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Chevy’s mid-size Celebrity returned for 1985 with an optional 2.8 liter v6 switched from carburetor to port fuel injection. Also back was the Eurosport option package, offering firm suspension, blackout trim, and other goodies, all for $199. The V6 sold separately for an extra $250.

Video: 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity LaserDisc Promo
 

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As long as cars like this are still in the backs of people's minds, GM is gonna have a hard time in life. These cars aren't that old in the whole scheme of things. I was a kid when they were new, and I'm 37.

Junk.
 

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Bad GM. BAD, BAD, BAD GM!
But the wagon towed 5400lbs and could hold eight passengers all while getting like 18/25mpg.

That makes it better than big Jimmy Acadia...

"The Acadia features seating for eight, generous interior space, and either front or all-wheel drive. With a 5,200 lb (2,042 kg) towing capacity"

First year for 4spd auto and MPFI optional V6 of 130hp. Big year for the Celeb - helping make Chevy US's biggest wagon seller of '84.

262 diesel was pulling down 64hp. Yikes. Guess that didn't get the 5400lb tow rating.
 

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My 86 celebrity wagon was the most reliable trouble free car I ever owned, with the 2.8 mpfi engine. Never used a drop of oil or had any engine issues. Put 245,000 miles on it and it had all the original parts, tranny, wheel bearings, etc. All I did was change the oil, put on brake pads and tires. It was the energizer bunny X10. Great car.
 

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The X-Cars were the beginning of the end of GM - the Celebrity class products were the ones the dug the grave and started burying the company - truly some of the worst products ever made.
 

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My '86 Eurosport 2.8MPFI wagon was the worst piece of junk I ever owned. The transmission let go twice within 100 000kms. It was gutless to boot. I was such a GM fanboy at the time I never considered anything else though I'm not sure there were any truly good cars to own back then.
 

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WOW memories.

I took in a 1989 Celebrity at my first job in the car Biz. It had 99,000 km's and was 3 years old. We used it for 9 years as a Service Loaner without any problems.

Now I hate to say it but Service Loaners aren't treated the nicest, Customer's that use them, don't own a bolt in them, and might be making payment on their own vehicle in the shop at the time.

That car wound up with over 300,000km's as a loaner. The Iron Duke never gave up. And the Snot was driven out of it for those 200,000 km's.

Plain, Ugly, and Powerless. But indestructible.
 

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Does this theory apply to '85 Toyotas?

No that only applies to American vehicles , never mind the fact I had three Toyotas and all of them needed major repairs
1986 Toyota pickup rusty junk
1985 Toyota pickup , threw a rod through the side of the engine block
1991 Toyota Corolla , threw a rod through the side of the engine block
 

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That '85 Toyota, while ugly, could very well be running smoothly to this day without rattles and over 300,000 miles on the clock.

That cannot be said about any Celebrity.
Two posts above you just described high mileage Celebrities. And while those old Corollas were durable, they were rattletraps with the cheapest interiors imaginable.
 

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I was swilling the Kool aid by the gallon back then , I remember a year or two after I bought my 2004 Silverado I went by the local Toyota dealer to look at a Tundra ( withdrawal syndrome I guess) and found a Tundra to look at and was going to go on a test drive and salesman went to start it up and it was stone cold dead , my Silverado battery lasted ten years to the day and has never not started or been able to drive , that snapped me
out of it fast .
 

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My first car was a grey 89 Celebrity with blue interior, bench seat, and every option. It was a hand me down, and I drove that thing for 6 years, put over 100,000 miles on it, and it only started going bad at about 180,000 miles. Thing was perfect. Clean lines by the late 80's, smooth driving, good audio, started every time (until the end), had little rust, and was big enough to seat the whole gang comfortably. I loved that damn car, and would drive another one in a heartbeat.
 

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My parents had an 87 Chevy Celebrity Eurosport, in dark blue that actually looked quite nice with the black out trim and rallye wheels. The car rode well, and the V6 was a decent mill for the era. The car was completely trouble free, and only required its normal maintenance. After some 110 K miles of reliability it met an untimely demise in the form of a head on collision. Both my parents emerged utterly unscathed, the car though was a total loss. The A body's are dismissed today,but people forget that both the Cutlass Ciera and Chevy Celebrity held the top spot in sales for their segment in the 80's. The Buick Century soldiered on for quite a while and in its final years, while not exciting or cutting edge, was quite reliable.
 

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What clean lines. It looks good compared to the tortured lines and look-alike tail lights on cars of this era.

Nice to see something without an obnoxious plastic log of a console eating up space in the interior and plenty of visibility with the tall windows.

My folks had an 84 Ciera and I fell in love with GM because of it.Yes, my "Father's Oldsmobile".

Perfect size, great interior room, quiet, well trimmed, comfortable ride.
 

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One of the last models made in the Framingham, MA plant before closure. They were supposed to get the Dustbuster minivans but powerful hack local (town) officials killed it and the plant closed when the model retired. They lost a lot of jobs because of that. Could you imagine the uproar today if a DPW head prevented the expansion of the city's largest employer causing them to close the plant, because he want to keep the land for his new DPW depot. It was a sad day for UAW here, lot of people lost their jobs. Back then it seemed like everybody had a Celebtiry, Cutlass Ciera or a 6000 around here.
 
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