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Old 02-27-2009, 10:14 PM   #1
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Firsthand report: just sat in two Camaros at the Cleveland Auto Show

Well I just got home from the Cleveland Auto Show. They had a great display of Camaros on hand. The exterior of the car looks absolutely stunning. It was one of the best looking cars I saw at the entire auto show. And let me tell you, there was a damn good crowd around the Camaro.

The great thing about the show is that I finally...FINALLY got to sit in the Camaro and experience it first hand. You don't realize how long I have waited for this moment. The wait was killing me! I actually got to sit in two different Camaros at the show, which was even better.

Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed by the interior. In fact, I came away from the show very disappointed. I didn't like the seating position and height, I didn't like the poor visibility out the windows, and I didn't care for the interior quality and layout. Simply put, the retro theme didn't do it for me. It actually undercut the car. My concerns were amplified when I started sitting in all the other cars at the show and realized how much nicer those interiors were. The Camaro stuck out like a sore thumb.

I am very disappointed. I was looking to buy a Camaro in the next 6-12 months, but now I'm starting to look elsewhere. The interior is important to me. It has to have the right "feel." And I am just not feeling it right now, despite going back to the car and sitting in it three times to try to like it.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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Interesting. I would have expected that it would be somewhat similar to your G8. How do the two compare?
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Interesting indeed......
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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I had very similar thoughts at first but i think the one of the big problems with sitting in these show cars is the seat isnt adjustable. If the seat is all the way back and all the way down visibility is going to be poor for anyone that isnt 6 5 and likes to lean back
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:41 PM   #5
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I think when you can actually make adjustments on the seats you will like how it sits. I'm 6'0" and weight around 200lbs and it FIT ME LIKE A GLOVE. I wasn't able to make any adjustments and will be able to drive one before actually getting mine but I have had a couple of 69's and this car WORKS for me. I sit in the Challenger and those seats didn't do a thing for me.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:49 PM   #6
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Not good. But how bout some specifics. What interior design package? What do the panels look like. How bout the dash panels? I don't give a damn about visibility, I know how to use mirrors effectively. Need more detail. Not seeing the car yet having allready ordered it, it is starting to be disapointment after disapointment. And I've been one of the most patient ones. Not good.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:51 PM   #7
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Have you never been in a Camaro.
The poor visibility is what makes it a Camaro.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:52 PM   #8
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I must say my opinion was much different. I know we are all different, but when I sat in it I felt it fit like a glove. I was able to adjust the seats in one of the vehicle I sat in.

I felt the leather interior had a better look than the fabric, but they were both nice and very comfortable.
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Not good. But how bout some specifics. What interior design package? What do the panels look like. How bout the dash panels? I don't give a damn about visibility, I know how to use mirrors effectively. Need more detail. Not seeing the car yet having allready ordered it, it is starting to be disapointment after disapointment. And I've been one of the most patient ones. Not good.

I'm pretty SURE you will LOVE IT.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:59 PM   #10
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It's not the comfort or feel I'm giving a shot about. I want to know if the interior is worth a damn. More and more people are saying their unimpressed with the interior. 41k is the cost of the one I ordered. I'm not sure what I'll do but having never seen the thing in person, I goota go with what I hear. Pictures are cool but I don't know.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:02 PM   #11
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The seat must have been adjusted to the perfect sitting position for me when I sat in one - I'm 6'1". It was like something very familiar that you have forgotten about for years and then rediscover. It felt like my old Camaro from 20 years ago.

I'm still smiling thinking about it.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:03 PM   #12
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I sat in it and if your expecting CTS interior your shit outta luck, but truth be told for what it is its leaps and bounds over mustang or challenger, so I don't know what the OP wanted!??
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:05 PM   #13
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I didn't have the exact reaction you did, but I was a little underwhelmed by the SS/RS interior at the Chicago show. I don't mind the retro styling at all, I actually really like it, I just wish better materials were used in certain spots.

The painted silver/faux aluminum trim looks kinda cheapy and the speedo\tach dials look very underwhelming (especially when not illuminated). Better quality trim pieces (perhaps real aluminum for the RS models like the new Mustang offers) would go a long way IMHO. The tach and speedo design of the Camaro Black also would have been much better than the stock, extremely plain Jane version.

Little details like this would make a huge difference. Hopefully there will be aftermarket options to help address some of these things.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:09 PM   #14
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It's not the comfort or feel I'm giving a shot about. I want to know if the interior is worth a damn. More and more people are saying their unimpressed with the interior. 41k is the cost of the one I ordered. I'm not sure what I'll do but having never seen the thing in person, I goota go with what I hear. Pictures are cool but I don't know.
Everything feels better in person than it looks in the photos. I was concerned that the interior would feel like cheap plastic but it has a very solid "feel" to it. When you sit in it, the armrest on the right is perfect height to set your elbow on and shift, etc. On the left, the door is just high enough so you can put your arm up there when driving with the window down.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:12 PM   #15
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What was he really expecting?

