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Old 09-12-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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1LT Camaro question

Maybe its just me but I didnt see anything on the Chevy website about this. I'm looking to get a Camaro 1LT in a month or 2 once I save up what I want to put down. My question is on the brakes and RWD. I currently own an Explorer 4x4. Ive never dealt with RWD. How is the handeling in different elements ie rain or snow? I live in Jersey so I go thru it all. Also do ABS come standard? And are the brakes disc brakes? If anyone could help I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:29 PM   #2
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The Camaro has Traction Control which keeps you from losing control in "less than ideal" conditions. I never drove mine in snow (living in SC), but I've had my 2SS (V8) & the 1LT I owned for a year in rain with no issues whatsoever.

All Camaros have 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS standard. The SS models have larger sized, upgraded brakes.

Maybe someone else can chime in about driving in the snow.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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Thats good enough. Ive just never drove RWD as my family has all 4x4 truck or SUVs. Does the 1LT have a dual exhaust or is it single? I just thought I'd throw that out there.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:38 PM   #4
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Thats good enough. Ive just never drove RWD as my family has all 4x4 truck or SUVs. Does the 1LT have a dual exhaust or is it single? I just thought I'd throw that out there.
Some SUV are rear wheel drive , on the driving on snow just go easy on the gas , no lead foot and most of all DO NOT DISABLE the stability track/traction control ,let it do what it suppose to do !!!
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Maybe its just me but I didnt see anything on the Chevy website about this. I'm looking to get a Camaro 1LT in a month or 2 once I save up what I want to put down. My question is on the brakes and RWD. I currently own an Explorer 4x4. Ive never dealt with RWD. How is the handeling in different elements ie rain or snow? I live in Jersey so I go thru it all. Also do ABS come standard? And are the brakes disc brakes? If anyone could help I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
I have a 1LT and drove it all of last winter in Massachusetts. It has 4 wheel disc brakes, but they aren't the brembo's that the SS gets. Mine was fantastic in the snow last year, I got the RS package the comes with the 20" summer only tires, so I made sure to put winter tires (Pirelli Scorpion's) on it before the snow started. It was one of the best handling cars I've ever driven in the snow! I hear that the summer only tires are worthless when the temperature drops though, so if you do have the 20" rims, make sure to get some winter tires.

The only time you might want to turn off traction control in the winter is if you actually get stuck. The traction control will keep your tires from spinning and you might need to do that to get out!

And yes... it does have true dual exhaust also...
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:17 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate all the help!
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:25 PM   #8
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Yeah, I don't recommend getting the RS package unless you plan on swapping the tires out in the winter or driving a different car. I love my 1LT/RS. Just added Brembos today. Luckily I have a winter beater to drive in snowy weather because the summer tires on the RS get extremely hard and slick below freezing.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:37 PM   #9
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I prolly wont. I'm trying to keep price down to low 20ks (after my down payment.) I actually priced a black 1LT automatic with connectivity package at around $24,327. So I'm figuring of financing about $22k or more ideally closer to $21k. I actually test drove one when they first came out in '09 cause I was looking o get one during Cash For Clunkers but wound up not closing the deal and since regretting it. Only problem I had with the test drive was to me (being 6'6) it just seemed like the windshield was a bit small..? I dont know its hard to describe how I felt about the windshield and visibility but it is def a nice car. Any of you have any problems with visibility or no?
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:43 PM   #10
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You'll get over the visibility while driving in a week or two. Parking is tough, but you'll have the C&C, which will give you the sensors.

ABS, 4-wheel discs, TCS, and one other active stability management something-or-other, all standard. If you don't want to spin the tires, I think this car is great because of the low torque numbers. But if you want to get on it, the HP is high enough to have some fun.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:48 PM   #11
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I prolly wont. I'm trying to keep price down to low 20ks (after my down payment.) I actually priced a black 1LT automatic with connectivity package at around $24,327. So I'm figuring of financing about $22k or more ideally closer to $21k. I actually test drove one when they first came out in '09 cause I was looking o get one during Cash For Clunkers but wound up not closing the deal and since regretting it. Only problem I had with the test drive was to me (being 6'6) it just seemed like the windshield was a bit small..? I dont know its hard to describe how I felt about the windshield and visibility but it is def a nice car. Any of you have any problems with visibility or no?
6'5 here and i know what you are saying.......can't get to close to a traffic light or can't see it. Laying the seat back a little extra helps but you get used to it quick enough.

