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SSinisterLS3 07-09-2013 05:06 PM

Another SS gone and why
 
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After much deliberation, I decided to get rid of my beloved “green mile.” My 2011 2SS/RS LS3 just had to go. I’ve been asked at work why I got rid of it. The reasons are simple, unaddressed, and repetitive. So, as I was asked one hour ago, name 3 reasons you got rid of it. Here goes. I believe everyone should give a car like this respect when it is let go. I will, but feel others need to know why.

The number one reason why I got rid of it is the paint. Every wash. I MEAN EVERY WASH, there was another place flaking/chipping/peeling and scratching. I went to try to switch to a high rise spoiler. COULDN’T! Know why? The ENTIRE underside of my spoiler had peeled off. Yup. Down to the metal. Wow. Someone forked out 40 grand for this when they bought it. I only paid 26 out the door used. If I was the guy who paid 40, I would be tossing stuff around my front porch and constantly on the phone with GM. The paint absolutely ruins this car. It was designed to look good, and without paint, nothing looks good. Moving on.


Number two. Popularity. Down here in Texas, these things are like ants. I put green stripes on my black car just to try to look different. Well, it worked….for a little while. Then I realized that is why there are so many modded ones. This is a car you keep buying things for to TRY to make yourself happy. It works for a little while, then the car is just….boring again. There was a professional review that docked the Camaro because the style is its biggest asset, but biggest enemy. You buy one to stand out. When there are so many that you don’t stand out, you are left with a mediocre performing car that should be doing better for what it is. I didn’t say that, a professional did.


Number three is the people. Every Camaro owner I see on the street DOES NOT WAVE. They do not do anything except hammer it, and start weaving through traffic at 100 plus, hoping you will chase them. Umm, no. Go ahead. I can’t count how many times that has happened, and next time I see them is on the shoulder. Red and blues. Then we get to read about it on here about how the cop was a douche, the driver is innocent, and lots of people chime in about money (like cops work on commission or something). Car shows are the exact same. “Why didn’t you buy a ZL1?” Is all I heard. Hmm, let’s not get into that argument, because we all know how much I hate the ZL1.

It’s not being biased when you own one and are experiencing the same setup, just less. The crowd is just stupid. At a raceway, my brother took his 03 Cobra against one. The guy red lighted just to TRY to get ahead, and STILL lost by 3 cars. That happened a lot that night, and embarrassed me. People red light just to look cool going down the track, which, we experienced racers, are laughing at you on the inside. Just because you take pics of your GTECH telling you you went 12.5 does not mean you went 12.5.
So.

Final thought. The Camaro is overpriced. 66,000 for a ZL1 coupe? A ZL1 couldn't touch this vette, or really, a majority of them which are incentived to less! REALLY? You HAVE to be kidding me GM. I’ve been screwed before, but at least they have a truck called a Ram so I was ready for it. My Dodge caliber had better paint quality than the Camaro. My 2000 Z28 is STILL shining. See it all the time. So they put restrictions on you. Wahhh. Cry me a river. If I gave you billions, I’d put restrictions on how you make paint too.

Onto the real spot light. After looking around at all cars, I wound up with the ONLY car that GM has created that has always worked. You have to go to Britain to find a bad review on it. I went with this Corvette. Just to prove my point, this is a 2007. Looks like it just rolled out the show room. Not even a SCRATCH on this thing. Seriously, I looked for thirty minutes straight. Wasn’t the vette….painted….with the same….paint as the Camaro? When is the last time you saw a vette peeling two years after being made? Umm, never. It’s called ATTENTION to detail. The Camaro is being rushed out because of the high demand, and the consumers are paying the price. It was either this or a viper RT/10 since I found this baby for a steal. My insurance DROPPED 46 bucks A MONTH on this. REALLY? I love it. It looks better, its faster, cleaner, and draws more attention. Not to mention, I have seen multiple corvettes on the road ranging from early 90s to brand new grand sports. ALL…..have waved back. Every one of them. I even went to a corvette meet…on accident…on my patrol bike. I just so happened to drop in for a minute. More of an older crowd, but all very nice, and even offered me gatorades while I was out riding. It’s a great car that Chevrolet got right. The weight difference is crazy from the vette to the Camaro. I feel like my Camaro was crawling in comparison to the corvette. I’m still a GM guy at heart, and this corvette is proof of why. This is an absolutely stunning car, and I am very happy with it. I even have it inside of the garage since the Camaro….slept outside since the paint sucked anyway. The corvette is beautiful. There truly is an *** for every seat, but this one is mine. I was very disappointed with the Camaro and hope the next generation is better. Right now as it sits, I pay the same for this 07 vette (per month, insurance included) than I was for my SS. The vette just turned 30k miles also. My Camaro had 38k. So, officially, I say adios, sayanora, and let the fleur de lis fly proudly.

