other manufacturers Chevrolet hopes that the Camaro Base will continue to be a profitable vehicle.

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4 Responses to “First Impressions 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Base”

  1. Should I try Hyundai instead?

  2. My roommate had horrible luck with this convertible. Sours me to the whole Chevrolet line.

  3. Thom Sandler says:

    No one is going to think that this is going to be a good buy five years from now.

  4. My mom bought a Chevrolet Camaro last year. So far so good…

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