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Old 04-13-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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How Bulletproof should the SS 6-Speed Drivetrain Be?

I'm a noob, contemplating a Camaro. Have been looking at Challengers, and, I've heard good things about the Camaro SS, so, I'm checking it out.

I know about the Holden Platform that it's built on, and how well regarded it is. My question is regarding the entire Drivetrain. I'm not the type that wails on my Cars, but, I do put them thru the paces.

How tough is the 6-Speed, and the Independent Rear Axle, and all associated hardware? The Engine I'm assuming is pretty much bulletproof, what with Chevrolet's reputation for small block V8's.

What's routine maintinence on the 6-speed and the rear diff?

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Old 04-13-2009, 01:49 PM   #2
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Not to be captain obvious but it is essentially the same drivetrain as the Corvette. They are pretty rugged as the Corvette guys hammer on them pretty hard. Chevy trucks with small blocks go and go and go so I assume if you wanted to 250K is a pretty reasonable mileage goal for a Camaro. That would be my expectation.
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The powertrain is pretty much right out of the Corvette; engine and transmission both...And the rear-end has been said to be good to 650hp.

I think "bulletproof" would be an understatement.

EDIT -- they did drive the test cars to 200,000+ miles...and they were still willing to go more.
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What do you think Routine Maintinence on the 6-Speed Manual Trans & the Rear Diff is?

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What do you think Routine Maintinence on the 6-Speed Manual Trans & the Rear Diff is?

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Personally I would service the trans fluid at 60K ish although I can't tell you what GM recommends, might be lifetime fluid but I wouldn't buy that unless you are not keeping it more than a couple years.

I would expect the clutch to go 60-90K though I have heard much less and much more.
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What do you think Routine Maintinence on the 6-Speed Manual Trans & the Rear Diff is?

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None. Admittedly, I don't have much experience with rear-ends...but as for the transmission -- this is straight from General Motors:

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The 6-speed uses Texaco ATF Type III 1863 fluid and is certified "fill-for-life," requiring no fluid changes. The clutch is activated hydraulically, which automatically compensates for clutch disc wear, eliminating manual adjustments. The Tremec TR6060 six-speed has evolved from a design that aimed to require virtually no maintenance in all but the most severe conditions.
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Does the Trans have a Dipstick & a Drain in the Pan?

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Old 04-13-2009, 02:22 PM   #8
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I would say the drivetrain is as close to bulletproof as a stock drivetrain gets.



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The powertrain is pretty much right out of the Corvette; engine and transmission both...
I think "bulletproof" would be an understatement.
You guys are forgetting a MAJOR issue......WEIGHT.

The C6 weighs in around 3,200 lbs.
The Camaro SS is over 3,900lbs.
So, maybe the Corvette is "bulletproof". BUT, the Camaro SS is still unproven.

Case in point, look at how the "Corvette" drivetrain is holding up in the Trailblazer SS. The auto trans (sprag) has been a issue in the STOCK TBSS.
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You guys are forgetting a MAJOR issue......WEIGHT.

The C6 weighs in around 3,200 lbs.
The Camaro SS is over 3,900lbs.
So, maybe the Corvette is "bulletproof". but the Camaro needs to be proven.

Case in point, look at how the "Corvette" drivetrain is holding up in the Trailblazer SS. The auto trans (sprag) has been a issue in the STOCK TBSS.
4 Speed in the Trailblazer, new 6 speed in the Camaro.
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4 Speed in the Trailblazer, new 6 speed in the Camaro.
I know, bro.
But, you should know that was the Corvette trans until 2006.
I only used it as an example for Corvette drivetrain in a heavier vehicle.
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Personally I would service the trans fluid at 60K ish although I can't tell you what GM recommends, might be lifetime fluid but I wouldn't buy that unless you are not keeping it more than a couple years.

I would expect the clutch to go 60-90K though I have heard much less and much more.
Transmission fluid in a manual transmission? Really?
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The transmission is rated to 650 ftlbs of torque, so I think its good for awhile, the IRS still needs to be proven but like stated will probably be good till 600ish hp
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Sounds like they're pretty overbuilt.

Good. I Like Overkill. Hence, I'm looking at a Camaro SS...

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I run the same T6060 manual in my GT500 and I've had no issues with it at all despite making 700+ rwhp at the tires. As long as you actually use the clutch and refrain from speed-shifting too much, I think it will live just fine under the Camaro and survive pretty inflated power numbers.

As for the rear end, time will tell. I'm sure there will be more than a few people testing the limits of the car over the course of the next few months.

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I'm a noob, contemplating a Camaro. Have been looking at Challengers, and, I've heard good things about the Camaro SS, so, I'm checking it out.

I know about the Holden Platform that it's built on, and how well regarded it is. My question is regarding the entire Drivetrain. I'm not the type that wails on my Cars, but, I do put them thru the paces.

How tough is the 6-Speed, and the Independent Rear Axle, and all associated hardware? The Engine I'm assuming is pretty much bulletproof, what with Chevrolet's reputation for small block V8's.

What's routine maintinence on the 6-speed and the rear diff?

Thanks;

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I don't think the engine is anywhere near bulletproof, unless your talking about stock power levels. If so, then yes, I do think the rest of the drivetrain is "bulletproof" under these conditions as well.
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The powertrain is pretty much right out of the Corvette; engine and transmission both...And the rear-end has been said to be good to 650hp.

I think "bulletproof" would be an understatement.

EDIT -- they did drive the test cars to 200,000+ miles...and they were still willing to go more.
Actually the Corvette uses a torque tube and a transaxle. So the actual transmission is bolted directly up to the rear end. So really, the Camaro's drivetrain is lifted from the G8 GXP. But yeah, same basic principle
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