Rhyder 07-09-2013 05:10 PM

congrats on the vet......

fcatch76 07-09-2013 05:13 PM

40k or 26k, it shouldn't matter, if the paint was bad on mine GM would know about it.

walky35 07-09-2013 05:15 PM

congrats to u on what makes u happy. but cant say iv experienced any of that with my SS.

bigd1276 07-09-2013 05:18 PM

Nice Vette. Don't know if other Vette owners will wave at you either but nice upgrade.

solo40oz 07-09-2013 05:18 PM

mmmkay

SSDan 07-09-2013 05:20 PM

Enjoy the vette which by the way looks like every other vette out there. No exclusivity there if that is what you are after. :iono:

BluePhoenix 07-09-2013 05:21 PM

Valid reasons why someone would want to get rid of their Camaro, and to each their own because every person is different. Congrats on the C6 purchase!!

SSinisterLS3 07-09-2013 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by bigd1276 (Post 6768325)
Nice Vette. Don't know if other Vette owners will wave at you either but nice upgrade.

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Originally Posted by SSinisterLS3 (Post 6768280)
Not to mention, I have seen multiple corvettes on the road ranging from early 90s to brand new grand sports. ALL…..have waved back. Every one of them..

:noidea:


Thanks to the positive responses so far. Awaiting an attempted ZL1 nut drop.....

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Originally Posted by SSDan (Post 6768335)
Enjoy the vette which by the way looks like every other vette out there. No exclusivity there if that is what you are after. :iono:

Red with black top, beige interior. NEVER seen one like that. Also, 40,000 camaros made last year. 11,000 vettes. 10,000 in 11. 11,000 in 10. The past three years haven't come close to how many camaros were sold just THIS PAST YEAR.

suzook 07-09-2013 05:30 PM

Good luck with the same paint on the vette!

Glen e 07-09-2013 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by walky35 (Post 6768316)
congrats to u on what makes u happy. but cant say iv experienced any of that with my SS.

A 2015 or 16 Vette is my next car, but I agree with this...., I've never experienced any of those reasons...really, it's important that people wave?

wow...

MikeMoach 07-09-2013 05:33 PM

Did you really say a reason you got rid of the car was cause another camaro owner did not wave to you??

Congrats on the vette but man that's a strange top 3 reason can't help but scratch my head

Brettzel 07-09-2013 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by SSDan (Post 6768335)
Enjoy the vette which by the way looks like every other vette out there. No exclusivity there if that is what you are after. :iono:


It doesnt look the same. It has that hood. Too bad the hood is an abomination. Looks horribly stupid imo, but to each their own. At least it is painted well, right?

SSinisterLS3 07-09-2013 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by suzook (Post 6768367)
Good luck with the same paint on the vette!

Six years old, and not a scratch. No dings to worry about. Fiber glass for the win!!!!

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Originally Posted by MikeMoach (Post 6768380)
Did you really say a reason you got rid of the car was cause another camaro owner did not wave to you??

That is only a small part of the big point I was making there....but I guess it's cool to slice it like a pizza....and eat just one piece.....

Brettzel 07-09-2013 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by SSinisterLS3 (Post 6768388)
Fiber glass for the win!!!!

Until you hit something. Lol

suzook 07-09-2013 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by SSinisterLS3 (Post 6768388)
Six years old, and not a scratch. No dings to worry about. Fiber glass for the win!!!!

I agree about the fiberglass...no dings is a big plus.

MYDLIFECRISIS 07-09-2013 05:39 PM

I'm glad you got behind a steering wheel that makes you happy! As for my SS, yeah, the paint isn't 100% perfect, and yeah, I was a bit upset at first, but I tell you what, this car looks stunning to all who look at it. Some people buy these cars and expect the quality of a Ferrari. Not saying that's you, but I've heard a lot of frustrated comments on the paint. This being said, good for you for doing what makes you truly happy. Me, I did the same...I bought the Camaro I wanted!

LuSe4 07-09-2013 05:39 PM

Um, ok. See ya.

