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Old 08-22-2005, 07:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi to everyone.I've located a 82'Chevette diesel with a 5-speeder.My question is,are they decent and are they road worthy?How about reliable?Or is it better to not buy it?I understand the diesel was only made for a year or two at most in those cars.I was thinking about buying it and parking my current rig for the winter.We have so much salt here in the winter,that the fenders and bodies on many cars take a beating.

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I didn't know they made one, but I found it. Says it's a 1.8L diesel with a 3spd auto.

Reliable? I doubt it. Pretty cool? Probably. Easy to find parts for? Really doubt it.
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We used to have an '81 Chevette, it was a POS, big time. My father used it for about 10 months when he was delivering newspapers. It died for no apparent reason and he ended up giving it away to one of his friends in '93. We replaced it with a '79 Pinto wagon. That was twice the car of the Chevette and my father used it another year or 2 and put almost another 100k on it (when it already had close to 200k when we bought it), and sold it for $1200 in 1995 when he got out of the newspaper gig.
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Re: Chevette diesel

My brother in law used two Chevettes as cars for his two daughters.
They ran those two cars through high school and then the girls
took them to college. They got rid of them after graduating. They
were cheap, easy to work on, and they lasted a long time. They
thought that the cars were an excellent value. They also got excellent
fuel economy for gas engines. A friend of mine has rental houses
on the west side of our state and one of the cleaning ladies still
has a diesel Chevette to this day. She keeps it running and loves
the fuel economy! Maybe she got the "golden" chevette. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Re: Chevette diesel

Had an '82 (I believe) Chevette diesel 5 speed and it was a decent car. It was not particularly fast but it would run triple digits if given enough time to get there.

52 hp Isuzu diesel mated to an Isuzu 5 speed. I towed a 2500 lb trailer from Youngstown, Ohio to Cincinnati, Ohio twice with it before I had any brains at all. Smokey Wren would have had fun with that one. It would not go over 45mph coming out of Columbus due to a headwind so I got off the interstate and ran the back roads to get there.

I got around 44 mpg and ran it until the injector pump died. I did not know enough about them to fix so I sold it in 1989 to a mechanic who worked in the shop where I supervised. He installed a used pump and drove it for a couple years I know of, he may still be driving it.

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Re: Chevette diesel

Yeah the little Isuzu diesels in those cars were pretty tough. Not very powerful, but they were very reliable. I have seen some used in boats and I'm not sure, but I think they were in the pickups too.
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They were in the isuzu pups as well as the chevy luvs as an option for a few years.
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Great reliable cars, slow as all get out thogh, and yes they will run triple digits lol
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My grandpa bought an 84 chevette diesel 5-sp brand new. My father bought in the mid-90's with probably 200K on the clock. We probably put another 100K + on the car while my dad owned it. The car itself was an utter piece of crap with no luxuries and no working guages, and maybe even a broken heater, who knows?

Anyways, those cars had a bulletproof drive-train that was worth it's weight in gold. In all those miles that engine never had a wrench touched to it.

If you can find one, lose your pride (because it'll get hurt in a beater like a diesel-vette [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] ) and drop the couple hundred bucks to get it. You may get passed by a turtle on the expressway, but you'll pass every gas station in town.

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My grandpa bought an 84 chevette diesel 5-sp brand new. My father bought in the mid-90's with probably 200K on the clock. We probably put another 100K + on the car while my dad owned it. The car itself was an utter piece of crap with no luxuries and no working guages, and maybe even a broken heater, who knows?

Anyways, those cars had a bulletproof drive-train that was worth it's weight in gold. In all those miles that engine never had a wrench touched to it.

If you can find one, lose your pride (because it'll get hurt in a beater like a diesel-vette [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] ) and drop the couple hundred bucks to get it. You may get passed by a turtle on the expressway, but you'll pass every gas station in town.

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I wonder if that engine/trans. would work in a S-10??? I'm supposed to be getting a free S-10 (2.2 engine is sitting in its bed) over winter break and that would make an interesting project.
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it probably would bolt up
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Re: Chevette diesel

Will the Chevette diesel and S-10 diesel engines bolt up? Probably not. Although both were built by Isuzu, they are different engines.

The diesel engine used in the Chevette is a 1.8 liter belt driven overhead cam unit. It was also used in the Isuzu I-Mark and probably a few other models not sold in the US. The engine used in the S-10 is a 2.2 liter pushrod unit known as the C-223. This one also went into the Isuzu PuP and Trooper and is related to the C-201 engine used in Thermo King reefer units.
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Re: Chevette diesel

run with it made by isuzu and depsite what folks say the little izuzu is a darn dependable motor when used for its intended purpose.
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If it can be baught for a few hundred jump at it. Those little cars were uggggggggglllllllllyyyyyyyyy, and sloooowwwww but super reliable when properly maintained.

There have been a few on Ebay recently that went for around $1500.
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Haha, my dad actually made ours the little pimp-mobile. He stripped and painted it Dupont Lazer-Red, and put on American Racing chrome wheels. The kicker was when he bent the antenna into the shape of a boob. It was weeks before my mom ever found out what is was. That car was famous. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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