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Old 04-16-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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Talking Finally! I Am Now a Member of the Drop Top Community!

Yep I finally just went ahead and got me a 'vert, always wanted one all my life, and in spite of what others warned me about owning a 'vert I finally said enough is enough, and now am going to experience owning one I want, whats really cool is the fact that it is a Camaro.
2013 Summit White,2Lt, RS Convertible, dual mode exhaust, and every bell and whistle imaginable included!
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Ya I still love the looks of the hard tops, and I really dont like the 'verts with the tops up, but that wont be a problem for me, I'm gonna have the top down most of the time anyways, and I think nothing looks better than a convertible Camaro with the top down.....it oooozes class

I have been eyeballing this particular car for the last two months and am actually surprised it sat on the lot so long, I didn't have to buy a convertible right now and that was pretty much my leverage in the financing department, finally they dealership dealed with me and actually we both came out winning.
they paid off my trade in, which had a lot of mileage, I got 0% financing, and my payment was a little more than what I was used to, but coming from a base model hardtop to a fully loaded convertible, I feel it is worth a little more a month for it.

I decided to not go with the SS, because I feel I really dont need it, I could afford it and it was an option but I just dont see forking out a bunch more money for two more cylinders, highewr priced gas that those things seem to guzzle, and tickets. Ya I know I can get tickets in a V6.........but I havent, lol
I just dont think I can control myself that easy in an SS.....kinda proved that in a test drive lol

I refuse to get a '14 due to my personal taste "cough, cough, rear end, cough, cough" so it had to be a 13 or older.

Here in Vegas there are times where it will be way too hot for the top to be down, but at night I will usually have it down.

I took the car right up the Las Vegas Strip on the way home from the dealership and that permagrin has been reborn, I just love the dual mode exhaust in this thing and was driving it with the paddle shifters in sport mode. it sounded sweet going up the Strip.

So if anyone has any hints or tips for me I would really appreciate it
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:29 PM   #2
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Congrats!! That is a great looking car!!
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:35 PM   #3
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:45 PM   #4
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:53 PM   #5
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Congrats on the purchase. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy ours. In spite if what others have said, we haven't had any problems with ours with the exception of the body kit gaping at the front splitter. Envy you with the dual exhaust mode, as that's what I wanted.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:58 PM   #6
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My tip is drive it every chance you get..... You will never get tired of it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:53 PM   #7
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My tip is drive it every chance you get..... You will never get tired of it.
+1. To further his point, sometimes the best part about driving to downtown Houston to watch sporting events is being able to enjoy the drive with the top down It makes watching the Rockets a little more enjoyable and watching Astros a little more bearable
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:53 PM   #8
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:17 AM   #9
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Congrats on the new Ride! Gotta love it when to top goes down!
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:22 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone, i took it to one of the local car events tonight and showed her off a little, then once again we took another spin up the Las Vegas Strip......yes the top was down all the way.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:27 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone, i took it to one of the local car events tonight and showed her off a little, then once again we took another spin up the Las Vegas Strip......yes the top was down all the way.
Time for a new member name, "Lil White Vert".
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:29 AM   #12
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:22 AM   #13
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:36 AM   #14
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:39 AM   #15
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Congratulations (again) on your new 'vert and welcome to the Convertible Forum.

Here are a few tips which may help you to maximize the enjoyment of the "'vert life":

1. You MUST have a hat / cap in the car at all times to shield your face (and scalp?) from the sun with top-down driving. You WILL get a sunburn very quickly if you don't.

2. Suntan lotion. I keep mine in the pocket behind the passenger seat for quick and easy access.

3. A towel to wipe off any suntan lotion that may get on the leather and for perspiration, of course.

4. When you're the first car sitting at a stop light and watching for it to change, you may find your view is directly in line with the upper windshield frame (quite an annoyance). You'll learn to either not pull up too closely or tilt your head back and look OVER the windshield frame (depending upon how tall you are and / or your seat height).

5. It's ALWAYS a good idea to close your top when parking anywhere unless you'll have it within your constant view, or have a "cockpit cover" you can throw on instead of putting the top up when you're on a quick errand.

6. MAKE SURE THE TONNEAU COVER BOLTS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED during the dealer-prep. These do NOT come installed from the factory - which is ridiculous as the 2LT / 2SS come with the tonneau cover. The bolts are situated behind the upper rear seats and are absolutely necessary to be in place if you're going to use the tonneau cover - otherwise, it will fly off while you're driving! The bolts for mine were in the tonneau cover bag.

