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Angrybird 12 06-15-2012 03:40 PM

Angrybird's Journal 06/15/2012 until ?????
 
Tomorrow my wife and I are starting out on what will be Bumblebees last ride. We are heading up to Michigan, 580 miles, where we have made a deal with Becky D. Of Rodgers Chevrolet. She has been great to work with and we are looking forward to meeting her.
Monday morning we will be picking up Angrybird, a 2012 Victory Red 1LT convertible. This thread will document our journey through experiences and pictures.
Just to start I have enjoyed having Bumblebee these last 2 1/2 years. Only one trip back to the dealer for warranty work. A couple trips to the beach, 4 trips to the Tail of the Dragon, 2 trips to Atlanta. Every one of the 27,000 permagrin miles have been great.
End of part 1.

garcmol 06-15-2012 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Skyman 08 (Post 5133073)
Tomorrow my wife and I are starting out on what will be Bumblebees last ride. We are heading up to Michigan, 580 miles, where we have made a deal with Becky D. Of Rodgers Chevrolet. She has been great to work with and we are looking forward to meeting her.
Monday morning we will be picking up Big Red, a 2012 Victory Red 1LT convertible. This thread will document our journey through experiences and pictures.
Just to start I have enjoyed having Bumblebee these last 2 1/2 years. Only one trip back to the dealer for warranty work. A couple trips to the beach, 4 trips to the Tail of the Dragon, 2 trips to Atlanta. Every one of the 27,000 permagrin miles have been great.
End of part 1.

Kind of bittersweet? By that I mean, such a great car and replacing it with.... a great car.

Have fun, be safe in your travels and ride home with the top down! Congrats!:w00t:

menendez1293 06-15-2012 04:04 PM

If its not to personal and don't mind me asking what did you get for your bumble bee?

Angrybird 12 06-15-2012 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by menendez1293 (Post 5133210)
If its not to personal and don't mind me asking what did you get for your bumble bee?

Let's just say it was $3,000 more than I was offered around here.

Monchy36 06-15-2012 04:10 PM

I don't think is any of my business...:yikes: but may i ask why V6 for V6? (normally is V6 for V8) and 1LT instead of 2LT?
Congrats!!! Looking foward to joing you on this trip from C5!!!:thumbup:

Angrybird 12 06-15-2012 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by garcmol (Post 5133203)
Kind of bittersweet? By that I mean, such a great car and replacing it with.... a great car.

Have fun, be safe in your travels and ride home with the top down! Congrats!:w00t:

Thanks, and yes it is bittersweet, but ever since I sold my Sky we have wanted another convertible. If they had made convertibles in 2010 we would have gotten one.
I would like to travel back through Indiana and stop at the speedway museum in Indianapolis, then down to bowling green ky to see the Corvette museum and tour the Corvette plant before heading home.

Angrybird 12 06-15-2012 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Monchy36 (Post 5133233)
I don't think is any of my business...:yikes: but may i ask why V6 for V6? (normally is V6 for V8) and 1LT instead of 2LT?
Congrats!!! Looking foward to joing you on this trip from C5!!!:thumbup:

The only upgrade we got was the C&C package, plus it comes with the rear sensors and camera. Other than that we were very happy with the V6 and the 1LT.

garcmol 06-15-2012 04:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Skyman 08 (Post 5133252)
Thanks, and yes it is bittersweet, but ever since I sold my Sky we have wanted another convertible. If they had made convertibles in 2010 we would have gotten one.
I would like to travel back through Indiana and stop at the speedway museum in Indianapolis, then down to bowling green ky to see the Corvette museum and tour the Corvette plant before heading home.

I understand that. My wife wanted a Pontiac Solstice and was just devestated with the demise of Pontiac. I still want to get her one, they're just hard to find.

Your trip home is pretty much the route I'm taking to the fest!! Have fun!

Angrybird 12 06-16-2012 06:10 PM

June 16th 2012
 
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we left the house this morning about 10:45, the wife had left her car keys at her Moms the day before so first we had to run by there to get them. We decided to go the long way down I-81 to Knoxville then up I-75. About a mile before we got to the I-81/I-40 split road construction held us up for about 30 minutes. not a good start ugh.
We then made our way through Tennessee and into Kentucky. We stopped a couple times at rest areas to use the facilities and eat a snack. after we got past Lexington and headed towards Cincinatti we decided to stop about 20 miles from Cincinatti to eat supper at a Steak and Shake, we also filled up with gas, averaging 29.4 MPG. We then got a room at a Holiday Inn Express in Richwood, KY. This is where we are now.
Here are a few pictures my wife took along the way today.
End of part 2.

