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kevinw 07-26-2013 08:09 AM

looking at coupe and vert
hello. wanted to get opinions on verts for 2014. any thoughts if there are improvements over 13s? a few 13 verts on the lots here in kansas city area, if i go with coupe, will probably order to get color. my finances allow me to go 2LT coupe, or a 1LT coupe. a couple 13s here are 2LT and rebates are out there. i do NOT want RS package, as dont want summer only tires. this will be daily driver. i keep my cars long time. have had 86 camaro t top, geat car, have 98 firebird t top. have considered verts in past, but shy away with blind spot. the forums on here and fb on vert problems are scary, and the way service/gm treats people is worse. i like the camaro. SS not really an option,due to gas mileage and the tires on those, and again for daily driver. looking at auto too. anyway, i understand Magna makes the tops now, but not in the 2012? thanks for your comments.

JR 1 07-26-2013 09:58 AM

I don't know of any significant changes with the 2014 top, but that's not to say there aren't any. I wouldn't be scared of by the top issues you have heard of. Most people have little or no issues with the top. I did have a fairly common leak on mine, but it was just a misinstalled drain hose. It was quickly and easily fixed. I also had a leak in the trunk due to missing body sealer, but that had nothing to do with the top itself. Again, it was addressed quickly under warranty and that problem is very rare. I have not had my top or water bag replaced and I currently have no wear marks, rub issues, or leaks.

I have a 2012 RS which I drive in winter, but I bought a dedicated set of steel winter wheels and snow tires. Even with different tires the RS rims are very wide in the back and not well suited for snow. My point being you shouldn't feel limited by what tires and wheels come on the car. You can switch them out easy enough. You can pick up a set of 18 inch base Camaro steel wheels for cheap, and tires are much cheaper for that size as well.

RolltideSS 07-26-2013 10:09 AM

The RS package has a lot of great features that are worth having - this is especially true on the 2014s. You can always swap out tires but it is more work to take RS features and put them on a car that doesn't have the RS package

kevinw 07-26-2013 07:50 PM

ok thanks. will take all that into consideration.

kevinw 07-26-2013 10:41 PM

whats all your opion on color for vert tops? black seems to be common, but the beige looks cool, especially with a black car, or red car, or blue. beige may show the dirt more too i guess. seems most camaros i see are black with black top, and no contrast of color. thanks

JR 1 07-27-2013 01:17 AM

The beige may show dirt a little more, but the black shows lint and pollen pretty bad. So both have their drawbacks. I would say get whatever color you like best.

HDRDTD 07-27-2013 08:43 AM

I don't believe the beige top is available anymore unless you find a used car with it.

kevinw 07-27-2013 11:14 PM

I think black and beige are avail in 14 models. seems alot of verts are black with black top. i could get a new 13 2lt vert for about 1500 under invoice with rebates and i have 2200 in gm earnings

Falundir 07-28-2013 02:36 AM

Re: Top - My honest statement to this is buy the car and ignore the top drama. IF you have issues, notify your service department and wait a few years. They are still fumbling their way through the top fixes. No point to make yourself a Guinea pig when you can just wait and get it fixed proper down the road.

I have wind noise, creaking, and rub marks. I am waiting.

kevinw 07-28-2013 02:16 PM

ok thanks falundir. by the time a person reviews all these threads on the problems, it is enouigh to scare anyone away. i want a car that isnt going to spend most of its life in the shop, a new car expecially. if i want that, i can keep the 35K and just put money into my 98 firebird. but given that this will be my daily driver, cold, wet, summer, etc, maybe the coupe is more "practical" , if there is such a thing in a camaro, than a vert. i have had 2 cars with t tops and love the sun, so that is why a vert seems appealing, despite the issues.

kevinw 07-28-2013 05:08 PM

what a difference on camaro vs firebird
wow. got back from dealer and they closed. i been looking for a bit, but i parked my 98 firebird t top next to a camaro coupe and a vert. what a culture shock. my firebird is mostly all glass, the couple has some but mostly steel and the vert mostly all canvas. i guess it just takes adjustment. i have driven both a 2010 LT and SS couple a ways back that were a friends. i didnt seem to have a problem till i made the comparision. maybe i just freakin out. i am 55 and this will be a daily driver. i guess outside mirrors are the key, or if a vert, just keep the top down. lol. have you folks adjusted ok to the vert in rush hour traffic, daily drive in the city ok? i still need to re test drive both cars. looking at 2LT couple in a 2014 probaly, and maybe a 13 vert leftover with the rebates and discounts they have now. thanks.

Falundir 07-28-2013 06:28 PM

You get used to the reduced vision.

The only problem with a vert in traffic is sitting in the sun with no airflow gets VERY hot real quick. I have been tempted to make my own vented seats as a result.

