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Old 01-24-2009, 02:36 AM   #1
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Tips for First Timer

Hello Everyone,
In a few months I might get my drivers license, and to my delight my dad told me he would pass on to me his 1994 Camaro Z28. It has a lot of miles on it 200,XXX something miles, so it's not new or fancy and it was a DD. But I'm a huge Camaro fan so I'm definitely not complaining at ALL.

The question being, have any tips or any Do's and Dont's for a first timer on routine maintenance and stuff you guys would generously to pass on? I joined hoping I could get advice so I wouldn't screw up the car in the future.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to the best Camaro site, I have a few basic tips

DO - check the oil level(make sure its full) and change it every 3,000 miles or 3 months
DO - Check the spare tire every other month and make sure it has air(bad experience for me...)
DO NOT - use Fix A Flat - will rot rims
DO NOT - Overfill the oil(can break seals and other problems)
DO NOT - Go offroading
DO NOT - Drive into trees
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:51 AM   #3
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Check your oil and transmission fluid. With a car with that many miles you need to stay on top of it because many things can go wrong. Just baby it and don't drive like an idiot.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:59 AM   #4
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Congrats!
And it's a Z28 none-the-less!

Here's A major for the don't list.
DO NOT take corners in that car. And do not accelerate heavily while turning. The back end of that car will literally kick out from behind you before you know what happened.
My friends have lost alot of amazing machines that way.
that happened to me in my second gen
Luckily I got it under control before crashing into the curb and the bus infront of me.
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:01 AM   #5
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I like this site better by far than the rest. I prefer the organization by Generations, others sort it out by sections of the car, if I recall correctly.

That makes perfect sence, I didn't know that "Fix a flat" will rot rims. That is definatly a thing to know. I can only imagine what would happen if you are going 70+ on a highway and all of the sudden your rims act up. :(
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:03 AM   #6
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A Z28 none the less!

Plus, most of my friends have 4 and 6 cylinder BMW's. So it'll be nice to rev my engine while they're trying to show off their new paint job!
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:05 AM   #7
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How did that happen? The car just turned the other way?
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:10 AM   #8
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I like this site better by far than the rest. I prefer the organization by Generations, others sort it out by sections of the car, if I recall correctly.

That makes perfect sence, I didn't know that "Fix a flat" will rot rims. That is definatly a thing to know. I can only imagine what would happen if you are going 70+ on a highway and all of the sudden your rims act up. :(
yeah my boss told me that today(head manager at a Chevy dealer)
and be careful when you show off to BMW's, Honda's ,and V6s Mustangs
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:20 AM   #9
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:27 AM   #10
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Sandman: I definitely agree, young people often times don't understand the consequences of things sometimes. Good advice.

Thanks a lot, I actually told my dad about Seafoam, and he said he heard good things about it. Hopefully, with the help of this website , I'll be able to keep it and enjoy it for a long while.

Wow, I guess calling that a "blonde" moment is an understatement?
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:30 AM   #11
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I'm assuming he meant don't do something stupid and wreck your car in front of them...
Remember, you have a Z28, you're way above them, so it wont take too much to beat them.
I'll have to remember that, and save my gas for something worth the gas money.
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:38 AM   #12
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Wow, that really sucks. One bad decision practically ruined his life/future and that of innocent others...amazing how things can change in milliseconds.
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:51 AM   #13
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Also, if I recall correctly, synthetic oil is better for cars w/high miles?
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:24 AM   #14
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Also, if I recall correctly, synthetic oil is better for cars w/high miles?
Once you go synthetic, don't go back. Use the high-mileage oils. Pick a brand with a good reputation.

It is good to have another new member. I wish my first car were half as fast as yours. Treat it well and don't let anyone hit you or you'll end up driving something you wish you weren't. I wish I never let that Accord hit my Cobalt. There wasn't much I could do about him running a red light, but I still wish I had that car.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:21 PM   #15
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Wear a condom and don't give her your real number.
That wasn't exactly what I had in mind, but I guess that works too.

BTW, changing the spark plugs is supposed to be a pain right? Everytime I go to change them I get some serial numbe imprinted on my arm for about an hour... :P
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:31 PM   #16
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Mine was getting 4.848~MPG consistently before I got a cam tune and PCM tune. I'm sitting at around 10-14MPG
Are you sure that your gas mileage isn't because of your 4.10 rear end, your high stall, and your other mods?
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Do not drive like an idiot, and crash your damn car. That is all I can say. Higher speeds, the higher the risk. Blow a tire at high speed, and its over. Comprende!
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