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1982 Corvette
Drivetrain choices unfortunately hit a new low in 1982. Basically there were no choices. Only one engine was possible: 350 cu. in., 200 hp. Mated to it was a four speed automatic transmission new that year to Corvettes. It featured a new fuel saving torque convertor clutch in gears two three and four. A manual transmission was not available. California Corvettes were the same as those sold elsewhere.
The 1982 Corvette engine bay did offer a glimpse into the future. A new fuel delivery system called "Cross-Fire Injection" made it's debut. Sometimes called "Throttle Body Injection", it can be thought of as a combination of a carburetor and fuel injection. The new system enabled the engine to be rated at 200 hp and still satisfied the increasingly stringent anti-smog regulations. A new electrical fuel pump integral to the gas tank was part of the system. Click here for a system overview diagram.
1982 Corvette engine
1982 Corvette cross fire injection signal
"Cross-Fire Injection" emblem as featured on the front fender of 1982 Corvettes.

1982 Corvette rear suspension
First available in 1981 automatic transmission Corvettes, a new weight saving and performance enhancing fiberglass leaf spring was part of the rear suspension in all 1982 Corvettes.
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Comments (48)

differencese beside the engine
hi I am planning to bay a C3 corvette and I wont to know is there any difference beside the engine between 1982 , 1981 and 1980 . thankyou
#1 - rayan - 04/11/2011 - 19:31
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Go to http://www.web-cars.com/corvette/spotters_guide-12.php for more details on the exterior differences between the 1980, '81 and '82 Corvettes
#2 - Paul - 04/12/2011 - 01:09
DIrector RJ FM
Interesting car
#3 - Jazzy - 05/18/2011 - 02:26
1982 Chevrolet Corvette w/Cross Fire Injection
I am strongly considering buying this car but hearing bad reviews about the Cross Fire Injection System.The car is in very good shape and some friends don't recommend it,why?
#4 - Bobby - 06/27/2011 - 22:58
1982 Vette "Cross-fire" or double-cross!?
Havimg owned AND modidied this car I can offer the pro's and con's. Pro, Small block chevy, perhaps the most popular v-8 EVER. Modified with a jump in rear gearing from the stock 2.72's to a set of 3.73's helped the anemic accelleration with little loss in mileage as the 4-speed auto dropped that to a fuel stingy 2.60 in 4th gear. However the 210*/216* camshaft I had installed did cut into the mileage some. Long tube headers, modified injector/carbs got the cfm rating near 600cfm. The stock air cleaner was dissambled to reveal 2 cleaners that I had chromed and with K&N filters breathing was enhanced some. 10:1 compression pistons required premium fuel but again performance was increased. A few other mods made performance respectable though far from competitive. I would buy another as I am sure performance could be increased especially with a change to a 400c.i. motor with a carburator along the lines of an 850CFM Q-jet, good for mileage and performance. Good Luck, mark
#5 - Mark Swietoniowski - 08/25/2011 - 19:16
Hi Mark.
How did you remove the air cleaner spot welds from the top assembly?
You can email me
Butchnn @ yahoo.com
#6 - Butch - 10/04/2011 - 11:49
1982 cross fire injection all original with 111k miles
I am thinking of purchasing a 82' corvette with 111,000k miles. Is this a lot of miles for this purchase?? its costing about 10,900k. Give me any insight, thanks.
#7 - john - 11/02/2011 - 15:04
thinking of purchasing a 82 Corvette
111,000 miles would actually be considered low miles on a 29 year old car. Average is 12,000 miles a year, which would be well over 300,00 miles in this case. But $10,900 sounds high. Everything about the car, such as condition, documentation, options etc. would have to be excellent for it to be worth that much.
#8 - WebCars! Webmaster - 11/02/2011 - 22:15
1982 Crossfire Silver over Claret 64k for $12,000
What is your thought on the future resale value of the color combo?
#9 - Edmund Kaminski - 11/08/2011 - 10:52
1982 Corvette
Hello I'M having fuel problems on the cross- fire injection. No fuel going to the engine. Could that be any thing other than a bad pump inside the gas tank?? Is there a fuel filter somewhere ? Is it recomended to slap the tank with a rubber hammer?
Thanks C Chandler
#10 - Chevy Chandler - 11/14/2011 - 17:05
1982 Corvette RE:
Your fuel issue may be the pump and is easily replaced going through the top of the tank/gas door. 8 bolts, pull tank unit out, replace pump. There is a fuel filter on the pass frame rail near the front of the car. Replace it first. If you have a check engine light ON, find the issue before proceeding. Good Luck!
#11 - Tom - 11/26/2011 - 16:34
82' Vette
I have an 82’ with 101, 300 miles. I have a few oil leaks around the engine. I had most of the seals replace but it still leaks. Would you suggest get the engine rebuilt or would you replace it with a new one (I would love to have more power)!!! It still runs great. I’m looking for a long term solution.
