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Old 06-20-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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What is the "practical" step after the Camaro?

I'm likely not going to get rid of the Camaro any time soon, but I've at least recently started thinking/considering the options outside of the Camaro and came to one conclusion: anything in or below the cost of my LS Camaro on the market currently sucks haha

We have an 8 month old baby. My wife drives a Honda Pilot (really awesome family car IMO) and the Camaro. I pick up the kiddo from daycare every day in the Camaro. Throw the car seat in the back with a base no problem and yesterday hit the mall afterwards and fit our full sized Graco stroller in the trunk.

So really I don't NEED to change anything right now. The only considerations really are 1) I've had no real problems or worries in the winter yet, especially with my winter tires. But it becomes a bigger consideration when I'm thinking of driving around my child. and 2) eventually we may have another child and then I just couldn't swing it.

What is out there that looks good, has 300hp, and is in a reasonable price range? Does that even exist?
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:52 AM   #2
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The only thing I've been able to come up with is a used Pontiac G8. I had a G6 before this. The G8 is pretty much what I'm talking about. Nice interior, good looking car, good power...
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:56 AM   #3
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Im not a huge fan of the newer pontiacs (old ones are awesome)... I like the newer Infinities or BMWs
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unless you're looking @ used vehicles, not much out there.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
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Im not a huge fan of the newer pontiacs (old ones are awesome)... I like the newer Infinities or BMWs
Not a huge fan of BMW. Love some of the Infinities. Now, back to the price range haha....
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Pontiac G8 is simply awesome -- and I would agree that's a practical next step from the Camaro. That or a Trailblazer SS. I'm a GM employee, so my only considerations would be other GM products as a personal preference. Depending on if I could afford it, I'd love to pick up a used Chevrolet SS in 4-5 years once the price goes down a bit.

Considering your criteria (multiple kids and safety in snow), I would say an AWD TBSS would be your best consideration. They can be had used in very clean condition for the 15-16k range here in Michigan.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:11 AM   #9
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Pontiac G8 is simply awesome -- and I would agree that's a practical next step from the Camaro. That or a Trailblazer SS. I'm a GM employee, so my only considerations would be other GM products as a personal preference. Depending on if I could afford it, I'd love to pick up a used Chevrolet SS in 4-5 years once the price goes down a bit.

Considering your criteria (multiple kids and safety in snow), I would say an AWD TBSS would be your best consideration. They can be had used in very clean condition for the 15-16k range here in Michigan.
I agree, that Chevy SS looks awesome! At 44k it better Thats exactly what I want but for half the price lol. Maybe if I wasn't dealing with the mindnumbing cost of daycare now I could consider that ha.
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I would love an AWD car. The get up and go of an suv/truck with the styling of a car. I dig that. There aren't enough of those options.

That had me thinking about the AWD Charger but I think it looks kinda dumb. Like a dopey bottle-nosed dolphin on the front haha
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:15 AM   #11
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I agree, that Chevy SS looks awesome! At 44k it better Thats exactly what I want but for half the price lol. Maybe if I wasn't dealing with the mindnumbing cost of daycare now I could consider that ha.
how about a 2004-2006 GTO?
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how about a 2004-2006 GTO?
The GTOs are sweet but not really any more "practical" than what I've got.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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I would also try to find a used G8, awesome car or start saving for a SS sedan there are a bunch of nice ones on ebay right now V6 and V8 versions
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:25 AM   #14
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G8 is one incredible car. My G8 handled better than my Camaro SS. True sports car - just four door. Extremely roomy inside. Great features. Big trunk. Very comfortable on long drives. A lot of fun.

One of my all time favorites. Just no convertible model available.

Coming back as Chevy SS.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #15
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Nissan 370Z - Was my other choice before going with the Camaro. I don't think I went wrong, but it was a close 2nd.
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I had a G8 and sold it right before I got the camaro. I LOVED that car and if it made sense to have both, I would! It was so plush and comfy, and my 6'4" friend rode comfortably in the back, actually having leg room (amazing!). Very smooth and FAST too. I'd love to have a G8 again one day with a maggie on it and some bolt ons, that would be slick.

I also love my TBSS, they make well over 300rwhp especially if you modify them. Not a 'new' vehicle any longer but I love it none the less. The practicality of an SUV (lots of room, five passenger, good visibility) but handles like a car (short turning radius, sporty suspension) and hauls $@%! Would be great for kids too - being higher up you/your wife won't be bending over to remove/install kiddies.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:43 AM   #20
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Maybe you could get a slightly used Cadillac ATS with a 2.0 Turbocharged 272 hp.


But its definitely cooler for your kid to get picked up in the Camaro from school in the near future
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:56 AM   #22
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Maybe you could get a slightly used Cadillac ATS with a 2.0 Turbocharged 272 hp.


But its definitely cooler for your kid to get picked up in the Camaro from school in the near future
I like those Caddys too, but of course as soon as I start looking I immediately end up at the CTS-V and then anything else just seems worthless lol

And yeah, it is much cooler to be in the Camaro. I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching the other dads in Malibus and Town and Country's look at my Camaro in the parking lot of the daycare haha. Really hoping to hang onto decent vehicles. I've managed to keep a motorcycle and Camaro alive so far!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:59 AM   #24
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CTS-V Wagon!!!!

Ha! Is this a real thing? If so my guess is super comfy and really fast. And...holy ugly.
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