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Old 08-30-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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Help!! RS Conv. V6, or SS/RS coupe?

O.k., red RS/SS auto, no sunroof, or a Silver RS convertible V6 auto. both brand new 2011's loaded out. The Convertible is 3000 less.
I commute 160 miles a day so gas is an issue also.
Any input, intelligent input would be appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:56 PM   #2
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get a hyundai for that miles...save the SS for w/e use...)
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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Man that is a long commute! I would get a small 4 cyl for that many miles a day. But if you really want to do it in a Camaro get the convertible it will make the commute much more fun at least in the summer plus it won't need the 93 octane as you will be filling up a lot.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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If you want gas mileage get the v6, you can always upgrade if you feel the need.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:19 PM   #5
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The SS is usually going to be more intriguing because of its power and rep. If your 160 miles / day are mostly shorter trips and there's no way to really stretch her legs for any mentionable distance, then fuel consumption will be an issue. If your trips consist of longer distances without too many stoplights / stop-and-go traffic, it's a real contender.

The 'vert offers a completely different driving experience, yet, the 6 cyl. still has sufficient power to get you into trouble, offers better fuel economy over the SS and you don't see that many of them on the road - at least I haven't here in suburban Washinton DC / Northern Virginia / Maryland.

As was suggested, maybe get an inexpensive but reliable DD and buy the Camaro for more pleasurable driving. Whatever your preference, can reasonably afford (payments, insurance, fuel) and, remember, "when the top comes down, the price goes up" when you're ready to get a new car.

Seeing that you're in Michigan, you may want to consider what it'll be like to drive in snow and ice with a rear wheel drive car. A lot of people don't have that significant problems and just as many do. Something for you to consider, as well.

Good luck and keep us posted as to your decision.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input.
How do you like your convertible?
Does the added road noise bug you?
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:37 PM   #7
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I drove the SS and was not too impressed to tell you the truth. I was not liking the low revving of the engine, my previous LT revved much faster and I have grown to like that.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:40 PM   #8
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I drove the SS and was not too impressed to tell you the truth. I was not liking the low revving of the engine, my previous LT revved much faster and I have grown to like that.
You already knew what you wanted , but this late in the summer, and in Michigan , that's a no brainer !
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:42 PM   #9
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I am the type that drives in the dead of winter with the top down, and leaves the top up in the summer and cranks the a/c.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:34 AM   #10
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prob gunna piss some ppl off but here it goes. I really dont consider a 6 banger a muscle car, so my vote, SS..No contest. When you think of wicked muscle cars of the old days do u think of a 69 SS with a big block or a 69 with an inline 6? ...???LOL
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:53 AM   #11
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if i had to drive that many miles. me personally i would want a fun and fast car! and since you are such a BA person with leaving the top down in the winter, why not man up the the v8
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:20 AM   #12
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V6 or V8 aside....I like the 'vert, but not enough to buy one. So I'd pick the coupe. Now, with your situation of driving that many miles I'd do a V6, but I'd want a coupe. Your choice though. Pick what you feel you want more.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:16 AM   #13
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Cheaper on fuel cheaper on price cheaper on ins save you a boat ton of money with the V6......BUT the V8 would be nice to say you own the legend that is SS and this car lives up to the badge but my vote would be. Where you live how far you drive as a DD get the 6 banger
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:19 AM   #14
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:17 PM   #15
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Thanks for the input.
How do you like your convertible?
Does the added road noise bug you?
The Camaro Convertible is my 2nd ragtop that I've owned (previously owned a Saturn SKY Redline). Having mentioned that, the road noise does not bother me. It's something you take into account as it's a cloth roof and will let in more noise, period. I liked the convertible driving experience well enough to trade my SKY in for a Camaro vert. It's a different, "special" driving experience. To me, at least.

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I drove the SS and was not too impressed to tell you the truth. I was not liking the low revving of the engine, my previous LT revved much faster and I have grown to like that.
The SS runs at lower revs but when you put down the hammer a bit, it'll roar. That's a "quality" many vehicles with exhaust mods can emulate, but the power is unique to the SS. The V6 doesn't project that exhaust note quite as well. However, with the top up, I can DEFINITELY hear the rumble of the exhaust much better than with the top down.

Someone had mentioned that the SS has the history of a true muscle car behind it. That is very true. The V6 looks like a muscle car and is rated at more HP than many cars on the road but I purchased mine less on the rep of the V6 Camaro being a "muscle car" but more so on aesthetics, space (vs. my Saturn SKY), features, and, equally as important, gas mileage rating.

BTW, you must be careful with operating the convertible top in cold weather. The owners manual states that the top should not be operated below a certain temperature (R/T the potential for the top mechanism / motor to be damaged). That's definitely something to be acutely aware of as once your top is damaged, it can turn into a catastrophe, depending on the weather and where you park / store your car during inclement weather.

If you opt for the V6 'vert, perhaps wrap your mind around the fact that you're buying less of a muscle car and more of a cruiser. In particular with the auto tranny, it'll be a nice, relaxing driving experience. It'll still have plenty of HP to get you into trouble and offer one heck of an exciting driving experience with the top down at normal / "civil" speeds without trying to drive it aggressively. Even with the top up, the driving sensation is quite different to that of driving a hardtop sedan. Either way you go, you'll be owning a very, very nice car that will garner "looks", compliments and comments. Be aware, however, the 'vert will have less trunk space, esp. with the top down.

I'm relatively confident your sales consultant won't object to you wanting to test drive your two candidates a couple of times in order to get a much better "feel" for both.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:25 PM   #16
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If gas isn't an issue I would go ss. How much are you really going to use to the convert. Not in winter and summer gets so hot the ac is much better than driving down the road hot as hell. Just my two cents.
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Buy the SS, sell the house, move closer to work.
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