It is a Muscle Car. Last time I checked if you went to check out a luxury car you might not like how it rides like a boat. I repeat...It is a Muscle Car. Slow down and relax in something else. Adjust the seats for control or this beast and become one with it. Use your mirrors because with 426 HP you should not be turning your head that far anyway. When you park it should be way out in the lot so it does not get dinged up anyway. Maybe he should check out a Masaratti cause they are fast and pretty darn comfy. But for under 40K it has it all over the compitition. Fix Or Repaired Daily, and Ditched Or Dumped Generally Everyday kiss our a**.
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It is a Muscle Car. Last time I checked if you went to check out a luxury car you might not like how it rides like a boat. I repeat...It is a Muscle Car. Slow down and relax in something else. Adjust the seats for control or this beast and become one with it. Use your mirrors because with 426 HP you should not be turning your head that far anyway. When you park it should be way out in the lot so it does not get dinged up anyway. Maybe he should check out a Masaratti cause they are fast and pretty darn comfy. But for under 40K it has it all over the compitition. Fix Or Repaired Daily, and Ditched Or Dumped Generally Everyday kiss our a**.
well you can't really say that. considering that Cadillac and BMW are luxury cars. But yeah, the interior will never be as good as those, simply because of cost.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:27 PM   #18
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I had this problem when I bought my GTO it just didn't feel like you were sitting in the right position, but once you mess with the seat and punch the throttle so it throws you back in the seat then it all seemed ok, I am not too worried about seating there is no way that GM would make a car so awesome but make a mistake like ford and have the seating all messed up, just my 2 cents
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:30 PM   #19
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When I hear words like underwhelming and cheap plastic, it concerns me. I understand the muscle car isn't a luxury car thing, but my wifes Lexus does 0-60 in 5 seconds or just under. And the interior is excelent. I will pay about 500 dollars more for the Camaro than I paid for hers. If i'm giomg to defend GM and the Camaro, which I do, then I can't pay more for less or I'm an idiot.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still buying this car as far as I know now but it won't take many more opinions to the contrary to make me reconsider and wait. But in the meantime I may buy a boat and just not buy a car at all. It's the quality that I'll be looking for. I am justified in that since my wifes car is almost as fast with impecable interior for a grand less. Time will tell.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:41 PM   #20
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The G8 and Camaro have pretty much the same materials used on the inside. The G8 GT is actually a little worse IMO. Looked at both today at the Edmonton Motorshow and I definitly preffered the camaro over the G8. So why did you buy the G8 if interior was such a big deal?
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I think when you can actually make adjustments on the seats you will like how it sits. I'm 6'0" and weight around 200lbs and it FIT ME LIKE A GLOVE. I wasn't able to make any adjustments and will be able to drive one before actually getting mine but I have had a couple of 69's and this car WORKS for me. I sit in the Challenger and those seats didn't do a thing for me.
I am 6'4" 210#. Any fit problems for us taller folk? TIA!
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:50 PM   #22
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....but my wifes Lexus does 0-60 in 5 seconds or just under. And the interior is excelent. I will pay about 500 dollars more for the Camaro than I paid for hers. If i'm giomg to defend GM and the Camaro, which I do, then I can't pay more for less or I'm an idiot.
irpq 11 seriously I don't want you to take this the wrong way but thats a stupid analogy....Lexus is a luxury brand, the interior WILL be completely different, its as to say you would compare the camaro interior to a cadillac or even better a buick! The new lacrosse will be cheaper than a fully loaded Camaro but the interior will be leaps and bounds over in quality and materials..its completely Apples and oranges what your comparing! The interior of the Camaro is in the same catergory as the mustang, challenger, etc etc its not a luxury car its a sports car. two different class of cars two different clientele
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:13 AM   #23
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Ark, I agree with you. A luxury car is going to have a better quality interior. You can't expect an American muscle car to have that type of quality but what I get in return for a little less quality on the inside would be made up by the fact that this is the car my heart is with. However, if the interior is the way I'm hearing more and more about then the scale could be tipped. And atnthat point I can get luxry interior AND the same performance as far as acceleration and speed for less money. I was surprised by the speed and performance of her car. We paid 41k for hers and my Camaro will be just under 42k. Sure the 21" wheels are what makes the cost a little higher but all I'm saying is the interior of the Camaro should be at least quality. Not Lexus quality but better than I'm hearing. Beleive me, I'm not canceling my order yet or anything but I'm concerned with some peoples objective opinions.

And no disclaimers needed to disagree with me brother, I know where you're coming from.
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Well I have sat in it like I stated above and the interior is of good quality. I would equate it to the malibu in terms of touch and feel with a few more retro cues obviously. I am saying this I believe some of these negative reviews are from people expecting to much. Going into this looking for those higher interiors, Not realizing this car for its target audience and cross competition at the same price point WINS in interior design, fit and feel! If people went into it thinking malibu and not caddy they would be ok. PS I put the disclaimer because I just want to make sure you know!!
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:21 AM   #25
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The RX330 lexus I drive is nice but the seats are nothing to brag about. Never liked them. Our Silverado has way better seats. If Lexus is luxury, they must of been sleeping when they designed the seats in the RX. Looking forward to getting rid of it and picking up my camaro!
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