#12 - K Bee - 12/10/2011 - 02:14
82' Vette
I have an 82’ with 101, 300 miles. I have a few oil leaks around the engine. I had most of the seals replace but it still leaks. Would you suggest get the engine rebuilt or would you replace it with a new one (I would love to have more power)!!! It still runs great. I’m looking for a long term solution.
#13 - K Bee - 12/10/2011 - 02:15
quit badmouthing the 82 lol
The 82 with crossfire injection wasnt built particularly for speed so one must understand that. It boasts a little more than 200 hp......there were only 25400 of them produced in 1982 and who knows how many are left on the streets. These cars are collectors for 3 main reasons...1. they were the final year of the shark bodystyle..2. There were only a little more than 25000 produced..3. the 82 corvette introduced the crossfire injection........the engine is a fine running engine its just not made for the strip, and they are very beautiful cars
#14 - tim - 01/07/2012 - 05:45
fibertglass ?'s
I just purchased "82" corvette for $2800.00 it has sever front end damage, only from the front of the wheel wells forward. Is thier a partial front clip available? The car runs great with minor cosmeics needed. Was my purchasing a fair price? You can contactme at my e-mail address. Thanks
#15 - daniel - 02/06/2012 - 19:44
I have one of these that I just got last week as a 30th birthday present. The car and I are the same age only I carry more miles than her. She has less than 27,000 original miles. Beautiful car. Collected and garaged. I'm just Lucky. She will continue to be garaged and driven on special occasions
to keep her healthy.
Lovin' My Vet
#16 - Just Jac - 02/13/2012 - 17:17
I'm interested in buying a 1982 Vette. The owner took out the original motor and put in a 350ci/350hp. My question is: Did that improve or hurt the performance of the car? Thank You
#17 - Chris Butchikas - 02/19/2012 - 20:53
Real Vett
I own a 1982 that i purchased from a friend the car look fantastic rode good but after 30 years and 128000 thousand miles it needed some repairs the body had never been wrecked but the suspension front and rear needed rebuilding, the motor had been replaced before i baught it the original block had been replaced break the matching numbers so here goes the good part the cross fire system was replaced with a Edelbrock manifole and 600 Hollie which inhansed the performance and did not really hurt the milage. the suspension has all polyurithane bushings the rear control arms was rebuilt by Ecklers corvette the front suspension system i did in my garage their are a tremendus number of dealers that specialize in c3 parts.
#18 - Norman - 02/28/2012 - 14:16
1982 Vette with 14,000 original miles
Any idea what a red on red 1982 Vette with T-top and all the options is worth?
14,000 actual miles.
The only thing not original on the vehicle is the wheels.
#19 - Steve - 03/22/2012 - 18:42
RE: 1982 Vette with 14,000 original miles
1982 Corvettes are not highly sought after by collectors. They go for $8,000 if really nice. WIth such low miles you might get $10k to $12k absolute tops.
#20 - Paul - 03/23/2012 - 01:22
I have an 82 Crossfire for sale. All original -Solid silver body in very good condition. Interior is decent - but original. Less than 130k miles.
#21 - Jim - 03/25/2012 - 14:47
i have an 82 vette. I cant get the car running and it will not shift into nuetral. is this something elecrical?
#22 - dave jr - 03/28/2012 - 22:06
82 black corvette
I own a 1982 corvette with 44,000 miles , Am having problems with engine dying after 10 or so minutes car start stalling the check engine light comes on and the engine stops ,I have changed the distributor cap and rotor , ignition module ,it got a little better but still dyes after a little while, any body could advise something I can do
#23 - Jose Guerra - 04/11/2012 - 17:09
Maybe the fuel filter is collapsing in - replace it.
#24 - Michael Skiba - 05/24/2012 - 14:11
82 crossfire
Thinking of buying 82 crossfire 71,oook miles...bucket seats in bad shape car runs good..Owner is asking $7500 but i can make him an offer...what do you think?
#25 - john ace - 06/09/2012 - 15:37
head lights
I have a 1982 just purcchased I'm wanting to know how to lower the headlights with out the vac hooked up.someone said there is a knob? any ideas? thanks john
#26 - john harris - 06/12/2012 - 11:43
82 corvette
I have an 82 cross fire for sale 69,700 original miles. Anyone interested contact me by e-mail donk@albarell.com.
#27 - Don Keim - 07/11/2012 - 14:28
I have a mint 82 with 40000 on it is it going to ever be worth anything?
#28 - Pete Lindsay - 07/11/2012 - 22:38
82 corvette collectors edition
what does this mean? collector edition?
#29 - BOB EKLUND - 08/10/2012 - 22:00
check engine light on a 1982 corvett
where is it located on the dash. want to make sure bulb isn't burnt out but don't know where to check
#30 - John Templeton - 11/05/2012 - 01:15
check engine light on a 1982 corvett
where is it located on the dash. want to make sure bulb isn't burnt out but don't know where to check
#31 - John Templeton - 11/05/2012 - 01:21
check engine light on a 1982 corvett
where is it located on the dash. want to make sure bulb isn't burnt out but don't know where to check
#32 - John Templeton - 11/05/2012 - 01:28
Re: to the left of the temperature gauge, the bottom square of the small rectangle.
