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Old 05-05-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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Camaro, More Than Just A Car

I am probably not the first to say this, but I find my car to be more than just a car. Waking up in the morning for work is just that much more fun, knowing I get to drive to work in her. I have yet to name her, but have decided that I am going to be a little easier on it starting this summer. I bought the car with the intention of DD'ing the thing, but after doing so, I feel I would rather try to make it last a few more years, by getting a second car for work commute, and boring driving. I am going to get something good on gas, and 4 door (probably an old VW golf). Love the car, and am glad to say, that I am in the position to have her as just a "toy".

Moral of the story: I finally get the thought process of the guys that don't DD their Camaros.

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Old 05-05-2014, 08:31 AM   #2
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I am probably not the first to say this, but I find my car to be more than just a car. Waking up in the morning for work is just that much more fun, knowing I get to drive to work in her. I have yet to name her, but have decided that I am going to be a little easier on it starting this summer. I bought the car with the intention of DD'ing the thing, but after doing so, I feel I would rather try to make it last a few more years, by getting a second car for work commute, and boring driving. I am going to get something good on gas, and 4 door (probably an old VW golf). Love the car, and am glad to say, that I am in the position to have her as just a "toy".

Moral of the story: I finally get the thought process of the guys that don't DD their Camaros.

Thanks for reading

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Old 05-05-2014, 08:59 AM   #3
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Mine was used for 500+miles a week, now I have a company vehicle, and the Camaro became a "toy" , so I traded her in for a fully loaded Vert, now when I take her out it is for pure enjoyment.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:33 AM   #4
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:57 AM   #5
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I am with you. Seems frustrating to sit idling at a light to only move forward to the next light. i drive mine weekends only and look forward to doing so. In addition to the fact that door dings are a strong possibility where I work. 2 door POS Honda Civic is my sacrifical DD. really makes you appreciate the Camaro.

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Old 05-05-2014, 09:58 AM   #6
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I am probably not the first to say this, but I find my car to be more than just a car. Waking up in the morning for work is just that much more fun, knowing I get to drive to work in her. I have yet to name her, but have decided that I am going to be a little easier on it starting this summer. I bought the car with the intention of DD'ing the thing, but after doing so, I feel I would rather try to make it last a few more years, by getting a second car for work commute, and boring driving. I am going to get something good on gas, and 4 door (probably an old VW golf). Love the car, and am glad to say, that I am in the position to have her as just a "toy".

Moral of the story: I finally get the thought process of the guys that don't DD their Camaros.

Thanks for reading

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It's all in perspective. I just came from driving a pretend car for my work commute. It looks like a great idea on paper until you realize there's nothing enjoyable about it, and you're driving a car you're not really in love with, to a job you're not necessarily always in love with, either. Having a hot car to drive on both ends of my work day really keeps me engaged.
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:07 AM   #7
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I DD mine and I have to say I am happy with that... sure I would love to put some more time into mine however I travel for work and I get what someone above called a Pretend car while I travel and it's just not the same (I love travelling for my job, and every once in a while I get the luxury of being upgraded to a Camaro) but I really enjoy having a fun ride to and from work!
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:49 AM   #8
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I DD mine. We'll see what happens at the end of the season though. If I keep throwing stuff at it, I might make it a fair-weather DD and get a beater S10 for daily and moving stuff around.
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:00 AM   #9
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I am probably not the first to say this, but I find my car to be more than just a car. Waking up in the morning for work is just that much more fun, knowing I get to drive to work in her. I have yet to name her, but have decided that I am going to be a little easier on it starting this summer. I bought the car with the intention of DD'ing the thing, but after doing so, I feel I would rather try to make it last a few more years, by getting a second car for work commute, and boring driving. I am going to get something good on gas, and 4 door (probably an old VW golf). Love the car, and am glad to say, that I am in the position to have her as just a "toy".

Moral of the story: I finally get the thought process of the guys that don't DD their Camaros.

Thanks for reading

Brian
Glad to hear you love your Camaro!

Now I'll play devil's advocate. You love driving your Camaro and it actually makes getting up for work more fun because you get to drive it. So in response to this you are thinking of getting a crappy DD car and take that fun away from yourself?

I've done the commuter car thing in the past and I don't recommend it. I ended up putting too much time and money into the commuter car to make it more enjoyable and ended up selling the car I was trying to 'save' because it seemed pointless to have a car I never drove.

Life is too short to save your car for the next owner. If you have a car you love to drive you should drive it all the time!
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:14 AM   #10
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It's all in perspective. I just came from driving a pretend car for my work commute. It looks like a great idea on paper until you realize there's nothing enjoyable about it, and you're driving a car you're not really in love with, to a job you're not necessarily always in love with, either. Having a hot car to drive on both ends of my work day really keeps me engaged.
I love both my cars. Bought my Pontiac G6 brand new back in '06 and haven't let her go since so keeping her as DD is great, love that car. The G6 has a 210hp V6 LX9, enough to have a little fun, keep the MPGs up there and keep me out of trouble . Sole purpose of the G6 is to "take the pain" of daily driving and sitting in a parking lot for 8-10 hours at work plus a 40 min traffic heavy commute and keep the Camaro nice. I drive the **$$ out of the Camaro on the weekends and twice a week to work though and love it! The 2 times I take my Camaro in are the happiest I am at work, go for a drive at lunch and just let problems melt away. Its a fantastic treat and I'd hate to lose that about the Camaro and have it become "another car".

