am looking at buying either a BBB 94 Impala with 200,000 miles on it asking price 3,000 OBO, or a White 96 Caprice LT1 with 81,000 miles on it with a few cosmetic issues (Right Side Doors and Left Side Rear Bumper) for 2,600 OBO. will be my everyday driver. am now leaning towards the Impala because it is closer and the more desirable model with the idea that I may have to rebuild the motor and do other work maybe sooner than later
What kind of mileage should I expect from an LT1? Under ideal conditions, also can you check out the damage on the 96 Caprice and let me know what would I be spending to fix it, or will I just need new doors and a bumper?
Any relevant insight from you guys would be awesome even if it has nothing to do with my question or concerns.
Lastly is the 4.3L V8 that bad, because I have seen a few very clean Caprices that I may check out.
If you are into owning, caring for, and carefully driving collectible cars, get the ImpalaSS.
If you simply like bigger, safer, personal alternatives to mass transit, get the Caprice & don't bother fixing the very minor cosmetic issues; you should be able to pound those out, by the way.
If the engine has been well maintained, a 5.7L LT1 should last at least 250K miles. Someone here has over 400K miles on his LT1, and decided to rebuild it before it decided to surprise him.
Many have exceeded 250K, some 300K.
Enthusiastic use of the LT1 engine can take its toll on the 4L60E transmission.
If the engine didn't last 200K, the owner or the mechanic is lacking in some maintenance or diagnosis.
There is nothing wrong with the 4.3L L99 V8, unless you are an enthusiast. It is capable of better MpGs than the LT1, but in my opinion, it would be better to replace it with either an 4.3L L35 V6 (same power curves, just lighter) or step up to an LT1.
If you are an enthusiast, then the L99's one glaring fault, is that it would be an utter total and complete waste of money, time, and energy to try to add power to it, because the person who immediately replaces the 4.3L L99 V8 with a 5.7L LT1 V8 nearly always gets the best bang for the buck.