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Old 02-15-2009, 12:43 AM   #1
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Chicago Auto Show(PICS Coming Soon)

First of all I will start off with saying what everybody else seems to say right away ( since it couldn't be more true ) that this car NEEDS to be seen by you in person! If you haven't got out to a show yet, please PLEASE do yourself a huge favor and do so if possible!

The camaro wins the battle by a long shot in the pony war. The mustang is just a big boxy rectangular ugh! It looks like a damn 2-D drawing inmo and the challenger just simply has no lines. I do love the challenger's rear end though how the lights go all the way across the back.

A few things I noticed about the camaro:

1. This car is a lot smaller than it looks in pics. It really is a very sporty vehicle still with that perfect balence of muscle feel.
2. The Midnight silver wheels look absolutely amazing! Even with that darker mysterious finish they still have a very nice smooth gloss to them. Anyone trying to decide on whether or not to change to the polished wheels with the RS package should really stick to the MS wheels. You will not be dissapointed. One of my favorite things seeing in person today.
3. Unlike earlier gen camaros the doors felt rather light when closing and opening. I know my 4th gen felt like a level 5 earthquake when I closed the darn thing.
4. The shifter felt very smooth just popping right into each gear. Not to loose and not too hard. Also very comfortable putting it in reverse.

Interior:
Pros:
- 4 pack cluster really adds to the interior
- Everything on deck easily accessible and simple to use
- Very comfortable seats. Soft on the butt and lower back and a little more ridged on the thighs to keep you in place
- Great feel of steering wheel. No problem getting a good firm grip in any hand placement
- Plenty of room for your hand between the seat and door when closed to use the seat adjustment controls

Cons:
- If no 4 pack cluster, looks way too plain and boring with just the storage compartment which really isn't going to hold anything in anyway IMO
- Numbering and tick marks on gauges looks "cheap". Almost as if painted on with a white out pen
- As i've seen before, dash on passenger side very blah and plain. Nothing going on over there. A simple ingravement of "Chevrolet" or "Camaro" could fix this

Exterior:
Pros:
- HIDs and Halos "make" this front fascia IMO. A must have
- Paint looks gorgeous. The camaro's lines really bring out any one of these ten colors. Perfect amount of flake in metallic color paint jobs
- The best rear end I have seen on a car in a long time. So aggressive looking like the car is ready to take off at any moment

Cons:
- Please, Please, Please put a clear coat over the stripes. I saw 4!!! spots where it was peeling already! Can't imagine all of these were from people picking at it. Other than that, stripes looked good.

All in all this was a very good experience for me. The camaro looks so so good in person and I can't wait to have my IOM 2SS/RS sitting in my driveway. On an ABL note, I was told by a GM rep today that it will only be in the door panels, not the dash because of a spacing and heating issue. He seemed very sure about his response to my questions and did not hesitate. He also stated that they are Not settling with this and are still working on it to be around the whole dash.
Scotty!!!! Where in the heck were you today!!! I was beginning to think that you have adapted to the style of the camaro and actually camoflagued yourself into it. I couldn't find you anywhere. My phone died just as I got to the convention center so I couldn't give you a call. I was reconing you all day lol. I was suprised I didn't see you since I was by the camaros the better part of the 7 hrs I was there! You stealthy son of a gun.
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