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Old 11-15-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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Gas Milage?

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What was the gas milage of the 1987 Camaro RS?

Engine Size: 2.8 Liters (173 Cubic Inches)
Milage: (?)
Transmission: Manual
Horsepower: 135 RWHP (Correct info?)

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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I get about 21 MPG in my 91 RS, it has a 305 in it. I would assume that the V6 would probably get a little better.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:28 AM   #3
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How would you rate it on performance? 0-60? Top speed? ect?
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:12 PM   #4
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Fairy quick off the line. I've never pushed it to see how fast it could go. If you are looking for something quick I would look at the Iroc's with the 5.7L 350's. I cant imagine a 2.8 would be too quick.
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You get 21mpg out of that 305? i assume you mean highway mileage.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:03 AM   #6
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You get 21mpg out of that 305? i assume you mean highway mileage.
Nope, I try to keep off of the highways. Its kept mostly to back roads. I baby it, and never lay into it. Its used only on sunny days and for car cruises. I reset the trip meter after every fill up and calculate the milage. It almost always averages 21.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:06 AM   #7
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I get about 21 MPG in my 91 RS, it has a 305 in it. I would assume that the V6 would probably get a little better.
In my opinion the 2.8 was too undersized for the car and actually got worse mileage in actual use than the V8... I would steer clear of any of the 2.8 cars, the only good V6 Camaros (until now) were the 3.8 Buick engines...they were great.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:22 PM   #8
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You get 21mpg out of that 305? i assume you mean highway mileage.
That is very possible, my buddies bone stock 89 with the 305 gets about 22mpg on the highway... not driving very sanely either. Better than my 11mpg 305 that is in desperate need of a tune.

2.8s are junk.... for the 3rd gens the 3.1 is better and gets about 22-23mpg. the 2.8s are notorious for #5 rod bearings blowing apart.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:24 PM   #9
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my brother had an 84 Firebird with the 305 throttle body inection. I think it had about 55-60 thousand miles on it. He got about 11mpg in the city.
I had two 350 IROC-Z's. I got 17 in the city with the 2.77 rear axle, and 16 with the 3.23 axle. I could get 25mpg on the highway at 55, but at the usual 65-75 highway driving i'd get 23.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:27 AM   #10
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I've had a couple 2.8 thirdgens, both with manual transmissions. I averaged about 18mpg with them both.

I get about 18-19mpg out of my TPI 305 5-speed 88 GTA, and I got about the same milage out of my 85 IROC when it had the stock TPI 305 & 700R4.
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:35 PM   #11
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The way that things are working out, I might be getting an abandoned 1987 RS with 2.8 Liters. I know it's not a 350, but is it worth trying to do anything performance wise to the car?
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iv got an 86 with the 2.8 in it, and it gets low 20s, high teens. depends on wat kind of driving. and its not too bad off the line, its still a light car, with or without the small engine. iv had mine into the low 100s , and it hadnt peaked yet, but i was running out of road lol. iv given plenty of ppl a run for their money tho lol

p.s. they are NOT junk.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:27 PM   #13
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iv got an 86 with the 2.8 in it, and it gets low 20s, high teens. depends on wat kind of driving. and its not too bad off the line, its still a light car, with or without the small engine. iv had mine into the low 100s , and it hadnt peaked yet, but i was running out of road lol. iv given plenty of ppl a run for their money tho lol

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What kind of cars have you ran it against? A Camaro is never junk...lol.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:00 AM   #14
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The way that things are working out, I might be getting an abandoned 1987 RS with 2.8 Liters. I know it's not a 350, but is it worth trying to do anything performance wise to the car?
I wouldnt bother bolting on mods to a a 2.8. If you plan on buying this car for performance, look into finding a 350 at least to drop into it. Its easy to swap out if you have the tools to do it.
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What kind of cars have you ran it against? A Camaro is never junk...lol.
a few other camaros, my friends firebird, a few trucks, and a couple mustangs. its not nearly as bad as everyone thinks. yes the engine is small, but its got more power than it seems. even when i lose, its not by much. (except wen i raced my uncle in his 68 rs with a supercharged 427. THAT kicked my ass lol)
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:18 PM   #16
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I wouldnt bother bolting on mods to a a 2.8. If you plan on buying this car for performance, look into finding a 350 at least to drop into it. Its easy to swap out if you have the tools to do it.
Now that I think of it, that sounds like a good idea. Drive the 6 Cylinders for a while, then when I can afford it drop a kick-ass 350 into it.

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a few other camaros, my friends firebird, a few trucks, and a couple mustangs. its not nearly as bad as everyone thinks. yes the engine is small, but its got more power than it seems. even when i lose, its not by much. (except wen i raced my uncle in his 68 rs with a supercharged 427. THAT kicked my ass lol)
I would imagine, so I'll be able to at least keep up with people...that ain't to shabby for a 2.8 Liter car. My moms 2000 Dodge Caravan has 3.3 Liters...
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:27 PM   #17
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Go with a stroker instead of a 350. About the same money and a LOT more torque.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:54 PM   #18
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Go with a stroker instead of a 350. About the same money and a LOT more torque.
A stroked motor has a longer stroke in the cylinder? Meaning it goes farther down the piston than a stock motor?
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:36 AM   #19
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The orginal window sticker and EPA rating in 1987 for a 2.8 5-speed was 17 City, and 26 Highway.

If you rated using modern standards it would be 15 City and 24 Highway.

You can get mileage info at this gov. site.

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:12 PM   #20
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Why such a low gas milage? It's only 6 Cylinders?
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Because engines have gotten better since 1987
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:34 AM   #22
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Hey Guys,
What kinds of things should you replace on a car that has been sitting for a long while? And that has carbon buildup too?

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Old 12-09-2009, 03:44 PM   #23
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I had a 89 2.8 V6 auto and my average was around 19 city and 24 highway.
Mileage was at 64,000. They'll get up and go. For the time they we're decently quick and they will smoke the tires through first and part of second
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:39 PM   #24
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Hey Guys,
What kinds of things should you replace on a car that has been sitting for a long while? And that has carbon buildup too?
All filters and fluids, the battery, wiper blades, tires (dry rot), spark plugs, and anything that doesn't work.

I've got an old dustbuster ('90 Lumina APV) my uncle gave me with a 3.1l. My parents screwed me over with the title so it's been sitting for about 5 years now, I'll start it up every now and then, but things like the ignition coil got corroded so it runs a little rough from missing (ran perfectly fine when I got it, just needed the tranny replaced which I have). But the van needs pretty much all of this taken care of before it can be road worthy, so I just gave up on it.
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:52 PM   #25
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Thanks Guys

Thanks guys!

One more question:
Does anyone know where I can get a cheap (good performing) V8 to put in this car? (1987 Camaro RS)

I was thinking of puttting a V8 in it, if it was cheap enough.
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