In the end, I love driving both my cars, why I have both

I can see the Camaro being a great DD but all up to what the owner wants to do
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:08 PM   #11
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Picked up mine for the sole purpose of being a dd. The Z06 was my daily but im getting ready to sell it for a newer Zr1 vette (wont be my dd). Life is too short (as mentioned earlier) to not enjoy every second of it (my opinion). Personally I would never have a pos beater for commuting it would make me miserable. The 2ss ls3 (im going to mod it out a bit) is the perfect fun car as a dd for me. These are awesome machines and im gunna enjoy mine as much as possible ☺
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:19 PM   #12
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Picked up mine for the sole purpose of being a dd. The Z06 was my daily but im getting ready to sell it for a newer Zr1 vette (wont be my dd). Life is too short (as mentioned earlier) to not enjoy every second of it (my opinion). Personally I would never have a pos beater for commuting it would make me miserable. The 2ss ls3 (im going to mod it out a bit) is the perfect fun car as a dd for me. These are awesome machines and im gunna enjoy mine as much as possible ☺
I agree if you have a daily commute, especially a longer one why not have something you enjoy driving and being in?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:26 PM   #13
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Well like I said a few posts ago, I have my company truck/work van provided for me for my line of work, so Heck, I just drive that for work all the time, if someone is going to provide it for you then you really have no choice but to drive the Camaro for pleasure on the weekends or whatever. Now.....if I didn't have a company vehicle then I would love to use my new vert as a DD. On my last job I drove it FOR the company but I loved every mile of it. It still had really good trade in value for a car with 51000 miles on it and just two years old, so I say to heck with it......drive the piss out of it! I was just one of the fortunate ones to have a company vehicle now to put all the "work" miles on.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:41 PM   #14
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Mines a weekend cruiser I love it it's like another child (that I secretly love the most) and take care of more than myself. I get crap from people all the time why don't you drive it instead of making it a garage queen. I simply say first I'm 6ft 3in tall and driving it with car seats is an absolute no go at any station, second I want to take good care of what I have, there's more money in wheels alone than most people have in their entire car. So for me it is more than a car that's why I bought it this is my very expensive hobby that I can enjoy, no not every day but that's the way my life is, someday yea I'll get to take it out everyday. Until then I'll enjoy it when I can.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:29 AM   #15
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I ordered this for my DD, no garage queen here! I like having fun from point A to point B!
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:38 AM   #16
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Haven't been in mine in 3 weeks. Might try to take it out next week, though.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:26 PM   #18
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I hear ya. This is my first post as a member of this forum. I just bought my 2011 Camaro RS less than a week ago and absolutely love it. It is my daily driver. I know I may sound crazy but this is my primary car. On nice sunny days, I flip a coin whether to drive my Camaro or to take out my old Jeep Wrangler and drive around top and doorless. I guess I am not a big fan of gas mileage.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:33 PM   #19
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have never gotten the compliments with this Camaro with any other car I have owned and I have owned about ten different cars in my adult life, not even close, you could roll the compliments for all of them and that wouldn't equal the amount of them I get from owning a Camaro!
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:39 PM   #20
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Use to hate driving to work in my dads car. Now that I have my Camaro, I can't with to drive to work! But when I enter the building I'm pretty bummed...
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Mine is a DD. I have been blessed with special parking and work from home on snowy days. I like the rides to and from. I still get excited to drive it.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:52 PM   #22
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My car is only a weekend toy, too! I look forward to every weekend or day off! I wouldn't dare drive my camaro to my job! Because I would hurt some if they put a ding or scratch on the Camaro! It would be. causing too much attention, too! Which I don't want at work! But I do wish that I was driving the camaro, when I see other ppl driving there's!
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I spent ten years loving my car... it wasn't a rocketship, but it was mine and I loved it. It was a 2002 Monte Carlo SS "Intimidator" Edition, and as a rabid fan of Earnhardt, it very much fit me. As time would pass, the car became infested with rust and mechanical issues that surpassed the value of the car (monetarily, not emotionally- part of me still wanted to rebuild it from the ground up...) Working for the railroad, my time at home is little, and precious... I decided restoring the Monte simply didn't make sense, regardless of my connection to the car. I considered purchasing a Cruze for something good on gas, or maybe even an Impala... but for me, I looked at it differently... if I were going to have a car payment, I wanted something that I WANTED to drive. I drive an hour to work, so I spend a fair amount of time in my car, and my typically 70-80 hours a week keep me away from home, but afford me the opportunity to pretty much buy whatever I wanted... the wife ruled out the Corvette because of the little one... (I guess it's frowned upon to let them sit on your lap... thanks a lot, Bin Laden)... so enter the Camaro.

Bottom line, I wanted to enjoy the long-ish drive to work, and if I was going to have a car payment, I wanted to feel like it was worth having.

A year later I still turn to look at it after I park, and when I set down in the driver's seat... I feel something more than I do when I hop in my pick-up truck... it's an entire experience.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:06 PM   #24
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I am with you. Seems frustrating to sit idling at a light to only move forward to the next light. i drive mine weekends only and look forward to doing so. In addition to the fact that door dings are a strong possibility where I work. 2 door POS Honda Civic is my sacrifical DD. really makes you appreciate the Camaro.
If it's a pos why didn't you get a different DD? civics are great little cars.
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I DD mine...I love it too much to NOT drive it.
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