7. It's NOT essential to put the tonneau cover on. Many of us find it a PITA to put on and take off, and, if you're not careful, it's easy to scratch the paint on your fenders if you're wearing a belt. Many folks don't trust the tonneau cover to stay on securely. You have a 2013, and will have the new cover with the bungee cord attachments and there should not be a risk of it flying off.

8. If you're not familiar with the potential top problems, you may want to glance at the "tonneau cover", "5th bow" and other "top problem" threads. These issues affected primarily 2011 and early 2012 built 'verts, although they have happened to '13 owners, as well. Just as an "FYI".

9. Make sure you locate the L-shaped allen wrench with which to manually raise the top in the event the hydraulic pump fails (either due to malfunction, hydraulic leak, damage or overheating). It should be in a plastic bag in the glove box. Some folks have reported finding it in the large black carrying bag in the trunk which holds the tonneau cover (you don't want to find yourself in a sudden down pour and find that you can't raise your top, for some reason).

10. Make sure and read your OM section regarding the convertible top, the messages that may show up on the DIC, the fact that when you initially lower or raise the top that the radio cuts out momentarily, when raising or lowering the top the windows will go down automatically, the "screen" in the trunk must be pulled out and latched in order to operate the top.

11. It's ALWAYS a good idea to put the top up if you're parking your 'vert for several hours or overnight. Although the mid-2012(?) and onward model years have a new and thicker top material, the top will wrinkle in the "C" pillar areas.

12. Listen for "wind noise" near the rear side windows. It's normal to hear some wind rush, but it shouldn't be excessive.

13. NEVER take your 'vert through a car wash. It's just a bad idea. Some folks here do, many of us strictly hand wash only. Better to drive a dirty 'vert for a couple of days than to become a U-Boat captain.

14. Just to be on the safe side, ALWAYS check for dampness in the trunk, back seat, front and rear floor after washing or rain. The sooner a potential water / drainage problem is detected, the sooner it can be remedied before more damage occurs.

15. The top will not open or close if the trunk isn't shut.

16. Spare tire. If you didn't opt for or overlooked it, consider getting one. It's ALWAYS good to have a spare tire.

17. When lowering the top, turn the latch to open, then press the "open" button, open the top a couple of inches, then stop, turn the latch to the "closed" position again, and continue lowering the top. The reason for this is so the metal "hooks" on the front inside of the top don't get bent (they latch into the upper outer windshield frame when latching the top closed), the handle is repositioned in the "closed' position, thereby not pressing against any part of the top when it's open and resting behind the back seat.

18. Never allow anyone to sit on top of the back seats or top when it's open (like for parades, etc.) This is a really good way to bend the top frame.


You're a former 1LT Coupe owner, so you'll know a lot about the 5th Gen. Hopefully, the other members here will correct or add to anything I've stated.

Remember, you're not just driving a Camaro Convertible, you're living a life-style.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:52 PM   #16
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Welcome to the club!!! I envy you going down the strip in it...
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:48 PM   #17
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Welcome to the club!!! I envy you going down the strip in it...
Love cruising the strip in it or our Jeep Wrangler.....yes we are a ragtop family
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:13 PM   #18
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Seeing that you live in Vegas I would treat the top with a UV protectant since it will see a lot of Sun. I use 303 on mine. Oh I almost forgot nice Camaro and welcome to the topless club.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:07 PM   #19
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Welcome, I too went from a 2SS/RS coupe to a 1SS vert and have had a BLAST!!! Acually enjoy this car even more than the coupe
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:18 PM   #20
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:42 PM   #21
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Welcome, I too went from a 2SS/RS coupe to a 1SS vert and have had a BLAST!!! Acually enjoy this car even more than the coupe
Same thing here, I am way excited having this vert more than when I bought the blue onr, beside it being a vert, it is loaded out with a ton of gadgets that the 1lt didnt have........still stoked about the HUD, just love that thing
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:53 PM   #22
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Congrats verts are awesome


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Old 04-18-2014, 05:29 AM   #23
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Vert in Vegas
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Vert with racing stripes
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:19 AM   #24
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:20 AM   #25
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You gotta love the 'vert. Had a chance to drive my '11 on the strip, top down at night................. it was a great road trip. Hope to do it again in the new one!
Enjoy your new car!
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