Angrybird 12 06-17-2012 02:25 PM

June 17th
 
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Left the hotel about 9 this morning and headed north through Cincinati, Dayton, Toledo, and then to Woodhaven on the outskirts of Detroit. We ran into and out of rain showers for the last 100 miles. We drove by the dealership nd then stopped in at the Walmart across the street to pick up a few items. We then came over to the hotel and checked in. we are now waiting until around 4 to go to Applebees for Supper. Thanks again to becky for arranging our room and meal.
here are some pics from today.
End part 3

Lgndryhr 06-17-2012 09:57 PM

Sounds like an awesome, but bitter sweet trip. I was almost able to do business with Becky myself, but some finances fell through so going to wait on my upgrade to a SS. Hope to either do business with my local salesman I've been doing business with or Becky! Keep updating this thread. It's fun to read and see the pics.

Angrybird 12 06-18-2012 06:03 PM

June 18th THE DAY OF THE TRADE!
 
Well we got up this morning to a bright and sunny day just right for breaking in a new Convertible. We ate breakfast at the hotel waiting for 9AM to get here.. around 9 AM we packed our bags and headed over to Rodgers Chevrolet and met Becky the Sales Manager the Body Shop manager and the lady in the parts department. We inspected the car which looked fantastic. top was tight and no marks at all. Becky showed us how to lower the top and install the toneau cover. We then went inside and completed all the paperwork and signed over our car :( . We then swapped out stuff over to our new Red Camaro which we have decided to Nickname Angry Bird. Took pictures of both cars together and the sales manager took several of our car and us with the new car and with both cars.
We then finished setting up our Onstar and got the directions to Indianapolis In. We left and drove down to where we are staying just outside of Indianapolis. About 250 miles of driving.
Our impressions of the car so far.
I have not one thing negative to say so far. t has run flawlessly, we have raised and lowered the top 3 times so far and all seems well, no rubmarks or wrinkles showing. We love the improvement in the 2012 over the 2010, the larger paddle shifters are easier to operate. the backup sensors and camera are great features. The new door lock buttons on the doors are also a plus. The Steering wheel is a good change, not great but it is an improvement. As I told Becky it proves that the decisionmakers are listening to owners as they post complaints on the various forums and one by one fix them. now they cannot please everyone but the major headache areas they seem to concentrate on.
I cannot seem to get my Ipod connected to the internet here so our pictures I will have to post later.
In Conclusion If you are thinking of buying a new Chevy you cannot find a better Salesperson than Becky Doyle, and no better dealer than Rogers Chevrolet. I highly recommend them to everyone.
End of part 4.

Angrybird 12 06-19-2012 06:02 PM

June 19th, Indy museum and Corvette museum
 
Today was a busy day, we left about 8:30 this morning and drove to the Indy 500 Hall of Fame Museum about 30 miles from where we spent the night. We checked out all the cars there and then I pulled the Camaro up in front of the building where my wife took pictures.
We then proceeded to drive down to Bowling Green Ky to the National Corvette Museum. If you have never been it should be on your must see list. We were to late for today's Corvette plant tour and was disappointed we could not go on it. When we left the museum I drove in front of the old entrence and the wife took more pics of the car.
We are now in Franklin Ky spending the night, pictures will be posted of yesterday's and today's travels when I can get to my wife's laptop (She is playing FarmVille right now).
End of part 5.

Angrybird 12 06-19-2012 07:32 PM

pics from yesterday and today
 
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here are a few pictures from the trade of the two cars together and from today at the two museums.

Angrybird 12 06-20-2012 06:30 PM

June 20th
 
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Today was a 2 stop day. After we left the hotel we traveled down to Nashville to the Antique Archeology store from the show American Pickers on the History Channel, it is located in the old Marathon Motor Works Building where they made cars in Nashville at the turn of the century. We then went to the Opry Mills Mall and shopped for a couple hours. We left and put the top down. About 5 miles down the road the temp shot up to 99 on the car thermometer and you could feel every degree of it. I pulled over and put the top up and we continued to tonights stopover.
Tomorrow the final leg of the journey. Distance traveled 615 miles in Bumblebee and 730 miles in AngryBird, with about 170 miles to go.
End of part 6.

