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Old 09-10-2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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Power Tailgate?

Was wondering if anyone knew if a power tailgate would be an option? I know this feature is usually reserved for SUV's, but I really really like it . Yeah I know it is just another thing that could break, and it would add weight to the car but to me it would be worth it! I kinda doubt it will be avaliable but that would be sweet, anyone else agree?
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:47 PM   #2
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Usually when you hit the button to pop the trunk, it will pop up a foot or so. If you can't be bothered to lift it the next two feet, well I don't know what to say. If you saw that feature on a car, it would be on a Lexus, the car for people who would hire a driver if they could. This is a Camaro. We like to drive our cars and we can be bothered to exert the enormous energy needed to open the trunk lid.

And I thought it was sad when people were complaining about having to walk clear to the other side of the car to gas up. Compared to opening the trunk lid that task looks downright Herculean. I apologize to those who I mocked for that.
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:47 PM   #3
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:47 PM   #4
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I highly doubt it...they only do it for SUV's because the liftgates can get pretty heavy. Trunklids are usually very light.
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:51 PM   #5
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I highly doubt it...they only do it for SUV's because the liftgates can get pretty heavy. Trunklids are usually very light.
right on. actually on the new tahoe you cant pull the tailgate up yourself the tahoe opens itself when you touch the latch button
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:52 PM   #6
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Was wondering if anyone knew if a power tailgate would be an option? I know this feature is usually reserved for SUV's, but I really really like it . Yeah I know it is just another thing that could break, and it would add weight to the car but to me it would be worth it! I kinda doubt it will be avaliable but that would be sweet, anyone else agree?
Tailgate?????
the trunk lid is not that big, usually that kind of thing is either for vehicles with large "Liftgates" or for show cars where you want to have it open and close by it's self.. some cars have a power closer on the trunk where you just get it close to being closed and it will take over and finish closing it and locking it for you. this to me would be unnecessary and cause engineering costs to increase thereby increasing the cost of the car.
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No........Don't need it
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:56 PM   #8
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power tailgate? whawhawhawha... WHAT?!?!
are you insane?!
we use liftgates on our TRUCKS to lift Heavy equipment.
NOT to lift the less than a pound trunk lid. Physics makes the exersion strength less than the actual weight.

thats just a sad and pathetic idea IMO. not hating on you at all. i mean it was just an idea. but one for lazy people.
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:59 PM   #9
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power tailgate? whawhawhawha... WHAT?!?!
are you insane?!
we use liftgates on our TRUCKS to lift Heavy equipment.
NOT to lift the less than a pound trunk lid. Physics makes the exersion strength less than the actual weight.

thats just a sad and pathetic idea IMO. not hating on you at all. i mean it was just an idea. but one for lazy people.
i think you are thinking of power lifts on the back of box vans. he is talking about power opening trunk. if thats actually what you meant. i wasnt sure because i couldnt imagine lifting equipment with my tailgate on my tahoe.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:03 PM   #10
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i think you are thinking of power lifts on the back of box vans. he is talking about power opening trunk. if thats actually what you meant. i wasnt sure because i couldnt imagine lifting equipment with my tailgate on my tahoe.

exactly my point! people are to darn lazy.
you dont need a motor to open your tailgate or trunk. its stupid
the only time you need it is if your using a liftgate.
weve got two of them on our Chevy trucks to lift pool tables, pinball, jukeboxex, arcade games, etc.. we own an amusement business.

sorry for the ranting and raving. im just against all the mechinization were doing. were getting lazier and lazier.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:13 PM   #11
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Yeah lol I was pretty sure I was the only one ! I know this car doesn't need it, and it does not match the nature of the vehicle much at all, but I just like pressing the little button (my mom has a Lexus RX with this feature and I like putting random small stuff in the trunk just to have an excuse to open it ). True I have never actually needed it, just something I like. I guess GM better not make this avaliable since they would lose a bunch of money, as they would probably only sell a handfull of them lol. That is good that they know their buyers will not want such options.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:16 PM   #12
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My '90 RS had the power latch option. Allowed you to carefully shut the hatch and then the power portion of it pulled it down the rest of the way. I guess techincally, the release was powered too, but all it did was push it up about an inch.

Doubt you'll see it on this one. The decklid on the 5th Gen is considerably smaller and lighter than the hatches on 3rd and 4th Gens.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:33 PM   #13
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I like how my 78 camaro is done.
The springs attached to the trunk arms inside the car pop the trunk open all of the way. and it takes hardly any effort at all to close the trunk.

correct me if im wrong on the springs. im just assuming.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:46 PM   #14
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exactly my point! people are to darn lazy.
you dont need a motor to open your tailgate or trunk. its stupid
the only time you need it is if your using a liftgate.
weve got two of them on our Chevy trucks to lift pool tables, pinball, jukeboxex, arcade games, etc.. we own an amusement business.

sorry for the ranting and raving. im just against all the mechinization were doing. were getting lazier and lazier.
i can get to my keys with arms full of groceries but i cant open the door. on an suv or van very useful on a car not so much.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:52 PM   #15
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If you really want it, you will be able to do it yourself. Getting a linear electric motor and the other hardware won't be all that expensive. It would be more difficult for the average Joe to make the system smart enough to stop when it is fully open then stop again when its fully closed. Getting it to apply the proper force to raise it but not slam it open, then to lower it gently and be able to latch it would be more tricky. It can all be done, the question is why would you?
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:54 PM   #16
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I dont really think I need to add this but this has to be the dumbest question ever asked about the camaro.
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I dont really think I need to add this but this has to be the dumbest question ever asked about the camaro.
Possibly, but only because he called it a tailgate instead of a trunklid. Other than that, it is a neat 'gee whiz' feature, it just doesn't suit a Camaro
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:04 PM   #18
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Possibly, but only because he called it a tailgate instead of a trunklid. Other than that, it is a neat 'gee whiz' feature, it just doesn't suit a Camaro
Come on man. A tailgate lift?? The trunk of a sports car seriously cannot weigh over 10lbs and thats pushing it. Plus all trunks already have those little hydrolic lifts when you open it up 2 further assist in opening it. Who in their right mind would even wonder if the camaro would come with it?? Trust me, it was the dumbest I've ever heard.
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:14 PM   #19
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But they want to sell Camaro's to daily drivers. That means running to the store and hitting the remote. It would be a good option but of course not needed for the LS or non RS.
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But they want to sell Camaro's to daily drivers. That means running to the store and hitting the remote. It would be a good option but of course not needed for the LS or non RS.
This was kinda the point I was getting at, thanks . And yes there is no question that the trunk is easy to open/close from the outside, and like I said before I cannot think of a situation where a power trunk open/close is necessary on a car, and the only reason I can think of justifying one on an SUV is if the person is too short to reach the top of the hatch. But to me it is just something that adds to the "coolness factor" of the car. Now obviously many of you don't agree, but I know lots of people that like this feature who are not that interested in cars, and I think it would be smart of GM to appeal to these people who may currently think the Camaro is only for rough and tough people with few comfort features. Of course GM needs to first please the enthusiasts (you guys), but you must see GM can't sell 100,000 of these cars a year for a few years just to enthusiasts. Sorry for the "stupid question", but I think if this car is to survive for another few generations it needs to appeal to a larger group of people.
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:43 PM   #21
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I'm not knocking your idea but can you name any other car in this price range that has this feature?
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It won't be on the Camaro.
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