MikeMoach 07-09-2013 05:41 PM

Just taking it for what it is man, it's just weird you put that out there after someone started a "no secret wave?" Thread a day or two ago

God bless you got the car you wanted and are happier, so why are you here fighting over something that our opinions don't matter?

SSpartan117 07-09-2013 05:47 PM

Alright, I'll bite.
1. I can't say the paint is excellent, seeing as how I have maybe one or two rock chips, but that is the risk you run when you drive a car on the highway. My folks have German and Japanese cars and if I was to go take a look at them right this instance, I am sure I would find the same thing.
2. Yes, down here in Houston they are nearly a dime a dozen and that does take away some of the special-ness of the Camaro. We don't have much of a winter, so the cars don't "hibernate" which adds to the air of mystique. I however, see the Camaro as a blank canvas for you to express yourself. I don't feel the need to modify to set myself apart. If I wanted a different car that no one else would have, I'd get either something really old, or something that rots on dealer lots along the lines of a Acura ZDX (picked due to the low sales volume, not an actual vehicle I would consider).
3. I haven't had any owner give me a wave either. I used to think that maybe it was because I am in my twenties and maybe they thought it was given to me by my parents. It is not. I am a working professional and as a matter of fact, my parents were vehemently opposed to me getting it. Then I thought maybe it was because I carried myself in a way that maybe made them think I wouldn't be receptive to a compliment? Then I came to the conclusion that some people just see this as a point a to point b car and don't consider it to be special in any way. Whatever the real reason may be, I do not feel the need to get rid of my car because my vehicle choice is not validated by other motorists on the road. Frankly, with how distracted our drivers are here in the US with all the in-car tech and ever increasing popularity of smart phones, I'd rather never receive a wave then have said driver cause an accident due to being focused on trying to get my attention.
I am glad you got a great deal on a 2007 vette with an LS2 V8 with 400hp. You are right it doesn't compare with a ZL1 with a LSA with 580hp and 3rd gen magnetorheological shocks. Don't get me wrong I like vettes, they are just not for me. They are sports cars and our (your former) cars are muscle cars.
Don't fault the Camaro for the actions and words of a few. I am sure some people would ask you why didn't you get a Z06, GS or ZR1. Its your car and you got your car bc that's what you wanted. In closing, enjoy your new car, it sounds like its a better fit for you anyways.

SlingShot 07-09-2013 05:47 PM

Don't really understand if paint was that bad, why someone wouldn't use common sense and have it resolved under warranty.

45th4ken 07-09-2013 05:47 PM

Congratulations on the Vette. Vette once upon a time was my dream car. I think that quality or lack there of will always be an issue. But I feel GMAC has come along way to address customer complaints. As far as the cars culture, I've seen douches in all makes. Pricing is a soar subject. But I agree with you the ZL1 and Z28 are not exactly attainable for the average Camaro owner.

SSinisterLS3 07-09-2013 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Brettzel (Post 6768396)
Until you hit something. Lol

Very true!

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Originally Posted by MYDLIFECRISIS (Post 6768410)
I'm glad you got behind a steering wheel that makes you happy! As for my SS, yeah, the paint isn't 100% perfect, and yeah, I was a bit upset at first, but I tell you what, this car looks stunning to all who look at it. Some people buy these cars and expect the quality of a Ferrari. Not saying that's you, but I've heard a lot of frustrated comments on the paint. This being said, good for you for doing what makes you truly happy. Me, I did the same...I bought the Camaro I wanted!

I didn't expect Ferrari quality. What did me in on the paint was the spoiler. Don't ever.....try to replace it....it will make you cry. I just said, "Never mind, put it back on! PUT IT BACK ON!" Like it was a band aid covering a wound. It does hurt to see a car selling for 40,000 dollars and peeling after two years of sale. That....is ridiculous. I don't see Sonics peeling. I don't see Genesis' peeling. I don't see Civics peeling! In the end you're right, it's all about what YOU want in a car. I wanted that stuff gone.

midnighter 07-09-2013 05:52 PM

It's all good. I wanted that 2010 Corvette Grand Touring 'vert at the dealer the day I bought my Camaro SS in late '09, but it was $70k. Now I am in a position to buy one but find that I am happy with my Camaro SS so....I'll keep it.

Nice Vette.

Chevrolet Customer Svc 07-09-2013 06:00 PM

SSinisterLS3,

Sorry to hear about the Camaro, but congratulations on your Corvette! I hope it brings you much satisfaction! Feel free to message us anytime with concerns and drive safe out there!

All the best,

William R.
Chevrolet Customer Care


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