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Old 09-12-2010, 08:32 PM   #12
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I'm still debating the convience and connectivity package. I dont really need the bluetooth. The wheel mount controls I believe according to yahoo autos anyway comes standard and the headunit has the aux input already. Idk if its worth the 2k extra I wind up paying.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:33 PM   #13
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here is another crazy question. Now whenever I get this car it will be my first new car. I got my current one at 17 with my parents so I obviously didnt know what they were talking about when doing the paperwork etc. When figuring out how much I want to put down etc I couldnt find any answers to my question. How does the tax, title, and license fees work? If I get a LS for $20k I'm looking at at least $1400 in fees (7% sales tax in NJ.) Does this figure into my auto loan or would I really need $3400 at time of signing $2k for down payment and $1400 for the fees? This is without a doubt probably the dumbest question ever on these forums but I would like to know the answer so i can plan a bit better my savings.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:37 PM   #14
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If you don't get the RS on the 1LT you get all season tires. I bought a 1LT with the 19" polished aluminum wheels (extra cost) and Pirelli all season tires. I had my Camaro in a 4 to 6" snow 1 time with no extra weight in the car and the camaro did pretty good with the all season Pirelli W (168 MPH) speed rated tires. The 18" standard tires on the 1LT are all season but limited to 118 MPH. Both the 18 and 19 inch tires are quite a bit cheaper than the 20" summer tires supplied on the RS and SS. The front and rear tires on the 18 and 19 inch wheels are the same but are not on the RS and SS so you can't rotate all four tires on the SS or RS.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:39 AM   #15
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DDo yourself a favor and figure out how much of a payment you can swing. Everything can be financed even tax and tags. It comes down to what your payment will be and for how long. I can tell you GMAC does not offer good financing on these cars. My dealer couldn't match the financing I got at my bank.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:59 AM   #16
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Maybe its just me but I didnt see anything on the Chevy website about this. I'm looking to get a Camaro 1LT in a month or 2 once I save up what I want to put down. My question is on the brakes and RWD. I currently own an Explorer 4x4. Ive never dealt with RWD. How is the handeling in different elements ie rain or snow? I live in Jersey so I go thru it all. Also do ABS come standard? And are the brakes disc brakes? If anyone could help I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

I would suggest getting a beater for the winter or hang on to your explorer if you can. I'm from the eastern shore of Maryland and I assume you get the same icy conditions we get here. With the power this car has it will be too easy to make a mistake on our super slick winter roads.
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I'm still debating the convience and connectivity package. I dont really need the bluetooth. The wheel mount controls I believe according to yahoo autos anyway comes standard and the headunit has the aux input already. Idk if its worth the 2k extra I wind up paying.
Unless it was added as standard on the 2011's the steering wheel controls are not standard equipment. the only ones I have on the wheel are for the cruise control..
I didn't drive mine in the snow last winter (We also Have an HHR) But I remember seeing a video posted on here about a camaro driving in the snow, and I believe it was a V6.. I will see if I can find it again.

I found the video on U-Tube, and it was even a 1LT or maybe a 2LT they were driving, Check it out.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:33 AM   #18
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This one is a SS but I would have to imagine the LT would be about the same
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This one is a SS but I would have to imagine the LT would be about the same
That's funny, reminds me of the time I got stuck in downtown Detroit in my RWD RX-8 in a 10in. snowstorm. Easiest way to get going in those circumstances is to drive backwards...it turns into a FWD, rear-steering vehicle.
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Ok thanks guys. I didnt know if the tax, tags etc were able to be financed or not. I was thinking it had to be paid up front like a down payment or something. I already figured my monthly payment as as long as I keep it under $450 which I will be able to thru a loan thru USAA and having a nice down payment than I'll be fine.
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Ya I just found out USAA loans get a GM discount. It's about $1500 off msrp.

I have to see if my CU matches that.
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This one is a SS but I would have to imagine the LT would be about the same
Actually the SS comes with summer only tires on them, the 1LT comes with All season tires.. Big difference... Most of the ones on here with SS's that have tried to drive in the Cold and the snow have had bad experiences. All season tires will do much better.
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Forget snow! When the temp drops below 30 my SS losses grip big time. I wouldn't want to know what they would be like in the snow! The LT's do pretty good in the snow. It will be sort of like your explorer but without the benefit of 4x4. Just take your time and stay home if there's 5 inches on the ground.
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