Falundir 07-28-2013 06:30 PM

Another note, if you are going to DD this in KC I would have concerns about how the top can hold up to the salt in the winter.

It is not a vert, but consider a sunroof in the coupe as well. You will lose some headroom however.

eblanchette 07-28-2013 06:58 PM

Nothing beats driving a convertible in summer. period.

classicrockr 07-29-2013 06:55 AM

I've had 3 fabric pieces & 1 complete frame replacement on my top. I still would not trade this car in for the world!Most of the top issues that plagued the early verts have already been fixed via small design changes. And the major thing was that the dealerships did not KNOW HOW to fix the top issues. Now, the main issue you're likely to have is a water drain hose come off from the water management bag; very easily fixed. ANd there are a lot more dealers out there now that finally know what they're doing as far as working on the top goes.

Go for the vert - after 2 years I still have people staring at my car at a light & then still sitting on the line staring when the light changes & I'm already gone!

Jonster 07-29-2013 10:03 AM


Originally Posted by eblanchette (Post 6831398)
Nothing beats driving a convertible in summer. period.


JR 1 07-29-2013 10:55 AM


Originally Posted by eblanchette (Post 6831398)
Nothing beats driving a convertible in summer. period.


kevinw 07-29-2013 07:59 PM

classicrocker. thanks. i am looking at both coupe and verts now. maybe after a couple years, the 13 and 14 are better. my finances allow for a 2LT coupe, or a 1LT vert, both 2014. if i could get a deal on a 13 2LT vert, i would consider with rebates now. verts seem fun. i have had a camaro with t tops, and now have firebird with t tops. love the air, but t tops, while a hassle, dont leak or tear or have bag and bows. the blind spots are something too. i am 55. this will be a daily driver, except for snow and ice. and i keep my cars a long time. i not impressed with cheap easily scratched doors, and i dont want summer only tires, RS package. just 19. but verts seem like fun, and my gf has owned a vert all her life too. has a sebring now. thanks

kevinw 07-29-2013 08:04 PM

i found a couple black verts, 2013 for sale. both 2 LT and black and priced below invoice with 1500 rebates from GM. guess as we go into Fall, maybe the deals get better too?

Falundir 07-30-2013 01:28 AM


Originally Posted by kevinw (Post 6835661)
i found a couple black verts, 2013 for sale. both 2 LT and black and priced below invoice with 1500 rebates from GM. guess as we go into Fall, maybe the deals get better too?

Buy a vert with snow on the ground. They will literally beg you to take it off the lot.

kevinw 07-30-2013 07:04 AM

The only problem with buying vert in winter is not many on lot and then u settle on color or options too.but they are seasonal like boats

Dznyfn 08-04-2013 10:21 PM

Get the vert. I will take possession of a 2013 Crystal Red Tint 1SS with a black top this week and what am I trading for it.... a 2011 2SS/RS Auto w/sunroof. World of difference in the fun department. Unlike you, this is just a toy for me but like previous post, get the RS if the only reason not to is because of the tires, they can be changed easily. And there are a lot of '13s out there just have your dealer check on the dealer web. Got mine for about $34k.

hworth18 08-05-2013 07:18 AM

Get the convertible!!

kevinw 08-05-2013 09:41 PM

dznfn. you got a good deal. there is a 2LT vert, 2013 up here in KC area at 34,300 marked down, which is below invoice. it does not have the rs package. i really dont need the rs, and again, summer only tires is all you can get. i asked the dealer about switching out to all season, they balk. i dont want to spend 34K for a car, then have to go out and spend anothe 1000 bucks in Novemember so i can drive the car. that is why, this and another vert the dealer has are both 19 inch wheels. i dont know. my car will be a daily driver. i get ssnow here. and i keep my cars a long time. i still have my 98 firebird, i bought new and it looks showroom new with 171k miles. i will test drive both cars, coupe and vert. my budget allows for a 1lt vert if i order 2014, or a 2lt coupe if i order. if i get a 2013, with 1500 rebate and my gm card earnings , i can get into a 2lt vert. the ss is nice, but, i am 55, aint gonna drag race it, and cant see the purpose of 400 hp where a person cant use it all anyway. the speed limit is still 70 whether its a 4 cyliner or a 8. the v6 mileage appeals to me, along with 320 hp is plenty for this old man. if the SS got 30 mpg, and came with all season tires, then it would be a stretch to get into a 1SS coupe at best. my ins. company ironically does not have a problem with either. but, will look at the vert and coupe close with test drive.

Dznyfn 08-05-2013 11:00 PM

I love both coupe and vert. Initially wanted a vert but not the first year. So now that they have done all their tweaks it's time. You will enjoy which ever one you get.

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