#33 - John Kardis - 11/05/2012 - 17:46
I am looking at a 1982 vette with 95,000 miles. The car has been sitting for 2 years outside under a cover. Is there anything I should do before starting the car up ?
#34 - Mike - 11/13/2012 - 12:22
Hey everyone! Just have a question about my dad's 82 Corvette. He does not know too much about older vehicles, and unfortunately, he decided to hose down the engine (thinking he was doing something nice). Well, the car no longer runs. It sounds like something is flooded, and I have no idea what to do. Any ideas? Tips? Anything please...my dad is loosing sleep over this! Thank you and God bless.
#35 - Sarah - 12/09/2012 - 16:10
Excuse me...

*losing sleep over this.
#36 - Sarah - 12/09/2012 - 16:11
82 Corvette Won't start
You didn't give us much information. Does it turn over but not start? Look it all over very carefully, are there any wires loose as the result of the cleaning? Was the hose pressure strong, possibly jarring something loose? Did you close off the air intake to prevent water from getting in? If not I would remove the air cleaners and make sure they are very dry. Don't lose sleep over it, it is unlikely you did anything that bad.
#37 - Paul - 12/09/2012 - 19:29
Hello I have a 1982 vett that has gold emblems all the way around and gold door lock knobs Im wondering if these are original or if they were plated during the gold plating fad of the 90s.
#38 - Noel L - 12/26/2012 - 23:53
I can tell you with a fair amount of certainty that your gold emblems are not original.
#39 - Paul - 12/27/2012 - 13:23
#40 - jodi ouellette - 03/09/2013 - 22:18
corvette 72 to 82
I want to buy a corvette old model from 72 to 82 in good condition and low actual miles and all original from the owner directly
#41 - omar - 03/16/2013 - 13:24
Corvette seats question
Do all 1982 Corvettes have electric seats?
#42 - Thomas Murphy - 04/25/2013 - 16:09
#43 - vince - 06/04/2013 - 22:56
300k + and still going.
Heard ALOT of smack about this Cross-Fire. However take care of the car and it'll take care of you! 2nd owner since 1986 and still on the original intake. 20 mpg highway and a body design that gets better with age. Highly recommend to study the engine/get the REAL chevy manual for this car off EBAY. Once you get your arms around how the Cross-Fire works, ou can tune and maintain yourself. Think of it like a Swiss watch. Once it's dailed in, you are fine. (Go with the '85 fuel pump and 13 lbs of fuel pressure to the injectors.) Have fun!
#44 - Ironmoo - 08/09/2013 - 04:19
I Could Not Love a Car More
The `82 Coupe is both, the last and the epitome of the C3 generation. Forget that it didn't have the road ripping horsepower of the 60's and early 70's C3's or ability for enthusiasts to heavily modify because of its computer - I admire the high-horsepower generations, but have no use for them as a newbie 50-something as we collectively all voted for federal emissions improvements and better MPG - and, the `82 delivered on the mandate. The Crossfire runs extremely well with basic maintenance and was the undisputed fastest US production car in it's time and with the most advanced technology of the day ..and the most desirable creature comforts that compare with today's vehicles. So, it was the last of the "tired?" C3 generation and GM planners more than made up for it in quality and goodies. And, remember that it weighed only 3400 lbs. after it's stem-to-stern vehicle streamlining as ordered by their new chief program engineer, Dave McLellan. He knew the C4 was coming and stretched/directed his team to hone their lean/best in class engineering strategies on the final run of the legendary C3 in preparation for the C4. Combine everything with with the truly drop-dead gorgeous design, reliability and relative scarcity of the 1982 Corvette and you have a real winner on your hands that will eventually receive it's due once this is realized/respected. If I won the lottery, I would have one of every C2 and C3 (not C4, sorry) that were produced. Each one has special attributes that are that good. But, if I had to choose just one C3 representative, after a lot of research and enjoyment of the best the C3 legally (EPA) has to offer, it would have to be the 1982 model - every effort was made by GM to make it the finest of the series on the design board and at the state-of-the-art Bowling Green plant - from new paint techniques to electronics - and I think that they succeeded. At least they positively did with our red baby. Dave
#45 - vwede - 11/26/2013 - 23:29
I'm looking at a 1982 Corvette with about 45000 miles or 750000 km original paint which is still in good shape with a few minor chips here and there and a little paint missing on the front point in the front. The inside is in very nice shape, it has new rubber on the t top and doors and a new starter it is evaluated at $13.000 but would let it go for $11.500 is this a god price?
#46 - Terry - 04/06/2014 - 12:49
RE: looking at a 1982 Corvette
Hard to know for sure based on the info. If all else checks out and there aren't any serious issues, it could be OK. It does sound like it is at the top of the price range tho. The miles seem low for a 32 year old car, less than 1,500 per year, so I would double check and confirm that if possible.
#47 - Paul - 04/07/2014 - 01:49
What to look for
What are the most common things to look for in the 1982 Corvette as far as defects or problems go
#48 - Terry - 04/07/2014 - 22:00
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