Angrybird 12 06-21-2012 02:43 PM

June 21st, Finally home!
 
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This morning was a overcast morning around 80 degrees out when we left the Hotel In Crossville Tn. We then traveled the final Leg of our Journey 160 Miles home. We were so glad to get home. After unloading the car we rested for a little while and I decided to do my first Mods to our new Car. Here is a few pics of our car after we got hom and the Mods I just completed.
Thanks everyone for folowing our adventure!!

This is not the end it is Just the Beginning For Angry Bird!

Angrybird 12 07-29-2012 03:29 PM

3700 mile report!
 
After one month and two weeks we are loving this car! It is everything we hoped for. Absolutely not one issue with the car.
My mod list is growing but slowly and all are cosmetic. I have added hood and trunk stripes, painted the engine cover and put an Angry Birds emblem on it, added Emblempros type 2 polished Gill trim and black pinstripe, I have also installed a set of the GM Quarter Flares.
So far no issues with the top other than minor rub marks and we have cycled the top at least 110 times, I can live with those.
Every time we go out in it with the top down we get so many comments about what a beautiful car it is.
I can hardly wait for our beach trip later this year.

SteelCamaro 07-29-2012 04:22 PM

Looks cool. Really awesome car you have! :thumbsup:

Angrybird 12 07-29-2012 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by SteelCamaro (Post 5362781)
Looks cool. Really awesome car you have! :thumbsup:

Thanks, I have to say I feel this is definitely the most beautiful car I have ever owned and one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

Angrybird 12 08-07-2012 02:31 PM

4,000 mile and 8 week update
 
Angrybird just turned over 4,000 miles today. My latest mod was adding my RX catchcan. So far, as last report no issues to date. The car is performing flawlessly. The only thing I feel should be better is Gas mileage. I am averaging about 18 in the city and 27 on the highway. My 2010 would get19 city and 31 on the highway. Must be the extra weight and drag the Vert has.
We had some torrential rainfalls the last couple weeks, in fact Saturday the entire downtown was flooded and water came to within 4" of getting in our house. I was worried with all the problems people report with water entering their car that ours would be flooded. So far it has remained dry.

Well my next report will be in another 4 weeks or 1000 miles. Everyone keep smiling and driving your Camaro!

Angrybird 12 09-06-2012 01:53 PM

12 week 5,000 mile update
 
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Another thousand miles under our belt. Since my last update I have gotten the oil changed, a TSB done on the weatherstrip poking out on the side at her point where the top and side panel meet. And they replaced my air box that they discovered had one of the locking tabs missing. I have since discovered I have the dash bubbling issue others have had but I am not going to get it fixed until I hear there is a new piece for it that will not happen again.
Yesterday I added a VMax ported throttle body and it really livens up the throttle response. I recommend getting one to anyone with the LFX. I did notice that before the installation my Gas mileage had improved to around 29 on the highway.
No other top issues since last report other than the weather strip deal, we have now cycled the top over 200 times.
Overall we are still very very happy with AngryBird.
Next report at 6,000 miles.

Here are a few of the pics I took last weekend

DwRed1LTV6 09-06-2012 03:03 PM

Nice journey so far , happy your
having good luck with your
"Angry Bird "
i like the car looks great ! ! !!

thespymaster 09-06-2012 03:12 PM

Congrats on your new ULTRA GRIN.........and Becky D and the Rodgers Chevrolet crew top notch people to buy your Bowties from

Angrybird 12 09-06-2012 03:22 PM

Thanks guys, I feel so fortunate and blessed to have this car, I try to keep Becky up to date with the car too.
We may want to sell our Tracker and get a Spark in a couple years. But I won't buy one until they move production over here.

Angrybird 12 10-13-2012 07:36 PM

6000 mile report
 
After 6000 miles I still look for excuses to get out and drive this beauty. The weather is getting cooler and today was the first time this week it was warm enough to put the top down.
Anyway the Top is still operating flawlessly and no wear is apparent. Overall MPG is 20.3 with the highest I have seen is 29.4.
I am still completely happy with how our car has performed.
I emptied my Catch can the other day and after 2,000 miles I got about 2 ounces of oil out of it. I feel they are a good investment.
Have a great evening everyone and get out and drive your Camaros, your car will love you for it and you will love your car...


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